WTF Joe Manchin?

At the end of the end, voters want our politicians to represent us. We rely on them to take care of the macro details of running the country so we can deal with the micro issues that come up in our daily lives.

Last week, Senator Joe Manchin publicly rejected the Build Back Better bill, leaving the White House in shock and this once-in-a-lifetime piece of legislation hanging in the balance.

What I don’t get is why he said no. His home state of West Virginia ranks at the bottom or near the bottom of the various rankings when compared to other states. If I was him, I would do everything in my power to raise those numbers.

As I understand it, this bill is supposed to address kitchen table issues that affect all of us. It’s making sure that parents can both put a roof over their children’s heads and feed them properly. It’s helping senior citizens living on a fixed income to pay for their medication while being able to afford their other bills. This is not a hard concept to understand.

Adding insult to injury, he claimed that low-income parents would use the money from the child tax credits to buy drugs. This statement is both offensive and wrong, in addition to a generalization that condemns an entire group of Americans simply based on their paychecks.

I know that I have no stake in how the people of West Virginia vote. But I am deeply concerned that this one individual is holding the nation hostage and preventing the government from supporting the people as it ought to.

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