After insisting he can’t assist greater than $1.5 trillion in new social spending, Sen. Joe Manchin requested his Democratic colleagues, “How much is enough?” But he ought to ask himself the identical query.
Even if “paid for,” $1.5 trillion continues to be an excessive amount of, after the $1.9 trillion in “COVID relief” spending that Democrats rammed via in March for a complete of over $5.4 trillion in added outlays for the reason that pandemic hit, to not point out the $1.1 trillion infrastructure plan that’s nonetheless ready within the wings.
Oh, and can he go together with bogus “savings” to get the invoice down by pretending new advantages will expire after only a few years?
Plus, the “pay for” to go together with the $1.5 trillion proposal would nonetheless require hefty job-killing tax hikes that harm poor and middle-class Americans probably the most, slamming the economic system and reducing wages.
That’s why Manchin himself this summer time was calling to hit “pause” on the whole effort to ram via all or a part of the Bernie Sanders’ agenda this 12 months.