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More Than Half of Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Does Not Go Towards Infrastructure

More Than Half of Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Does Not Go Towards Infrastructure

Biden plans to pay for this monstrosity by raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%.

Basic infrastructure makes up $621 billion of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill. That means $1.379 trillion of the bill does not go towards infrastructure.

If you combine it with what they call “at home” infrastructure, it makes up $1.272 trillion of the bill.

Either way, projects that have nothing to do with infrastructure will receive more money than basic infrastructure.

Also, forgive my math because my basic calculator has a hard time handling such large numbers.

Infrastructure and “At Home” Infrastructure

So, let’s look at infrastructure:

  • The plan would invest $115 billion to revamp highways and roads, including 10 major and 10,000 smaller bridges in need of reconstruction. It also includes $20 billion to improve road safety, including for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • The plan calls for $85 billion to modernize existing transit systems and help agencies expand to meet rider demand. The investment would double federal funding for public transit.
  • Biden is proposing $80 billion to fix Amtrak’s repair backlog.
  • Biden’s proposal establishes $174 billion in grant and incentive programs for state and local governments and the private sector to build a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers by 2030.
  • The proposal seeks to replace 50,000 diesel transit vehicles and electrify at least 20 percent of the country’s “yellow school bus fleet.”
  • The plan invests $25 billion in airports, including programs to renovate terminals and expand car-free access to air travel.
  • Biden is also pitching $17 billion for inland waterways, coastal ports, land ports of entry, and ferries to invest in the nation’s freight system.
  • The American Jobs Plan targets 40 percent] of the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities.

The “at home” infrastructure must be that “human infrastructure” people within the White House told the media about a few weeks ago:

  • Biden’s proposal invests $213 billion to build and retrofit more than 2 million homes. The plan would build and rehabilitate more than 500,000 homes for low- and middle-income home buyers and invest $40 billion to improve public housing.
  • Biden’s proposal aims to deliver universal broadband, including to more than 35 percent of rural Americans who currently lack access to high-speed Internet.
  • The plan invests $111 billion to replace the country’s lead pipes and service lines. The effort would reduce lead exposure in 400,000 schools and child-care facilities and improve the safety of drinking water.
  • The proposal calls for $100 billion to upgrade and build new public schools. It also invests $12 billion in community college infrastructure and $25 billion to upgrade child-care facilities.
  • The plan would put $16 billion toward hundreds of thousands of jobs plugging oil and gas wells and reclaiming abandoned coal, hardrock and uranium mines. Jobs would also be created to lay transmission lines.
  • Biden is proposing $18 billion to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals and clinics, and $10 billion to revamp federal buildings.
  • The plan also invests $10 billion for conservation workers, including those focusing on public lands and environmental justice.

Non-Infrastructure

Remember, even if you combine the infrastructure and “at home” infrastructure totals, you still have over $1 trillion going to non-infrastructure items.

Biden wants $400 billion for the care economy, which targets caretakers and access to care for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Then there’s $580 billion for research and development, manufacturing, and training. The research and development portion concentrates on climate change.

We also have $100 billion to develop the workforce in low-income communities.

But in all honesty, don’t you think a few of the bullet points under infrastructure and “at home” infrastructure belong in this section? I do.

The IRS will also get some money to help agents perform more tax audits on companies. This leads into the next section.

Tax Overhaul

Fair share. Has anyone figured out this fair share? I hear it all the time, but no one can tell me the specific number.

I can hear the left applauding Biden raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%, and international taxes would also go up to 21% from 13%.

Biden says changing this rate is changing the tax code. He’s partially correct. I don’t see anything about removing tax breaks or deductions. People know that’s how they get their tax bills so low, right?

The “fact sheet” says this: “A recent study found that 91 Fortune 500 companies paid $0 in federal taxes on U.S. income in 2018. Another study found that the average corporation paid just 8 percent in taxes.”

Think about that for a minute. If the tax rate is 21%, the companies should be paying something to the IRS. People talk about shifting money and jobs overseas or to tax havens.

If you want to make sure people and corporations pay their fair share, you have to throw out the incentives, deductions, breaks, etc.

