Prominent politicians like Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have long been warning that President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for America are highly problematic. Unfortunately, not enough Americans listened to these warnings during the campaign, and now we’re faced with a future President that has NO idea what he’s doing.
This couldn’t have been made more apparent than earlier today, when Sanders called out Trump’s infrastructure plan, stating that it was a “scam” and “corporate welfare.” In an article he published on Medium.com, Sanders said:
“Trump’s plan to repair our infrastructure is a scam that gives massive tax breaks to large companies & billionaires.”
And on Twitter, Sanders pushed out even more warnings about Trump’s proposals, hoping to educate as many people as possible:
“Trump would allow corporations that have stashed their profits overseas to pay just a fraction of what the companies owe in federal taxes. And then he would allow the companies to “invest” in infrastructure projects in exchange for even more tax breaks.”
Trump has been promoting a plan to revamp America’s roads, bridges, tunnels and airports – a plan that has also received backlash from some Republicans, considering that it comes with a hefty $1 trillion price tag. But the price isn’t the only concerning thing about it. Sanders knows that Trump’s plan is a lot of false promises and lies.
Trump has boasted that his plan would create “millions” of jobs, however many Democrats have criticized it for its reliance on tax breaks over direct spending. So in response, Sanders introduced his own $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill in his post on Medium today, and it sounds FAR better. Sanders wrote:
“During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump correctly talked about rebuilding our country’s infrastructure. But the plan he offered is a scam that gives massive tax breaks to large companies and billionaires on Wall Street who are already doing phenomenally well. Trump would allow corporations that have stashed their profits overseas to pay just a fraction of what the companies owe in federal taxes. And then he would allow the companies to “invest” in infrastructure projects in exchange for even more tax breaks. Trump’s plan is corporate welfare coming and going.
In 2015, I introduced the Rebuild America Act to invest $1 trillion over five years to modernize the physical infrastructure that our economy depends on. In January, I will reintroduce that legislation to directly invest in our roads, bridges, water systems, rail, airports, levees and dams. Importantly, at a time when we need to reverse the 40-year decline of the American middle class, this legislation would create and maintain at least 13 million good-paying jobs, while making our country more productive, efficient and safe.”
Thank god. Sanders knew exactly what he was doing when he created this plan. In Sanders’ plan, tax cuts for the rich aren’t even an issue. Sanders has not only outsmarted Trump, but has proved the Democratic Party (and concerned Republicans) with another option. Trump is now backed into a corner, and is going to have far more trouble getting the votes he needs for his infrastructure. Well done, Bernie!