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The Biden Admin. $1T Infrastructure Package


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    The legislation is supposed to be passed by the senate (members who hold the purse strings) so to speak, is over 2,000 pages in length.

    If any member here can get a link or a copy of it, I'd like to see what's in it for red and blue states. Which will get the lion's share?

    I'd like to know what is in the bill because earlier they were saying it'll provide free internet service nationwide, I think that's a pipe dream. Yeah, there is technology these days for radio traffic, they call this technology repeaters, a radio signal is sent to a tower, then the signal bounces from one tower to another, repeating the original signal, can this be done with wifi?

    Funds for roads and bridges, funds for this and that. I imagine that about 70% of our bridges in the USA are structurally deficient. Meaning they could fail at any time, without warning.

    I'm thinking some of this government money will be misspent, or money will go down a rabbit hole somewhere.

    CREDIT CNN: The deal would also invest $66 billion in passenger and freight rail, according to the bill text.

    Okay, so freight trains will receive federal dollars. Why? Freight lines, like the union pacific are already getting federal money. The UP transports tons and tons of coal from the west, and is getting top dollar for that, yet their rails are in a state of disrepair.

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    Dock:

    Heather Cox Richardson had more details on the infrastructure plan last night. Although the final details still have to be worked out, I have a hunch that the larger plan will get passed, along with the leaner "hard infrastructure" plan.

    In the final analysis, the plans will be a boon for the Democratic party, since the Republicans are looking more and more incompetent. Texas governor has now asked for outside help, since his incompetence has caused COVID cases to spike, quickly reducing the number of available hospital beds to dangerous levels. The same situation, of course, also exists in Florida.

    The large infrastructure package will reshape American society to invest in ordinary Americans and to get the nation on track to face a future that does not center around fossil fuels. That such an investment is on the table right now seems like good timing, since today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations released the most thorough report on climate ever compiled, and the conclusions are a “code red for humanity,” according to United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres. The report is based on more than 14,000 studies and is endorsed by 195 governments.

    It warns that we have waited too long to reduce our use of fossil fuels, guaranteeing that the globe will continue to warm for at least the next 30 years even if we address climate change immediately. This will mean more extreme weather: fires—like the Dixie fire currently raging in Northern California, which is the largest in the state’s history—floods, disease, extinctions, and social conflict. If we address the issue, though, there is still a window in which we could mitigate changes that are even more dire.

    The Republicans object to the larger infrastructure bill because it uses the government to invest in the economy, which will cost tax dollars. For forty years, Republicans have called for turning the economy over to private interests and for tax cuts to free up capital for investment, which they argued would make the economy grow. But those policies have sparked discontent as they concentrated wealth upward and ran up huge deficits and debt.

    Meanwhile, Republican policies are not looking very good right now, as Republican governors have stood staunchly against combatting Covid-19 with either masks or vaccines.

    Cases continue to rise in Florida and Texas, where governors Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott have prohibited mask mandates. In Florida, journalist Katherine G. Hobbs reports: “Volusia County and Advent Health Orlando are finalizing the purchase of fleets of refrigerated mobile morgues amid Florida's COVID surge.” In Texas, Abbott today called on Texas hospitals to postpone elective procedures in order to clear more beds for Covid patients. The state’s health department is trying to find more health care workers to come to the state to help out.

    Nonetheless, DeSantis and Abbott refuse to modify their ban on mask mandates, clearly seeing a strong stand on this issue as a political statement that they believe will win them Republican voters. But as infections and deaths, especially among children, rise, the wisdom of this move is not clear.

    In Florida, the Miami-Dade school system is the fourth largest school district in the nation. When Superintendent Alberto Carvalho made it clear that he will follow the guidance of public health experts and doctors, DeSantis threatened to withhold the salaries of any superintendents or school board members who defy his executive order prohibiting mask mandates.

    Carvalho issued a statement saying “At no point shall I allow my decision to be influenced by a threat to my paycheck; a small price to pay considering the gravity of this issue and the potential impact to the health and well-being of our students and dedicated employees.”

    https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/august-9-2021

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    The fact that the Senate passed a BI-PARTISAN infrastructure bill is a major accomplishment.

    Yesterday, the Senate also passed a larger ($3.5 trillion) bill using the conciliation process that will support "soft" infrastructure goals, like family services, health, and environmental goals.

    I believe that the next step is to send the bills to the House for "tweaking". Regardless of the details, both of these amount to what Joe Biden would call "a big f*****g deal".

