Oh, Hi Joe Manchin
In our on-going feature of Terrible Human Beings Being Terrible or Oh, Hi Joe Manchin!, [/end Bullwinkle voice-over], today we present…
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has privately warned the White House and congressional leaders that he has specific policy concerns with President Biden’s $3.5 trillion social spending dream — and he’ll support as little as $1 trillion of it.
- At most, he’s open to supporting $1.5 trillion, sources familiar with the discussions say.
It’s not just that Joe Manchin could be the destroyer of democracy (Hello filibuster reform) in denying HB1 and HB4, or that he will block un-packing the Supreme Court, or any number of things, Joe Manchin knows at this moment he is the kingmaker and you better believe he is shaking us down as best he can. In the finest tradition of the Senate, of course.
I’m sure that bribing a senator as best one can is the subtext of the scoop and each Amero between where he stands now and what he will support later comes with some awkward strings attached, like
“Is it irresponsible to speculate? It would be irresponsible not to.” – Bacardi Lifetime Achievement Winner, Peggy Noonan, Wall St. Journal, April 2000.
…keeping his daughter out of the federal sneezer (Hat tip Scissorhead M Davis):
HEATHER BRESCH, the former president and CEO of the drugmaker Mylan, worked directly with the CEO of Pfizer to keep prices of the company’s EpiPen product artificially high, according to new documents released as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
The documents also show Bresch approving a scheme to force customers, captured by the company’s monopoly, to purchase two EpiPens at once, regardless of medical need. The EpiPen is an auto-injectable device that injects epinephrine into the body and can be the difference between life or death for a person suffering a severe allergic reaction.
…which is rather similar to what convicted “Pharmacy Bro” Martin Shkreli did with a common AIDS medicine, so you know, fine people the entire Manchin Clan.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see what the final deal is and how Joe Manchin’s bottom line improves. As we keep saying, elect more Democrats to the Senate so this horrible man has no more power. It’s our 2022 Prime Directive.