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DECEMBER 2022

Biden’s Agenda Stopped In The Senate

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Biden’s Agenda Stopped In The Senate

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Joe Manchin Says he’s a ‘no’ on Build Back Better

Written by William Stroock, author of military fiction, observer

This Sunday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) told Fox News’ Bret Baier, ‘I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t.’ Manchin was referring to the Biden Administration’s long debated and negotiated Build Back Better bill. The bill is loaded with items long sought by Democrats including child tax credits, universal pre-K school and Green New Deal provisions amounting to nearly $2 trillion over a decade. Proponents of the BBB bill, like Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and the Squad of young leftist Democrats like Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-New York), see the bill as a transformative piece of legislation. Passing the bill, the Democrat left argued, would put Biden on par with other great Democrat presidents like LBJ and FDR. Why, Joseph Robinette Biden might one day be referred to as JRB. Manchin went on to tell Baier, ‘I’ve always said this … If I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it.’

Joe Manchin is a lifelong Democrat who was first elected to the West Virginia state legislature in 1982. Back then West Virginia was a blue state and Manchin is just about the last of the old-style conservative or ‘blue dog’ Democrats. During the Cold War Democrats like Manchin were generally liberal on social policy but hawks on defense spending and the Soviet Union. Forty years later West Virginia is deep red and in 2020 President Trump won 68% of West Virginia’s vote. West Virginia is MAGA country. If Joe Manchin wants to keep his job, he must vote like he represents his own West Virginia not Bernie Sander’s Vermont.

The Squad savagely attacked Manchin. Representative Jamaal Bowmen (D-New York) said, ‘It’s tremendously frustrating for me as a Black man in America because once again, it’s an example of Joe Manchin as a White man showing that he doesn’t care about Black people…’ In a press release, Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri) declared, ‘Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Build Back Better Act is anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant.’ Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) shied away from calling Manchin a racist. Instead, she tweeted, ‘This has nothing to do with his constituents. This is about the corruption and self-interest of a coal baron.’ Squad leader Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacked Manchin and the very idea of the United States Senate, ‘It’s a farce in terms of, you know, plain democracy, because I represent more — or just, just as many, or more people than Joe Manchin does, perhaps more…’ AOC represents about 750,000 people in New York’s 14th Congressional District while Manchin represents all of West Virginia’s 1.79 million residents.

On the Monday morning after Manchin’s announcement, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) sent a dear colleague letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus vowing action on the BBB bill, a voting bill and filibuster reform – when the Senate reconvenes in January. Right now the voting bill cannot advance without 60 senate votes, so a vote on changing filibuster rules is paramount to Schumer’s plans. Schumer must change not one but two minds on the filibuster. Manchin has said all year that he won’t vote to change the filibuster rules, and so has Arizona Senator Kristyn Sinema. In truth it is not at all clear that the BBB bill or voting bill would pass an up or down vote on the Senate floor.  It is widely rumored around Washington that Manchin and Sinema are acting as a kind of ‘heat shield’ for vulnerable red state Democrats up for reelection in 2022. Neither has to face the voters till 2024. While the future of the BBB bill does not look good, it is certainly possible that Manchin and the White House could resume negotiations in the new year.

One of the weaknesses (in this observer’s opinion) of the American political system is the lack of term limits for Federal public office. As the law stands now, a politician can hold office regardless of time served or age. Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, has served 7 terms in the senate and is running for an 8th term next year. Grassley is 88 years old. It seems the career goal of most senators is to be carried out of the chamber feet first.

Joe Manchin is no different, and probably intends to run for a third senate term in 2024. Having alienated the Democrat base in deep red West Virginia, Manchin’s best bet might be to switch to the Republican Party. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel (R-Kentuckey) is openly courting Manchin. On the Hugh Hewitt radio show this week, McConnel pointed to the abuse hurled at Manchin by The Squad and said, ‘Obviously we would love to have him on our team. I think he’d be more comfortable.’ Were Manchin to switch parties, that would put the GOP in control of the Senate and kill Build Back Better for good.

