Roadblocks may be coming for President Biden’s infrastructure projects


Jeff Greenfield:

I think this is another example of polarization. I will use the word infected in almost every aspect of our public life. In the past few months, when the Senate passed the infrastructure bill, 40% of Republicans in the Senate voted in favor. A few months later, it became a hot political issue among Republicans. Only 15 percent of House Republicans voted in favor. So yeah, whatever the problem, you’d be thinking, hey you know what? We can improve the grid. We can improve rural broadband. He becomes contaminated with politics.

And I should mention another problem, inflation. We have achieved the highest rate of inflation in 40 years. This will inevitably increase the cost of each construction project. Because everything from steel to wages goes up, state and local governments can be much more reluctant to shoulder their share of the cost. And generally speaking, that’s going to make any infrastructure project the target and people say, well with inflation we just can’t afford it, let alone you know you can’t. you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs, you can’t build an infrastructure without interruption.

So in a year, it’s much more likely that we’ll see torn roads and closed bridges and train delays as these infrastructure projects start to be built.


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