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Friday, April 02, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters the more than $2 trillion plan the White House unveiled Wednesday "is not going to get support from our side." The proposal would invest in roads, bridges, airports, broadband, water systems, electric vehicles and job training programs, and raise the corporate tax rate to 28% to offset the spending.

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The latest Morning Consult/Politico poll finds that "voters broadly support this expanded notion of infrastructure, with measures like increasing housing options for low-income families garnering the support of 70 percent of registered voters, including 87 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans."
So the Democrats are trying to pass a once-in-a-century reinvestment plan which enjoys the support of 70% of Americans - including a MAJORITY of Republicans - while the elected leader of the Senate GOP has already promised complete opposition to what is unquestionably desired.

Somebody wanna tell me again how going against clear public sentiment (allowing Biden and the Democrats to take all the credit for the improving economy and upcoming jobs boom related to the infrastructure construction/production) is going to be a political winner in 2022?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-02 08:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just as the Biden administration is pushing to raise taxes on corporations, a new study finds that at least 55 of America's largest paid no taxes last year on billions of dollars in profits. Twenty-six of the companies listed, including FedEx, Duke Energy and Nike, were able to avoid paying any federal income tax for the last three years even though they reported a combined income of $77 billion. Many also received millions of dollars in tax rebates.

www.nytimes.com

No wonder KY Republicans hurriedly passed legislation mandating that any temporary U.S. Senate vacancy must be filled with a placeholder from the same party as the departing member. Mitch is playing a losing hand and it's only getting worse as each day passes. The very Trump Tax Cuts which Mitch couldn't wait to pass have let some of the largest and most profitable corporations avoid ANY federal taxes whatsoever, and this is the hill he wants to die on - compared to putting millions back to work replacing worn out infrastructure and building needed changes for the 21st Century?

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-02 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obstruction Mitch won't support Joe's plan.

I for one am shocked.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-04-02 09:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

[O]n Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made the curious move of simply announcing that there will be no Senate Republican votes for Biden's infrastructure bill. Well okay then. As Rachel Maddow pointed out on air, this means that Biden doesn't have to waste time making bipartisan overtures to the Republicans when it comes to this bill. If the Republicans later try to argue to voters that Biden didn't offer to work with them, Biden can simply point back to McConnell's statement about refusing to work with Biden on it.

It's unclear what Mitch McConnell's strategy is here. He's always been corrupt and dishonest, but he's usually savvier than this. This comes amid reports from various major news outlets that McConnell is considering retiring early. Has he simply checked out? In any case, he unwittingly did Biden and the Democrats a favor on this one.

Bill Palmer

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-02 10:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

McConnell is considering retiring early.

#4 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

He must be under investigation.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2021-04-02 10:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Could Sen McConnell be so dead set against the infrastructure rebuild and repair because during fmr Pres Trump's term, there were multiple "infrastructure weeks" which resulted in naught.

Now Sen McConnell does not want to see something actually occur in this area while a Democrat is in the Oval Office?


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-04-02 10:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Approx 10% would go to actual infrastructure spending - same game they did with the COVID bill and in both cases the rest goes to the dem party's libbie agenda.

Expect it to be as effective as obama's 'shovel ready jobs'.

#7 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-04-02 01:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Oh good.

We're going to get this through Congress without the Republicans party.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2021-04-02 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Approx 10% would go to actual infrastructure spending

Link?

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2021-04-02 01:46 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by MSgt

You are a complete idiot and nobody thinks otherwise.

#10 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-04-02 01:48 PM | Reply

www.npr.org

The $2 trillion proposal includes:

$115 billion to repair and rebuild bridges, highways and roads;
$100 billion to expand high-speed broadband across the entire country;
$100 billion to upgrade and build new schools;
and $100 billion to expand and improve power lines and spur a shift to clean energy.

$415 billion = ~20%

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2021-04-02 01:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Approx 10% would go to actual infrastructure spending - same game they did with the COVID bill and in both cases the rest goes to the dem party's libbie agenda.

Expect it to be as effective as obama's 'shovel ready jobs'.

#7 | Posted by MSgt

Let's see a link to that 10% number.

(this is the part where you run away and go hide on breitbart)

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-04-02 01:56 PM | Reply

Republicants.

The know nothing, do nothing party.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-04-02 02:02 PM | Reply

The Senate GQP under McTurtle has become a zero sum game. The GQP don't try to legislate, they are not in favor of anything that would be good for the American people, they simply try to obstruct when a Dem is in the WH. Their goal is to stop the Dem POTUS from getting anything they could call a win. It was true when President Obama was in the WH, and is still true with President Biden. They could not even get GQP votes for the American Rescue Plan, a broadly popular piece of legislation with both Republican and Democratic voters. Sure the GQP "moderates" met with President Biden to try to water the bill down, but the Biden Administration learned from the Obama Administration that in a moment of crisis, you have to go BIG.

