Manchin’s Opposition to Build Back Better Bill Infuriates Unhinged Left

Democrats are responding in typical fashion to Sen. Joe Manchin’s promised “no” vote on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act: They are foaming at the mouth.

According to Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., “It’s an example of Joe Manchin, as a white man, showing that he doesn’t care about black people. He doesn’t care about Latinos. He doesn’t care about immigrants. He doesn’t care about women, and he doesn’t care about the poor.”

Bowman echoed Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., who said, “Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Build Back Better Act is anti-black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant.”

The West Virginia Democrat is a racist and xenophobe as well as a misogynist and a plutocrat. Congratulations, Senator. Congratulations Senator!

Manchin, as his foes claim to be, threatens democracy itself.

MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan warns, “Manchin is killing the Biden legislative agenda, and perhaps the future of American democracy, too.” Columnist Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post left no hair unyanked: “Democracy is hanging by a thread.”

None of the left’s spittle-flecked hyperventilation explains why Manchin finally spurned Build Back Better: It stinks.

This monstrosity, which is too large, too expensive, as well as too hyperactive, is simply too big. If Build Back Better were an individual, it would need duct-taped to the chair and drenched in tranquilizers.

Build Back Better drones on for 2,466 pages, equivalent to 15 copies of the Benediction Classics edition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Among randomly chosen items, it addresses ‘‘wildland-urban interface,” “energy savings estimates that accrue to low-income households,” “acquisition, design, and construction of a Great Lakes heavy icebreaker,” “qualified clean hydrogen production,” “Body and spa treatments,” and much, much, much more.

Biden absurdly declared on Sept. 25 that “My Build Back Better agenda costs zero dollars.” This is exactly $1.75 trillion below congressional Democrats’ sticker price. They, in turn, fake this figure by claiming that Build Back Better’s “life-changing provisions”—as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., dubs them—soon would expire.

Now, would Pelosi place a shade tree grove at her house? Napa Valley vineyardSchedule them for extraction between 2022 – 2027?


Democrats supported child tax credits, daycare for all, Obamacare subsidies and other socialist goodies. They claimed that they would disappear in one to six year. This disinformation helped Democrats construct the bright, shining lie that Build Back Better would cost “only” $1.75 trillion.

Thankfully, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., asked the Congressional Budget Office to score Build Back Better without Democrats’ Bernie Madoff-style accounting fraud.

CBO’s honest numbers forecast Build Back Better’s 10-year cost: $4.73 trillion. That’s 270% less than its fake, official price tag. This staggering sum is more than the inflation-adjusted World War II price, which Manchin estimates at $4.5 trillion.

Build Back Better would also boost the national debt to $3 trillion. This is light years from Biden’s lie that his bill “adds zero dollars to the national debt.” The bill should be rechristened Build Bankruptcy Better and condemned as a Superfund site amid November’s 6.8% year-over-year inflationThe highest rate since June 1982.

Build Back Better is also a Pandora’s box teeming with far-left vipers and viruses. They include:

• $1.7 billion in payouts to local newspapers. Buh-bye, objectivity!

• $2.5 billion in subsidies for trial attorneysWho file contingency lawsuits.

• $80 billion to deploy 86,852 brand-new IRS agentsWith annual incomes as low at $2,000, it is possible to extract every penny from taxpayers. $25,000.

• A Civilian Climate Corps would unleash 300,000 busybodies to hector Americans into “greener” lives.

Pricier child careProposed regulations call for babysitters to be paid the same amount as elementary school teachers.

Universal pre-kindergartenBrainwashing children with critical race theory and gender confusion at ages 3 and 4 is a better way to brainwash them than at 5 and 6.

One need not be a rich white guy who hates blacks, women, and poor people to ponder all of this and yell, “Hell, no!” As for Manchin, he is guilty of only this: His eyes are wide open.

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