Two posts on infrastructure worth a look this morning

As I was fumbling around for the subject of my post, I saw a post that intrigued me. To be frank, the subject was less important, but the author was our friend Jill who has been missing from the online blogging world as she recovers. She has been missed.. It is truly a delight to see her words again.

Her post and that of fellow blogger Annie are related to the passing of the infractucture bill. late Friday night. Rather than repeat their blog posts, I will provide links below. Please read their words on their blog and comment accordingly. I am going to put one of my comments here to emphasize how important it is to highlight this accomplishment.

“I thought his (President Biden’s) words yesterday were well done. And, he was ebullient. I did call the thirteen Republican representatives who voted for the infrastructure bill, thanking them for putting our country ahead of party. As an independent and former Republican (and Democrat) voter, this bill is more than three months over due; it is ten years over due. And, contrary to what is being portrayed by some Republicans, this was a bipartisan bill that also passed 69 to 30 in the Senate, including a vote in favor by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

Not to belabor the point, but the US Chamber of Commerce and union leadership for ten years have been pleading for Congress to act. Yet, the only substantive change made was to reload funding for the Highway Trust Fund. How many bills get support of the unions and business leaders?

So, this is good news for America and Americans. We can now fix and improve things that are outdated and in disrepair and build better infrastructure to serve our needs going forward.”

20 thoughts on “Two posts on infrastructure worth a look this morning

    • VJ, it does indeed. What I find interesting is 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump even noted the need for an infrastructure bill, yet he chose not to focus on that. He could have gotten bipartisan support for it. Keith

  1. Thanks for linking, Keith—and for your continuing efforts to notify members of Congress when they are—and are not—working in behalf of the American people!

    I must read Jill’s post next. Great that she’s back at her computer!

  2. Two excellent choices…though it seems somewhat impossible that YOU were fumbling around for a subject! I had, of course, already read Jill’s long awaited post last evening and happily found that it contains her usual flair and eloquence. I must admit that annieasksyou was to me an unknown blog. I appreciate the introduction and became a follower. Many decades ago I often heard a quote from my quotatious Father found in one of Victor Hugo’s books, albeit much later read, “The Toilers of the Sea”. Reading the news coming from Congress these past few months has caused that quote to reverberate in my mind : “In joined hands there is still some token of hope, in the clinched fist none.” Thank-you!

  3. I was delighted. It’s about time America invests in Americans. We are the infrastructure as much as roads and bridges. I wish the original package had been approved, but we’ll take what we can get. And thanks for the Republicans who recognized that doing something for the average citizen is a good political decision. 🙂

  4. Note to Readers: I encourage to call their Congress people. Thank those who voted yes on the infrastructure and tell those who did not that you are disappointed in their vote. This was a bipartisan effort and it should be applauded.

    • Janis, so true. This a beneficial piece of legislation, so you can bet there will be more than thirteen Republican representatives and nineteen Republican senators taking credit for its passing. Keith

  5. As the world sceptically views Pax American, internal reflection on repairing the infrastructure which made AMERICA GREAT might well be doing AGAIN. [to paraphrase someone we used to know] lol

    • David, that was the point of Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum’s book “That used to be Us: How America fell behind in the world it created and how it come back.” David Smick, an economist who advised two presidents and one very smart candidate for president, wrote a book called “The World is Curved,” which is an excellent companion read on how America used to invest in its developments and intellectual capital. Keith

    • Roger, it is interesting to see Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying what a “godsend” the infrastructure bill is for his home state of Kentucky. Republicans are wanting to punish the thirteen representatives, without letting people know that nineteen Republican Senators voted for the bill in August. Keith

      • I recall one of the many stories about JBL, not to do with Vietnam.
        There a bill he wanted passed through the legislature and the vote was tight, it failed.
        When LBJ confronted one whose vote he had depended on, the hapless fellow said, he had been finally convinced to vote the other way having read a column in a newspaper.
        The polite version of LBJ’s reply was ‘Fine. Next time you want a dam built in your state, ask him for the money’,

      • Roger, LBJ knew how to cajole and horse-trade. JFK could not have gotten the Civil Rights bill passed, although his life and death inspired it. LBJ knew what to do.!Keith

  6. Note to Readers: It should be noted the GOP House leadership wants to remove the thirteen Republicans from committee positions because they voted for the infrastructure bill that most Americans want and will benefit from. Plus, it was passed on a bipartisan basis in the Senate with nineteen Republican votes, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called it a godsend for his state of Kentucky. Yet, these same “leaders” have been silent on condemning the actions of one of their representatives, Paul Gosar of Arizona, who once again has embarrassed their party and defamed his position. He sent an anime with his avatar beheading the avatar of that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. That is immoral in my view and certainly well beneath the dignity of the office. But, tell me what does it say the GOP House leadership values by comparing these two stories?

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