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When is 3.5 not 3.5?

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In going thru the 2465 page house bill for "Infrastructure", I find that it does not add up to 3.5 trillion dollars but something closer to $5 trillion dollars.

OSHA fines increase 10 fold on businesses, the big question is will OSHA issue rules about requiring vaccinations for COVID, this clause would make the 2nd or 3rd complaint cost up to $700,000 in fines, up from $70,000.

Less than 2 percent of $5 trillion goes to the electric industry to increase supply or distribution of electricity, but close to 10 percent of the money is designed to shift energy use from something other than electricity to electricity.

Two tax provisions that hit all Americans, not just the rich, the tax on methane (natural gas, petroleum) and the tobacco taxes. There are provisions to be voted on that might add the alcohol, bottle and plastics taxes, and gasoline and diesel fuel taxes. This bill is not finished.

Please do your own research, understand the issues, and think critically about the bill. These are the facts I can dig out, you should dig out your own

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 30, 2021

Doug, from someone who has read one 560-page bill word-for-word (The Energy Policy Act of 2005), taking on a 2465-page Infrastructure bill is deserving of at least a medal (if not the trillion-dollar coin Democrats are threatening to mint by midnight tonight to keep the United States of America solvent).

You're right - we should all read the bill. But never will it be possible for even our representatives in Congress to read it, much less understand its implications, before it comes to a vote. I'm sure the Congressional Research Service (CRS) is working overtime to provide a summary. Will it be available to the public? Unlikely.

When one of our legislators writes a bill limiting the length of any individual piece of legislation to the length of the U.S. Constitution, the document that encompasses all of U.S. law, he/she will be deserving of a medal. Reading EPACT 2005, and encountering its abundant special-interest perks, exceptions, and pork-barrel handouts, gave me a keen appreciation for how authoring these monumental tomes is frequently abused by legislators to pursue illegitimate ends. We can safely assume any piece of legislation longer than 4,543 words doesn't have the best interests of all Americans in mind, and can be fed by the House Seargant at Arms to a paper shredder at first opportunity.

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