Biden Must Embrace the Art of Fear
Fresh off his victory against Team Biden, Senator Manchin is raring to have a go at them again. Recent reports say Manchin "would support some version of a tax targeting billionaire wealth as part of President Biden's Build Back Better(BBB) economic agenda, according to three people familiar with his private offer."
Manchin told majority leader Chuck Schumer he is open to a $1.5 trillion price tag for the President's proposal until the day he said Fox viewers he can't supply the vote.
Is there anything to stop Mr. Manchin from delivering another punch in the face of the Biden administration?
Chuck Grassley Part II
Senator Joe Manchin played President Biden the same way Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley played President Barack Obama in 2008/9.
In the months-long struggle through 2009 to pass the Affordable Care Act, some Senate Democrats were so determined to give President Obama’s chief domestic initiative a bipartisan cast that they spent much time courting a few Republicans, especially senior Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa.
Yet endless rounds of negotiations produced nothing, and Democrats began to feel as if they were being played. All hope was dashed when Grassley, at an Iowa town hall, promoted a tea party falsehood that the bill would establish “death panels” to give the government a voice in Americans’ end-of-life decisions.
“You have every right to fear,” he said. Iowans “should not have a government-run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma.”
At the White House a few weeks later, Obama finally sought closure. He asked Grassley: What if Democrats agreed to all his proposed changes — then would he support the bill? “I guess not, Mr. President,” Grassley replied, according to Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land.”
On day one of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) negotiations, Chuck Grassley knew his vote was never there to help the President. And yet, he made President Barack Obama believe he was there, listening to him, giving him ideas, and working with him to make the plan better.