Infrastructure? It's Biden, et al. vs Merriam-Webster

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

roadblock yellow lightsA policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation argues that the Biden administration is dismissing decades of bipartisan consensus when it comes to the meaning of "infrastructure."

Merriam-Webster defines infrastructure as, among other things, "the basic equipment and structures (such as roads and bridges) that are needed for a country, region, or organization to function properly." But speaking Sunday on ABC's "This Week" program, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated that the meaning of infrastructure is changing:

"We don't want to use past definitions of infrastructure when we are moving into the future and, by the way, when other countries are investing significantly in their infrastructure to overcome us," said Granholm. "We have to move forward, we have to look forward, and we have to win the future – and this is the biggest investment in the future of America that we have seen in our lifetime."

One News Now sought reaction from David Ditch, infrastructure policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation.

Ditch

"I really do my best not to disparage motives or accuse people of acting in bad faith, but honestly, there's almost no other way you can take this," Ditch offers. "There has been an understanding with deep bipartisan support for what federal infrastructure policy means and what has bipartisan support."

Besides funding to "fix highways, rebuild bridges, and upgrade ports, airports and transit systems," President Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan calls for high-speed broadband, subsidies for electric vehicles, and the modernization of schools and child care facilities.

"What the administration is attempting to do," Ditch explains, "is to take that long-held bipartisan consensus, use it essentially as a shield to defend the plan on one hand; and then on the other hand to say that 'Oh, by the way, we're working with a new definition that is far, far to the left of what there used to be.'

In a recent column, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins says Democrats' attempts to redefine "infrastructure" to fit the Biden agenda are "just par for their delusional course."

"At the end of the day, infrastructure means infrastructure," Perkins writes. "And if Joe Biden is remotely sincere about 'his whole soul [wanting] to bring Americans together,' then he needs to stop lying to them."

Read commentary by David Ditch:
9 Things You Need to Know about Biden's 'Infrastructure' Spending Plan

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