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Megan McArdle

Both Parties Can Agree on Infrastructure. Sort Of.

The question is who will pay for it.
Shovel ready.
Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Republicans' plan to "repeal and replace" Obamacare seems, for the moment, to be going nowhere. President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration have Democrats in a tizzy. That empty seat on the Supreme Court will stay empty until Trump and his opposition find some common ground. But there’s one area where Democrats and Republicans seem to agree: infrastructure. Trump’s been talking about it on the campaign trail, and now Democrats have countered with a plan of their own to spend $1 trillion over 10 years.

Well. Not "plan." More of a wish list. Real plans have some sort of core philosophy, not a grab bag of stuff it would sure be neat to do. They also come with a method for funding them.