“Yet some in Congress have a strange belief there is an infinite supply of money to deal with any current or future crisis, and that spending trillions upon trillions will have no negative consequence for the future.”
Why is anyone shocked? Moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) ticked off fellow Democrats after he wrote an op-ed about why he won’t vote for the $3.5 trillion “human” infrastructure bill.
Are the Democrats dumb? Are they deaf?
Manchin voted to advance the bill, but he has never swayed from his final no vote unless they lower the price tag.
In other words, Manchin’s no vote is not anything new:
I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs. This is even more important now as the Social Security and Medicare Trustees have sounded the alarm that these life-saving programs will be insolvent and benefits could start to be reduced as soon as 2026 for Medicare and 2033, a year earlier than previously projected, for Social Security.
Establishing an artificial $3.5 trillion spending number and then reverse-engineering the partisan social priorities that should be funded isn’t how you make good policy. Undoubtedly some will argue that bold social-policy action must be taken now. While I share the belief that we should help those who need it the most, we must also be honest about the present economic reality.
Manchin urges his colleagues to push the “strategic pause” button on the $3.5 trillion bill. He thinks the pause would “provide more clarity on the trajectory of the pandemic” and “allow us to determine whether inflation is transitory or not.”
How about this for a reminder: “Yet some in Congress have a strange belief there is an infinite supply of money to deal with any current or future crisis, and that spending trillions upon trillions will have no negative consequence for the future.”
So the Democrats are losing their mind.
Manchin has weekly huddles w/ Exxon & is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called “bipartisan” fossil fuel bills.
It’s killing people. Our people. At least 12 last night. Sick of this “bipartisan” corruption that masquerades as clear-eyed moderation. https://t.co/KW8w7HUhvT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2021
Instead of writing op-eds, why don't you look into the faces of my residents who have had their basements flooded with sewage multiple times and their power out for days, Senator Manchin. We deserve better. https://t.co/jSMlIB4SYa
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 2, 2021
Democrats should punish Manchin and Sinema if they aren't going to do anything whatsoever to help Americans, democracy, and Biden's agenda. 2022 is it. Strip them of committees and play hardball until they cry uncle. Biden and Schumer should call them out by name. https://t.co/8VjulFGTUg
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) September 2, 2021
If only you could just “hit the pause button” on our climate crisis. https://t.co/AHnt5UMctN
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) September 3, 2021
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 3, 2021
End the filibuster.
— Val Demings (@valdemings) September 2, 2021
A reminder: Democrats control the White House & both chambers of Congress.
In theory, there is nothing stopping them from abolishing the filibuster, codifying Roe, & expanding the court.
In practise, Joe Biden defers to Joe Manchin on the issue of democracy and protecting it.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) September 2, 2021
Joe Manchin saying pump the breaks on climate change spending as major cities in the northeast are underwater is quite the fuck you to reality. Must be nice having a houseboat, Joe.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) September 2, 2021
Are there no real Democrats in West Virginia who can replace Joe Manchin? I’m completely over Daddy EpiPen never taking up for our party 🤬 pic.twitter.com/ku7gqScdWW
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) September 3, 2021
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