It’s Not About Infrastructure

While President Biden and Congressional Democrats continue to push for passage of their “infrastructure” plan and claim that it’s about “jobs,” the truth is becoming clear…this bill is not about infrastructure and the tax hikes and bad economic policy included in it would actually destroy jobs.

Again, just $115B of the $2.3T bill is for building or improve roads, highways, bridges and other traditional public works, while only $42B is for airways, waterways, and ports. While those represent minuscule provisions in the plan, Democrats want to spend $400B to help big labor by expanding Medicaid, and they plan to allocate $600B to advance the dangerous principles outlined in the Green New Deal.

An editorial published earlier this week by The Washington Examiner spells out why Democrats’ priorities in this legislation are deeply misguided and how they are using the guise of “infrastructure,” to try and enact their harmful agenda:

  • WashEx (Editorial): “Fund roads and bridges, not this infrastructure bill”
    • President Joe Biden’s odd proposition is that Congress ought to pass an infrastructure bill that has almost nothing to do with infrastructure.
    • Biden’s new $2.3 trillion package is that it isn’t so much an infrastructure bill as it is an attempt to reshape a perfectly healthy economy into something suboptimal at best and more ideological at worst.
    • For example, this measure would spend hundreds of billions of dollars on climate regulation and the restoration of by-now completely unnecessary incentives to purchase electric vehicles. Call that what you will, even Tesla subsidies if you like, but this isn’t infrastructure. The bill throws billions at initiatives designed, for example, to reduce “racial and gender inequities” in STEM education — so once again, Washington finds fault in the college majors that women or black and Hispanic students are choosing, and it’s here to help! Seriously, though, whatever merits such initiatives might have in interesting younger students in those fields, this is not even remotely related to infrastructure.
    • And then, there’s the money involved. As the Associated Press recently pointed out, it was cheaper for the U.S. government to fight and win World War II than it has been for Presidents Trump and Biden to stimulate the economy during the current pandemic. And that estimated $6 trillion total doesn’t even include this infrastructure package.
    • If Congress wants to do something constructive and bipartisan, it should draft and pass a more limited bill that deals with roads, bridges, and waterways. The times, along with Biden’s razor-thin majorities in Congress, call for something responsible in scope, which covers genuine needs and sets ideological goals aside for another day.