Forward Guidance: Andy Snyder on the Future of American Infrastructure
ST: Joining us today again is Andy Snyder. He is the former Editorial Director of The Oxford Club and the founder of Manward Press. And today we’re talking about the future of America’s infrastructure – and the investment opportunities associated with it.
Andy, thanks for joining us.
AS: Hey, thanks for having me, Sam. I’ve got a bit of a cold today, but I’ll do what I can. I’m glad to be here.
ST: That’s alright, I don’t think anyone will hear it. So, from what I understand, Manward Letter focuses on helping men attain Liberty, Know-How and Connections – this “Triad” of yours.
But lately, I’ve noticed that you guys have been writing a lot about the new federal infrastructure policy. What’s the connection between those topics?
AS: Sure, that’s a great question. The idea of infrastructure is absolutely right in our wheelhouse when it comes to the “Liberty” idea of our Triad.
As you said, we focus on three ideas – Liberty, Know-How and Connections. And the more men can focus on those and bring those ideas together, the more fulfilled their lives will be. And when it comes to Liberty, wealth is a direct tie-in.
You know, history shows the wealthier you are, the more liberty you have. You’re freer from your government; you’re free to move around the country and the world, whatever.
And when it comes to infrastructure… nothing helps you get around the world or make the world run more than infrastructure.
ST: I see.
AS: And it’s the tie-in with the government. We take a really libertarian approach to things, and yet we’re all dependent on the government in some way for our infrastructure.
So we’re exploring the bounds of that, and I think we have some pretty interesting ways to take advantage of what Trump is doing in the White House on infrastructure and some ways to make money off of it, which is really exciting.
ST: I see. That makes sense. I see how it ties in. You brought up Trump, which brings me to my next question.
If you remember, right after Trump got elected, he gave a speech in which he talked about a $1 trillion infrastructure investment. And from what I understand, your latest work ties into that idea. So what’s the current status of that trillion-dollar infrastructure program?
AS: The media would have you think that Trump’s not getting anything done. But the truth is he’s getting a lot done, especially when it comes to infrastructure.
He took some heat recently – there was a group called Food & Water Watch that actually took him to court over what they call his “secret infrastructure council.” It’s a nonevent.
And actually, this week, on Wednesday, he announced his new infrastructure plan, and it’s pretty interesting. It’s a trillion dollars, and it’s a three-pronged approach.
So they’re first going to focus on the areas that already have funding – so immediate projects. You could use the old term “shovel-ready.” They’re going to get started on those as soon as possible.
After that, they’re going to start looking at rural projects. These are the projects that don’t tend to get as much private sector money.
So Trump is really looking to limit the role of the government – which again ties into our Triad and the idea of Liberty – in his infrastructure plan and bring in the private sector.
And then along those lines is the third approach to his latest plan – again, announced Wednesday – that’s “transformative” projects. This is the kind of stuff that Elon Musk is looking at… big-money, high-tech projects.
So that’s a little further down the road, but there’s obviously huge investment incentives there and huge potential.
ST: Yeah, I see. You mentioned that – you know, there are public sector components to this and private sector components to this. Is there room for ordinary investors to participate in this program?
AS: Absolutely. And that’s the hallmark of what the current administration is really looking to do.
In total, the number that I’m seeing is $1 trillion, but what’s really cool about that – especially from a free market, small-government perspective – is that only $200 billion of that – sounds like a big number but it’s one-fifth of the total – is actually coming from the government, from taxpayers’ pockets.
The rest is going to be private sector spending. And a lot of analysts outside of Washington are calling it a chance for ordinary Americans, ordinary investors, to own some of the highest-quality assets in what’s arguably the best country in the world.
So it’s all part of what we’re looking at, which is the 1531(b) program. Not a lot of folks know about it, but it’s going to be a really interesting program going forward.
Lots of income opportunities and long-term investment opportunities – again, all from the private sector – focusing on the country’s infrastructure and not the government, which is really cool.
ST: It certainly seems like an unorthodox approach to infrastructure spending. So where can investors learn more about some of these private sector opportunities?
AS: Sure, over at Manward Press we just wrote a report on it. We just released it earlier in August. It’s all about the 1531(b) program.
And what’s really cool about it is that any American can do it. Even international investors can get into this. There are great tax benefits… It’s a lot to discuss here, which is why we have the report. But if you can buy a stock, you can get in on this investment opportunity.
ST: That’s really cool.
Andy, thanks so much for joining us again.
AG: Thanks, Sam, I appreciate it.