Joe Manchin’s Response to the Eye-Watering Inflation Report Will Have Democrats Seeing Red – Opinion

RedState published a report Wednesday morning that showed shocking results for Americans in the wake of the June 2022 inflation reports. Consumer price inflation rose by 9.1% in June compared to last year. Cost of eggs has risen by 33 percent. It is also up 16% for milk. The average American uses flights regularly, so airfare is on the rise by 34%. It’s not enough to consider the dramatic rises in energy costs.

However, as terrible as 9.1 percent may sound, it is actually worse than that. Inflation had already risen in June 2021. This means that real inflation has been closer to 15% since Joe Biden assumed office (Donald Trump was left with it at 1.7%).

It’s impossible to overstate how devastating this is to normal American consumers who are watching their real wages shrink (-3.6 percent) and their bank accounts dwindle, just to live the same life they lived two years ago.

In spite of this terrible news, Democrats continue to try and push for another trillion-plus-dollar inflation-inducing spending bill. More importantly, until now, it seemed as if Sen. Joe Manchin, who nuked the original “Build Back Better” bill, was on board to provide the deciding vote. Have things changed after June’s inflation report, though?

Manchin’s previous reason for nuking “Build Back Better” was inflation and the behavior of the White House. He signaled that he simply couldn’t support a nearly $2 trillion bill in the midst of price increases partially driven by overblown government spending. Since then, price rises have only gotten worse. Given that, you’d think he’d be a no-go now, after seeing inflation rose again to 9.1 percent, right?

I can’t be sure, and you should never place your faith in a Democrat, but it sure looks like Manchin is just stringing his colleagues along. He’s been dragging these negotiations out for a year, and with the November elections less than four months away, the clock is getting closer to striking midnight. What would he get if he walked away?

Manchin simply has no incentive to play ball here, and with inflation not going down as predicted by the expert class, he’s now got the perfect excuse to walk away. But will he accept it? It is a lot of pressure on him. Manchin’s pressure is immense. Many left-leaning members are starting to lash out at Manchin.

It is impossible for me to make any money. Manchin may have to give up on his dreams of being Governor of West Virginia, but he could fold. He has two choices. Either he will try to placate his Democrat colleagues, who would despise him anyways; or he will stand firm and secure his place among his constituents. That shouldn’t be a hard decision.

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