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2021/08/10/crews-rescue-3-vehicle-runoff-swollen-arizona-wash/5558409001/

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    The sad part is that the GOP are calling these spending packages socialist, it's easy for an average citizen to see that their party is way out of touch.

    Let it be known that a bridge crossing a river connecting Ohio and Kentucky is in a state of disrepair, and needs to be demolished and rebuilt, and both of those states have republican governors. I wonder what they'll have to say if the bridge collapses and kills and injures people? If they refused to accept funding to replace it? I wonder if voters will be outraged or angry that their elected officials kept saying no to accepting money to fix it?

    McConnell's home state bridge symbol of infrastructure standoff with Biden - ABC News (go.com)

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/mcconnells-home...

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    De Santis and Abbott are pure criminals; actually committing murder, but yeah we rather accuse Cuomo and set him out of the job than De Santis or Abbott. It shows how far we have sunk related to governing and "standards". Where is Biden? he should have set them out of their job long ago. Where is the "federal" oversight? No where to be found!

    Sorry this country is an total joke!!


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    About the infrastructure; I just wonder where the money will end up and in who's pockets. If "contracts" are awarded to pro-Trump contractors then you know what will happen. McConnell is surely playing that game. There will be lots of "hands" in that pot of "gold". I was involved in Government contracts with Lockheed and knows how it goes, especially with the "pricing" and "handouts/kickbacks" to everyone involved. Thus in the end the "workers" get nothing more than their hourly wages. But the "contractor"can buy an new "yacht". That is the American way. May be even the "wall" will start up again and Trump will receive his "kickbacks" again. They are crazy enough to do that.
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    Dutch Wrote: About the infrastructure; I just wonder where the money will end up and in who's pockets. If "contracts" are awarded to pro-Trump contractors then you know what will happen. McConnell is surely playing that game. There will be lots of "hands" in that pot of "gold". I was involved in Government contracts with Lockheed and knows how it goes, especially with the "pricing" and "handouts/kickbacks" to everyone involved. Thus in the end the "workers" get nothing more than their hourly wages. But the "contractor"can buy an new "yacht". That is the American way. May be even the "wall" will start up again and Trump will receive his "kickbacks" again. They are crazy enough to do that.
    I'd like to know where all the money is going too.
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    Although it seems a stretch to say that Biden's infrastructure will pass in spite of all the Democratic infighting, Richard Neal, who chairs the House and Ways Committee, says that it will pass, but at a somewhat reduced price tag.

    “Positively. I don’t think there is any option other than getting it done,” said Neal, whose record during both the Trump and Biden administrations is of doing just that, from the 2020 COVID-relief CARES Act to the American Rescue Plan earlier this year.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/10/07/opinion/richard-neal-we-will-get-social-agenda-done/

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    Sure it "may" pass, but all the "hurdles" stay in place. Stupidities like giving kids "breakfast" in schools is pure ridiculous, also the "lunch" makes it laughable. In Europe kids bring their own lunch and have "breakfast" at home; neither do they have "polluting" school busses" to bring them there. This country is crazy for sure. The parents skip their responsibility and get away with it. In the meantime people without kids and the elderly pay for it in their taxes. Also these school busses clog up the "traffic" in an big way. Probably in "rural" area's it makes sense, if the distance to schools is too far , but not in cities or towns who have public transport or you can go on your bike or moped. But yeah this country rather loves to complicate things so make it "taxable" as the way out. Let's serve the kids "steak" and "lobster", sounds great.
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    The latest; Manchin does not want "clean energy", so he's blocking that as well. No wonder coming out of West VA. But yeah Biden does not want to "kick him out" the same as Sinema who also lost her marbles. Sure we have an "marvelous" government construction; all the "dumb asses" stay and the "brains" disappeared", because some States are lacking any education and think someone in"outer space" will clean up this "mess. The same as in TX , no one has the "guts" to stop Abbott with his crazy things and his "abortion" craziness. But yeah, in Naples FL they are building huge "new" churches, while inEurope they rebuilt these buildings as "apartments" . Sorry I think, the lack of "real" education is totally missing here. Just keep the people stupid, then they are easier to "manipulate" (ask the Pope) and other religions who use that "tool"

    So this is how an country gets to be "un-governable"; Hitler used "tools" such as well and Trump wants to copy such. His followers will do as he says. Welcome to "chaos" and " power plays"; I even bet that Trump nor his followers ever will see jail.

    "2022" will be the year, which either "changes things", or continue to "follow" the downhill path as is now the case.