President Joe Biden plans to announce a large Multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure bill soon, and while a large portion of the bill still remains a mystery, the bill is expected to include large refurbishments to physical infrastructures such as America’s railways and federal highways.
In a report from the Washington Post on Thursday, the White House has been warned that too much focus on the “physical” infrastructure may lose support for the bill amongst minorities. The logic behind that is that such a focus could represent “nostalgia” for a bygone era where “working-class whites” benefitted from government welfare, and might be considered both “sexists” and “racist.”
“Some people close to the White House said they feel that the emphasis on major physical infrastructure investments reflects a dated nostalgia for a kind of White working-class male worker,” the Post reported this past Thursday. “In private discussions with the White House National Economic Council, the Council of Economic Advisers and the Domestic Policy Council, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry urged the administration to follow through on its promise to approve major investments in the care economy.”
The issue here, though, is with the “centrist” Democrats who support physical infrastructure improvements. They do so because they believe Republicans are also likely to be for any spending on roads, bridges, and buildings, especially if the Republicans can be convinced that their constituents will benefit from the work.
Far-left Democrats are wanting the multi-trillion-dollar bill, the second one put forward by President Joe Biden in the last few months, to also bring in aspects of the Green New Deal as well as sweeping welfare programs. The “centrists,” however, are currently winning the battle for the White HOuse’s attention given that their focuses are less like to increase the price tag of the bill and force the White House to find other new streams of revenue.
The Post reported that “over the past two months, leading business groups privately told the administration that the infrastructure package should be focused primarily on physical capital projects — such as roads and bridges — rather than on the caregiving priorities, such as child care, three people familiar with the internal conversations said. Lobbyists urged the White House to jettison the care economy investments, which also would reduce the amount of tax revenue necessary to fund the package.”
It is easy to see why physical infrastructure investments may seem more reasonable to the Biden administration, especially given how hard it could be to get a second major spending bill through an increasingly divided Senate. However, activists seeking “care” investments seem to believe the only reason the White House has avoided these “care” investments is the old racial bias and patriarchal thinking.