The World According to Joe Manchin

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readDec 19, 2021

Surprise! The Democratic Party’s favorite contrarian Senator is refusing to pass Build Back Better.

Inside Politics Press Breakfast — April 2013 featuring Sen. Joe Manchin III. (photo: Third Way Think Tank)

Joe Manchin Just Tore Out the Heart of Biden’s Agenda,” lamented Rolling Stone this morning. The sentiment was echoed across social media as liberal journalists and pundits decried Manchin’s deflection, a bomb he casually lobbed on the Sunday morning FOX news circuit.

“I have always said, ‘If I can’t go back home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.’ Despite my best efforts, I cannot explain the sweeping Build Back Better Act in West Virginia and I cannot vote to move forward on this mammoth piece of legislation,” Manchin told FOX News host Bret Baier.

“My Democratic colleagues in Washington are determined to dramatically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face,” Manchin explained in a follow-up press release. “I cannot take that risk with a staggering debt of more than $29 trillion and inflation taxes that are real and harmful to every hard-working American at the gasoline pumps, grocery stores and utility bills with no end in sight.”

“The American people deserve transparency on the true cost of the Build Back Better Act,” Manchin said in his statement. “The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office determined the cost is upwards of $4.5 trillion which is more than double what the bill’s ardent supporters have claimed. They continue to camouflage the real cost of the intent behind this bill.”

“If enacted, the bill will also risk the reliability of our electric grid and increase our dependence on foreign supply chains,” Manchin complained.

“The energy transition my colleagues seek is already well underway in the United States of America,” he went on. “In the last two years, as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and with bipartisan support, we have invested billions of dollars into clean energy technologies so we can continue to lead the world in reducing emissions through innovation.”

“But to do so at a rate that is faster than technology or the markets allow will have catastrophic consequences for the American people like we have seen in both Texas and California in the last two years,” Manchin claimed.