Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trump's infrastructure bait-and-switch: Cut funding, blame states, and sell the rest to Wall Street (hunter) · Monday, June 05, 2017, 4:47 pm

There is no "Trump infrastructure plan." There never was, and anyone who believed otherwise was not paying attention. As a businessman, he was continually proven a crook, and he does not have "plans," he merely says whatever the person in front of him wants to hear and then says the opposite the next day. The plan as presented was that Donald Trump was going to spend "one trillion dollars" on infrastructure. The actual Donald Trump "infrastructure" plan, now that he's banked the votes of the people he promised that nonsense to, is to cut infrastructure and you rubes will have to figure out the rest on your own.

President Trump will lay out a vision this coming week for sharply curtailing the federal government’s funding of the nation’s infrastructure and calling upon states, cities and corporations to shoulder most of the cost of rebuilding roads, bridges, railways and waterways.

Got that? It's a federal cut. By "spend a trillion dollars," casino-man Trump and his hired-on business buddies mean they'll be spending zero new dollars, they'll demand states and cities make up that difference or blame them afterward for not doing so, and they'll be selling off as much of the rest of that “infrastructure” as they can, from air traffic control to highways, to Donald Trump's banking and construction buddies. The actual plan still doesn’t exist yet, only the “contours,” but he’ll be introducing it anyway because like the tax “plan” and the healthcare “plan,” including details would only make the plan look even more farcical and implausible than the one-sheet-of-paper version.

The federal government would make only a fractional down payment on rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure. Mr. Trump would rely on a combination of private industry, state and city tax money, and borrowed cash to finance the rest. It would be a stark departure from ambitious infrastructure programs of the past, in which the government played a major role and devoted substantial resources to paying the cost of large-scale projects.


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