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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco

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A.F. BRANCO on April 13, 2021 |

According to the Democrats, everything on their socialist wish list, like the New Green Deal, is now infrastructure.

Green New Infrastructure

Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

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Chris Wallace Fact-Checks Pete Buttigieg Over Infrastructure During Live Interview — Twice

Reported by VIRGINIA KRUTA, ASSOCIATE EDITOR | April 11, 2021


Chris Wallace and Pete Buttigieg appear on "Fox News Sunday." Screenshot/Fox

“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace challenged Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg directly over his claims about President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. Wallace asked Buttigieg about claims that the United States ranked 13th in infrastructure as well as claims that the proposed infrastructure plan would create some 19 million jobs. 

“I want to start with a fact-check of how the Biden administration is selling this plan,” Wallace began, noting that several administration officials and Biden himself had claimed that the United States ranked 13th in the world in infrastructure. Wallace went on to point out that many of the countries ranked higher — such as Singapore, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates — were too small to truly be comparable.

“Of the 10 largest countries … the U.S. actually ranks first,” Wallace continued. “So secretary, not to say that everything is fine, but why not be straight about the actual conditions here in the U.S. to the American people?”

“Well, the American people already know that our infrastructure needs a lot of work,” Buttigieg replied, arguing that everyone who’s driven on America’s roads and bridges understands the need for a comprehensive plan to fix them.

“We don’t have a lot of work to do to persuade the American people that U.S. infrastructure needs major improvement. The American people already know it and that’s one of the reasons why there is such extraordinary Republican and independent and Democratic support for this package among the American people,” Buttigieg added.

“Not necessarily in Congress, however,” Wallace replied before pivoting to offer up a second fact-check.

“I want to give you another fact-check. All of you in the Biden administration have been selling this plan as a huge jobs creator,” Wallace said, sharing a video of Buttigieg from a week earlier touting the plan and claiming that it would create 19 million jobs. “But it turns out the study you are citing from Moody’s Analytics says the economy will add 16.3 million jobs without the infrastructure bill and 2.7 million more with it. So it doesn’t, as you said last Sunday, create 19 million jobs. Again, Secretary Buttigieg, why mislead folks?”

“You’re right, I should have been more precise,” Buttigieg agreed, saying that the real takeaway was that there would be more jobs created with the plan than without it.

“Two million, not 19 million,” Wallace pushed back.

“According to that Moody’s analysis, 2.7 million additional jobs if we pass this package — just further proof that it’s good for the economy and taken as a whole it’s going to add jobs compared to doing nothing,” Buttigieg repeated his point, prompting Wallace to ask whether it was fair to say that he and others within the administration had “exaggerated the jobs impact.”

“Look, there are a lot of different analyses about just how many million jobs this is going to create,” Buttigieg pushed back, but Wallace interrupted. 

“Secretary, you’re the one who cited Moody’s Analytics as 19 million and it’s actually 2.7 million, which is a bunch, but it’s not what you said,” he said.

“It’s part of a scenario that Moody’s says will create 19 million jobs,” Buttigieg insisted, once again repeating that the real message was that passing the plan would ultimately create more jobs than not passing it. “Why wouldn’t we want America to create 2.7 million more jobs?”

Dems want climate change, tax hikes in infrastructure deal


The top two Democratic leaders on Monday told President Trump that any bipartisan infrastructure package needs to take into consideration climate change and include “substantial, new and real revenue” — a preview of the coming fight over tax hikes.

Trump will host Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the White House on Tuesday for discussions on a major infrastructure bill, one of the few policy areas that could see action amid divided government and as the 2020 race heats up.

Democrats want the measure for roads, bridges, waterways and other projects to be paid for with tax increases, and with a final price tag of at least $1 trillion over 10 years. Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget calls for $200 billion in federal spending on infrastructure, which White House officials say will leverage an additional $800 billion in investment through public-private partnerships over the next decade.

“America’s unmet infrastructure needs are massive, and a bipartisan infrastructure package must meet those needs with substantial, new and real revenue,” Pelosi and Schumer wrote in a letter to Trump on Monday. “We look forward to hearing your ideas on how to pay for this package to ensure that it is big and bold enough to meet our country’s needs.”

The leaders laid out other Democratic priorities: Any deal must extend beyond traditional infrastructure projects, take into account climate change, include “Buy America” provisions and provide jobs for a broad swath of workers.

“A big and bold infrastructure package must be comprehensive and include clean energy and resiliency priorities,” Pelosi and Schumer wrote. “To truly be a gamechanger for the American people, we should go beyond transportation and into broadband, water, energy, schools, housing and other initiatives. We must also invest in resiliency and risk mitigation of our current infrastructure to deal with climate change.”

“A big and bold infrastructure plan must have strong Buy America, labor, and women, veteran and minority-owned business protections in any package,” they added. “This bill can and should be a major jobs and ownership boost for the American people – manufacturers, labor contractors, and women, veteran and minority-owned businesses.”

