Saturday, November 5, 2016

Grant Stern - Trump Just Told The Truth, And It's More Terrifying Than His Racism And Lies

Donald Trump just released a pair of true statements about policy which should horrify anyone in the 99% about the Republican’s plan to foster income inequality and a vast expansion of highway taxation on regular people. It’s only days from the election ending, Donald Trump’s campaign just released the Republican nominee’s plan to cut $100 billion dollars in federal climate change spending over eight years, presumably to pay for the ridiculous tax cuts to the rich he proposes.

In late October, Trump also announced another policy; to turn America’s highways and byways into a for-profit business venture, letting Wall Street charge rent from millions of Americans on private highways across the country….

It’s been days since the Trump campaign revealed its federal climate change spending policy was unveiled, but the mainstream media hasn’t even noticed.  It’s not slapstick or dirty talk, there’s no room for coverage. The Trump private roads and transportation plan was unveiled on Oct. 27th, but the full impact took a few days to be understood. When the Republican candidate claims at rallies to want a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending, naturally voters assume that the assets would be publicly owned and free to use. But nobody is awake at the switch, outside of Slate. 

In fact, Trump’s transportation infrastructure plan would privatize most of the new construction
make it all toll driven and concentrated in wealthy areas… 

While a third-party might promise the moon and the stars, letting Republicans take over the Oval Office with Trump guarantees that climate change efforts will be defunded, quickly. The first beneficiary of that kind of environmental know nothing-ism would be the Koch Brothers, oil companies and the wealthiest of the wealthy who will get the savings on their tax bills when Trump slashes every form of taxation on the rich to benefit himself and the top 1% of earners.

And anyone who drives would feel the pinch of the only new roads being expensive toll lanes which connect wealthy areas to one another - potentially bypassing the poorer areas. None of this is what Trump supporters think that the candidate is pitching, but they’re blissfully unaware that any policy exists from their campaign. 

A policy to deliver America’s infrastructure to Wall Street and give away our green energy investment funds to billionaires for tax breaks. I guess that’ll make America great for billionaires and infrastructure companies, but the rest of us may be less than thrilled... read more