At a roundtable discussion
with state transportation officials on Friday, Donald Trump said America’s aging
roads, bridges, railways, and water systems were being “scoffed at and
laughed” at. He pledged that they “will once again be the envy of the
This seems to be a core theme
for Trump: America’s greatness depends on others envying us rather than scoffing
and laughing at us.
said much the same thing last week when he announced his decision to
withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. “At what point does America get
demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us, as a country? We don’t
want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. And they won’t
be. They won’t be.”
To be sure, America is in dire need of massive investments in
infrastructure. The nation suffers from overflowing sewage drains, crumbling
bridges, rusting railroad tracks, outworn roads, and public transportation
systems rivaling those of third-world nations.
The American Society of Civil Engineers, giving America’s
over-all infrastructure a grade of D-plus, says we would need to spend $3.6
trillion by 2020 to bring it up to par.
The problem isn’t that we’re being laughed at. It’s that we’re
spending hours in traffic jams, disrupted flights, and slow-moving trains. And
we’re sacrificing billions in lost productivity, avoidable public health
problems, and increased carbon emissions.
But what Donald Trump is proposing won’t help. It’s nothing but a huge and unnecessary tax giveaway to the rich.
His “$1 trillion infrastructure plan,” unveiled last week,
doesn’t amount to $1 trillion of new federal investment in infrastructure. It
would commit $200 billion of federal dollars over ten years, combined with about
$800 billion of assorted tax breaks to get developers to build things instead of
the federal government doing it.
And it’s hardly a plan. It’s not much more than a page of
Worse, its underlying principle is deeply flawed. It boils down to a giant
public subsidy to developers and investors, who would receive tax generous tax credits in return for taking on the job.
Which means the rest of us would have to pay higher
taxes or get fewer services in order to make up for the taxes the developers
and investors would no longer pay.
For example (in one version of the
plan I’ve come across), for every dollar developers put into a project, they’d actually
pay only 18 cents – after tax credits – and taxpayers would contribute the
other 82 cents through their tax dollars.
No one should be surprised at this scheme. It’s what Trump knows best. After all, he was a
developer who made billions, often off sweeteners like generous tax credits and
The public would also pay a second time. The developers
would own the roads and bridges and other pieces of infrastructure they
finance. They’d then charge members of the public tolls and fees to use
In place of public roads and
bridges, we’d have private roads and
bridges. Think of America turning into giant, horizontal-like Trump Tower wherever
These tolls and fees won’t come cheap. They’d have to be set high
in order to satisfy the profit margins demanded by the developers and the investors who back them.
Worst of all, we’d get the wrong
kind of infrastructure. Projects that will be most attractive to developers
and investors are those whose tolls and fees bring in the biggest bucks – giant
mega-projects like major new throughways and new bridges.
Developers and investors won’t be
interested in the thousands of smaller bridges, airports, pipes, and water
treatment facilities across the country that are most in need of repair.
They’re not likely to respond to the
needs of rural communities and smaller cities and towns that are too small to
generate the tolls and other user fees equity developers and investors seek.
They won’t be attracted to the most
important first priority for our nation’s infrastructure: Better maintenance of what we already have. With improved maintenance, it wouldn’t be necessary to completely
But investors and developers want to
build anew. They can’t reap big rewards from maintenance.
Nor will they want to put their
efforts and money into projects that don’t yet have proven financial track
records, like many clean energy innovations – which, not incidentally, might have enabled us to meet our targets under the Paris climate accords, were
we still part of the Paris accords.
We shouldn’t have to pay twice over
for the wrong infrastructure.
To really make America great again
we need the correct infrastructure in the right places – infrastructure that’s
for the public, not for big developers and investors.
Sorry, Donald. The only way we get this is if big corporations
and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes to support it.