Pelosi told reporters earlier this month that an infrastructure package “has to be at least $1 trillion. I’d like it to be closer to $2 trillion.”

Trump last year reportedly told lawmakers and senior White House officials that he was in favor of a 25-cent gas tax hike to help pay for an infrastructure overhaul. The gas tax, which supports the Highway Trust Fund and pays for road projects, has not been raised in more than two decades. But on Monday, a source familiar with Schumer’s thinking said the senator would not entertain any gas-tax proposal unless Trump also rolled back some tax cuts from his 2017 landmark tax law.

“Unless President Trump considers undoing some of the 2017 tax cuts for the wealthy, Schumer won’t even consider a proposal from the president to raise the gas tax, of which the poor and working people would bear the brunt,” the Democratic source said.

Tuesday’s gathering marks the first meeting between Trump and the top Democratic leaders since the report from special counsel Robert Mueller was made public. It comes as multiple Democratic-led committees in the House have launched investigations into Trump, his administration, his business dealings and whether he obstructed justice.

A handful of other House Democrats will be attending Tuesday’s meeting: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (S.C.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (Mass.) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (Ore.).

On the Senate side, Democratic attendees will include Minority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (Wash.), Democratic Policy Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), and Sens. Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Tom Carper (Del.), the ranking members of the Finance and Environment and Public Works committees, respectively.

White House Releases Plan to ‘Build a Stronger America’

Posted by | on February 14, 2018

This Valentine’s Day the White House (WH) is giving the gift of economical hope by releasing a fact based plan on why America needs to focus on the rebuilding of our infrastructure. The statement begins with a quote from President Donald Trump, “It’s time to put up soaring new infrastructure that inspires pride in our people and our towns.”

Outlining how Americans overwhelmingly support this plan, the WH detailed some facts:

  • In a September 2017 Harvard-Harris poll, 84 percent of those polled believe the United States needs an investment in infrastructure.

    • More than three-quarters of those polled, 76 percent, believe infrastructure funding should come from a combination of public funds, bonds, and public-private partnerships.

  • An overwhelming number of Americans, 81 percent, believe that infrastructure investments will improve their personal quality of life according to a July 2017 poll conducted by YouGov.

    • 89 percent of those polled said investing in infrastructure will strengthen the economy.

    • 82 percent believe infrastructure investments will bring more jobs to their communities.

  • In a recent Harvard-Harris poll, those polled believed infrastructure should be the second highest priority of Congress and the Administration, only behind stimulating American jobs.

It didn’t stop there though.

The report continued to detail how American businesses also support the investment into our infrastructure:

  • The vast majority of business owners believe that investing in infrastructure will improve the economy and see private investments as key, according to a survey conducted by UBS.

    • 89 percent of the business owners surveyed believe infrastructure investments will improve the economy.

    • 65 percent believe infrastructure investments will improve their business.

    • 80 percent support private sector involvement in infrastructure.

    • Business owners ranked public-private partnerships and private investment vehicles as the top two ways to fund infrastructure.

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers has called for “the creation of strategies to expedite the decision-making in the regulatory process for infrastructure development at federal, state and local levels.”👍

  • The Associated General Contractors of America: “Delays in environmental review and permitting decisions, as well as lengthy procurement processes, often derail the efficient delivery of needed infrastructure projects by many years.”

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “It should never take more than two years to complete all federal permits required for an infrastructure project.”

Finally, the report concluded with a show of bipartisan support from elected officials:

  • Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI): “Real action to streamline the permitting process will help jumpstart projects that are vital to our communities and our economy.”

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “The problem runs deeper than dollars and cents. American workers built skyscrapers in less time than our government now spends reviewing – not even building, but reviewing – plans for new bridges and stretches of highway.”

  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-SD): “Aligning federal infrastructure funding with local priorities and looking at other impediments to building would increase accountability and help us meet our most critical infrastructure needs faster.”

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has previously acknowledged the dire state of American infrastructure and expressed concern that partisanship had held back past infrastructure improvement efforts.

    • Minority Leader Pelosi in 2016: “…we have infrastructure problems around our country.”

    • In 2016, Minority Leader Pelosi stated, “We have been talking about it [infrastructure] a long time. It never used to be a partisan issue. We used to always be able to come to terms on it in a bipartisan way. We have to go to a place like that.”

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has expressed concern about the condition of our nation’s infrastructure.

    • Minority Leader Schumer in 2011: “It is no secret that much of our nation’s infrastructure is in disrepair…”

  • Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL): “Modernizing our transportation and communication networks is something we all agree the U.S. desperately needs in order to create more jobs and maintain our leadership in the global economy.”

  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in 2015: “America’s infrastructure is falling behind other nations, and it’s costing us jobs, compromising safety, and constraining economic growth.”

  • Former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under President Obama, Cass Sunstein has stated: “The status quo is not great. It’s ridiculous…. It can take several years, and millions of dollars, to obtain environmental clearance for construction permits, even if the goal is to develop green infrastructure and to improve the environment.”

