Infrastructure should have been one of the easiest things on Donald Trump’s agenda to achieve. We need roads and bridges fixed now. Democrats were eager to help. But in his laziness and easy distraction, the current occupant of the White House can’t even rally the energy to push something that everyone agrees would be good for our country:
…what looked like the one can’t-miss deal of the Trump administration has gotten stuck in a deep rut. With budget deficits ballooning and interest rates rising, the odds of getting out aren’t improving [Donald F. Kettl, “Trump’s Failed Infrastructure Plan Is a Wasted Opportunity,” Governing, October 2018].
Included among the punished by this failure: Trump’s rural voters—
To get to her home in Washington County, Miss., where many of the bridges have been closed by the state and declared structurally deficient, Lori Gower has to maneuver her Dodge Charger through farm fields. Once, after heavy rains, the engine flooded and her husband Mack had to come out to rescue her. Mack has his own road-related problems, as NBC News has reported. He’s diabetic and can’t get his insulin delivered.
The Gower family is an icon for President Trump’s trillion-dollar infrastructure pledge. The roads and bridges around them are crumbling. The Gowers live deep in the heart of Trump country, where voters went for him by a margin of 2 to 1. But the prospects for a big infrastructure program that could help with their real-life problems are becoming more distant every month [Kettl, Oct 2018].
Come on, rural voters. There has to come a point where the warm feeling you get in your gut from a Manhattan billionaire stroking your id gives way to the realization that his red trucker’s cap, the promises emitted from thereunder, and your township road budget are all empty.