Liberals and the media couldn’t care less about the true will of the American people By James Bovard for New York Post
Sen. Joe Manchin was burned in effigy by progressive Democrats and pundits after he announced on Sunday that he would not support President Biden’s Build Back Better bill. Some members of Congress sounded like this was the gravest assault on federal authority since Fort Sumter was fired on in 1861.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) raged on Twitter, “When democracies are no longer able to address their constituents’ needs and demands, authoritarians seize power.”
Omar captured the Biden-era definition of authoritarianism: any politician who stands in the way of unlimited federal-deficit spending.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated Biden’s BBB plan would boost federal spending by $4.5 trillion and the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade. But according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), “Our entire democracy is on the line. So we need to get back in there & get this sh-t done.”
AOC believes she has found the flaw in the Constitution: the US Senate. She called it “very entitled, very privileged and very protected,” while the House of Representatives “most reliably delivers the actual will of the majority of people.”
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki effectively labeled Manchin (D-W. Va.) a liar, blasting “a breach of his commitments to the president.”
Manchin feels betrayed by the White House: “This is not the president — this is staff. They drove some things that are absolutely inexcusable. I just got to the wit’s end of what happened.”
If progressives seem a little over-the-top, consider that they almost sneaked through a generation-sized bill with a 50-50 Senate and a razor-thin House lead (so much for “democratic”). As a histrionic Washington Post piece fretted, Manchin’s decision “threatens to seriously damage Biden’s presidency and deprive Democrats of . . . a once-in a generation opportunity to . . . remake the US economy.”