Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) isn’t destroying the Build Back Better Act without criticism. He’s been mocked at his home, called racist. President Joe Biden even lied about conversations between the two. It’s reckless to attack a Senator for not going along with your pathetic attempts to pass the Build Back Better Act. It shows that Biden wants the public to go along with his attacks against Manchin.
Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) said of Manchin’s refusal to vote for Build Back Better:
The race has nothing to do with the Build Back Better Act.
Bowman also said, “He’s a millionaire, and he has the privilege to kick the can down the road and not vote for this bill.”
What was that? Is this bill classist? Being a millionaire has nothing to do with voting for Build Back Better. Manchin and Bowman aren’t paying for the bill, so their social status, gender, wealth, or race has nothing to do with what’s suitable for the American people.
Manchin sees the inflationary economic structure that Americans will have to live through and deal with. As he said before, if he can’t explain it to the people of West Virginia, then he can’t vote for it. That’s an ethical stance to a bill that would harm the citizens of the United States.
Manchin also said, “The American people deserve transparency on the true cost of the Build Back Better Act,” which should raise some red flags for anyone who’s considering voting for it. No politician should ever lie about a bill to get it passed. If any deceit is detected, it should be called out immediately from every politician in every party from every state.
Bowman may explain why the Build Back Better Act is good for his constituents, and if they’re for the bill, he should vote for it. Politicians should represent their constituents. That’s what Manchin is doing with Build Back Better. He knows it’s unpopular, and the polls show that it’s unpopular among West Virginians as well.
The majority of West Virginians oppose Build Back Better. Rasmussen polled West Virginia Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. They spoke very clearly.
“While 49% of Democratic voters in West Virginia say they support the Build Back Better legislation, the bill is opposed by solid majorities of both Republicans (72%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (58%).”