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Private Money Goes After Trump’s Public Infrastructure Projects

The current lobbying push has links to a former disaster involving Mike Pence. Plus, Scott Pruitt’s industry connections run deep, and Trump Org had big plans for Soviet states.

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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is a Giant Public Subsidy to Developers and Investors

The American people shouldn’t have to pay—twice over—for the wrong infrastructure. But that’s what would happen in this huge and unnecessary tax giveaway to the rich.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 READ MORE



If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We

While American politicians debate how to finance needed fixes and which fixes to implement, the Chinese have funded massive projects across their country.

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Here’s How Infrastructure Costs Can Be Halved

Americans could save $1 trillion over 10 years by financing infrastructure through publicly owned banks like the one that has long been operating in North Dakota.

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Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Scam (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what the president is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Bolder Solution

Instead of privatizing public assets and delivering taxpayer money to investors, the president-elect could fund his promised infrastructure projects by simply printing money.

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Forget Clinton’s and Trump’s Plans for the Economy: It’s Time to Erase Debt and Create Jobs

More than 100 years ago, Congress surrendered the power to create money to private banks. If we take it back, we can extinguish debt, rebuild public infrastructure and propel the economy forward like a rocket.

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An Alternative After a Likely Bern-Out: The Green Party’s Jill Stein

Jill Stein’s platform is all about job creation through a green infrastructure plan, resuscitating trade unions, fostering worker cooperatives and slashing defense spending. Is it a pipe dream or simply the future?

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Not Just a Bunch of Killers, Islamic State Is Also a Methodical, Public-Minded Bureaucracy

About 340 official documents, notices, receipts and internal memos obtained by The Guardian show that Islamic State is also made up of bureaucrats and civil servants that have “set themselves to work creating rules and regulations on everything from fishing and dress codes to the sale of counterfeit brands and university admission systems.”

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Land in California Is Sinking Nearly Two Inches Per Month Due to Pumping in Drought

The rate at which vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking has accelerated as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped out to meet water shortages during the region’s historic drought.

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How the ‘Embarrassing’ Gas Tax Impasse Explains Washington

The main federal fund for roads and bridges runs at a deep deficit. If even red states can raise the gas tax, why can’t Congress?

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Islamic State Deepens Its Roots by Offering Important Services

By providing key services such as infrastructure and transportation, the militant group has been able to tighten its grip on communities.

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Derailing Amtrak: Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis

The fatal derailment May 12 did not deter the House Appropriations Committee from slashing Amtrak funding the very next day. Congress could fund its massive infrastructure bill without raising taxes, but the conservative-controlled Congress seems to have other plans for the nation’s profitable public assets.

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Amtrak’s Spectrum Gap

While Amtrak officials may have been devastated, they could not have been surprised: The accident confirmed clear vulnerabilities in the safety system, shortcomings that the rail company’s internal watchdog had been warning about for more than two years.

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The Real Reason the Amtrak Train Derailed

The blood of the people who died in the Amtrak accident Wednesday is on all our hands; new research explains why people tend to be healthier during summer; meanwhile, Kim Jong-Un has executed his defense minister for falling asleep during military rallies, among other reasons. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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John Oliver Recruits Stars to Make Infrastructure ‘Sexy’ in Hopes You’ll Give a Damn

The “Last Week Tonight” host knows maintaining “roads, bridges, dams, levees ... basically anything that can be destroyed in an action movie” isn’t exactly the most exciting topic, but it sure is important.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Tax Fairness Could Mean More Resources

Roads are crumbling, bridges require repairs, schools need upgrades and public pension systems remain underfunded. How can states and cities find the money to address any of these problems? One way could be through their tax codes.

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Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs Exceed Construction

Funding infrastructure through bonds doubles the price or worse. Costs can be cut in half by funding through the state’s own bank.

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The Collapse of Infrastructure in One Chart

After the “austerity fervor” of the 2010 elections, Washington has seen a “sudden, steep drop” in building and restoring the nation’s infrastructure. The trend is illustrated in a single chart.

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Norway’s Billions Could Go Into Renewables

Norway is on the brink of instigating a potentially world-changing approach to climate change if it goes ahead with a plan to invest billions of dollars in global renewable energy projects.

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Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe

Some 8,000 bridges around the country are “structurally deficient,” and a battered federal budget, sequestration and Washington gridlock make it unlikely they’ll be repaired soon.

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The Leveraged Buyout of America

Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How did they pull this off, and where did they get the money?

