With the help of 13 Republican House members and 19 Republican senators, Congress is sending a $1.2 trillion "infrastructure" bill to President Biden's desk.
It's undoubtedly a political win for the president and his party, but is it a win for the American people?
According to an excellent analysis by our friends over at the Daily Wire, no -- not at all.
Only about 10% of the bill will be used to fund "roads and bridges" ($110 billion). The bill spends another $42 billion for airports and seaports, and $55 billion on fixing water pipes.
That's the only part of the bill that is dedicated to traditional infrastructure. The rest? Well, see for yourself:
- $500 million to destroy roads and highways constructed as part of America’s purported legacy of systemic racism.
- A fund to punish people who drive their own cars. Provides money to encourage cities and municipalities to charge cars for traveling into city limits during peak hours, collect tolls from drivers, and hike the cost of parking in the city.
- $39 billion on "public transportation" and another $66 billion on rail transit. These "investments," of course, will only (allegedly) benefit Americans living in major cities.
- $7.5 billion for electric chargers for e-vehicles
- $7.5 billion for zero- or low-emission public buses and ferries.
- $65 billion to strengthen the U.S. energy grid.
- Money for "tree justice": "[c]onducting an equity assessment by mapping tree canopy gaps, flood-prone locations, and urban heat island hot spots."
- Permanent $30/month subsidy for low-income people to purchase internet access. (No requirement the internet be used for work or school.)
The Biden administration claims that all of this new spending will be "paid for." Of course, that's not true.
According to the Heritage Foundation, the bill will increase deficits every year and add an additional $2,900 per household to the national debt. Already, each American citizen owes about $87,000 in national debt.
Neither party is willing cut spending and get our nation's finances under control. Both Republicans and Democrats have abandoned fiscal responsibility, which is why the people and the states must step in and take charge.
We can do exactly that with an Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments. These amendments can force Congress to balance the budget without raising taxes or increasing spending. This requirement will force Congress to cut the waste and pork that dominates every spending bill, and make decisions that are in the best interests of the American people.
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