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east

sorry for the old man, biden. not sure people care about us politics. all people know is russia issued an ultimatum to us and they need to respond to the ultimatum in a hurry. otherwise this will get out of hand. there is rampant inflation and it is getting out of hand and looks like permanent. us is bankrupt and done.

jens holm

They have their problems over there. At least they have voted for them.

As many others You dont understand the base for kapitalisme is debts and loans. It will never be allowed USA to go bankrupt. If needed we will help them to decline to a better level.

You dont understand western as well as world economics at all. We are very dependent and by that also help each other.

Others are suffering more then tiny dwarf Russia. The Chinese anytime are much more dependent. If USA (and we) dont buy their stuff, they get in even more trouble then they are(too) in their debts.

The end

Go knit your own socks then and pay your western brother the fair price. I am sure your economy shall prosper like never before…

jens holm

Sometimes Im a little worried for economy. I dont like too many ups and downs.

But for the moment we do a lot of things wll compared to many others. We have so many vacant jobs and hardly no incommers to cover them.

By that parts of the public well fare system cant cover well even we have the money for it.

So Im for less growth here and by that stability. Some of the money we have are empty just as in 2008. We should not use them on housebuilding and cars but something, we cant eat and is there, when we decline and by that has less money.

That includes upgrading already educated people to the future. ‘ Its too too much about money.

I think we pay fair prices for most things.

jens holm

I wonder why any can make minus to this. You never has seen my hair high as well as low.

I dont knit socks but so far I have educated and worked well having few periods with unimploymnet and once Ihad to move far away for a period, because there eas no local jobs.

By that things are fine here. Whats wrong with doing like that and it pays off. I by that has paid a lot of tax and still pay some. In January I have to visist the hospital. Its free by that. As partly retired I also gets partly retiremenet money every much. I could retire and do nothing anymore, but Im able to and like my job even Im a little slower and will become slower.

Being ready to pay for school and education for mainly youngsters will pay off too. I like them and they will pay for me later, where I cant. They are an investment.

What wrong with that. You just behave like being minus Yourself. Im just a typical lower middleclass suppporting this.

Capt. Steven Hiller, USMC

Thank The absolute good Lord, there is one more democrat that has enough brain cells LOL

jens holm

I think Biden is much better then expected. He cant do anything he wants as he wish. Thats how it is.

Let's go Brandon

He’s much better in farting and nothing else, and you should change his diapers again. But first slurp your dinner.

jens holm

Farthing is a renewable ressource. Your certainly show Your low level well.

Maybee he will donate it to Ukraine. They need gas for themself and for chemical attacks. True its not good for gloabal warming.

Duniga

Senate? Farcical show for particularly stupid masses.

Jon

Senate is an anchor to leeward to hold the ship of state fast when radical elements take over the house. It works and the radical left will fail to create a socialist “utopia” in USA because of this ingenious bi-cameral set up.

jens holm

Something like that but both ways. The system was based on, that none anymore – as in Europe – should be able to decide anything. In person to person people got the right to armed defence.

You have no idea about what socialist utopia is.

I kind of live in such one. Thats not socialisme. But Denmark repair the HARD Kapitalisme well, because it also produce a lot of loosers. Thats social kompensation.

By high tax we help people up for free and see them as investments. By that many more then in USA becomes taxpayers even many are small. But they do contribute as they can under the right conditions.

INVESTMENT.

It do pay of here.

jens holm

Its common sense its like that even in Venezuela Trish :).

jens holm

Half of the Voters actually took him in. Its like buying the whole package. Its true americans also vote because of local matters in a very big country and not about some randoms all over the world.

So far he did not get the packagepart for replacing energy. its a kind of wrong one vote should decide something like that or not.

Matthew

Illiberal Liberalism was done to death under Bush jr and Obama and a correction and rebalancing under Trump was blocked by the National Socialists in the government machine (Although Trump lacked the skillsets anyway). The US ruling class needs constant war and hysteria to maintain itself, but even if the degree of central control can be maintained it will become increasing irrelevant.

jens holm

And what will replace it ?

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