In this case, Bernie is right, Trump’s plan is wrong
At first, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s tone with Donald Trump was conciliatory: “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him,” he said in a statement after Election Day.
Then he saw Trump’s infrastructure plan.
Sanders’s tone changed; he tweeted that the president-elect’s plan for infrastructure is a “scam,” …
This is yet another case in which Trump says something that sounds very un-Republican (in this case that he wants to rebuild infrastructure, but in the past he said stuff about taxes and healthcare which also seemed un-Republican), but then one of his conservative hacks gets at it and turns it into standard business-as-usual conservative-libertarian stuff.
Trump should bring Bernie into the White House as an economics adviser, and come up with some more centrist plans based on Bernie’s economic ideas. Yeah, just wishful thinking on my part, probably won’t happen.
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“Peter Akuleyev” explains in a comment:
Maybe not a scam, but Trump’s plan is pure libertarianism, which is not what most Trump supporters thought they were voting for. In most countries – China, Japan, Singapore, Germany – the government finances infrastructure projects that don’t generate profits but that will make the country more productive and more attractive for private investment in other areas of the economy. Examples would be sewer systems, bridges on non-toll roads, public transportation, regional airports, even high speed rail. That is what Bernie is talking about doing. Trump’s plan is not that, it is just offering massive tax breaks to private investors willing to build infrastructure for a profit, which means his plan is not going to encourage anyone to fix bridges on rural highways or clean up Flint’s water supply but it will effectively privatize a nice chunk of the US infrastructure.