FEE by Brad Polumbo 3/31/2021
9 Crazy Examples of Unrelated Waste and Partisan Spending in Bidenâ€™s $2 Trillion â€˜Infrastructureâ€™ Proposal
Just roughly one-third of the money goes to the kinds of spending people would usually associate with infrastructure.
The Biden administration on Wednesday released a comprehensive $2+ trillion spending proposal ostensibly focused on infrastructure. But thereâ€™s much more to this plan than meets the eye.
A glance at the proposal reveals many items that appear only tenuously related to infrastructure. In fact, several donâ€™t appear to be related to infrastructure at all.
Here are 9 of the most suspect items in Bidenâ€™s â€œinfrastructureâ€ proposal, taken directly from a fact-sheet on the plan the White House released.
1. $10 Billion to Create a â€˜Civilian Climate Corpâ€™
The Biden administration proposes spending $10 billion to create a â€œCivilian Climate Corp.â€ The White House claims that â€œThis $10 billion investment will put a new, diverse generation of Americans to work conserving our public lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, and advancing environmental justice through a new Civilian Climate Corps.â€
2. $20 Billion to â€˜Advance Racial Equity and Environmental Justiceâ€™
The proposal sets aside a whopping $20 billionâ€”more than the latest COVID package spent on vaccinesâ€”for â€œa new program that will reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and ensure new projects increase opportunity, advance racial equity and environmental justice, and promote affordable access.â€
3. $175 Billion in Subsidies for Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles: A technological novelty so good it wonâ€™t catch on without hundreds of billions in subsidies. At least, thatâ€™s apparently what the Biden administration thinks, as its infrastructure proposal earmarks a â€œ$174 billion investment to win the electric vehicle market.â€