Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg paves the way for new American Infrastructure.
America’s infrastructure is unprotected from growing threats made by climate change and a source of inequality in its most impoverished families. Time and time again, we have seen how poor infrastructure can devastate a community like Flint, Michigan, or New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. African Americans make up close to 60% of Flint’s population - the average yearly household income is 25k.
“We face an imperative to create resilient infrastructure and confront inequities that have devastated communities” - Pete Buttigieg.
It's unclear how Buttigieg’s 2-4 trillion dollar infrastructure plan tackles climate change or racism & inequality. However, it promises: $155 billion pledged towards repairing roads and bridges across the US. $40 billion dedicated to improving public housing units in America’s most impoverished communities. $111 billion dedicated to preventing lead poisoning of American waterways. $100 billion awarded to restoring US public schools. An additional $180 billion is saved for future R&D.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopes to pass the bill by July 4th, but Democrats require 10 Senate Republican votes to do so.
The bill calls for an increase in corporate tax from 21% to 28% - an obvious upset for Republicans. They fear the tax increase will run up the national debt and burden future generations - a claim they’ve made for generations. In reality, the national debt is a misunderstood system of investment. When borrowed money goes into society, it can create universal life-saving jobs and utilities.
“Republicans love to argue that government should be run like a business, but tend to conveniently forget that some extremely valuable companies got that way in part because they had long periods where they spent a shitload more than they took in” - John Oliver.
Buttigieg’s Infrastructure plan is seen as an investment in our Nation’s future - like Medicare before it. An overhaul of America’s Infrastructure has the potential to create millions of green jobs, revert fossil fuel dependency, and empower America’s most discouraged minorities.
If Democrats cannot reach a bipartisan agreement, there is still hope. The plan can be implemented through earmarks on smaller legislative budgets.
Republicans aside, the Biden administration is not backing down as the most progressive administration of the 21st century.