The Democrats has now their own definition of ‘infrastructure’.
According to Democrats, everything is now considered infrastructure. Infrastructure is not only limited to roads and bridges but for everything. Of Biden’s infrastructure bill, the cost is $2.5 trillion dollars. The amount spent on roads and bridges is between $115 and $169 billion.
During the past administration, Trump proposed a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure plan where all of the money went to infrastructure, the Democrats terminated the bill because it was too expensive.
Recently, Bernie Sanders is trying to move the goalp0osts by saying the bill should supply Medicare recipients free dental, free dentures, free hearing aids, and free glasses. He calls it human infrastructure.
As a matter of fact, today’s Medicare Advantage plans already offer help paying for a large portion of a Medicare recipient’s costs for hearing aids and dentures. There are also no deductibles, no copays to your GP doctor and drug coverage is free.
Anchor Jake Tapper asked:
“So you think that things that one could argue are important but not necessarily a part of an infrastructure package such as dealing with college debt? You think that that should be a part of the bill?”
“Well, you know, it depends on what you call infrastructure. Roads and bridges and tunnels are infrastructure. I think many of us see a crisis in human infrastructure. When working-class families can’t find good quality affordable child care, that’s human infrastructure.”
“One of the areas that I am working on right now is the need to expand Medicare in order to provide dental care and hearing aids and eye glasses for millions and millions of seniors who need these services but can’t afford it. Is that infrastructure?
I think it is. Look, Jake, the truth is, in so many ways, we are behind many other countries throughout the world in providing for working families and the elderly and the children. And I think now is the time to begin addressing our physical infrastructure and our human infrastructure. I want to see that happen as soon as possible.”
However, Joe Manchin, an influential centrist Democrat, warned Monday that the Biden administration’s massive infrastructure package can’t pass in its current form because he and a handful of other Senate Democrats believe the corporate tax hikes proposed in the bill — designed to offset its costs — are too steep.
“As the bill exists today, it needs to be changed,” he told West Virginia Metro News host Hoppy Kercheval in a radio interview when asked if he supported or opposed President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion proposal.
Manchin said he is against raising the current 21% corporate tax rate — which was put in place by the 2017 tax overhaul under the Trump administration — to 28% as called for in the bill and instead supports a middle ground 25% rate, which he called “fair.”
The senior senator from West Virginia senator said he would use the “leverage” he has in the 50-50 Senate to demand changes before voting to take up the bill, which has been introduced but expected to go through weeks or months of negotiations before being debated on the floor.
“If I don’t vote to get on it, it’s not going anywhere. So we’re going to have some leverage here. And it’s more than just me, Hoppy. There are six or seven other Democrats who feel very strongly about this. We have to be competitive and we’re not going to throw caution to the wind,” he said without revealing who the other Democrats are.
It’s in neither Biden’s nature nor his interest to go to war with a Democratic senator who represents a state he lost by nearly 39 points. The official White House line is that elements of the bill are open to negotiation, though some of the president’s allies on the left are again handling Manchin less diplomatically.
“We have to have our Republican friends work with us too,” Manchin said in the interview. “They just can’t be against everything thinking this going to be political posturing we are going to take for the 2022 elections.”