Dems on the other hand are willing to work with the GQP for the benefit of America even if legislation might help the most corrupt person to ever occupy the WH. Dems supported Covid relief legislation when Dotard was in the WH, in spite of the fact that it could have helped him gain reelection.

That's the difference between the two parties, the Dems want to legislate for the benefit of all Americans, while the GQP wants to obstruct for the benefit of their own party's power, and the benefit of rich corporations and the 1%.
The GQP don't want to support this infrastructure bill because it will raise taxes on their corporate masters, WHO ARE CURRENTLY PAYING ZERO TAXES! If the rich pay higher taxes, that's less money available for political donations to GQP pacs and candidates.

#14 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-02 02:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

The GQP don't try to legislate, they are not in favor of anything that would be good for the American people, they simply try to obstruct when a Dem is in the WH. Their goal is to stop the Dem POTUS from getting anything they could call a win.

It's bigger than petty Dem vs Reb politics.

They can't let anything be done by government that contradicts their self-fulfilling prophecy that government is always bad.

If this bill were to go through and people saw, like the New Deal, that government does have a lot to offer the people when it's actually for The People it would be the end of the GOP's political philosophy. All their fetishizing Reagan for the last 40 years would be for nothing.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2021-04-02 02:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#15 | Posted by jpw

Bingo. The GOP's only real constituency are the 1% and big business, many of whom pay no taxes.

Republicans latched onto social wedge issues to sucker people for votes. They use wedge issues - which they really don't give a flip about - like a magician; wave abortion and guns in one hand while they rob the U.S. Treasury blind with the other.

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-02 03:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The $2 trillion proposal includes:

$115 billion to repair and rebuild bridges, highways and roads;
$100 billion to expand high-speed broadband across the entire country;
$100 billion to upgrade and build new schools;
and $100 billion to expand and improve power lines and spur a shift to clean energy.

$415 billion = ~20%

#11 | Posted by jpw

There are also many other items like replacing antiquated water and sewer systems across the country.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-02 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#11

$115 billion to repair and rebuild bridges, highways and roads See liberal agenda, if people want to get somewhere they don't need roads they can just use their private helicopter
$100 billion to expand high-speed broadband across the entire country; So another luxury for poor people? It's bad enough they have refrigerators and microwaves now you want them to get internet too.
$100 billion to upgrade and build new schools; Do I even need to explain why this is part of the liberal agenda?
$100 billion to expand and improve power lines and spur a shift to clean energy. Clean energy my butt windmills and solar kill birds and hydroelectric kills fish the only "clean energy" is coal it's dirty and nasty and then we burn it all up so everything is clean after see how that works?

Sounds like MSGT was being generous at 10%, I'm not seeing anything that isn't part of the liberal agenda.

#18 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-04-02 03:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

There are also many other items like replacing antiquated water and sewer systems across the country.

#17 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

I'm sure there's plenty more.

That's just what was explicitly stated in an article I took 5 seconds to find that clearly wasn't 10%.

It's amazing how people like Msgt will be lied to by Brainfart News, Newsmin, OAN ect over and over and over and still go back for more.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2021-04-02 04:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Because they are lies that they like.

#20 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2021-04-02 04:48 PM | Reply

Infrastructure projects

- $115 billion to modernize the bridges, highways and roads that are in the worst shape. The White House outline estimated 20,000 miles (32,187 kilometers) of roadways would be repaired, while economically significant bridges and 10,000 smaller bridges would get fixed.

- $85 billion for public transit, doubling the federal government's commitment in an effort to shorten the repair backlog and expand service.

- $80 billion to modernize Amtrak's heavily trafficked Northeast Corridor line, address its repair backlog and improve freight rail.

- $174 billion to build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, electrify 20% of school buses and electrify the federal fleet, including U.S. Postal Service vehicles.

- $25 billion to upgrade air travel and airports and $17 billion for waterways and coastal ports.

- $20 billion to redress communities whose neighborhoods - typically nonwhite - were divided by highway projects.

- $50 billion to improve infrastructure resilience in the aftermath of natural disasters.

- $111 billion to replace lead water pipes and upgrade sewer systems.

- $100 billion to build high-speed broadband that provides 100% coverage for the country.

- $100 billion to upgrade the resilience of the power grid and move to clean electricity, among other power projects.

- $213 billion to produce, preserve and retrofit more than 2 million affordable houses and buildings.

