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Trump ‘Promised Massive’ Infrastructure Projects, ‘Instead - We’ve Gotten Nothing’ - That Contract Trump Signed With American Voters To Produce An Infrastructure Plan ‘In The First 100 Days Never Happened’

Published Monday, July 29, 2019
by Tom Conway/Common Dreams
Trump ‘Promised Massive’ Infrastructure Projects, ‘Instead - We’ve Gotten Nothing’ - That Contract Trump Signed With American Voters To Produce An Infrastructure Plan ‘In The First 100 Days Never Happened’

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Bad news about infrastructure is as ubiquitous as potholes.

Failures in a 108-year-old railroad bridge and tunnel cost New York commuters thousands of hours in delays.

Illinois doesn’t regularly inspect, let alone fix, decaying bridges.

Flooding in Nebraska caused nearly half a billion dollars in road and bridge damage - just this year.

No problem, though.

Republican President Donald Trump promised to fix all this.

The great dealmaker, the builder of eponymous buildings, the star of “The Apprentice,” Trump - during his campaign urged Americans to bet on him because he’d double what his opponent would spend on infrastructure.

Double, he pledged!

So far, that wager has netted Americans nothing.

No money.

No deal.

No bridges, roads or leadless water pipes.

And there’s nothing on the horizon since Trump stormed out of the most recent meeting.

That was a three-minute session in May with Democratic Leaders at which Trump was supposed to discuss the $2 trillion he had proposed earlier to spend on infrastructure.

In a press conference immediately afterward, Trump said if Democrats continued to investigate him, he would refuse to keep his promises to the American People to repair the Nation’s infrastructure.

Just ask the American Society of Civil Engineers, which gave the Nation a D+ grade for infrastructure and estimated that if more than $1 trillion is not added to currently anticipated spending on infrastructure, “the economy is expected to lose almost $4 trillion in GDP, resulting in a loss of 2.5 million jobs in 2025.”

The comedian Stephen Colbert described the situation best, saying Trump told the Democrats: “It’s my way or no highways.”

The situation, however, is no joke.

Just ask the New York rail commuters held up for more than 2,000 hours over the past four years by bridge and tunnel breakdowns.

Candidate Donald Trump knew it was no joke.

On the campaign trail, he said U.S. infrastructure was “a mess” and no better than that of a “third-world country.” 

When an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight and injuring about 200, he tweeted: “Our roads, airports, tunnels, bridges, electric grid—all falling apart.”

Later, he tweeted: “The only one to fix the infrastructure of our country is me.”

Donald Trump promised to make America great again.

And that wouldn’t be possible if America’s rail system, locks, dams and pipelines - that is, its vital organs - were “a mess.”

Trump signed what he described as a contract with American voters to deliver an infrastructure plan within the first 100 days of his administration.

He mocked his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton’s proposal to spend $275 billion.

“Her number is a fraction of what we’re talking about.  We need much more money to rebuild our infrastructure,” he told Fox News in 2016. “I would say at least double her numbers, and you’re going to really need a lot more than that.”

In August of 2016, he promised: “We will build the next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, seaports and airports that our country deserves.  American cars will travel the roads, American planes will connect our cities, and American ships will patrol the seas.  American steel will send new skyscrapers soaring.  We will put new American metal into the spine of this Nation.”

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