Saturday, April 3, 2021

#93 / Infrastructure Plans


President Biden and the Democratic Party leadership in Congress are now working actively to pass a massive "infrastructure bill." Here is how an article in the March 30, 2021, edition of The New York Times presented the situation:
WASHINGTON — Senior Democrats on Monday proposed a tax increase that could partly finance President Biden’s plans to pour trillions of dollars into infrastructure and other new government programs, as party leaders weighed an aggressive strategy to force his spending proposals through Congress over unified Republican opposition.

The moves were the start of a complex effort by Mr. Biden’s allies on Capitol Hill to pave the way for another huge tranche of federal spending after the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was enacted this month. The president is set to announce this week the details of his budget, including his much-anticipated infrastructure plan.
The Times' article was illustrated with the picture shown above. The picture made me pause. 
I am definitely in favor of repairing and restoring existing infrastructure that is now falling apart (roads, bridges, and public buildings). Constructing new super freeways, however, is not going to be helpful. 
Planting trees, working to restore degraded soils, and providing support for transportation modalities that will require us to share rides, not continue our use of individual vehicles as our main method of transportation, is what is called for in this time of global warming. 
That's the kind of infrastructure plan I'd like to see.

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