Manchin caves - sort of
After all he does call himself a democrat, so this doesn't surprise me. Disappointed yes, surprised no. At least this spending bill is less than 1/6 the size of the original proposal and has some good stuff like releasing some oil and gas leases immediately. It also hinges green energy development on fossil fuel production. 1.9 billion for inner city tree planting does make me want to throw up but I guess it could have been a lot worse.
The new 15% tax on large corporations is supposed to make you feel good, unless you realize all those hundreds of billions of dollars will just be passed on to the consumer, you and me, and will raise already high prices even more.
I think the biggest thing Manchin accomplished is now having both sides calling for his hide. The progressives are appalled by the "small" size of the bill and the fossil fuels and the conservatives are mad about the spending. Manchin is now the most unpopular guy in D.C. Bob