Stuart Carlson for September 17, 2021

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    S&C = Dismayed&Depressed   2 months ago

    Manchin is not, I repeat, NOT a real Democrat. He is a Retuglicant mole, in place to make obstructive stands against any positive measures the American people want and ensure that the Biden administration fails at rebuilding our economy, our health, our reputation as a world leader. So who is really pulling his strings?

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    willie_mctell  2 months ago

    He’s an opportunist. A light bulb went on. “Gee, If I become the Swing Vote I can really cash in.” The great tradition in politics: He seen his opportunity and he took it.

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    superposition  2 months ago

    Manchin is following the “logic” that the costs of repairing our decaying infrastructure may go down in the future?

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    ferddo  2 months ago

    Manchin likes the poorly maintained dirt roads in his State, and thinks all others should follow his lead…

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    braindead Premium Member 2 months ago

    What, exactly is IN the bill that Manchin objects to?

    Has he, or his staff even looked at what is being proposed? Or are they looking only at the bottom line of the costs, to the exclusion of everything else, including how it will be paid for?

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    SammySnyder  2 months ago

    He’s probably remembering the last time Democrats tried to spend an unprecedented amount on infrastructure and “shovel ready jobs” that weren’t really shovel ready, heh,heh,heh.

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    Daeder  2 months ago

    The same way we could afford to spend so much on the military budget and endless wars.

    We only need to prioritize it!

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    gmadoll789 Premium Member 2 months ago

    He’s a Republican mole.

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    guyjen2004 Premium Member 2 months ago

    Manchin isn’t opposed to the actual infrastructure in the bill. It’s the other junk and the cost, which by any objective measure is grossly underestimated.

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    Iseau Premium Member 2 months ago

    Oh my god the only Democrat that has any real common sense disagrees with the majority it must be a “CONSPIRACY”. Any one who is wants to pause and think about this bill and the affect inflation and debt will have on existing programs has got to be a mole or at least a wacko. Wake up people this is another “Biden Blunder” in the making.

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    RAGs  2 months ago

    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    guyjen2004, Iseau and similar “concerned citizens” are upset that the money may go to help people they don’t like.

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    jvscanlan Premium Member 2 months ago

    If any state needs the funding, it’s West Virginia.

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    Nantucket Premium Member 2 months ago

    SammySnyder’s claims about the stimulus passed under President Obama are FALSE. There were too many tax cuts pushed by the Repubs (what a surprise). “Shovel-ready” may have been an optimistic exaggeration, but projects were done. The “social programs” that Trump had whined about were job training and unemployment coverage.

    The terrible bill that was passed after the 2007-2008 meltdown was TARP signed by Bush 43. Instead of bailing out the bankers that caused a lot of the mess, the people who ended up with “underwater mortgages” should have been supported. Instead the courts were fast-tracking foreclosures, some without the proper paperwork and there were even some attempted when the people had paid off their mortgage. The result was a massive transfer of properties to banks which ended up in the hands of developers and investors.

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    chmsam  2 months ago

    Apple from the tree….

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    Andylit Premium Member 2 months ago

    If the spending was actually going towards traditional infrastructure, roads, bridges, sanitation and such, the GOP would work with the Dems.

    The problem is that most of the $3.5 Trillion plus bill is marked for “human infrastructure” and has pretty much nothing to do with what most of us consider to be “infrastructure”. The Senate already passed $1.2 Trillion for roads and bridges with plenty of GOP support. 69-30 is not too bad in terms of drumming up bipartisan support.

    This latest turd is little more than social engineering at its worst. Climate change, child care, free college. None of this is even vaguely related to infrastructure. The Dems are using the phrase as a dodge to reduce public opposition. The bill is loaded with every bit of progressive crap the Dems cannot get passed on its own merits

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    Suede Civilian  2 months ago

    How can we afford to NOT spend a hell of a lot more on Infrastructure, on a regular basis!

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    seamusrmacdonald  2 months ago

    Manchin will no doubt get his right-wing-loving ass kicked at the next election, having turned traitor to his own party and being (rightly) despised by the GQP.

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    moondog42 Premium Member 2 months ago

    Maybe Manchin’s daughter can buy enough stock to control a government contractor, and she can raise the prices on everything that people need like she did with EpiPen. Maybe then Manchin will support spending on infrastructure.

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    MuddyUSA   2 months ago

    It is not for infrastructure as much as for social programs equal to socialism.

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    cherns Premium Member 2 months ago

    The ’toon omits the firestorms abetted by climate change. (Or, insufficient forest raking, if you believe “alternate facts.”)

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    NatureBatsLast  2 months ago

    Well, the story is that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Our planet is burning….

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    seamusrmacdonald  2 months ago

    When he gets his ass kicked by the crackers at the next election, at least he’ll have his income from coal to fall back on.

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