Polls: People Don’t Know Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is a Scam

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

Polls show that the public likes President Trump’s plan to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure. That’s because they think he actually plans to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure. He doesn’t. Not hardly. Not by a long shot. In fact…

Infrastructure Spending Is Popular

Polls show the public really likes it when Trump says he plans to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure.

Gallup: Trump Family Leave, Infrastructure Proposals Widely Popular,

Americans are far more likely to agree than disagree with President Donald Trump’s proposals to require companies to provide family leave for parents of a newborn and to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure.

CNN: CNN/ORC poll: Most back boost in infrastructure spending, oppose growing military budget,

Trump’s most popular budget proposals include reducing taxes for middle-class Americans (84% approve) and increasing spending on infrastructure (79% approve).

So the public wants our government to spend money fixing up our infrastructure. But we have a Republican Congress, which has spent the last 8 years filibustering every attempt to allocate money to do just that. They say any “government spending’ is bad,  even though in a true democracy, that’s how government makes our lives better.

So what are they really up to?

The Reality

The reality is that Trump’s budget cuts infrastructure spending, as I explained back in March: 

Trump’s budget guts transportation infrastructure funding, eliminating funding for many popular programs like mass transit funding for cities, Amtrak long-distance trains, and rural air service. It forces privatization of the Air Traffic Control system… Trump’s budget doesn’t help get you from here to there.

Confirmed at CNN: Trump has promised big spending on infrastructure. His budget cuts it.

The Even Worse Reality

What Trump is really planning is mass-privatization of our infrastructure. Instead of We the People building infrastructure that we all get to use, Trump’s plan is to make We the People pay corporations to take over our infrastructure, and then they charge us to use it. And then maybe drag us off our roads, like United Airlines dragging ticketed, seated passengers off of planes.

Here’s the scoop, from Trump’s Infrastructure ‘Plan’ Is Really Just A Privatization Scam,

Trump’s plan does not call for public investment in public infrastructure, nor does it call for hiring local construction companies using American suppliers and creating jobs for American union workers. Trump’s plan is for the government to spend money giving tax breaks to giant, multinational corporations and calling it infrastructure investment.

Trump knows the public wants infrastructure, so he promises it. Just like all the other things he promised and went back on after the election. Jut like all the contractors he stiffed, and the students at Trump University. It’s just another Trump con.

Those Other Popular Items Are Scams, Too

Trump’s promised family leave and middle-class tax cut are popular, too. They are also scams.

Trump’s child care plan is gift to the rich, according to the Tax Policy Center:

The tax experts at TPC say 70% of the benefits will go to families that make $100,000 or more. And 25% will go to people earning $200,000 or more.

… That sounds great, but families have to pay income taxes to Uncle Sam in order to take advantage of the deduction. Many working class families pay nothing in federal income taxes because they earn too little in income to owe anything.

Middle-class tax cut?  There is no “middle class tax cut.” Trump is proposing to cut taxes for the rich and corporations. Or to keep it simple, “the rich.”

The AP fact-checked Trump’s ‘massive’ tax cut for middle class, and found the richest one percent would get more than two hundred times more money back than the middle one-fifth of the population. Tony Nitti at Forbes, concurs. So does Christopher Faricy writing for the Washington Post.

And the Intercept’s David Dayen does us the favor of pointing out that On His First Day in Office, Trump Raises Taxes on Middle-Class Homebuyers.

Just One More Scam

Oh, and that “armada” Trump said he was sending to the waters off North Korea? It wasn’t.

He promised a middle class tax cut; it isn’t. He promised paid family leave; it isn’t. He promised us a trillion dollars for infrastructure; it isn’t. it’s just one more scam Trump hopes will trick the public.

Don’t fall for it – it is not what he promised us for infrastructure, not by a long shot.

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Reposted from Our Future.

Johnson also is a fellow at the Commonwealth Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Renewal of the California Dream. Follow Dave Johnson on Twitter: www.twitter.com/dcjohnson.

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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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