Democrats Unveil A Good Infrastructure Plan

And they didn’t half-ass it either (boldface mine):

The proposal unveiled by Democratic leaders Wednesday would plow just over $1 trillion into a wide range of infrastructure needs, including $140 billion for roads and bridges, $115 billion for water and sewer infrastructure and $50 billion to rebuild schools.

The spending would be offset by clawing back two-thirds of the revenue lost in the Republican tax bill by reinstating a top income tax rate of 39.6 percent, restoring the individual alternative minimum tax, reversing cuts to the estate tax, and raising the corporate income tax from 21 percent to 25 percent.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview Tuesday that the plan sets up a stark contrast for voters ahead of the midterm elections.

“We believe overwhelmingly the American people will prefer building infrastructure and creating close to 15 million middle-class jobs than giving tax breaks for the wealthy,” he said…

Although much of the Democratic plan would send money to traditional infrastructure priorities like highways, transit and waterways, Schumer highlighted less conventional spending priorities, including $40 billion to build high-speed Internet connections in rural areas and $80 billion to upgrade the country’s energy grid.

Of course, the Democrats’ deficit hysteria is nipping at their heels:

Republicans dismissed the Democratic proposal Wednesday. Aides said it was hypocritical for Democrats, after months of complaining about the $1.5 trillion deficit impact of the tax bill, to take two-thirds of that cost and devote it to infrastructure.

Nonetheless, the plan (pdf) would also devote $115 billion to public transit.

Now just remind people that they can nice things or those shitheads, Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka, can laugh all the way to the bank.

Aside: Until the Budget Control Act is repealed, there are constraints, as fucking moronic as they are, on federal spending.

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