  • President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Terry O’Sullivan and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) wrote: “America used to be known as a country that built great structures on time and on budget. If real federal permitting reform is part of a broad-based infrastructure initiative, we can be that country again.”

  • Common Good, a nonpartisan reform coalition, issued a report in 2015 stating: “Rebuilding America’s decrepit infrastructure requires a new permitting system. Approvals today can take a decade, sometimes longer.”

  • The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a report in 2016 stating: “Infrastructure projects are subject to various environmental and planning statutes and typically require multiple permits, from many levels of government. The risk that a project will be delayed due to sequential permitting and reviews is one of the biggest barriers to getting projects done.”

    • The Bipartisan Policy Center also stated: “Permitting and environmental review, particularly when executed sequentially, is one of the most significant deterrents to private capital investing in U.S. infrastructure projects.”

This is exciting news for America and much needed for the benefit of our future. Once again, Trump is keeping his promise of making America great again!

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In spite of the evidence, Hillary Clinton say’s that all the scandals surrounding her are a big nothing burger.

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US Infrastructure: Financed By China, Built By Amnestied Aliens?


A-Kiss-590-LA-w-logoNo one seems to be asking where all these new provisional status Americans will work if Immigration Reform of any type becomes law now or in the future. Of course, amnestied aliens will continue to take jobs away from Americans, but jobs doing what? No one can raise a family on a low skill low wage job and prosper in America. Or can they?

Back in April, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Chinese government representatives to promote China’s investment in US Infrastructure Projects. At the same time, Obama regurgitated his idea of an “Infrastructure Bank.” I penned a piece about both, but got lost in the “Chinese government in America” thing and never made the connection to Immigration Reform. However, I think there is a very real connection between the calls for rebuilding the US Infrastructure, Obama’s investment overtures to China and our federal legislatures rush to legalize tens of millions of low cost illegal immigrant laborers.

The American economy is at a standstill. Manufacturing jobs that have been shipped offshore are not coming back to an over-regulated and over-taxed Obama economy. The Construction trades have been devastated by the recession. Bottom line is there are more workers than jobs. The Construction Industry cannot afford to keep people on the payroll or hire out of union halls unless there are projects that need building.

To illustrate my point, I offer Texas, one of the largest economies in the world. Yet a high percentage of its construction labor is now employed in the petrochemical industry, not the construction trades. Even as strong as the Texas economy is, there is not enough building trades work to go around. Even for the companies that employ cheap illegal immigrant labor.

With almost $17 trillion dollars, in short term national debt and estimated long term unfunded liabilities for our entitlement programs somewhere north of $150 trillion, the US government and taxpayer cannot afford to borrow much money for very long to finance rebuilding America’s Infrastructure. Not under our Obama economic models. Our government, Democrats and Republicans, all recognize that Americans may be feeding off their treasury, but America cannot be dependent on the rest of the world.

Enter Infrastructure projects done with Chinese investment and cheap immigrant labor—the new crony capitalism for America.

The White House and our lawmakers are strangely mute about the future of American Infrastructure Projects. Oh, they bristle and politic when a bridge collapses and they ribbon-cut often as it offers a photo op, but they are sketchy on details for why we are holding back on putting Americans to work on sorely needed public works and energy generation projects. Why?

For decades, American companies have manipulated our politicians and immigration laws to secure tax benefits for employing legal immigrant labor from around the world. Labor that was brought here in an expedient fashion, fast tracked if you will through the immigration process, sold as big hearted America’s helping hand to asylum seekers, when in reality they were a handpicked workforce designed to get the job done cheap. You pick a country that has had civil strife and I guarantee you that somewhere in the US is a Congressional district swamped with these people performing cheap labor and subsisting off the taxpayer. Not to mention a very happy public official with his or her hands in some campaign contributors pocket and cadre of newly sworn voters ready to head to the polls when instructed.

I believe that our government is executing a plan that is guaranteed to keep them fat and happy while we sweat the load. The Senate has not convinced the Congress, yet, but it is coming whether conservatives like it or not. Either that or our infrastructure and energy production needs will suffer. This is how Washington does business. It is called extortion.

Current Immigration reform includes immediate right to work status for all. For some it provides immediate citizenship and special worker protections required by law to work on public works or government job sites. The current bill also establishes an “Immigrant prevailing wage.” Sounds like government code for base union scale wages, but I could be wrong.

John Kerry went to China to soothe our bankers back in April. The Chinese are not satisfied with the slim pickings in America anymore. They want some real meat and it is going to take amnesty and a boatload of tax breaks, but this is our governments plan.

Every bubble that was re-inflated by Obama since 2008 is getting very thin. They have to do something quick or it is all going to fall apart. Selling out millions of voting Americans who will be replaced by millions of new voters is an ugly theory to swallow. America had better start chewing on it now before they cram it down our throats.

Immigration reform will destroy America. Vigorously protest and stop it now or it is over for all of us.

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