Infrastructure Summer: The Curse of Artificial Scarcity

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“In theory, it should be a hopeful day for those seeking a better future for American families. The most important House committees begin their markups of the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act (sometimes called the reconciliation bill) …. But instead of debating the finer points of how to most efficiently deliver these benefits, there’s been a combination of anxiety attacks and Sophie’s Choice–style decision-making among the Democratic caucus. Suddenly, a bill that represented the promise of the party’s agenda is being ground down into paste, for the benefit of self-regarding conservative members. One shouldn’t get too despondent over this. The path to this bill becoming law was always going to be wobbly, and Democratic aides I’ve corresponded with still exude confidence that some facsimile of the original bill will get through the sausage-making.” (09/09/21)