(Actually, it was 74%, which astounded even Luntz.)
In response to Rachel's reminder that the American Society of Civil Engineers has estimated that, in order to bring the country's infrastructure up to code, "we need to spend about $2.2 trillion... over the course of the next five years", DeFazio said the current stimulus bill falls waaaaay short of that. In the House bill, said DeFazio,
Indeed. (Although I think he meant $43 billion, not million.)
Or as Rachel said on Friday's show, tax cuts make up a third of the stimulus bill. Infrastructure? Less than a fifth.
And about those tax cuts, which Republicans love and were stuck into the bill to curry their favor, which didn't work (zero votes for, remember?) DeFazio had this to say:
"What‘s this $300 billion of tax cuts about, we know that tax cuts don‘t work. We tried them with Bush."
And with Reagan before Bush. It was called "supply side economics", or "let's-make-the-rich-even-richer-with-taxpayer-money-and-bankrupt-the-government-in-the-process."
You see where that's gotten us.
You gotta love Pete DeFazio. Maybe he should come back home and run for governor.