I’m old enough to remember when the people who supported Trump hated this idea when Obama proposed it. Trump was back on the stump today criticizing Clinton for… not being in favor of enough government spending. For the purposes of reference, Clinton’s infrastructure plan is to spend $275 billion in her first 100 days. Trump promises to at least double that for the purposes of providing what amounts to shovel ready jobs to people.
Trump says he’s going to double Clinton’s infrastructure spending and pay for it with government issued bonds: pic.twitter.com/PN0i5YeEef
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 2, 2016
Now, the Obama stimulus plan carried an estimated price tag of $831B spread out over a ten year period, which was ostensibly for projects exactly like the ones Trump described. I don’t really know an additional $550B is going to suddenly fix all the problems Trump identifies here except that he seems to imply that he’s going to personally oversee every construction project funded by his massive deficit spending to make sure there are not cost overruns?
I don’t know, it seems to me that the objection to Obama’s stimulus plan was not that the construction projects it funded would not be completed on time or under budget but rather that the whole thing was a massive increase to deficit spending that was not a sustainable way to fix America’s economy, but since Trump’s supporters now (apparently) support an exactly equivalent plan with a slightly smaller price tag, that does lend credence to the idea that some people opposed Obama for reasons that had nothing at all to do with his policies.