Kyrsten and Coal Joe
Well Senator Joe Manchin of the great state of West Virginia spoke today.
You all know old Joe by now. He has single handedly held up President Biden’s economic agenda. With a 50/50 split in the Senate between Dems and the GOP , his vote is necessary to pass the President’s social legislative package.
Passing it is vital. Failure will only indicate that Dems really can’t get anything done and would probably be catastrophic to their chances in the mid-term elections next year. Failure could be the ruin of the Biden Presidency and would do more to bolster the return of Trump than anything I know.
Well since Joe has become the necessary lever to push he has become a prima donna. He’s enjoying the spot light and sees the opportunity to delay and deny to get what he wants. The party be damned. He cares not that he is the only significant vote out of 50 holding things up. If he gives his support, Kyrsten Sinema, a new Senator facing election next year probably will to.
Joe wouldn’t agree to any paid family leave, even after it was cut from 3 months to 4 weeks. I guess West Virginia’s women simply birth their babies, get out of bed and go back to work. Or they are all so financially well off that they can afford to simply stay home without pay.
So paid family leave was completely stripped from the bill leaving America the only country in the western world without it. Thanks to Joe.
He also opposed the child tax credit cutting it from 5 years to one, which still did not get his commitment to support the bill. He opposed the expansion of Medicare to cover dental and vision care. Even with a cap on annual amounts. Joe thinks it fiscally irresponsible. Buy your own false teeth. I had to. Two thousand bucks.
Finally Joe railed against any assault on the fossil fuel industry.
Why? “Coal” Joe is from West Virginia and wants to save those fine coal mining black lung jobs back home.
Besides, he has large investments in fossil fuels and big donors in coal and oil who contribute big bucks to keep him right where he is.
Doing Mitch McConnell’s work for him. Mitch is laughing his ass off while Joe spouts tripe about “bipartisanship.”
Manchin also was instrumental in killing the possibility of lowering prescription drug prices and the billionaire’s tax. Fiscally irresponsible.
Its time to stop characterizing Joe Manchin as a “moderate” Democrat. Bull shit. nd I don’t have a clue as to exactly how he represents the people of his state; a state in the lower 10% in just about every measure.
In today’s remarks Coal Joe mentioned something he wants. He wants House progressives to vote for the hard infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate. House progressives have refused unless Joe commits to supporting the social spending bill. They have slashed the social spending bill by trillions and have given up a lot while Joe has given up nothing. So progressives are holding the hard infrastructure bill hostage.
So today Coal Joe fiercely criticized House progressives for refusing to support the bipartisan infrastructure bill until the social reconciliation package moves forward.
“The political games have to stop,” the Democratic senator said. “Holding this bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill.”
Of course, Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, the other key Democratic holdout in the Senate, have used their two votes to demand and get drastic cuts to the reconciliation package and are now refusing to endorse the framework for the smaller bill.
So one could make the argument that the “political games” are not restricted to the progressive wing of the Democratic party.
Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are two of the most selfish senators I’ve seen since the Eisenhower administration. For months, these two have bullied the White House and progressive Democrats into bending to their will. Key liberal priorities such as paid family leave and medical leave and measures to reduce prescription drug costs, provide two years of free community college and repeal key elements of the Trump tax cuts have been jettisoned. The total cost of the bill has been cut in half — from $3.5 trillion to around $1.75 trillion — all to satisfy Manchin’s and Sinema’s demands.
And still they will not commit.
He has also made it clear he will not support a carve out in the filibuster rule to pass voting rights legislation. He is after all for “bipartisanship” and “compromise” even thought there is not one Republican vote supporting voting rights legislation. Republican activities to repress the right to vote are the reasons we need the legislation in the first place.
If the Dems can’t get this passed Manchin should be stripped of his Committee assignments and drummed out of the party. Sinima should face a well financed primary challenger next year. She has betrayed the progressives of Arizona who sent her to office.
I will contribute to her challenger’s campaign.
As for Coal Joe, if he doesn’t vote for the bill we have no need of him and are no worse without him. He is making it impossible to govern anyway. His actions are only helping Trump.