by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
I suppose we should give the Biden White House credit for sticking to its talking points, even when the talking points defy logic. In an interview with Mike Allen for Axios on HBO, Chief of Staff Ron Klain claims the $2.3 trillion plan isn’t a big government plan. He’s a master at trying to reframe the interviewer’s question. Sorry, but it just doesn’t work. See for yourself.
Too bad the White House chooses to say that Republicans should salute and vote ‘yes’ on this behemoth spending plan. Time to pare it down and focus on infrastructure, not Leftist expansion of government. Where to start? Broadband access. This could generate the bipartisan support that Klain claims he wants. By expanding access to broadband, we open up opportunities far and wide for everyone to have a shot at connecting to all our world has to offer.
Here in North Carolina, we can step up and lead while the federal effort moves ahead. Locke researcher Jon Sanders recommends that state policymakers take three crucial steps. They’re technical as it relates to providers of the service, but they’re critical if we want our state to handle this quickly and efficiently.
These proposals would result in lowering costs to broadband providers, which would make state, federal, and private investment efforts to expand rural broadband much more efficient and allow their reach to extend much further and reach many more households and businesses. In so doing, they would help North Carolina’s projects not only move to the front of the line in the national competition for broadband workers, capital, and investment, but they also would set up North Carolina as a national model for efficient and quick deployment of private and public resources used to support broadband infrastructure.
If we expect people to follow their dreams in a globally connected world, each of us must have the opportunity to access that world. That’s the first step to self-reliance and fulfillment. But before we can do that, we have to get beyond the talking point-culture that, unfortunately, the Biden White House continues to engage in.
By the way, as Klain claims $2.3 trillion isn’t a big government plan, take a look at where we stand as of last week.