— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) November 18, 2016
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi may be ready to bend over backward to work with Donald Trump on “infrastructure,” but you can count Arizona Representative Ruben Gallego out.
Trump has proposed spending $1 trillion on infrastructure. It’s barely even an outline at this point, but the preliminary plan is based on tax incentives and privatization schemes that could lead to a lot of new toll roads and would subsidize a lot of infrastructure that would get built anyway. Even industry reps like state DOTs and toll road groups have questioned the soundness of the proposal.
Trump’s opaque personal finances also open the door to massive corruption and cronyism via infrastructure spending.
And we haven’t even got to the fact that Trump is filling his White House with an assortment of white supremacists, authoritarians, and Islamophobes. Nevertheless, top Democrats like Pelosi and Schumer have already pledged to work with Trump on his infrastructure plan.
One person who must be thrilled with these leading Democrats is Trump’s chief advisor, Steve Bannon, the notorious white nationalist who ran Breitbart before joining the Trump campaign this summer. Bannon recently said the infrastructure plan would be “as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan Revolution” for “an economic nationalist movement.”
Thankfully, not every Democrat in Congress is ready to start enabling Trump by working with him under the broad heading of “infrastructure.”