Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

At tonight's State of the Union address, President Trump is going to outline an infrastructure plan, something he has been saying he has wanted to do since the presidential campaign.

Which might sound like a good thing, because there's widespread agreement that our roads, bridges, water systems, sewage systems, electrical grid, public transit and other parts of the nation's physical plant are woefully in need of upgrading.

But the Trump plan is a scam.

Last week, Axios obtained a draft of the proposal, which a variety of analysts have used, along with what the White House has said over the past year about what it wants to do, to determine what this plan actually consists of.

Let's count the ways it isn't what the administration would have us believe -- and isn't what the country needs:

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Misleading numbers: Trump and his aides are going to throw around "$1.5 trillion" a lot, but that number is misleading. The White House is proposing an expenditure of only $200 billion over 10 years, which is supposed to translate into $1.5 trillion of total "investment," with the rest of the money to be spent by states, localities and private investors.

Not only that, the administration is simultaneously proposing a series of cuts to federal infrastructure spending, which could amount to as much or more than the $200 billion it wants to spend on this new plan.

Putting corporate profits over the needs of the public: As a new report from the Democratic group Democracy Forward explains, the administration's plan was developed with the help of an advisory board headed by two New York real estate magnates who just happen to be personal friends of the president. Not surprisingly, the plan maximizes opportunities for private profits:

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A scam... I'm shocked I tells ya, shocked!

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-30 04:07 PM | Reply

Sounds conservative enough to me; poor arithmetic, many assumptions, and asking for the 87% of it to be subsidized.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-30 05:04 PM | Reply

(posted in wrong tgread earlier.)

will DOTUS talk about clean coal tonight? and how coal jobs are back..."big time"? how about textiles... "big time"?
i expect to hear a lot of "Big Time" quotes tonight... i mean if i watch, which i have no intention of doing.

Palestine is solved.
ooooH BOO! MS13... done. opioids ... over.
healthcare,...best in the world.

anywho... Trump's entire psyche character and behaviors are built around one archetype -- the New York "elite", and all of Manhattan, have ALWAYS hated hm. THAT is why ne minute he "loves" everybody "has a big heart" and says stuff like "do DACA separately, ... he vacillates, hangs in limbo, between trying to do good, to win their favor, and REVENGE... "HITTING" BACK which is what his more recently found friends -- by using politics -- the altRight -- are into, ie, not "do unto others..." but an "eye for an eye", the "give what you get" and "if can take it from you, you're the chump" volence oriented crowd. the STAND YOUR GROUND crowd.

everything Trump thinks or does comes from that NYC rejection he acquired long long ago...and will poke a stick back at until he the say he dies.

#3 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-30 05:25 PM | Reply

Once the infrastructure project is complete, Corky will blame Trump for the potholes on his street.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-01-30 05:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Once the infrastructure project is complete, Corky will blame Trump for the potholes on his street.
#4 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Lets not pretend Trump will ever pay the contractors who do the job. That's his MO.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-30 05:54 PM | Reply

- Corky will blame Trump for the potholes on his street.

I blame Trump for your orange tie-dye wool look.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-30 06:11 PM | Reply

Corky will blame Trump for the potholes on his street.
#4 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

And you'll praise trump for the potholes on yours, like the good sheep you are.

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-30 07:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Don't know about y'all but I don't want corporations owning our roads and bridges. This is just another give away of wealth to the 1%, we will be paying tolls to foreign owners of American roads and bridges.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-31 09:22 AM | Reply

Sounds conservative enough to me; poor arithmetic, many assumptions, and asking for the 87% of it to be subsidized.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-30 05:04 PM | Reply

I hope all the Trumpterds enjoy their new toll roads.

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-31 09:22 AM | Reply

Once the infrastructure project is complete, Corky will blame Trump for the potholes on his street.
#4 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Lets not pretend Trump will ever pay the contractors who do the job. That's his MO.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant

And are pretending that Congress is actually going to agree on a plan?

We are never going to get past solving the immigration problem. We will be fighting about that until November at the rate we are going.

Feb 8th is now just one week away and we are further apart than ever.

Wait until the "secret memo" hits the airwaves. That cycle will last all thru the weekend probably. Democrats won't be in any mood to cooperate after that.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-31 08:03 PM | Reply

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