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President Joe Biden defended his exorbitant “infrastructure” bill Wednesday by urging Americans to imagine a world in which they can travel by rail at the speed of an airplane and traverse the globe’s entire circumference in just an hour …

These dreams of his — or “delusions of grandeur” rather, as some critics have put it — were shared during a speech he delivered at the White House (known by some as “Planet Biden”) about his so-called “infrastructure” plan.

“Investing in research and development help lead to lithium batteries, LED technology, the internet itself. It helped lead to vaccine breakthroughs that are helping us beat COVID-19. To the Human Genome Project, which has led to breakthroughs in how we understand and fight cancer and other diseases. Government, meaning the taxpayers, funded this research. Government,” he said about 10 minutes into the speech.

He added, “We stopped investing in the research, we stop investing in the jobs of the future and we give up leading the world. When we do invest in research, what we’re really doing is raising the bar in what we can imagine. Imagine a world where you and your family can travel coast to coast without single tank of gas, or in a high-speed train, close to as fast as you can go across the country in a plane.”

Listen:

(Video: C-SPAN)

Notice that he said “in a plane” versus “in a commercial plane.” This matters because the fastest jet aircraft in the world, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, has been clocked at speeds over 2,000 miles per hour, according to Lockheed Martin.

The fastest commercial plane, on the other hand, is the Boeing 747-8I, which has been clocked at speeds of Mach 0.86, which is about 660 mph, according to the Saudi National Center of Aviation.

Conversely, the fastest trains on Earth have been clocked at speeds of 197 mph, according to Forbes.

Big difference …

Biden’s lofty dream inspired an abundance of snarky responses.

Some portrayed the president as a man so out of touch that he lives on another planet:

Others wondered whether Biden’s been smoking crack like his son Hunter:

One critic pointed out that Biden’s relentless attacks on the energy sector will likely make the ticket price for a high-speed train unaffordable to most people:

Some speculated as to why such speedy trains are even needed in a world already brimming with high-speed airplanes that can go anywhere.

And the rest … well, they shared funny memes.

But the president wasn’t done.

Later during his speech, he went on to suggest that his investments in “infrastructure” may make it possible in about a decade or so for Americans to be able to traverse the Earth’s circumference in just an hour by plane.

“I told my kids, when I go on college campuses, they’re going to see more change in the next 10 years than we’ve seen the last 50 years. We’re going to talk about commercial aircraft flying at supersonics speeds, be able to figuratively, if we decided to do it traverse the world in about an hour, traveled 21,000 miles an hour. So much has changed. We have got to lead it,” he said.

Listen:

The responses to this especially lofty dream were particularly snarky.

Look:

FYI, according to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson – among others – Biden’s bill barely even has anything to do with infrastructure.

“First, is this really about infrastructure? Bridges? Roads? Airports? Things we could actually use? Or is it yet another weird climate scheme/power grab/race-based redistribution plan? What exactly is this?” he asked during a “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue last week.

“Only about 5 percent of that $2 trillion will actually go to roads and bridges,” Carlson stated, noting that taxes for Americans “are going up dramatically.”

“So, 5 percent on infrastructure, 95 percent on social engineering. That’s what Joe Biden calls a once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure bill,” the Fox News host added. “He’s right about part of it: It is once in a lifetime. If this bill passes, the next generation will life in a very different country.”

Vivek Saxena

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