President Joe Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan and its allocations raise a few eyebrows and a central question: what is infrastructure?
The historic proposal goes beyond standard definitions of infrastructure, a term traditionally understood as things like bridges, roads, buildings and transport. Biden’s US employment plan, however, incorporates some considerations that some consider not only radical, but comical.
“Mayonnaise is an infrastructure. It supports the other flavors of the sandwich. Bread is also an infrastructure. But meat and cheese and tomatoes are not infrastructures. And making the sandwich is not an infrastructure. But the plate is infrastructure, ”Josh Barro, an editor at Business Editor, posted on Twitter.
According to the plan, $ 174 billion will be allocated for electric vehicles, $ 400 billion for home care for the elderly and disabled, $ 35 billion for climate technology and $ 137 billion for education, including 25 billion dollars. billion dollars for child care, according to whitehouse.gov.
Politico called home care for elderly and disabled Americans “not even close to infrastructure” in its daily newsletter. He also wrote back $ 590 billion in plan spending as “a very distant relative of infrastructure and $ 328 billion as” infrastructure-ish. “
Social media users have facetiously posted things that they believe should be considered infrastructure according to the plan.
Biden and his fellow Democrats follow the law, telling reporters on Monday that it broadly qualifies as infrastructure and includes clean water for schoolchildren, high-speed monorails and the creation of more modern, energy-efficient buildings. .
The White House called a press conference on Tuesday to defend the package, but also said Biden was open to compromise.
“How many of you know that when you send your child to school, the fountain he drinks from is not fed by a lead pipe? How many of you know that the school where your child is still has asbestos in the walls? ? Biden asked on Tuesday.
Some argue that having to stay home to care for a disabled child or loved one is part of the infrastructure because it creates a barrier to employment.
“Only men would be here to say that paid vacation and childcare is not infrastructure. Our economy depends on the unpaid work of women as much as it does on your roads and bridges,” tweeted one user.