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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:23 AM

NY Times Paul Krugman, "Trump Doesn't Give a Dam" Its not a plan, its a scam.

"Itís not a plan, itís a scam." Don the Con.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/opinion/donald-trump-infrastructure.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=opinion&module=Ribbon&version=originģion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&pgtype=article

Donald Trump doesnít give a dam. Or a bridge. Or a road. Or a sewer system. Or any of the other things we talk about when we talk about infrastructure.

But how can that be when he just announced a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan? Thatís easy: Itís not a plan, itís a scam. The $1.5 trillion number is just made up; heís only proposing federal spending of $200 billion, which is somehow supposed to magically induce a vastly bigger overall increase in infrastructure investment, mainly paid for either by state and local governments (which are not exactly rolling in cash, but whatever) or by the private sector.

And even the $200 billion is essentially fraudulent: The budget proposal announced the same day doesnít just impose savage cuts on the poor, it includes sharp cuts for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and other agencies that would be crucially involved in any real infrastructure plan. Realistically, Trumpís offer on infrastructure is this: nothing.

Thatís not to say that the plan is completely vacuous. One section says that it would ďauthorize federal divestiture of assets that would be better managed by state, local or private entities.Ē Translation: Weíre going to privatize whatever we can. Itís conceivable that this would be done only in cases where the private sector really would do better, and contracts would be handed out fairly, without a hint of cronyism. And if you believe that, I have a degree from Trump University you might want to buy.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:31 AM

1. Another day, another Trump and GOP scam,

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Response to duforsure (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:45 AM

2. Don is a con man ... the #s are just made up

1.5 trillion - 200 billion = $1.3 trillion that will just show by magic*

* the states and cities don't have that much cash so is Don
going to sell off all of our public infrastructure to Russian mobsters?

Welcome to the Vlad Putin toll road aka I-70.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:53 AM

9. The Russians don't have that much cash

but, the Chinese can probably come up with a good part of it.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 12:22 PM

10. Some Russians do have that much cash especially if Trump gets the sanctions dropped

Besides Trump and company might give them a good friends deal. Maybe w/a 10% kickback
to the Trump family too.

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Response to Botany (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 01:12 PM

12. Or, if they put the Trump name on it

The Trump Bridge, or the Donald J Trump Airport, or similar

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:55 AM

3. The irony is that we have plenty of money to take care of everyone

in the world and upgrade infrastructure.

It's just in too few hands. We have a few billionaire freaks that want more, more, more, always at our expense.

Now, we have this giant tax cut for billionaires, giving them even more money while at the same time making it impossible for our government to provide services many Americans depend on.

Nothing but thievery.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:47 AM

8. yep....

also too much to the military....

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:03 AM

4. Another good read from the good Doctor...

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:16 AM

5. Stealing Americas assets to turn them over virtually for free to oligarchs is his plan.

Of course, they will all have to give him something under the table, contribute millions to his cough, re-election committee, cough, or find some way to enrich both him and any cabinet members involved. He wants to steal our assets and stop our votes and then destroy the constitution, all at the behest of his master, Putin.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:17 AM

6. It's otherwise called: Privatize the roads and charge tolls. Everywhere.

On the upside, maybe we're coming around to reinventing the wheel, eh? There's a reason that governments fund projects to "promote the general welfare." With public tax dollars, it's a more effective, equitable, and efficient way to provide a service. Privatizing the transportation infrastructure will be highly inefficient and will cost taxpayers MORE money in the long term, and will maximize profits for billionaires who have no interest in the general public welfare.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:21 AM

7. That quote

Sums up douchbags whole presidency.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 12:24 PM

11. Trump is a Con Artist-So His "Infrastructure Plan" is Also a Con

As they say, this isn't rocket science.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 01:30 PM

13. Who is pushing dumb ass to do this, he's doesn't really give a crap about any of this.

Not that I doubt his evilness for one secound, he's just too lazy and uninformed to propose this crap, imo.

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Response to SammyWinstonJack (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 07:06 PM

14. Kickbacks are probably waiting in the wings

I don't believe this parasite does anything that doesn't benefit him in some way.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 08:17 PM

15. Of course it is.. but Thanks

for pointing tht out in the NYT, Krugman.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 12:27 AM

16. infrastructure

 

Be prepared for monthly reading of your odometer for your monthly road use bill!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 01:02 AM

17. Billionaires Think of the 97% as Sheep to Be Sheared

Billionaires recognize without the non capitalistic class to be sheared of their wealth, labor, talent and dignity they would be just another face in Costco. The entire system is rigged to provide billionaires with the legal means to rip off the masses and provide themselves with obscene wealth and power.

Tax reform is a dirty joke convincing many workers that a one time $1,000 bonus is a fair trade off for the loss of medicare, social security, medicaid, food stamps, decent wages, etc. Is that a good reason to vote for the class and race dividing GOP?
What happens when the bonus is spent? Nothing, back to low paying jobs and unfair treatment by the money masters. In the mean time billionaires are ahead by untold millions. The cost to them for their sanctimonious bonus, pennies on the dollar.

Wake up, the money masters know how to fuck you!

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