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14 June, 2024

Who paid to repair the collapsed Baltimore bridge? Who mooched?

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Who really pays for public infrastructure. Who mooches.

Critical Baltimore Shipping Channel Reopens 11 Weeks After Bridge Collapse

It took more than 2,000 people working for nearly 11 weeks, but the main shipping channel into the Port of Baltimore, which had been clogged by the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, has fully reopened. - NY Times

Who paid to fix the bridge? Who mooched? How many Amazon trucks, Walmart trucks, Teslas use the bridge? How much do Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and the Waltons pay in taxes? Billionaires use public infrastructure like roads and bridges, but dodge taxes and stick the tab with working Americans. Isn't it time to stop the mooching?

How much did billionaires donate to Republicans? How much will the latest Republican plan to cut taxes for the wealthy cost working Americans? Follow the money and state of bridges with this Relationship Map.

Republicans oppose investments in public infrastructure to fund tax cuts for their wealthy donors.
How to use the Billionaire Mooching Relationship map

MAGA Republicans block investments in public infrastructure that would benefit all Americans in order to fund more tax cuts for their billionaire donors. Billionaire tax dodgers use public infrastructure, but refuse to pay their fair share of taxes. Instead they shower Republicans with tax donations to get more tax cuts. Who suffers when a bridge collapses? We all do. Privatize profits. Socialize misery. Vote to stop this mooching.

Dangerous and decaying bridges

"The dangerous and decaying state of America's infrastructure became a shocking reality when the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, sending vehicles crashing into the river below. 13 people were killed while another 145 were injured. In August 2018, a bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy, shocked the world with 43 people losing their lives. After that catastrophe, many countries, including the United States, started to seriously look at the state of their deteriorating infrastructure.

President Biden unveiled his plans for a $2 trillion investment in American infrastructure, describing it as "a once-in-a-generation effort". It would involve replacing lead piping, rebuilding 20,000 miles of roads and repairing the country's 10 most economically important bridges. Biden described the program as "unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades ago". He added that it would be "the largest American jobs investment since World War II". - Statista

220,000 American bridges need repair work

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) illustrated the scale of the challenge in overhauling and repairing U.S. infrastructure by finding that more than 220,000 American bridges need repair work. 45,000 of them were deemed structurally deficient and Americans cross them 171.5 million times daily. At the current rate, it would take more than 40 years to fix all of them and cost an estimated $41.8 billion. The good news is that the number of structurally deficient bridges has declined for the past five years but that trend has been tempered by more bridges being downgraded from good to fair condition.

Out of all U.S. states, Iowa has the most structurally deficient bridges, 4,571 or 19.1 percent of its total bridges. Pennsylvania comes second on the list with 3,353 of its bridges falling into the same category, along with 2,374 in Illinois. West Virginia has the highst share of bridges classified as structurally deficent at 21 percent while Nevada has the lowest at just 1.4 percent. - Statista

Americans for tax fairness

House GOP unveils new bills to cut taxes for billionaires!

"The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the three GOP bills together would add about $21 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. But some budget experts said that figure tells only part of the story, since Republicans relied on a series of timing and accounting maneuvers to create the impression of a low price tag. The three bills extend Trump-era tax breaks targeting businesses only through 2025, even though Republicans have said they hope to make them permanent. During that period, the GOP plans actually add about $300 billion to the federal deficit, much of which they offset through the repeal of climate-focused tax credits that aren’t scheduled to take effect until 2027.

The Tax Policy Center concluded in its own recent analysis that these business provisions alone could cost the government about $500 billion over the coming decade if they are extended indefinitely, as Republicans seek." - Washington Post

TakeAway: Stop billionaire mooching. Vote for President Biden and Democrats to make sure everyone pays their fair share of taxes for the services they benefit from. That includes billionaire moochers.

Deepak
DemLabs

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