The mainstay of Biden’s political agenda, the lynchpin holding Democrats together (and splitting them apart), rests solely in the hands of a few key lawmakers. Unfortunately for Joe Biden, these lawmakers aren’t expressing much enthusiasm for his “Build Back Better Framework.”
On Monday Sen. Joe Manchin – the biggest thorn in Biden’s side – told his party to pump the breaks on a massive multi-trillion dollar spending bill that does nothing for America’s betterment. If passed, Biden’s bill will be the most radical, the most expensive, the most consequential piece of legislation in U.S. history – even topping Lyndon B. Johnsons “Great Society” programs.
The West Virginia Democrat refused to back the bill, saying it needs much more work before it gets any support from moderate Democrats. However, Manchin did express an openness, claiming to be “open” to show support for the bill, depending on its details.
Manchin’s announcement threatens a planned vote on the package later this month in the House, as well as a second vote on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill President Joe Biden is eager to sign into law.
During a press conference at which Manchin outlined his concern and opposition to Biden’s “Build Back Better’ farce, Manchin accused his own party of playing “shell games” with the bill.
Democrat Sen. Manchin on his party's socialist scam:
"What I see are shell games, budget gimmicks…"
"This is a recipe for economic crisis." pic.twitter.com/RBI3xkqpM8
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) November 1, 2021
Democratic negotiators helped cut down the cost of the measure by shortening the time frame for programs. A child tax credit, for example, would expire after one year instead of becoming permanent.
Manchin highlighted the current debt crisis facing the U.S., which clocks in at a whopping $29 trillion. He said leaders in his own party willfully “ignore” the debt dilemma, and the skyrocketing inflation that comes along it.
“I for one won’t support a multi-trillion dollars bill without greater clarity, about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects of inflation and debt that have on our economy and existing government programs." pic.twitter.com/KGDp38x7Vz
— Southern Patriot 🇺🇲 (@Blakebama22) November 1, 2021
Biden’s biggest headache expressed serious concern over the expansive welfare spending strewn throughout the bill as more vital programs like Social Security and Medicare face total bankruptcy.
Manchin said he would not decide whether to vote for the bill until the text of the measure is written and, in the meantime, demanded Democrats pass the infrastructure bill, which the Senate approved with bipartisan support last summer.
He also sent a warning to Socialist Democrats whose plan is to hold up Biden’s entire agenda until Senate agrees to pass both a physical infrastructure bill immediately followed by the larger, social welfare spending bill through reconciliation.
.@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
While many conservatives are lauding Manchin for the ease in which he’s destroyed Biden’s entire political agenda, it appears that the West Virginia Democrat is signaling his willingness to give in under certain circumstances. His concerns are not for America’s future if the bill were allowed to pass, but what will get him in least trouble with his conservative constituency.
Lest we forget, he is a Democrat after all.
‘Evil’ would be the kindest way to describe any member of the Democrat Party.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth