That’s what his latest tax-and-spend multi-trillion dollar bill that he’s masquerading as an infrastructure bill is—a misleading mess of profligacy. Here’s some of what’s in it besides actual infrastructure monies.
- $174 billion for electric vehicles
- $400 billion on home-based care for the elderly and disabled
- $25 billion on child care facilities
- $50 billion on “research infrastructure” at the National Science Foundation
- $213 billion for home sustainability and public housing
- $35 billion+ for climate change R&D
- $50 billion to create a new office at the Department of Commerce to “dedicated to monitoring domestic industrial capacity and funding investments to support production of critical goods”
- $30 billion to prepare for future pandemics
- $45 billion so the Feds can buy “clean energy goods”
- $14 billion “to bring together industry, academia, and government to advance technologies and capabilities critical to future competitiveness”
That’s more than $1 trillion out of Biden’s $2 trillion demand for his bill. Many of these things might actually be worthy projects—depending on pesky details—but they have no place in a real, legitimate infrastructure program.
And there’s this non sequitur that has no immediate cost, but it will reduce take-home pay of non-union members to no useful purpose and greatly limit our economy and drive up prices through greatly increased union costs:
[T]he PRO Act, which would essentially override right-to-work laws in states across the country, allowing unions to extract dues from workers who do not want to be members.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY):
It’s like a Trojan horse. Its called infrastructure, but inside the Trojan horse it’s going to be more borrowed money, and massive tax increases on all the productive parts of our economy.
Indeed. Dollars—trillions of dollars—out of our economy immediately and trillions more for the foreseeable future.