We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Leaked Trump infrastructure plan is a plan for corporate subsidies

Click here to access article by Pete Dolack from his website Systemic Disorder

The Deep State knows how to play the vulgar businessman Donald Trump, but Trump also knows how to play them by feeding them with profits and power. He has given them so many rewards since he's been in office that they are delaying his execution.
The Trump administration’s plans to rebuild infrastructure in the United States have been leaked, and it appears to be as bad as feared. At least three-quarters of intended funding will go toward corporate subsidies, not actual projects. It is possible that no funding will go directly toward projects.

There’s no real surprise here, given that President Donald Trump’s election promise to inject $1 trillion into infrastructure spending was a macabre joke. What is actually happening is that the Trump administration intends to push for more “public-private partnerships.”
Here's a tip whenever you read or listen to news from media corporations: when you encounter the words "reform" and "public-private partnerships", immediately think of advantages for our masters in the capitalist class. They love to disguise their exploitation of ordinary, and often, gullible people by using euphemisms (def.).