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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joins Morning Joe to discuss President Biden's first prime-time address from the White House on the coronavirus and the economy. Secretary Buttigieg also discusses infrastructure as the next big Biden agenda item. Aired on 03/12/2021.
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58 Comments on "Secretary Buttigieg: Investing In Infrastructure Pays For Itself | Morning Joe | MSNBC"

  1. The Esperanza Compromise By Jason Daniel Baker | March 12, 2021 at 10:10 AM | Reply

    From small-town mayor to Transport Secretary in less than a decade.

    • steve woodward | March 12, 2021 at 3:26 PM | Reply

      @Mimzy Jinx pandemics have been named after places of origin since the beginning of time..athens plague 430 bc , london 1665-1666, marseille 1720-1723 , russian flu 1770-1772, spanish flu 1918-1920, asian flu 1957-58, west nile virus , and the west african eboli 2011-2016.. Yep Trump started it all way back in 430 BC.. You tried to help , but they can’t look past their hate for Trump..

    • Kyle Peterson | March 12, 2021 at 4:30 PM | Reply

      @Mimzy Jinx See,..this is why true Americans call you Trumpers gullible and duuuumb af.

    • ShadowProject01 | March 12, 2021 at 4:33 PM | Reply

      @Mimzy Jinx wow I tried to agree with you and provide a link to what you were referring to and it got deleted….something you don’t want ppl to read about CNN/YouTube?🤔

    • @Mimzy Jinx Hi. Hey. Howdy. Looks like you got avalanched in the comments. Sorry about that. Hey, as for Pete, just watch what he does, okay? He kinda reminded me we can do this. Just watch. Its, its heart warming. There is a lot of misinformation out there, its hard to follow, I hope we can help each other through it all. Shout out for engaging.

    • @ShadowProject01 I tried adding the link too and it kept disappearing. The entire comment kept disappearing so I kept pasting it back which is why there is more then one. If they get their way, the media will be able to lie without ever being contradicted.

  2. Republicans don’t Want Updated Infrastructure

    Because they can Blame AOC when
    the Old Infrastructure Fails. 🤷‍♀️

    • @OldManGhost – it’s different to suggest “rural blacks have issues with voter ID laws because of transportation and internet issues” then just a blanket statement of “blacks have issues with voter ID laws”. I’d say the same with “rural whites have issues with voter ID laws” and “rural Latinos haves issues with voter ID laws”.

    • Both parties are equally as clueless

    • @R Torres The question I am answering is why ID laws effect people of color more than others and it is because they are in the lower income brackets. It effects more Democrats than it does Republicans by far. That’s why they want it along with all those other laws. It is absolutely clear that’s what all those laws are about. – Voter suppression. It’s un-American. Now if you want to talk about making it easy to register to vote (and I do mean citizens) and along with it get a no cost ID, I am for it. As far as I am concerned anytime you have to pay for something to vote, it should be considered a poll tax.

    • Carrie Ullrich | March 14, 2021 at 9:09 AM | Reply

      Its quite simple, when a state passes an ID law for voting, like Colorado just did, the price of the ID itself tripled… Thus anyone unemployed or underemployed has to save up or skip eating to attempt to get one.

      Also they can claim your vote is invalid if your ID is expired, or if your Divers licence name doesn’t exactly match your ID name, and then have ID requirements for naming different than registration requirements for naming, so they can cherry pick through ballots with minority sounding names and throw away as many votes as possible because minorities tend to vote for democrats because some democratic efforts help support the middle class and poor people, while most Republican law efforts only support wealthy people.

      They can also use your ID signature to claim your ballot signature doesn’t match exactly enough, as ID signatures last a decade and penmanship changes as people age or develop health problems.

      So they can throw away all those voters ballots too.

      Also, required identification is a poll tax, because the identification card isn’t free, it requires the poorest people to spend money in order to vote.

      This disenfranchises voters who are poor in every race, creating one more thing they’re required to do with cash money, often needed for medical expenses or food, and gives corrupt officials more ways to invalidate legal votes they think will not be in their favor.

