Manchin's response to Bernie's Build Back Better op-ed exposes his stark betrayal of West Virginians
For Christmas (and Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa), Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to give working-class West Virginians a child tax credit, child care assistance, free preschool, two free years of community college, lower health insurance premiums, expanded Medicare, home health care assistance for the elderly, an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit for low-wage workers, good-paying clean energy jobs, worker training, and more.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin wants to give them a lump of coal.
Of course, few working-class Americans—particularly in a state that has one of the highest poverty rates in the country—could look at that list and think, “Hey, what we really need is to fiercely defend the status quo, tax cuts for the wealthy, and the narrow interests of fossil fuel concerns. Because things have been going so, so well for us.”
But that’s exactly what Manchin presumes West Virginians want—because he’s a native West Virginian and Bernie Sanders isn’t. So there.