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Biden’s Plan Has People Sharing the Craziest Things They’d Consider Infrastructure

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President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan and its earmarks are raising some eyebrows, and a central question: What is infrastructure?

The landmark proposal goes beyond standard definitions of infrastructure, a term traditionally understood as items like bridges, roads, buildings and transportation. Biden’s American Job Plan, however, is incorporating some considerations that some are considering not only radical, but comical.

“Mayonnaise is infrastructure. It supports the other flavors in the sandwich. The bread is also infrastructure. But the meat and cheese and tomatoes are not infrastructure. And making the sandwich is not infrastructure. But the plate is infrastructure,” Josh Barro, a senior editor at Business Editor, posted on Twitter.

Mayonnaise is infrastructure. It supports the other flavors in the sandwich. The bread is also infrastructure. But the meat and cheese and tomatoes are not infrastructure. And making the sandwich is not infrastructure. But the plate is infrastructure.

— Josh Barro (@jbarro) April 7, 2021

According to the plan, $174 billion will be designated to electric vehicles, $400 billion for home care for the elderly and disabled, $35 billion to climate technology and $137 billion to education that include $25 billion 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. It also wrote off $590 billion of the plan’s spending as “a very distant relative of infrastructure and $328 billion as “infrastructure-ish.”

Users on social media facetiously posted things that they believe should be considered infrastructure in accordance with the plan.

Bagels and cream cheese are infrastructure.

— Ahimsa 🕊☮️ (@couchfish1) April 7, 2021

Biden and fellow Democrats are standing by the legislation, telling reporters on Monday that it broadly qualified as infrastructure and includes clean water for schoolchildren, high-speed monorails and creating more modern and energy-efficient buildings.

The White House called a press conference on Tuesday to defend the package but also said Biden is open to compromise.

“How many of you know when you send your child to school the fountain they’re drinking out of is not fed by lead pipe? How many of you know the school your child is in still has asbestos in the walls? Is that not infrastructure?” Biden asked Tuesday.

Only men would be out here saying paid leave and child care isn’t infrastructure.

Our economy depends on the unpaid labor of women as much as it depends on your roads and bridges.

— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq. (@ECMcLaughlin) April 7, 2021

Some argue that having to stay home to care for a child or a disabled loved one is part of infrastructure because it creates a barrier to employment.

“Only men would be out here saying paid leave and child care isn’t infrastructure. Our economy depends on the unpaid labor of women as much as it depends on your roads and bridges,” one user Tweeted.

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Vehicles on Interstate 95 travel past a construction project to add three lanes to the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing on April 6, 2021, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. President Joe Biden’s proposed corporate tax raise to fund his ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure plan has the support of almost two-thirds of voters, according to a new poll.
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