The Bottomless-Emptyness of Manchema
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Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending plan — which in all likelihood constitutes the great bulk of what Democrats can possibly hope to pass through Congress during his first term — has to survive his own party before it can become reality. That’s a difficult proposition, as proved by the last few days on Capitol Hill, where two Democratic senators are standing in the way of a budget most voters say they want.
Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona appear to relish the power they wield over the rest of the party. They are, in effect, holding the president’s priorities hostage to their personal whims. That’s not a new story in politics. But their stubbornness in the face of contemporary challenges reveals the bottomless emptiness of their brand of centrist politics.
Manchin and Sinema say they are worried about the money, so much so that Manchin has called for a “strategic pause” on the bill. “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,” he wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. As countless wonks have pointed out, however, the bill is largely paid for and should have minimal effect on inflation and the national debt.
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October 3, 2021 at 11:54 PM #448162snotParticipant
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something to the effect that one of the things Manchin was demanding was that the spigot of cash being funnelled by the Fed into Wall St. should be turned off, and I have to say I’d appreciate more attention to that phenomenon.
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October 4, 2021 at 12:49 AM #448168
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