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Friday, December 14, 2018

A Devastating Midterm Message For Democrats

This article originally appeared on Creators.

 

While commentators chastise congressional Democrats for lacking a cogent message for midterm voters, does the opposition really need to say much more than “to hell with Trump”? If so, they can start hammering a theme that will unite the party base, attract wavering supporters and blister the hide off this president for a monumental broken promise.

The killer issue is perfectly obvious: infrastructure.

Everybody knows that the collapsing highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, a typically tragic and costly disaster, could have happened anywhere in the United States — indeed, it has, and it will again.…

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Equipment Firms Air Fox Ads Hitting Trump On Infrastructure

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Angered by Trump’s complete failure to pass the massive infrastructure spending bill he promised, companies that make construction equipment are targeting Trump directly — by buying ads on Fox News.

“The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is airing a 30-second ad starting Monday on ‘Fox and Friends’ and other programs Trump is known to watch,” Bloomberg reports. “It’s the cornerstone of a ‘Mission Not Accomplished’ campaign urging Washington to make upgrading public works a priority.”

By running ads on programs Trump is known to watch obsessively, manufacturers are making their message to Trump personal.…

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Trump’s ‘Infrastructure’ Plan Means More Military Waste

Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.

 

Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the process). Eighteen months into his administration, no credible proposal for anything near that scale has been made. To the extent that the Trump administration has a plan at all for public investment, it involves pumping up Pentagon spending, not investing in roads, bridges, transportation, better Internet access, or other pressing needs of the civilian economy.…

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