Joe Manchin has so far killed BBB. Good. Hope he remains steadfast. Deroy Murdock chronicles his enemies and the facts of his apostasy.
Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema will not break the filibuster. It's the only thing protecting them. It keeps them from having to come to grips with the fact that their voting priorities are often out of line with either their state or their party.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 4, 2022
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Murdock: Since his bombshell declaration on “Fox News Sunday” in late December that he could not vote for President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, Democrats have responded in typical fashion to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.’s declaration. They are foaming at the mouth.
According to Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y.: “It’s an example of Joe Manchin, as a white man, showing that he doesn’t care about black people, he doesn’t care about Latinos, he doesn’t care about immigrants, he doesn’t care about women, and he doesn’t care about the poor.”
Bowman echoed Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., “Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Build Back Better Act is anti-black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant.” So, the West Virginia Democrat is a racist, xenophobe, misogynist, and a plutocrat. Congratulations, Senator. You won the Wokistani superfecta! Manchin, his foes claim, imperils democracy itself. MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan warns, “Manchin is killing the Biden legislative agenda, and perhaps the future of American democracy too.” The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin left no hair unyanked: “Democracy is hanging by a thread.”
Manchin’s rejection of BBB jeopardizes democracy no more than did the downward-pointing thumb of the late Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., which helped Democrats stop the GOP from repealing ObamaCare. Furious Republicans never accused McCain of steering democracy into the crosshairs. But, then again, most Republicans are adults, and too many Democrats are children.
None of the Left’s spittle-flecked hyperventilation explains why Manchin finally spurned BBB: It stinks. This monstrosity is too immense, too costly, and too hyperactive. If BBB were a human being, it would need to be duct-taped to a chair and drowned in tranquilizers.
BBB drones on for 2,466 pages, equivalent to 15 copies of the Benediction Classics edition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Among randomly chosen items, BBB addresses ‘‘wildland-urban interface,” “energy savings estimates that accrue to low-income households,” “acquisition, design, and construction of a Great Lakes heavy icebreaker,” “qualified clean hydrogen production,” “Body and spa treatments,” and much, much, much more.
Biden absurdly declared on September 25 that, “my Build Back Better agenda costs zero dollars.” This is exactly $1.75 trillion below congressional Democrats’ sticker price. They, in turn, fake this figure by claiming that BBB’s “life-changing provisions” — as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. dubs them — soon would expire.
Now, would Pelosi plant a grove of shade trees at her Napa Valley vineyard and schedule them for extraction between 2022 and 2027? No. Regardless, Democrats sponsored child tax credits, day care for all, ObamaCare subsidies, and other socialist goodies and argued that they would vanish in one to six years. This disinformation helped Democrats construct the bright, shining lie that BBB would cost “only” $1.75 trillion…One need not be a rich white guy who hates Blacks, women, and poor people to ponder all of this and yell, “Hell No!” As for Sen. Manchin, he is guilty of only this: His eyes are wide open.