Joe Manchin Checkmates AOC, Ends Big Spending Dream: “Definition of Fiscal Insanity”
Dem Senator Joe Manchin holds all the cards and he has been nothing but honest about where he stands. So the far-left tried to muscle him in the usual way – by smearing him in the media and from their Twitter accounts.
Manchin did not budge and as tension built he ended it once and for all and said he will not go a penny higher than $1.5T, with means-testing, calling the Dems big spending plan “the definition of fiscal insanity.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), said: “Ever notice how ‘deficit hawks’ vote for record-high defense spending, yet claim bills that help people & challenge lobbyists are ‘too much? Guess which got rubber stamped & which gets deemed a ‘spending problem,” she said comparing the 2022 defense budget of $768 billion, with Biden’s $350 billion a year.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said:
“Inaction is insanity. Not willing to negotiate in good faith is insanity. Not fighting to have the critical investments that are needed is insanity. Trying to kill your party’s agenda is insanity.
“Not trying to make sure the president we all worked so hard to elect’s agenda passes is insanity. Losing us the majority in the House and the Senate is insanity.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), said:
“I assume he’s saying the president is insane because this is the president’s agenda.
“Look, this is why we’re not voting for the bipartisan infrastructure bill until we get agreement on the reconciliation bill and it’s clear we get agreement on the reconciliation bill and we’ve got a ways to go.
“After that statement, we probably have even more people willing to vote no on the bipartisan bill.”
Bernie Sanders said:
“It is an absurd way to do business to be negotiating a multi-trillion-dollar bill a few minutes before a major vote with virtually nobody knowing what’s going on. That’s unacceptable.
“I think what has got to happen is tonight the bipartisan infrastructure bill must be defeated and we can then sit down, work out a way to pass both pieces of legislation.”
Manchin responded by saying simply that if they don’t like it they need to elect more liberals.
“Take whatever we aren’t able to come to agreement with today and take that on the campaign trail next year and I’m sure that they’ll get many more liberal progressive Democrats with what they say they want,” he said.
“For them to get theirs, elect more liberals,” he said, before adding the dagger: “I’ve never been a liberal in any way, shape or form.”
Ever notice how “deficit hawks” vote for record-high defense spending, yet claim bills that help people & challenge lobbyists are “too much?”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 30, 2021
‘22 Defense Bill = $768 billion/yr
Build Back Better = $350B/yr
Guess which got rubber stamped & which gets deemed a “spending problem” https://t.co/NVW6rv1fQs
Joe Manchin says he doesn’t want to move the country into an “entitlement mentality.”— Zerlina on Peacock (@ZerlinaShow) September 30, 2021
@IlhanMN responds: “It’s really shameful to hear Democrats adopting Republican talking points.” pic.twitter.com/qwwZGbmLMz