PrezElect Trump's BackAssword Infrastructure Idea
Oh, I'm steamed. (Putting "Ass" in a title is the clue.)
As ye faithful readers know, Olde SeniorJunior is a fervent advocate of Fixing/Improving our tattered infrastructure.
I ranted on the subject here, here, here, here & here. All fine rants, if I do say so myself.
So when our aspiring God-Emperor Leto Trump said he plans a Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Project, Trust Me...
...I actually had a moment of optimism. Foolish fool, you were fooled again. Briefly.
Now it's all coming clear. Trump's "plan" is actually a huge giveaway to his corporate buddies, that will most likely NOT fix what needs fixing, open new projects, create new jobs, or pretty much anything else except let the rich get richer. All the rest of us will be paying Trump's buddies in tolls, higher fees for water and sewage treatment, more expensive Internet, more and bigger pipelines...and all the other benefits of "privatization." Completely regressive. Trust me. Sad.
If "facts" have any value to thee and thine, check out these actual, investigative, real-journalism sources:
Ronald A. Klain
"First, Trump’s plan is not really an infrastructure plan. It’s a tax-cut plan for utility-industry and construction-sector investors, and a massive corporate welfare plan for contractors. The Trump plan doesn’t directly fund new roads, bridges, water systems or airports..."
"Trump doesn’t really have a plan.... All Trump has right now is an idiosyncratic proposal for Congress to offer some $137 billion in tax breaks to private investors who want to finance toll roads, toll bridges, or other projects that generate their own revenue streams."
"Critics of Trump’s private financing plan, however, say that private investors would only fund projects that have tolls or user fees that can recoup investment costs.