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Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

It couldn’t be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened during the Cold War, but—given what’s happened in recent years—who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now?

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Problem With ‘Public-Private Partnerships’

When a plan to construct the first modern privatized highway in the United States did little to ease congestion, blocked residents from making further improvements and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, Californians had the opportunity to learn a lesson about the folly of privatizing transportation projects.

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Let’s Get Ready to Crumble

The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded America’s roadways a grade of D-, rated one in four bridges as “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” and warned that thousands of American dams are on the verge of failure.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE



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How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan—or America

Why has the United States spent so much money and time so disastrously trying to rebuild occupied nations abroad, while allowing its own infrastructure to crumble untended? Why do we even think of that as “policy”?

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Job by Job

The effort to reduce unemployment is a grueling plant-by-plant, job-by-job process conducted by those seeking work, business people and local officials operating far from the media spotlight and simplistic rhetoric of the political campaign.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Russia’s Answer to Broken Roads

Like the United States, Russia struggles with crumbling infrastructure, but Moscow has devised a novel solution: lower standards.

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A Major Bump in the Road

Much rides on America’s highways, vital arteries in the movement of people and goods. The problem is, the roads are crumbling at a time when money to fix them is hard to come by. (more)

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Vermont Feels Irene’s Wrath

While New York City escaped the worst of Tropical Storm Irene, much of Vermont did not. The state saw bridges washed away, roads battered and power lines downed in the midst of what officials say is the worst flooding in more than 80 years. (more)

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A Generation of Termites

The best recent estimates by civil engineers and government experts indicate that we would have to spend well over $2 trillion during the next five years on roads, bridges, airports, railways, transit, sewers, waterways, ports, dams, parks and schools simply to maintain them in decent condition.

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Builder Barack Wants a Mini Stimulus (Update)

With unemployment still rising and the American infrastructure getting no less crumbly, President Obama is set to announce a six-year plan to build roads and create jobs, starting with a $50 billion investment. That’s assuming Congress gets on board the recovery train.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE



Big Oil’s War on Earth

Today on the list: The places that make the Gulf spill look like a national park, Elizabeth Warren (yay) vs. Timothy Geithner (boo), Syria bans the veil, and the strange things men pay prostitutes to do (as if you don’t already know).

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Haiti in Waiting

With a good degree of exasperation, Haiti’s president has been forced to remind the international community that only Brazil has paid in full on its promised aid following the earthquake that devastated the country in January.

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Rebuilding an American Legacy

The collapse of American infrastructure is a shamefully old story by now, featuring scary statistics that must be updated regularly as the situation worsens.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE



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China Dries Up

A drought in southwestern China, where it has not rained in more than five months, is putting a damper on the lives of 50 million people, while costing the national economy $3 billion and leaving more than 20 million people without enough potable water.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE



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The Costs of a World Cup

The World Cup is coming and South Africa has overhauled its athletic infrastructure in preparation. But while only four games will be played in the city of Nelspruit, the government has spent $137 million on a new stadium there while many of its denizens live without electricity.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Announces $3.8 Trillion Budget for 2011

President Barack Obama on Monday announced his proposed 2011 budget, which includes boosted spending for creating jobs and waging wars, a potential tax on big banks, funding for infrastructure on the state and city levels ... and a whopping $1.6 trillion deficit for the fiscal year.

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Obama: Let’s Get to Work

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama hailed the stimulus bill he recently signed, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as “the most sweeping economic recovery plan in history.” Here’s what he had to say to back up this big claim.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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Infrastructure Spending Shafts the States That Need It

ProPublica did some digging into the infrastructure spending bundled into the stimulus package—the $100 billion that promises have the biggest impact in terms of job creation—and found that Wyoming is getting more than $20,100 per unemployed worker while Michigan, a state on the verge of a labor apocalypse, is expected to have to make do with just $2,434.37.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE


And Now for the Stimulus Tug of War

President Barack Obama has made it a point to reach across the aisle in trying to gain Republicans’ support for his stimulus plan, but judging by the results of Tuesday’s Senate vote, partisanship is still afoot in the halls of Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2009 READ MORE


Economic Policy That Might Actually Work? Who Knew?

After eight years of trickle-down tax cuts that pushed the prosperous up and left most everyday Americans sliding further down, the stimulus bill now moving swiftly through Congress is more than a reversal of political course. Let’s hope it’s not too late.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


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