Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a statement to explain why he is not backing his party’s $3.5 trillion spending bill, calling “trillions more on new and expanded government programs” the “definition of fiscal insanity” when we “can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security.”
Back in May, I wrote a story headlined “Joe Manchin, a Democrat, May Be The Savior of Our Republic and Here’s Why.” I still believe it. Don’t get me wrong. Joe Manchin is a liberal Democrat. He would vote for 90 percent of what the lunatics controlling the Democratic Party put up for a vote, but as I said, Manchin is a liberal, and not one of the lunatic fringe freaks with big mouths up on Capitol Hill. Liberals and conservatives can work together, because they share common goals. They just differ on how they get there. Progressives, on the other hand, are raging Marxist lunatics who have nothing in common with liberals or conservatives. They don’t see a problem with spending $3.5 trillion during a pandemic, where we are already seeing signs of inflation, and our manufacturing workforce is depleted thanks to government paying people more money to stay home and do nothing than they would make working at a job.
Manchin comes from a solid red state and he is probably the only Democrat who could get elected to his seat. If he goes, the seat goes to the Republicans. And his party knows it, which is why they are not punishing him for trying to show some sanity among a party of mental midgets with the IQ of a fencepost.
Here is Senator Manchin’s full statement:
Every Member of Congress has a solemn duty to vote for what they believe is best for the country and the American people, not their party. Respectfully, as I have said for months, I can’t support $3.5 trillion more in spending when we have already spent $5.4 trillion since last March. At some point, all of us, regardless of party must ask the simple question — how much is enough?
What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity. Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue pay an unavoidable inflation tax. Proposing a historic expansion of social programs while ignoring the fact we are not in a recession and that millions of jobs remain open will only feed a dysfunction that could weaken our economic recovery. This is the shared reality we all now face, and it is this reality that must shape the future decisions that we, as elected leaders, must make.
Since the beginning of this reconciliation debate, I have been consistent in my belief that any expansion of social programs must be targeted to those in need, not expanded beyond what is fiscally possible. Our tax code should be reformed to fix the flaws of the 2017 tax bill and ensure everyone pays their fair share but it should not weaken our global competitiveness or the ability of millions of small businesses to compete with the Amazons of the world. Overall, the amount we spend now must be balanced with what we need and can afford — not designed to reengineer the social and economic fabric of this nation or vengefully tax for the sake of wishful spending.
In August, I recommended we take a strategic pause to provide time to develop the right policies and to continue to monitor how the pandemic and economic factors are affecting our nation’s fiscal situation before we spend more. Throughout September, I have made it clear to all those who would listen the need to means test any new social programs so that we are helping those who need it the most, not spend for the sake spending.
While I am hopeful that common ground can be found that would result in another historic investment in our nation, I cannot — and will not – support trillions in spending or an all or nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces. There is a better way and I believe we can find it if we are willing to continue to negotiate in good faith.
If there is one final lesson that will continue to guide me in this difficult debate ahead it is this: America is a great nation but great nations throughout history have been weakened by careless spending and bad policies. Now, more than ever, we must work together to avoid these fatal mistakes so that we may fulfill our greatest been weakened by careless spending and bad policies. Now, more than ever, we must work together to avoid these fatal mistakes so that we may fulfill our greatest responsibility as elected leaders and pass on a better America to the next generation.
The Senate is now expected to push the deadline for funding the government beyond Thursday night’s deadline. That would mean a government shutdown. Most Americans couldn’t give a flying fig, but the Democrats and their boot-licking sycophants in the news media act like the world is coming to an end even though all federal workers always get back pay whenever this happens. According to the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer the Senate will vote Thursday or Friday on a “clean” bill for a continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a shutdown until December 3. Must be nice to be able to change your own due date.
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Meanwhile, you just know the lunatics running the asylum are going to try to threaten Manchin into caving, but from what we have seen so far, on issues as serious as this, the man doesn’t cave. Pray for Senator Manchin.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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