And that may not be the dumbest part of it.
Trump is reportedly going to release some form of infrastructure spending proposal next month, but it won't actually have any money in it to spend. Instead, it will ask cities and states to raise their own money to pay for it.
The guiding principle of the plan is to shift responsibility for funding from the federal government to states and localities -- which own or control most assets -- by providing incentives for them to generate their own sustainable funding sources and work with the private sector. [...]
“We need to be honest with the American people: failure to find the revenue for an infrastructure initiative now, as part of tax reform, will make passage of such a package nearly impossible in the future,” Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, said in a letter last month to Senate leaders.
No shit, and not just because the federal government's revenue is going to fall off a cliff.
The Republican corporate tax cut bill eliminates most if not all deductions in states, such as New York and California, that actually do spend a lot of money on infrastructure. It's far more likely that cities and states will spend less money on infrastructure if the GOP tax bill is signed into law.
The GOP bill will put downward pressure on all governments and Republicans don't want to stop there. They also wanted to cut vital state-based programs like Medicaid.
Ironically, the large and wealthy blue states may be the only states that could afford to adjust. Smaller red states, which are among the poorest in the nation, don't stand a chance. You try telling Alabama, or Louisiana, or Mississippi that they must fund all of their own infrastructure, all of their own health care, and anything else Republicans in Washington want to cut.
Of course I say that while Alabama moves closer to electing a credibly-accused child molester who will vote for any batshit proposal you put in front of him.
The Republican party is a suicide cult.