[Ed. – The GOP should refuse to indulge the leftist fantasy that there is such a thing as ‘human infrastructure.’]
I’m having an increasingly hard time figuring out what Republicans get from the deal they’ve been working on with Biden. … If the GOP had managed to negotiate Biden down to a much less expensive infrastructure bill with no tax hikes, that might be a worthy compromise. But they haven’t. There are two parts to the Democrats’ infrastructure plan, one a bipartisan bill that deals with roads and bridges and the other a party-line reconciliation bill that covers “human infrastructure” like climate-change spending, paid leave, and so on. Spending that doesn’t end up in the bipartisan bill will likely just be lateraled over to the reconciliation bill, which means Republicans aren’t achieving much in terms of spending. Essentially they’re pressing on one end of a water balloon, shrinking that end but causing the other end to swell as the water is displaced.