    • Carrie Ullrich | March 14, 2021 at 9:11 AM | Reply

      Poll taxes are illegal.

  3. Armando B. Castenelli | March 12, 2021 at 10:24 AM | Reply

    I sincerely hope that by having this intelligent secretary, we will advance in our infrastructure. This is exactly what we need, transparency and honesty.

    • I think President Biden is on the same page. Pete in more than intelligent he has a special fortitude, that we all would all do well having a little bit of.

    • Go into the subways Ratboy and fix our infrastructure.

    • It’s super easy to talk in broad generalities without understanding the actual implications of these deicusion.

      “We need similar rail systems as we see in other countries”

      NO COUNTRY ON EARTH has a rail system that would be comparable to the US, due to the size, geography, urban development, scale of underground systems. This is not a good approach for the US, when you have so many variables that are completely different.

      Also you want the same quality as other countries? Ok the going rate for high speed electric light rail is $80M/sq Mile. That means NY City to DC is going to run you nearly $20 billion. That’s 1 line costing 1/100 the total allocation for ALL infrastructure, labor, labor programs and social programs combined. If you want this then we need to get serious on the actual cost for our infrastructure.

  4. Spending one trillion on our infrastructure would ultimately earn itself back in a decade at most, simple from the cost saved from needing to do thousands of patch jobs.

    • Also thousands of well paying jobs resulting in income tax revenues and money pumped into the economy. The Repubnuts only see if it is good for big business and their own pockets.

    • Yes to Drake & Karla. The best investment is to expand the tax base which is what you are talking about. More people able to pay and more people with higher income means more revenue in taxes. Republicans get those tax breaks and 2 of the things they do is put it into their swelling bank accounts and spend it out of the country. Billions out of our economy.

    • Improved infrastructure also opens up more commuting and employment opportunities, directly filtering back into both local and the bigger economy. Every time there’s a breakdown, or diversions, or problems, there’s an immediate hit to the economy, as well as indirect – yet still tangible – impacts on consumer and business confidence. Underinvestment saves a degree of money in the short-term, but simply increases the cost down the road of improving and fixing the problems you were busy ignoring, while simultaneously hurting the economy at a micro and macro level all along.

    • Imagine if Eisenhower didn’t build the interstate highway system…

  5. After WWII there was a push for improvements to infrastructure and the start of the interstate road system. Many well paying jobs were created and the economy was boosted. People with good jobs spend their money. The Repubnuts don’t seem to get that. Unfortunately since the money isn’t going into the pockets of big business or people in Congress it is totally against the grain for Repubnuts

    • I like Ike. One of the good things he did. He saw the value of Germany’s autobahn Also that’s when the wealthy had to ‘earn’ their tax breaks by investing into the economy unlike today when they just say they are, but instead do money grabs that take money out of our economy.

    • Deborah Freedman | March 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM | Reply

      Actually, much of that infrastructure development was during the war. For example, the main freeway leading from the coast to Portland was built by the Army Corp of Engineers, to aid troop movement, during the war.

    • @Deborah Freedman That’s true and don’t forget the ALCAN Highway.

  6. I worked for the Federal Highway Administration of the US DOT for 33 years. It never made sense to me that often the drivers with several vehicles who put thousands of miles on those vehicles and wanted good roads everywhere resented paying the gas tax to make those roads possible. And they certainly screamed against any attempts to raise the tax even a nickle. Meanwhile, gas prices could fluctuate up and down for a variety of reasons and they never changed their driving habits.

    • Deborah Freedman | March 12, 2021 at 2:04 PM | Reply

      In Oregon, every spring, we have to resurface the roads, especially the freeways, due to damage from heavy commercial vehicles and big rigs, wearing studded tires. And yet, the money for that repair comes mostly from the gas tax on all vehicles, and an added registration fee on hybrid and electric vehicles. I drive a Prius, which is light, and don’t use studded tires, yet am penalized for having chosen a fuel efficient vehicle.

