Bipartisan Gang Wants More Time On Infrastructure Bill — So, What Now?

As expected, the procedural vote on the bipartisan infrastructure deal failed on Wednesday, with Republicans blocking the chamber from starting debate on the bill.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1382017

The labor movement made the middle class. The anti-labor movement is meant to destroy it.

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When people study stratification and social status levels, an aspect which is sometmes not emphasized is the tendency of individuals to misjudge their actual position in the American social class distribution, usually erring on the side of putting it higher than it is.

When you combine that with certain other dynamics (including racism), what you get is a lot of people voting for the Republican Party who have no business doing so.

Only individuals above a certain level in the social class system would have any really valid reason to pull the lever for the GOP.

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An example of negotiating with a Racist Party that lies and doesn’t bargain in good faith. As Biden said the GOP shook hands on the deal and now are demanding changes and delaying. I really can’t stand Manchin and Sinema.

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I think they either think they are higher…OR…they are victims and much lower.

I also think a big part of what drives this behavior is the weird belief that they may someday be a millionaire. It’s the “Beverly Hillbillies” Syndrome.

And then there’s American exceptionalism…tax everyone/anyone EXCEPT me.

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I know that Manchin isn’t a TPM favorite, but here at least he’s talking a bit of sense: the reconciliation package has to go through all kinds of committee mark-ups before it even reaches the full Senate.

Let’s see what he’s saying in a couple of weeks, especially regarding coal and tax rates (he wants lower rates than what’s been bandied about), before we slag him on this. And I’ll happily join in if he hasn’t come around.

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H.R.842 - Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021

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You’re welcome.

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Yes–this is clearly at work in the rhetoric surrounding the inheritance tax. It affects no one except the very, very wealthy, but tax hawks’ re-branding it as the “death tax” gets our collective attention: everyone’s gonna die, but They’re gonna tax MY heirs?

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FUCK

JOE

MANCHIN

eat shit, discobot.

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Ahhhhh bless Manchin’s pointy little head…he can’t make a decision on THIS bill but by God he knows what he DOESN’T like. I’m so tired of him.

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The old saying that you shouldn’t watch sausage being made goes double for this senate. I need to take a break from this before I start making ‘centrist’ voodoo dolls to stick pins in.

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He has known the numbers and clauses for over a month. Manchin is full of shit.

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We can credit Lee Atwater for this. He created the “Reagan Democrat” with the coded appeal to racism. “…young buck who trades his food stamps for drugs…” (That’s Saint Ronnie verbatim.)

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OK, figure out what is needed to make Manchin happy. Name a freeway after him or something. Let’s get this done so we can move on. I am tired of the dithering.

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And (as you know) this could very well be happening behind closed doors.

The GOP is so corrosive that, really, this whole play reminds me of–literally–two warring factions fighting for the direction this country will take.

And that happens to be the Truth.

What I do not like is anyone saying that, because ONE of the warring factions chooses to fight the unjust one which, if unchecked, will destroy this country, that that is, somehow, wrong.

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Pretty simple calculation for Manchin: He can’t kill the bill yet because the billionaire GQP Trump KKKult donations are still rolling in. He has to make it look, for as long as possible, like he’s not quite bought yet. Once that cow is fully milked, he’ll happily do their bidding.

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Manchin Says He Hasn’t Yet Made ‘Any Commitment At All’ In Reconciliation Bill

sigh

I know we need him and all, but JFC already.

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That’s much more particular than my inclination to run the dolls through the shredder or wood chipper.

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Must be getting close to passing then. We’re in the Joe Manchin Says “I Can Still Change My Mind At Any Time If I Don’t Get What I Want” phase of negotiations.

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