- $100 billion to upgrade and build new schools.

- $18 billion to modernize Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics, and $10 billion for federal buildings.

- $400 billion to expand long-term care services under Medicaid.

- $180 billion invested in research and development projects.

- $300 billion for manufacturing, including funds for the computer chip sector, improved access to capital and investment in clean energy through federal procurement.

- $100 billion for workforce development.

abc11.com

#21 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-02 05:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Build Back Better spending categories include transportation, green energy, clean water, digital infrastructure, affordable housing, schools, elder care and caregivers, research and development, manufacturing, workforce development, and other. The fiscal multipliers for most of these line items are estimated to return 100 percent. twitter.com

#22 | Posted by FasterDisaster at 2021-04-02 05:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#21

Houston, I think we've found the problem ...

*South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi [Gnome] told Fox News pipes and housing don't count as infrastructure.

*Her comments sum up the GOP's messaging that infrastructure only means roads and bridges.

*Biden's plan argues for a broad rethink of what constitutes infrastructure, and the GOP doesn't want that.

www.businessinsider.com

The anti-intellectualism of today's elected Republicans is utterly breathtaking. There is absolutely no rationale whatsoever for Democrats to spend precious time and energy trying to reason with those so divorced from reality that they refuse to see 'infrastructure' beyond simply roads and bridges.

Infrastructure can be defined basically as everything built and largely paid for by public funding that impacts and facilitates the life quality, safety, and commerce of all citizens and businesses. This definition should not be in dispute or up for debate. It's common freaking sense.

#23 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-02 05:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Time for the House to jumpstart that Elaine Chao investigation.

#24 | Posted by Docman at 2021-04-02 06:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Have you noticed how much McTurtle has been soiling his shell lately? He looks and sounds scared to death. His entire plan to obstruct the Biden agenda hinges on the vote of one Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin. He knows that if Manchin eventually caves and they rewrite the filibuster, that President Biden will have the most consequential presidency since Roosevelt. Joe Biden is one Joe Manchin vote away from a Mount Rushmore type presidency.

#25 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-02 07:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Approx 10% would go to actual infrastructure spending"

WTF is your definition of "infrastructure spending"? Roads? Bridges? Rails? Airports? Waterways? Grid Safety? Or is it just whatever Republican Math gets you to your talking point?

#26 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-04-03 01:48 AM | Reply

#18 | Posted by TaoWarrior

LOL!

"Liberal agenda"????

When did you get to be so fuggin stupid?

"Libertatian"...

Nevermind.

#27 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-04-03 10:59 AM | Reply

It's common freaking sense.

#23 | Posted by tonyroma

Damned "liberal agenda"...

#28 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-04-03 11:03 AM | Reply

#27

Tao is being facetious Angrydad. He's mocking Msgt, not agreeing with him.

#29 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-03 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#29 | Posted by tonyroma

Just damn...apologies due.

#30 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-04-03 12:46 PM | Reply

#30

No apologies needed text isn't the best way to communicate my type of sarcastic humor most folks around here know me well enough to pick up on it but this is not the first and I'm sure not the last time that it gets missed.

The thing is my list is kind of the type of thinking that will allow republican news outlets to push that narrative. Pretty much anything that isn't fixing potholes will be disregarded as not related to infrastructure and the lie will be repeated over and over until it becomes fact in the minds of (R)'s

#31 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-04-03 01:01 PM | Reply

It's not really any different than Republicans taking offense at the title Dr. Jill Biden.

Republicans are simply mean-spirited louts.

Exhibit A: Eberly.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-03 01:03 PM | Reply

The thing is my list is kind of the type of thinking that will allow republican news outlets to push that narrative. Pretty much anything that isn't fixing potholes will be disregarded as not related to infrastructure and the lie will be repeated over and over until it becomes fact in the minds of (R)'s

That is one of the reasons I posted this thread : As Political Attitudes Shift, Have GOPers Even Noticed?

I don't think people are putting all the puzzle pieces together right now which is showing an historically different picture than we've seen in 40+ years. The realities of the pandemic has changed the average American's life in fundamental ways that the national GOP refuses to acknowledge. In my opinion - as it regards this particular dynamic - the presence of Trump is still paying dividends in facilitating the deliverance of changes that most Americans realize are needed.

