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Tacking The U.S. Infrastructure Crisis Could Save The Economy

Spending on public projects helped pull the United States out of the Great Depression and created a lasting network of employment that helps support America even today. Now, as the country grapples with a new economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing has never been better to address the country’s $3.9 trillion infrastructure dilemma.

Across the United States, neglected roads, airports, electrical grids, and water distribution facilities are taking a toll on the American economy. In fact, a report from ASCE suggests that failing to address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure could result in a $3.9 trillion hit to the country’s GDP by 2025.

And that’s only the beginning.

Businesses too will suffer. Poor infrastructure directly translates into higher costs for businesses, and in turn, consumers. The same ASCE report estimates that not addressing our infrastructure shortcomings, businesses will miss out on $7 trillion in sales, and over 2.5 million jobs will be lost.

It s an issue that has gained surprising support from both sides of the aisle.

This week, President Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are set to discuss plans to help address New York’s struggling infrastructure.

“There is no better time to build than right now. You need to restart the economy, you need to create jobs. And you need to renew and repair the economy. Now is the time to do it,” Cuomo explained. “Let’s put Americans back to work. It is common sense.”

Trump, for his part, has been a major proponent of the infrastructure battle, as well, calling on lawmakers to allocate as much as $2 trillion to combat this looming crisis.

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“With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill. It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country! “ the President tweeted.

As lawmakers spat over how to support the economy, addressing this issue is an opportunity to both create jobs and avoid further economic damage. Tackling the country’s critical infrastructure and communications shortcomings will be an investment that not only bolsters economic growth during a time where it is desperately needed, but also unlocks new potential in innovation and prosperity for years to come.

By Michael Kern for Oilprice.com

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  • Ezpowell on May 27 2020 said:
    Maglev trains down the middle of all interstates please
  • Bill Simpson on May 26 2020 said:
    The Democrats pass a huge infrastructure bill before November, and Trump might just win reelection, since he will say it would have never had happened without him being president. He will also claim that without Trump, millions of Americans would have died from Covid-19. He will also say that the recovery, which will be happening by November, was all his doing, and would never have happened without him being in the White House. He will claim the record stock market happening by then was because he was president, failing to mention the trillions in debt creation by the Federal Reserve Bank, pumping out debt like there is no tomorrow. That is the Trump 2020 playbook. You can bet money on that. It could actually work.
    Trump learned one thing from his first lawyer, Roy Cohn, who learned it from Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, who accurately said, "A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth." Nothing truer was ever said. But it is seldom quoted, because a Nazi said it. For reasons which should be rather obvious in America, Nazis can never be right about anything. That factual Goebbels quote, combined with the easy of spreading lies instantly to billions over the Internet, could very well doom democracy everywhere, before this decade is over. After enough input of lies, many people might think that that isn't such a great loss, until after it is gone. Then it will be too late, like in China today, where the Communist Party dictatorship has it locked down forever, using big brother surveillance state. You aren't going to overthrow a dictatorship that can watch you 24/7 in real time.

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