Now that the Democrats have passed a massive $1.9 trillion relief belief, a historic accomplishment that is going to drastically reduce poverty and improve the lives of countless Americans, the Biden administration is setting its eyes on the next order of business and it seems it might be voting rights legislation or infrastructure spending.
The importance of the former becomes readily apparent when one takes even a cursory look at the myriad ways in which Republicans have sought to disenfranchise and discourage voting. The importance of the latter becomes undeniable when one learns that the American Society of Civil Engineers has rated the country’s infrastructure at a D+.
Republicans already have an entire arsenal of disingenuous talking points against the expansion of voting rights prepared—from Trump’s lie about widespread Deep State voter fraud to the GOP’s longstanding lie that voter ID laws aren’t aimed at discouraging turnout in disadvantaged areas but rather at ensuring the sanctity of ballot boxes—so we can guess how they’ll oppose that bill.
Infrastructure is a tougher area for Republicans to oppose without making themselves look like the lowest form of political hacks. This kind of spending is incredibly popular and there’s no denying that our crumbling roads and bridges must be repaired before they give out entirely. That said, conservatives don’t want to give President Biden another huge legislative win because they know it will make it much harder for them to retake the White House in 2024.
On Fox News today, Senator James Langford (R-OK) put up a test balloon for a possible line of attack on infrastructure spending and succeeded only in embarrassing himself. Langford tried to argue that we are already investing enough in infrastructure because when you are out and about you sometimes see “orange pylons” marking highway construction.
“So Democrats are trying to say nothing’s been done, there is no infrastructure that’s going on right now. Everyone who’s driving around construction is seeing the result of infrastructure work that’s already happening,” Langford said with a straight face.
Saying that there isn’t a dire need for infrastructure spending because you occasionally see some road construction is like saying there is no hunger in the world because you drove past a McDonald’s once. It’s a completely unserious argument and Langford is either acting in tremendously bad faith or he is quite frankly too stupid to be serving in the U.S. Senate.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 16, 2021
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