The Republicans have cried wolf for so many decades, the boogeyman cries of "radical leftist" and "socialist" just don't jibe with the 50 year reality of Joe Biden's politics. No matter how hard Republicans try, Joe is never going to resemble Fidel Castro or Karl Marx to even GOP loyalists outside of the 25-30% of diehard Trumpists. This is why Joe's policies poll at 70% - with more than 50% of Republicans liking them too. We've lived through the last almost year and a half and Americans watched Trump initially get dragged into helping average Americans, but not without first giving billions to Trump's corporate friends including many connected to his Cabinet or White House. There hasn't been a peep about such confluences with the latest stimulus and lord knows if one dime could have been linked to helping friends of Joe, the calls for impeachment would already be deafening. Joe is getting shots into arms and finally there's light on the horizon as the vaccinated are being given more opportunity to safely resume more normal lives.

Because of the pandemic, our physical school buildings are being reimagined and the need for safer ventilation systems has become manifest. We also need to make existing structures more energy efficient, and the need for national broadband - for both commerce and educational purposes - is readily understood from our lack of such exposed during the pandemic. Most Republicans understand that such priorities aren't partisan, they're part of a national rebuilding - or as Joe says Build Back Better. As long as the Republicans try to rerun the very same script they used during the Obama years (NO!) the more popular Joe and the Democrats will become as the benefits of BBB touches most taxpayers regardless of where they live.

Everytime Republicans go to play there usual cards they're drawing focus upon themselves as being the real radicals - they deny the myriad festering problems that are keeping this nation from regaining its global role as the preeminent superpower and economy.

#33 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-03 02:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Sounds like MSGT was being generous at 10%, I'm not seeing anything that isn't part of the liberal agenda.

#18 | POSTED BY TAOWARRIOR

Liberals are not in charge. These are the Democratic goals of a liberal society which elected a democratic president.

And I am confused as to when the party that wins the White House AND the House AND the Senate cannot enact THEIR agenda. They won the election. I heard once that elections have consequences. These are the consequences when you elect Democrats.

And don't you think that his much better than inciting tour nation to attack its own capitol in order to keep a president in power who lost fair and square?

Doesn't the GOP assume they get to enact THEIR agenda when they "win" elections?

#34 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-04-03 02:16 PM | Reply

And don't you think that his much better than inciting tour nation to attack its own capitol in order to keep a president in power who lost fair and square?

To be clear. (My editing sucks)

Don't you think that this agenda is much better than inciting your own nation to attack its own capitol in order to keep a president in power who lost fair and square?

#35 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-04-03 02:20 PM | Reply

Every single day Americans of all stripes are reminded that the current elected Republican politicians are only concerned with issues and ideas directly tied to their own political fortunes. On the other hand, Democrats are laser-focused on issues that affect everyone's lives and taking affirmative steps to make them better to the extent the federal government can.

At every step, Biden and the Democrats say to Republicans "The majority of Americans agree that we have problems that need immediate attention. Help us fix these problems for the benefit of both our constituencies," and then the Republicans say "NO(!) (Y)our solutions are radical leftist and we'll have nothing to do with them," leaving voters with only two alternatives: Doing something to alleviate our problems and repair our infrastructure or do exactly what Trump and the GOP did about them over the last 4 years while things only got worse which is NOTHING - even though the Republicans kept promising to do something yet never did.

Americans are tired of receiving less than they deserve while Republicans bend over backwards to make sure corporations and the wealthy make out like kings. Right now the GOP is more obsessed with placating Trump and letting him believe that he's their kingmaker next year and their salvation in 2024. Most Americans want to avoid covid and be protected from infection, see normalcy return, and get back to work hopefully under better conditions and pay than they had before the pandemic struck and uphended everything.

Joe Biden is simply the perfect messenger for what should have transcended politics all along - the federal government undertaking public works that support every sector of our economy and positively touches every citizen of this nation.

#36 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-03 05:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Re #36

Very well said.

You should give your "editor" a bonus.

#37 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-04-03 08:24 PM | Reply

The GOP...more Party over Country over
common sense...

#38 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-04-03 10:20 PM | Reply

Has McConnell supported any Democratic thing ever? In like the last 15 years even?

#39 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-04-03 10:38 PM | Reply

Of course, he won't support it. He's a ----. Being a ---- is what McConnell does best. It's his job.

#40 | Posted by Jaspar at 2021-04-04 12:58 PM | Reply

Approx 10% would go to actual infrastructure spending - same game they did with the COVID bill and in both cases the rest goes to the dem party's libbie agenda.

The "Libby agenda" means it goes to helping the People. You have your theory of trickle done and then libbies have their theory.

And apparently this is how much you have to spend to make sure the People who need help actually get some.


And I am still all so very confused as to why Republicants (who are presumably People too) are always so much against helping People that need help.

You deplorables should be thanking the Gawds the Dems are steering this ship again instead of always whining about it. You had your chance and blew it.

#41 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-04-04 07:44 PM | Reply

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