    • Carrie Ullrich | March 14, 2021 at 8:54 AM | Reply

      Oregon of all the states needs improved highway infrastructure funding…. When it rains there, and it rains about three hundred days a year… There’s four foot of standing water on freeway lanes, with no drainage, and no warning signs… Your just supposed to know what will be flooded.

      So claiming studded snow tires on trucks are the only roadway problem there is absolutely untrue.

      You also need better drivers education courses, half of the drivers in Portland don’t know how to drive in rainwater without hydroplaning and crashing their vehicles.

      I’ve never seen so many people entirely incompetent in wet pavement driving then the six months I lived in the Portland area.

      The road network is also inadequate to support the amount of traffic the area has and needs vast improvements in public transportation and, actual drainage systems.

      Most of the road damage is probably caused by inappropriately over wet road areas freezing in winter, swelling from ice pressure and shattering paving layers…. Because no adequate drainage is foolish in any location with excessive regular rain and ice storms.

      So you keep inadequate tires on your car for snow… And trucks are required to have snow tires so they don’t run out of control and crush your car into tiny little pieces, crushing you and your passengers into pulp…

      Is that little gas tax fee worth it to keep you and everyone else on the road from being crushed to death? If your thinking its not, go stand in one of the water puddles on the highway and see if you value your life more then. 🙄

  7. La Verne Bufmack | March 12, 2021 at 11:57 AM | Reply

    Add back the Frump tax cut plus double the amount and this country can build back better with the money coming from those who have benefited most in this country!

  8. Adam Kinzinger has been impressive on the republican side also.

  9. Hey, finally, Infrastructure Week ! Get Trump on board, he wanted to do this for a long time, but always got distracted (golfing, fighting for COVID, destroying democracy…).

  10. Judy S Hallstrom | March 12, 2021 at 12:14 PM | Reply

    Cant imagine ROI hasn’t always been part of every government expenditure

  11. Love this guy. Mayor Pete, fix our roads.

  12. If Mitch’s wife was still in charge, a lot of this money would have been funneled back to her family’s businesses.

  13. Kandis Kennedy | March 12, 2021 at 1:31 PM | Reply

    This guy is so intelligent. And rebooting our infrastructure is an investment that pays for itself. And the infrastructure is used in building more wealth for the billionaires. Let them pay for it this time. We all paid for their tax breaks, last time.

    • Maggie Miller | March 12, 2021 at 3:41 PM | Reply

      We my comment above. He took tons of money from those billionaire during his campaign.

    • You could take 100% of wealth from billionaires and it wouldnt pay for the scale of infrastructure that is needed.

      There needs to be other means of collection whether through excise taxes or negatives incentives built on production like carbon taxes (although I would include fee dividends if this is instituted)

  14. susan couture | March 12, 2021 at 1:33 PM | Reply

    The money is there now we just need to make sure it gets where it’s supposed to

  15. Deborah Freedman | March 12, 2021 at 2:22 PM | Reply

    It’s long past time that Amtrac ran, more than once a day, along the west coast. The east has a well developed federal commuter train network, we need the same in California , Oregon and Washington. It’s disgusting how our tax dollars flow east, never to return. The federal government needs to develop high speed rail through the Pacific states.

  16. I’m still waiting for Trumps infrastructure week! Guess he was too busy golfing. Guess he is going to prison. SAD!

  17. I light up like a Christmas tree when Pete shows up in the news feed.

  18. God it’s good to have smart and ethical people driving the train again.

    • Amen, brother, Amen!!!!

    • didn’t his campaign pretend to have support from african american legislators by forcing them to reply within a few hours or be part of his “Douglas plan”? All while having 0% AA support?

  19. love the professionalism and clarity of this guy…imagine if MTG was trying to explain this

  20. Douglas Lees | March 14, 2021 at 4:18 PM | Reply

    Smart guy, motivated by his job, glad Biden is getting him doing something so useful

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