Here he goes again, to paraphrase an old Ronald Reagan quote. West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has once again struck at the hearts of his Democrat colleagues, pulling the plug on crucial negotiations to save key components of President Joe Biden’s midterm election year agenda.
According to The New York Times, Manchin told Democrat Party leaders that he will not support funding climate or energy programs, or raising taxes for wealthy Americans or corporations. According to The Times, Manchin’s announcement “dealt with a devastating blow for his party’s efforts enacting a broad social security net, climate, and tax package.”
On Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York met with Mr. Manchin. He stated that he supports a package that includes a negotiated plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs as well as an extension of expanded Affordable Healthcare Act subsidies, which will expire at the end.
This was the culmination of weeks of hard work in negotiating a package that would win Mr. Manchin his support. This was seven months after West Virginians abruptly quit negotiations and rejected a much larger plan.
Manchin and Schumer had been negotiating for months. The moderate West Virginia Democrat supported both of these provisions in the domestic package before it all went south.
Or should we say to the right?
Sam Runyon, a Manchin spokeswoman, told The Times that Senator Manchin “has not walked away” from the table. This was in an attempt to discredit Democrat leadership and performance at the same time.
Politics have no meaning to millions of Americans who struggle to pay for groceries and gas, as inflation reaches 9.1 percent.
Senator Manchin believes that leaders must put aside political agendas and reevaluate the economic reality of the country to avoid inflating the fire.
Needless to say, climate-change-crazed Democrats like leftist Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, were crestfallen by the news of Manchin’s latest blow to the Democrats’ radical left-wing agenda. Wyden couldn’t contain his excitement, telling The Times in hyperbolic terms:
My disappointment is not going to be hidden, considering that almost all of the issues in the energy and climate space were resolved. This is our last chance at preventing the most devastating and expensive effects of climate change.
We cannot come back in a decade to prevent hundreds of billions, if not trillions, in economic damage and undo our inevitable human toll.
Last chance; catastrophic; can’t come back and undo the trillions of dollars in economic damage and undo the inevitable human toll — blah blah blah blah blah blah. Al Gore, John Kerry, and Leonard DiCaprio were seen furiously nodding in approval.
It gets better:
Leah Stokes is a professor of environmental policy at the University of California Santa Barbara. She was also an advisor to congressional Democrats on climate legislation. This:
These are very high stakes. It is just disgusting that he condemns our children.
Tiernan Sittenfeld is the League of Conservation Voters’ senior vice president for government affairs. He described Manchin’s decision as “condemning the future generations.”
For how outraged and appalled we are, there aren’t any words.
“Almost” brings a smile to your eyes, huh?
Biden’s many failures in energy and economic policies are numerous and some of them deliberate. The repercussions can be devastating. These RedState headlines are enough to show the complete failure of the president most inept in American history.
The bottom line:
What next for the beleaguered Democrat Party, with Biden’s approval rating continuing to plummet and the likelihood that Democrats will win the November midterm elections high?
Maybe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a radical left-wing Rep. (D-N.Y.), will call on Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer “to support stripping the Supreme Court of its jurisdiction over abortion.”