As the nation debates a potential infrastructure plan, recent weeks have raised a new question: “what counts as infrastructure?” The answer depends on whether we’re looking at the past or the future. People understand the infrastructure of the past because we can see it. Yet a closer view tells us that new technology constantly reshapes what the future requires.
A century ago, Democratic and Republican leaders responded to the Great Depression and World War II and bet on the opportunities created by the technology of their time. They invested in infrastructure and people, creating new jobs, cementing the nation’s global leadership, and strengthening America’s middle class.
At a company like Microsoft, we see first-hand that the technology of our time is creating new opportunities and challenges. To make the most of technology’s future, the United States again needs a bold infrastructure plan that will create a springboard for new jobs, sustained competitiveness, and broader prosperity. While many details and the need for compromise lie ahead, we believe President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, or AJP, points in the right direction.
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We also believe the country will be best served by a bipartisan spirit that starts by recognizing that this is how the nation has made the most of technology before.
Franklin Roosevelt harnessed the power of electricity by ensuring that every American home would have access to it.
Harry Truman presided…