When it was McCain turning a dramatic ‘thumbs-down’ on the Health Care reforms, he was hailed as a Maverick. But let someone on their side break ranks and they go out of their freaking minds.
Pelosi holds her gavel by the narrowest of margins. Schumer holds his only because the tiebreaker goes to the Veep. But that hasn’t stopped them from forcing aggressively leftist policies down our throats as though they held a supermajority.
When Pelosi actively blocked COVID funding relief until AFTER the election (so that she could blame Trump for withholding needed funds), nobody in the press wrung their hands about how that was obstructionist or grinding the government to a halt.
Yet when Manchin raises some very specific and (from our perspective) rational objections to the political games being played by the leftmost edge of the Democrat party, Dems and their water-carriers in the press blow a collective gasket.
How DARE Manchin hold up this process like he’s some sort of … of…
Of what? Duly-elected representative of the constituents of his state? How dare he depart from his official role of rubber-stamp of Pelosi’s and Schumer’s grand plans for the nation?
You’ll probably hear no end of interpretations about what Manchin said on Monday.
Here’s what he actually said…
.@Sen_JoeManchin (D-WV) on bipartisan infrastructure bill: "Holding this bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill."
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 1, 2021
Here’s what he had to say.
Biden and Pelosi have urged the importance and urgency of the two bills that are being twinned and pushed together. But the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIF) the Senate agreed to back in August has still not gone for a vote in the House.
Support for that bill is being held as ransom in exchange for Manchin’s support on the multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation bill. This bare-knuckle political gamesmanship is a departure from the way business has been conducted in the past.
“Holding this bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill”
The following is verbatim. It includes some serious questions that Democrats — if they were the champions of the poor and needy that they pretend to be should be very concerned about finding answers to.
Throughout the last 3 months I have been very straightforward about my concerns that I would not support a reconciliation package that expands social programs, and irresponsibly adds to our $29 Trillion in national debt that no one really seems to care about or even talk about. Nor will I support a package that risks hurting American families suffering from historic inflation.
Simply put, I will not support a bill that is this consequential without thoroughly understanding the impact that it will have on our national debt, our economy, and most of all, all of our American people.
Every elected representative needs to know what they are voting for and the impact it has not only on their constituents, but on the entire country.
That is why we must allow time for complete transparency and analysis on the impact of changes to our tax code and energy and climate policies to ensure that our country is well positioned to remain the superpower of the world while we inspire the rest of the world towards a cleaner environment. This all can be done.
I for one won’t support a multi-trillion-dollar bill without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects of inflation and debt have upon our economy and existing government programs.
For example, how can I in good conscience vote for a bill that proposes massive expansion to social programs when vitial programs like social security and medicare face insolvency, and benefits could start being reduced as soon as 2026 in medicare in 2033 in Social Security? How does that make sense? I don’t think it does.
Meanwhile elected leaders continue to ignore exploding inflation, that our national debt continues to grow, and interest payments on the debt will start to rapidly increase when the fed has to raise interest rates to try to slow down this runaway inflation.
He is calling for fiscal sanity, but sees ‘shell games’ and ‘budget gimmicks’.
None of us should misrepresent to the American people what the real cost of legislation is.
In short, Pelosi is not going to be able to play her ‘have to vote for it to see what’s in it’ game this time around. Pelosi, Schumer and Biden may be looking for that dramatic ‘FDR’ kind of a legacy. Manchin’s seems much more modest.
He wants an America we can all still live in five years from now… even the people who would be hardest hit by the debt and inflation that Democrats seem more than happy to keep racking up.
There is no free lunch… and at this point, we see two Senators from the Dems who seem to understand that fact. The rest, not so much.
His presser was received with the sober and thoughtful response one might expect of the left.
CNN’s WH correspondent was very on-brand.
Oh no, the Democrat agenda is threatened… To arms! To arms!
Go back and read his words again, folks. He may be a lot further left than our preferences would call for, but he has drawn certain lines in the sand. He is standing on a specific principle… and doing so against his own party.
Credit where it’s due.
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