If Joe Manchin Cares About Medicare, He Should Invest in the People Who Fund It
His myopia over budget dollars and cents is making it harder for younger adults to have children. That’s a problem.
Hey Friends — Today, my second piece for The New Republic published! I recently engaged with them to write a regular column, which will release every 2-3 weeks and which I’ll then share with you all here at The Incision.
So here is a preview of today’s piece, you can read the rest of the piece on their website.
Since President Biden took office, Second-President Joe Manchin has been the principal obstacle to the Democrats’ achieving their goals. His stubborn nostalgia for a mythologized Senate that hasn’t existed for years (and wasn’t so great when it did: see civil rights) is holding Democrats hostage to the filibuster and forcing them to shoehorn their entire agenda into an omnibus budget reconciliation bill. His personal coal fortune has defanged efforts to stem climate change, even as its early attacks have caused massive flooding in his own state. His opposition to everything from universal higher education to paid family leave has cut President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda in half.
Manchin choreographs his opposition to broadly popular social spending to yield maximum press attention, usually voicing his disapproval in press scrums where he can tout his regressive bona fides to his donors back home… Head on over to The New Republic to find the rest of the piece.
Manchin is a corrupt, bad faith actor. His job is to make sure Democrats get nothing of consequence passed.