Dear Joe Manchin,
Kudos for helping push through the infrastructure bill with a mix of Republicans and Democrats, the kind of bipartisan deal everyone says they want but rarely happens.
Now we implore you: stop the upcoming $ 4 trillion boondoggle.
The infrastructure bill is not perfect. Like everything that comes out of Washington, there is far too much scope for waste. But at least he has the chance to stimulate the economy and fix the country’s roads, railways and bridges.
This is not the case with the Build Back Better bill, which builds nothing but federal debt and the size of government. As you have rightly pointed out, it is fiscally irresponsible, will drive the economy and will only fuel inflation. It’s also dishonest – to claim that it costs only $ 1.8 trillion (or “zero”, according to President Biden’s persistent lie) when its 10-year cost will be double that amount.
The deficit is already $ 3 trillion this year, just after what it was in 1945 when we were emerging from World War II!
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Queens) voted against the infrastructure bill, once again showing that it will sink anything that improves people’s lives if it doesn’t require trust the government more. No to Amazon building a new headquarters in New York, or improving subways and buses. Yes to payments that encourage people not to work.
The motives for her and Bernie Sanders are clear: massively expanding the welfare state, hiding the real cost, and hoping more people get âfreeâ money means more votes for Democrats. Except voters already see that the money is not free, because they end up paying more for groceries, gasoline and taxes.
Haven’t they learned anything from the Virginia election? We’re not trying to save Democrats halfway through, but the long-term damage to the economy is not worth seeing Democrats kill themselves in an election.
President Biden does not have a mandate. It has a tied Senate and a minimum majority in the House. He acts as if the Americans want him to, but you, Senator Manchin, know that is not true. All it takes is one voice, yours, to regain some common sense. We’re counting on you.
The Post Editorial Board