-first of all, richie and ben bring ALL the snacks. EVERYTHING
-when they’re littler, they have dinner at stan’s because his house is biggest
- and at like 14-16ish, they start setting their tents up at the drive in theatre that lets you stay overnight in tents for a dime and THATS the fun part
-they always go to the horror flicks and double features. ALWAYS. and it’s such a good strategy because bev cuddles up to either bill or to ben (to hide the fact that ben is scared for him because she’s a sweetie) and eddie can shrink into bill, too
-stan and richie have competitions to see who can stay up later (stan usually wins and richie falls asleep at weird angles on top of him)
-mike is the kid whos like “can you guys shut UP, i have BAND PRACTICE and CHURCH tomorrow” as they all talk to eachother abt sex and kissing at 1 am
-that’s the other thing, their schedules kinda have mix-ups because bill, bev and ben dont go to church, mike and eddie and richie have church and sunday school on sundays, and stan has services on friday at night and shule on sunday so sometimes they have to get up at weird times
-mike’s momma is always at the door at 7 o’clock sharp with the car yelling at mike to get out of there and come with her to church
-they’re all half asleep as he says goodbye and they all say “g’bye, mikey” in unison and it makes his heart swell because yes!! my friends!! see you in 4 hours dorks and also stan richies drooling on you
-richie subjects them to his never-ending tracks because he LOVES buddy holly and they have to listen to him EVERY SLEEPOVER
-popcorn is ALWAYS brought from home for the drive-in movies. as well as all the candy and chips. theyre sneaky and save mega-bucks
-eddie also came out at a sleepover and it was gorgeous, so tearfilled and lovely and they all cooed over him bc he was crying
-in the background richie just shouted “IM gay TOO” and they all collapsed into laughter because they KNOW richie
-tent arrangements go like this: two tents. ben, beverly, and bill in one tent. eddie, stan, and richie and mike in the other, bigger one. bill switches a lot though and ends up being the center of a cuddle puddle every time because he’s Large and Tall and Warm (and everyone has a crush on him lol)
-everyone sleeps on ben though, both figuratively and literally. DONT FORGET BEN. HE IS SO CUDDLY. he is like a giant cuddle bear and everyone usually falls asleep on his stomach even though he hates it
- as time goes on they cant cuddle him anymore ‘cuz his belly goes away and he gets sad but bev still cuddles him
-stans the best horror-story teller. not even bill can beat him at that stage. stan makes them scared EVERY TIME. it’s his acting ability lmao he is a good storyteller
and there u go!!!!! i hope these r good, other ppl feel free to add on!!
Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich.
1. It’s a giant public subsidy to developers and investors. Rather than taxing the wealthy and then using the money to fix our dangerously outdated roads, bridges, airports, water systems, Trump wants to give rich developers and Wall Street investors tax credits to encourage them to do it That means that for every dollar they put into a project, they’d actually pay only 18 cents and we would contribute the other 82 cents through our tax dollars.
2. We’d be turning over public roads and bridges to private corporations who will charge us expensive tolls and earn big profits. These tolls will be set high in order to satisfy the profit margins demanded by elite Wall Street investors. So—essentially—we pay twice – once when we subsidize the developers and investors with our tax dollars, and then secondly when we pay the tolls and user fees that also go into their pockets.
3. We get the wrong kind of infrastructure. Projects that will be most attractive to Wall Street investors are those whose tolls and fees bring in the biggest bucks – giant mega-projects like major new throughways and new bridges. Not the thousands of smaller bridges, airports, pipes, and water treatment facilities most in need of repair. Not the needs of rural communities and smaller cities and towns too small to generate the tolls and other user fees equity investors want. Not clean energy.
To really make America great again we need more and better infrastructure that’s for the public – not for big developers and investors. And the only way we get that is if corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.
Yo fandom people! So Deadpool was freaking awesome, and I was super inspired by it. I feel like Vanessa will eventually leave Wade, but I feel like someone super sweet would win the Merc with a mouth over.
Warning: Swearing (obviously because Wade just can`t contain himself)
“Motherfucker!” Wade yelled as he slammed the front door.
“Wade!” came a yell from the kitchen.
The merc tore off his mask, and headed to the kitchen.
“Y/N, where`s Al?” he asked as his second roommate came into view.
“Out. Playing darts or something. I think she was fucking with me” a chuckled escaped.
Wade laughed at the new roommate. She was a friend of Al`s from the community center who was blinded by a mutant gone rouge- fucking X-Men bullshit- when Al met her a few months ago, Y/N was homeless, and Al offered her a place to stay.
It turns out that she’s pretty damn hilarious, and super fucking hot.
Wade had refrained from any inappropriate thoughts because him and Vanessa were forever…like Careless Whisper forever.
“Probably was messing” Wade replied, grabbed a soda from the fridge, and groaned as he tried to regrow his pinky finger.
“What limb is missing today?” Y/N sighed.
“Pinky finger. Bastard was slicing his sword like fucking Inigo Montoya”
“What a prick! Did you murder his father? How`s Dopinder?” she inquired, but stumbled slightly because she hit the kitchen counter.
Wade moved to help steady her, his hands brushing her waist, “woah you good?” he asked.
“Yeah I`m fine. I don`t need babying” she growled, stepping away from the anti-hero. Y/N was still getting used to navigating the apartment, and she hated being dependent on others- she longed for her sight back, but it was an impossibility.
