Here Comes Republican Joe Manshit: “Why I Won’t Support Spending Another $3.5 Trillion”

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      Joe Manchin Has Put Biden’s Presidency in Mortal Danger. The mercurial senator calls for a “pause” when Democrats desperately need to move fast.



      One of the most bullish indicators for Joe Biden’s presidency came just a week after his inauguration, when Joe Manchin said, “We’re going to make Joe Biden successful.” Manchin’s comment seemed to reflect an understanding that there was no way Democrats could survive by detaching themselves from their president. Manchin holds the pivotal vote in Congress, and his desire to make Biden a success represents the single largest variable. For that reason, Manchin’s splashy public reversal now represents the single most bearish indicator for Biden. In comments to reporters, fleshed out in an op-ed in the right-wing opinion columns of the Wall Street Journal, Manchin called for a “pause” on Biden’s signature domestic agenda. He is not ruling out voting for a bill in the end, but he is exposing Biden’s prospects to fatal danger.


      Manchin’s rationale for demanding a pause is farcical. He cites “runaway inflation” as a reason to wait, when inflation is well below the levels of the 1980s — hardly a time when workers carried home their paychecks in wheelbarrows — and near levels of the mid-aughts. In any case, Biden’s domestic plan would spend roughly one percent of gross domestic product, spread out over a decade and largely, if not entirely, paid for by higher taxes or lower prescription-drug spending, which entirely negates the inflationary effect. (It is only “largely” paid for because Manchin, among other moderate Democrats, objects to many of the tax increases on corporations and the wealthy Biden proposes as pay-fors.) Manchin seems to be confusing stimulus spending — which jolts the economy into faster levels through deliberate infusions of deficit spending — with permanent social spending increases, whose fiscal and inflationary effect is negated by their financing source. Even more strangely, Manchin told reporters that the withdrawal from Afghanistan is another predicate for caution — as if ending a $2 trillion war makes it harder, rather than easier, to finance domestic programs.








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    • #443683
      Ohio Barbarian
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      If the Democrats didn’t like him, they could kick him out of their party, but they won’t. And if you send someone like AOC money, she may well pass it on to someone like Joe Manchin. I say that because she has done so.

      This bill was pathetic anyway, not even enough to maintain the infrastructure, much less improve it. And Bernie and the Squad will settle for anything that Biden and Pelosi tell them to settle for. At least Manchin will fight for his right wing beliefs. I expected nothing, and that increasingly looks what I’m going to get.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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      Bwahahaha!  Gotta say, the Dems never disappoint – if one is looking to be disappointed.  I am now too cynical to be disappointed, methinks.

      Anything that Biden on down says should be accompanied by a fucking laugh track.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

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      And when the smoke clears the democrats will fall just short of the votes needed, as usual. I remember as a kid watching the Washington Generals always coming up short against the Harlem Globetrotters, and I used to think what a bunch of unlucky sad sacks these poor guys were, and if they only got a little more support from their unappreciative fans maybe things would have been different! I also noticed how both teams players were laughing together on the way to the locker room though.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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