The latest from West Virginia’s Democratic senator
What about West Virginia, Senator?
The “needs of our government”? How about the “needs of West Virginia”? From yesterday’s Huffington Post:
The Legislation Joe Manchin Is Holding Up Would Help His State — A Lot
With the subheading:
West Virginia struggles with the exact problems that Biden’s spending bill aims to fix.
And it is not like it isn’t popular with West Virginia’s citizens. From today's Guardian:
In deep red West Virginia, Biden’s $3.5tn spending proposal is immensely popular
Working-class people – even Trump voters – understand the Build Back Better plan will benefit them
(Note -- both of these articles are excellent.)
Okay, Manchin thinks it's too much money. What do the voters think?
So why isn't Manchin supporting this?
Our state needs and approves of a massive infrastructure bill but here Senator Manchin only wants to talk about West Virginians' sense of entitlement. As CNN's Sahil Kapur explained:
(Manchin also opposed raising the minimum wage for similar reasons.)
Sadly, this may be the current state of U.S. politics:
Yes, how depressing.
*Referencing the Eagles appropriately titled “Lyin’ Eyes.” (Regular readers may remember that I've used the song to describe WV's other senator, Shelley Moore Capito.) In either case, the chorus applies.