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Abbreviated Professional Abstract: It's Infrastructure Week (Actually!)

Jonathan Chait delves into Republican opposition to the bill:

Republican senators say they'd like to make a grand passport Infrastructure Invoice. They publicly ask Joe Biden to end his partisan strategy and sit down with them to negotiate a bill that both parties can support. The problem is that their demands for the establishment of this bipartisan agreement are running in circles.

But there's a catch: they don't like to pay for it by levying taxes on wealthy people – or, as Republicans tend to call them, "job makers." Everyone knows that Republicans would rather dust every last road in the country and travel on horseback and mule again before raising a penny in taxes on job creation. "The worst way to pay for it is to tax job creators," says Wicker.

No wonder Republicans who begged for a "bipartisan" infrastructure bill are now so vocal about it, insisting that it look like a typical Republican corporate giveaway.

As CNN's Stephen Collinson notes, this bill can transform America, especially as the Biden administration takes a realistic and forward-looking approach to what infrastructure really means in the modern economy:

In one example The President has expanded the definition of infrastructure Include $ 400 billion in bill to revolutionize home health care for the elderly and disabled. In another case, he's aiming for billions to accelerate electric vehicle development in America and meet another political priority – eliminating fossil fuels in the fight against climate change. And after a year of millions of workers relying on home internet connections to work remotely, the plan also includes $ 100 billion to build high-speed broadband infrastructure that would reach the whole country.

And President Biden's answer:

“It's kind of interesting that when the Republicans came up with an infrastructure plan, they thought everything from broadband to dealing with other things was … infrastructure. Now they say that only a small part of what I'm talking about is infrastructure is, "said Biden. "So it's interesting how their definition has changed, but they know we need them."

It's not just broadband Republicans who are objecting. Even pipe financing does not fall under their ridiculously narrow and incorrect definition of "infrastructure".

Finally, James Downie of the Washington Post gets to the bottom of the Republican opposition:

How would Republicans pay for upgrades that they agree are needed? Well, you sound pretty perplexed. "I'm open to suggestions about this," said Wicker. "One way to pay for it is to see much better economic growth," suggested Reeves, who, as CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out, "doesn't really answer the question." […]

Remember, whenever the Trump administration kicked off one of its many unfortunate "infrastructure weeks", Republicans rarely resisted the price tags – not because those proposals were always funded, but because they didn't get the rich and big business to do it. more of them to pay fair share. So when Biden sits down with Republicans to discuss paying for an infrastructure package, one thing should be clear to everyone in the room: Republicans don't care if that bill – or any other Democratic bill – is paid. They just don't want their friends to pay the bills. The good news for Democrats is that voter opinion is a loser.

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