Senator Roy Blunt busted for an absurd lie that the infrastructure invoice is $ 3.5 trillion a yr
Senator Roy Blunt lied and tried to tell reporters that if the costs are spread over a decade, the infrastructure will cost $ 3.5 trillion in a year.
Video from Senator Blunt:
The Democrats’ $ 3.5 trillion tax and spending frenzy is 67% higher than the $ 2.1 trillion spent by all 50 states combined in 2019. Let that sink in. pic.twitter.com/oyWKEKM9qa
– Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) September 28, 2021
Claiming no one knows what $ 1 trillion is, Blunt said, “Politicians checked it out, and in 2019 all 50 states combined spent $ 2.1 trillion. All of the state government spending in America, including the federal money we gave them, such as the federal highway pass-through money they issued, which was $ 2.1 trillion, all 50 states.
Blunt reiterated a third time his false claim that the Atonement Act costs more than all 50 states’ spending.
Senator Blunt’s claim is wrong because the cost of the Atonement Act is spread over ten years, so the annual cost is $ 350 billion, or about an eighth of what states spend in a year.
Sen. Blunt’s lie was answered with a stern reprimand
GovTrack found that the actual cost of the bill is 80% less than what the states spend in a year.
. @ RoyBlunt lies 67% more with numbers than bananas have teeth. It’s $ 3.5T over * ten years *. So it’s 80% LESS than what the states spent in 2019. https://t.co/7485khDOo0
– GovTrack.🇺🇸 (@govtrack) September 28, 2021
Sam Stein tweeted:
That is…. stupid. That’s 3.5 tons over ten years. no in a year.
Alternative…. the Pentagon’s budget in 2021 was $ 703.7 billion. Let’s say they got laid for ten years. That’s 7 trillion plus. Or about twice that bill. https://t.co/umDMt7APR5
– Sam Stein (@samstein) September 28, 2021
Republicans know the guidelines in the bill are popular, so they lie about the cost.
Sen. Blunt didn’t fail. He tried to create a topic of conversation, but the topic of conversation is so obviously wrong that it was quickly exposed. Republicans don’t want to argue against the Build Back Better agenda provisions, so they’re trying to scare people with lies about the cost.
It will not work.
All Senator Blunt did was reveal how readily Republicans will lie if that means not giving the American people what they want.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association