“How are we going to pay for that?” can sometimes be a legitimate question for a political debate, but with the GOP, it’s become a leg of their entire platform, while they offer no substantial policies of their own that are grounded in reality and intended to help everyday Americans. It’s a question we ought to be asking whenever it comes to giving Republican donors a tax cut in return for the donations they give to Mitch McConnell and co, but are always faced with when it comes to infrastructure and healthcare – the main reason that it’s very difficult to advance legislation in this particular area.
Republicans hoped they could get people to fall for this trick again by touting the price tag of President Biden’s infrastructure plan, but unfortunately for them, it’s getting stale. Not only does the trick not work, but according to a new Morning Consult poll, it actually makes the infrastructure plan more popular. The plan, which has about 58% support among registered voters – over half of independents and even drawing in support among a quarter of Republicans, actually gained a single point in popularity after the price tag was mentioned.
This is not only good news for Democrats, but bad news for Republicans and their messaging which is absolutely terrible, since their best argument here is to try to change the definition of the word “infrastructure.” It probably doesn’t help that the GOP has even worse optics to go with it right now, as they move to purge Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the party and to replace her with die-hard Trumper Elise Stefanik.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making