Or you can repeal the 16th Amendment. (Sorry, Professor. Got too libertarian there!)

Biden’s plan “ends federal tax breaks for fossil fuel companies.” See, that’s what you have to do. You have to end the federal tax breaks.

Because honestly, if the companies paid their full taxes, they need better accountants. They’re not loopholes. It’s all in the tax code.

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Comments

Enjoy the fruits of your support, Democrats.

Meanwhile the GOPe is still in 90’s mode where they think every corporation is their friend.

Corporations are OVERWHELMINGLY run by Democrats.

    GWB in reply to Olinser. | March 31, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Corporations are overwhelmingly run by people who support politicians who give them what they want. Especially in terms of barriers to entry, exemptions to laws, and looking the other way when bad behavior comes before those legislators.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to GWB. | March 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      Modern global corporations want access to global markets and cheapest labor possible. They are not friends of the American people. They have no loyalty to anything other than their return on investment.

      They are becoming a menace to both freedom and the general prosperity.

      They are indeed, not our friends.

The government giving $580B in grants for climate research is how you get a monolith in the scientific community for a climate narrative. Throw that much money only at people willing to do the research you want and come to the conclusions you ordain, and you’ll get the ‘science’ you need.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to ctgarric. | March 31, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    I wonder how much ends up in the hands of US manufacturers and suppliers? Look for China to benefit massively.

American Human | March 31, 2021 at 4:15 pm

Old Joe must have been working night and day on this baby for the last two months. Wow, what a hard worker.

An infrastructure bill that is not an infrastructure bill. Wow! That’s just like a president who is not the president.

I was sure there must be something wrong with my tv. I was about to grab my remote when this announcement appeared on the screen:

“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to…,,,,,,,,,The Outer Limits.”

So I sat there and watched and an old man with dementia tottered up the podium and claimed to be President of the United States.

I believe the bill also includes even MORE funding for the California hi speed rail project- which just announced another delay/cost overrun!

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2021/03/30/construction-firm-warns-of-new-delays-for-california-high-speed-rail-project/

More Than Half
Only “more than half”? Pikers!

healthguyfsu | March 31, 2021 at 6:11 pm

Time to fight fire with fire.

Conservatives need to develop a separate entertainment entity that can produce short and long films, featurette/ documentaries, and recurring episodes programs aimed at pointing out the dystopian consequences of these kind of policies.

Progressives have been doing this as propaganda for years through Hollywood and permeating society with their indoctrinations. They’ve turned the dial up gradually over time and now they have it up on full blast. Hollywood is not a viable vehicle for our side of the story to be told and hasn’t been for quite some time. It’s time for some healthy competition in the market. This is a place where Trump would be able to do a very good bit of groundwork with his connections, experience, investment capital, and other resources.

Biden wants to “end Federal tax breaks for oil companies” because he, like most progressives, doesn’t understand the US tax system.

Land cannot be depreciated under the US tax system. It doesn’t degrade over time, so you get no tax benefit to compensate you for it. You can only depreciate “improvements” aka buildings.

Extractive industries (not just oil, if Biden gets rid of depletion he kills mining companies too), however, do make land less valuable, in the sense that over time whatever they are extracting will eventually run out. Depletion is essentially depreciation for extraction industries to compensate them for the loss in value of the land.

Is depletion is eliminated the price of oil extraction will substantially increase, and guess who that price increase on gasoline and heating fuel will hit the hardest? The lower and working classes the Democrats claim to care so much about.

I give the vile Dhimmi-crats some credit for adopting the lexicon of the private sector. The Dhimmi-crats hate capitalism and hate entrepreneurialism, but, they know good public relations when they see it. When egomaniac/incompetent/narcissist Obama was President he understood that there was advantage to be gained by calling profligate spending an alleged “investment.” Tax cuts — allowing citizens to keep more of the fruits of their labor — perversely was characterized as “spending.” You know the drill — up is down; left is right, with these nutty Dhimmi-crats.

Recall vile Obama admonishing Americans that we couldn’t afford to “spend” money on tax cuts.

Chairman “Big Guy” Xi-den is running with this, referring to his drunken-sailor spending orgy as “investments.”

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