American Elephants

I Suppose We Could Call it “Infrastructure” by The Elephant's Child
April 11, 2021, 9:18 pm
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Having created an immense border crisis, Joe Biden is apparently now considering paying the illegal aliens to go back home. I suppose we could call it “infrastructure”. Infrastructure seems to be the name of the big program where you stuff everything you want to do. Should work, because when you call it infrastructure, people think roads and bridges, and don’t concern themselves much with the actuality. We’ve been here before, but I don’t really remember lots of photos of newly repaired bridges and new highways.

I have, today, seen accusations that many of our roads are “racist”, but there was no explanation of that one. Just a uniform accusation to throw out when you can’t find the right evidence, I guess. A road goes through a black neighborhood? A road avoids a black neighborhood? Dunno.

At the Wall Street Journal, James Freeman asks: “How Many Jobs Will Be Lost to Biden ‘Infrastructure”? He says sometimes the president calls his next proposed spending blowout an “infrastructure bill” and sometimes he calls it a “jobs: program”. The Biden plan may end up destroying plenty of both. The Wharton School projects it dragging wages down by 0.7 percent in 2031 and 0,8 percent in 2050. Other analysts disagree. I think that’s where the term “throwing money at the problem” came from. Mr. Biden is racking up a pretty big bill for the taxpayers. Remember my oft-repeated nostrum: “The Federal Government has no money of it’s own.”

FDR, the ultimate hero for the Democrats, had a lot of “jobs programs” during the Great Depression — The WPA, the ECW, the CCC– which critics at the time called “the use of 100 men shoveling dirt to create a road rather than using a road grader”. Didn’t shorten or end the Depression, Pearl Harbor did that. Not generally a good idea to appear weak in your enemies’ eyes. And, oddly, not everything can be solved by throwing money at it.

Another headline from the Wall Street Journal: “Inflation Arrives, Is It ‘Transitory’?” Producer prices up 4.2% in the last year, with goods prices up 7%. Unfortunately, that’s where throwing money at the problem ends up. People are already noticing the increasing price of gas.

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