“Okay, I will leave you to it. Dopinder is fine bt-dubs. I told him to kidnap Bantu, but I think he might just try and murder him off the bat” Deadpool left the kitchen and sighed.
Y/N was funny, hot as fuck, smart, and caring, yet all she saw was her blindness- he wished she knew how great she was.
He walked through the living room, and grabbed his stuffed unicorn.
The thing I feel people don't get is that by talking about how Disney is being lazy and reusing models is that Disney in itself is not bad. Disney USED to do really diverse women. Sleeping Beauty doesn't look identical to Belle. But NOW they're lazy.
Disney USED to step out of it’s own comfort zone and try for different approaches to story and animation. Beauty and the Beast was considered too “adult” for young audiences but to this day it’s heralded as one of Disney’s best and was nominated for best picture.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire PUSHED the Disney style into a more comic-book inspired look and left out any cheap gag tools in that film. Most of the humor came from various crew members and never from one cheesy purely for stock humor character.
Disney’s reached the point where anything they produce brings in the mega bucks. Their competition doesn’t even matter anymore since the Academy Awards proved that unless it’s Disney/Pixar, audiences and board members just won’t bother with it. Shit’s hella bleak, man.
One Direction star Niall Horan has reportedly signed a huge solo record deal, but it’s not with Syco boss Simon Cowell .
The 22-year-old, who has been exploring his golf business since the band went on a hiatus, has now reportedly followed in the footsteps of his bandmates Liam Payne and Harry Styles by inking a mega bucks deal.
An insider has claimed that Niall has landed a deal with Universal Music, who targeted him after their deal fell through with Harry.
“This will come as a real blow to Cowell who has been talking to Niall for months, wanting him to sign a deal with his label Syco,” a source told Daily Star Sunday.
“He made a number of big money offers to try and persuade Niall to sign up but, in the end, Universal came in and put even more money on the table. They’re chuffed to have got one over on Cowell and have taken one of 1D.”
Universal have reportedly been impressed by Niall’s solo efforts and were willing to fork out ‘whatever it took’ to seal the deal.
Niall is said to be “thrilled” at signing a solo deal, but it was only a matter of weeks ago that Cowell, 56, revealed he was hoping to make an announcement about Niall “soon”.
“I think they’re all gonna do great. Niall is the most loyal. We are expecting to announce something soon with him. I’ve always known he’s loyal,” Simon told People.
The X Factor boss “You know what, we’re talking to all of [the 1D guys] at the moment. You know what the great thing about these boys are, well not all of them, just most of them, they’re incredibly loyal. And you don’t always expect that. Niall, Harry, Louis are amazing.”
Meanwhile Niall has reportedly been “telling pals he is really excited about his new music and this solo deal”.
A representative from Syco has declined to comment on this story.
sorry I've been away for like a month, but what's happening that got everyone excited?? if you don't mind. i know it's about capitol but I can't find what's actually happening...
Niall got papped at the Capitol HQ in LA and the pictures were released a few hours ago. (papped on 4th Sept)
The same day in the early hours the Daily Star released an article that Niall has signed a mega bucks solo deal and it’s not with Cowell.
No official announcement was made but Syco declined to comment, which…. muhahaha.
Remember how Niall was the Modest-Syco golden boy, the only loyal one just a few months ago? :D Because I do :D
Also on Aug 25 Louis Walsh, Simon’s unofficial mouthpiece made some comments which put ANGRY on a whole new level.
Walsh stressed that One Direction’s time was at an end, saying that with regards to their reunion, “it’s not going to happen, nope. No, definitely not.”
“We create monsters in the music business – they only become famous because they’ve been on the show and we got you those songs. They’re lucky f—–s, but some get a sense of entitlement and believe the hype. Too many artists appear to forget where they came from.”
Asked if that was what happened with One Direction, Walsh said: “Some of them believed the hype and then everyone around them – publicists, agents, managers – were afraid to tell them because they were making so much money out of them.“
BTW I do think the entire band signed with Capitol, and they signed some of them solo deals, if not all of them.
Every puzzle piece is slowly fitting together. 1D is leaving Syco-Sony and no one can stop them. :)
Saw lots of kids, couples, and families, both costumed and casually dressed at the show. A real mix.
It was also great that the emphasis was squarely on comics first vs. the mega-bucks movies/toys/games booths that tend to overshadow comics at NYCC and SDCC. Little wonder that so many comics pros I talked to count ECCC as one of their favorite shows!