Episode

7/16 Infrastructure Package Summer w/ David Dayen

July 16, 2021

Sam and Emma host David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, on his upcoming Infrastructure newsletter, “Infrastructure Summer,” and the recent developments with Biden’s legislative agenda. They begin with a discussion on the current state of the Infrastructure Package, its emphasis on “human” infrastructure over brick and mortar spending, and the thought process behind Sen. Schumer potentially forcing a test vote next week. They look into the Democrats’ classic revenue-versus-spending problem, furthered by the complete Republican opposition to any tax hike, and the importance of emphasizing the return on the investments in the citizenry with human infrastructure and by taking on prescription drug prices. They additionally touch on rumors around dropping the medicare age (and its unlikelihood), and explore Biden’s recent executive order tackling anti-trust and anti-monopoly issues in an expansive manner – even taking on prescription drug companies – before looking into what Biden has been failing to do, and what to look for moving forward. Emma and Sam also touch on the boost of the child tax credits, what Dems should do to capitalize on their popularity moving forwards, and the staff bids Brendan farewell after four great years, and Sam drops a few hints on who might be coming in to make up for his absence.

And in the Fun Half: Alacrity from Alabama makes the return he’s been waiting for as he takes on minimum wage, Terry from Indiana calls in to deliver a wholesome thank you, and Brent from Michigan gets a little airtime to rant against conservative outrage against Critical Race Theory. Then, the crew chats about Sam’s political roots, before looking into Tucker Carlson’s – from his first notes of inspiration talking about Bill O’Reilly’s facade in the face of Fox viewers to taking on the mantle of crying “race war.” Grant Stinchfield uncovers the big conspiracy occurring in the networks of the military-industrial complex (woke Marxism) as Emma speculates on the potential implications of this for a non-binary bay of pigs, and Sam admires Erik Finman, Prophet of the grift, and his new “Freedom Phone,” plus, your calls and IMs!

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