To paraphrase an old Ronald Reagan line, there he goes, again. West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has struck at the hearts of his Democrat colleagues yet again, this time pulling the plug on critical negotiations to save key parts of embattled President Joe Biden’s midterm election-year agenda.
As reported by The New York Times, Manchin informed Democrat Party leaders that he would not support funding for climate or energy programs or raising taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations. As The Times noted, Manchin’s announcement “dealt a devastating blow to his party’s efforts to enact a broad social safety net, climate, and tax package.” Here’s more, via The Times:
In a meeting on Thursday with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, Mr. Manchin said he would support a package that would include a negotiated plan aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs and an extension of expanded Affordable Care Act subsidies set to lapse at the end of the year.
The shift capped off weeks of painstaking negotiations to cobble together a package that could win Mr. Manchin’s support. It came seven months after the West Virginian abruptly walked away from talks and rejected a far larger plan.
Manchin and Schumer had been negotiating for months, with the moderate West Virginia Democrat previously supporting including both provisions in the domestic package before it all went south.
Or should we say, to the right?
Manchin spokeswoman Sam Runyon told The Times that “Senator Manchin has not walked away from the table,” taking a shot at dismal Democrat performance and leadership at the same time:
Political headlines are of no value to the millions of Americans struggling to afford groceries and gas as inflation soars to 9.1 percent.
Senator Manchin believes it’s time for leaders to put political agendas aside, re-evaluate and adjust to the economic realities the country faces to avoid taking steps that add fuel to the inflation 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 was barely able to contain himself, hyperbolically telling The Times:
I’m not going to sugarcoat my disappointment here, especially since nearly all issues in the climate and energy space had been resolved. This is our last chance to prevent the most catastrophic — and costly — effects of climate change.
We can’t come back in another decade and forestall hundreds of billions — if not trillions — in economic damage and undo the 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, a professor of environmental policy at the University of California Santa Barbara and advisor to congressional Democrats on climate legislation, broke down and sobbed on Thursday night, as she tearfully described the amount of work she and other climate wackos poured into negotiations. Then this:
The stakes are so high. It’s just infuriating that he is condemning our own children.
And my favorite comes from Tiernan Sittenfeld, the senior vice president for government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters, a nonprofit group, who described Manchin’s decision as “condemning future generations.”
There truly aren’t words, at least words that are suitable for printing in The New York Times, for how appalled and outraged we are.
“Almost” brings a tear to your eye, huh?
The list of Biden’s failures — many of them intentional — in energy and economic policy alone is long and the repercussions are damning. The following recent RedState headlines suffice to illustrate the total failure of the most inept president in the history of the presidency.
WATCH: Sen. John Kennedy Piles Damning Facts on Biden’s ‘Deeply, Profoundly Stupid’ Energy Policy
Biden Shuffles off to Middle East Tuesday to Beg Saudis for More Oil Production
Oil and Gas Associations Unite to Destroy Biden’s Narrative About Who’s Behind the Energy Crisis
The bottom line:
With Biden’s approval ratings continuing to swirl down the toilet, and the probability that Democrats will get their asses handed to them in the November midterms high, what could possibly happen next for the embattled Democrat Party?
Hell, maybe radical left-wing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will do something really stupid like calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to “support stripping the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction over abortion.”
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