President Joe Biden and his senior advisers meet with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Thursday, October 7, 2021, in Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti’s West Wing office. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

NEW YORK — Democrats are responding in typical fashion to Senator Joe Manchin’s promised No vote on President Biden’s Build Back Better Act: They are foaming at the mouth.

According to Congressman Jamaal Bowman (Democrat – New York), “It’s an example of Joe Manchin, as a white man, showing that he doesn’t care about black people, he doesn’t care about Latinos, he doesn’t care about immigrants, he doesn’t care about women, and he doesn’t care about the poor.” 

Bowman echoed Representative Cori Bush (D – Missouri): “Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Build Back Better Act is anti-black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant.”

So, the West Virginia Democrat is a racist, xenophobe, misogynist, and a plutocrat. Congratulations, Senator. You won the Wokistani superfecta!

Manchin, his foes claim, imperils democracy itself.

MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan warns, “Manchin is killing the Biden legislative agenda, and perhaps the future of American democracy too.” Columnist Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post left no hair unyanked: “Democracy is hanging by a thread.”

None of the Left’s spittle-flecked hyperventilation explains why Joe Manchin finally spurned BBB: 

It stinks.

This monstrosity is too immense, too costly, and too hyperactive. If BBB were a human being, it would need to be duct-taped to a chair and drowned in tranquilizers.

BBB drones on for 2,466 pages, equivalent to 15 copies of the Benediction Classics edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Among randomly chosen items, BBB addresses ‘‘wildland-urban interface,” “energy savings estimates that accrue to low-income households,” “acquisition, design, and construction of a Great Lakes heavy icebreaker,” “qualified clean hydrogen production,” “Body and spa treatments,” and much, much, much more.

Biden absurdly declared on September 25 that “My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars.” This is exactly $1.75 trillion below congressional Democrats’ sticker price. They, in turn, fake this figure by claiming that BBB’s “life-changing provisions” — as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D – California) dubs them — soon would expire. 

Now, would Pelosi plant a grove of shade trees at her Napa Valley vineyard and schedule them for extraction between 2022 and 2027?


Regardless, Democrats sponsored child tax credits, Daycare for All, ObamaCare subsidies, and other socialist goodies and argued that they would vanish in one to six years. This disinformation helped Democrats construct the bright, shining lie that BBB would cost “only” $1.75 trillion.

Thankfully, Senator Lindsey Graham (R – South Carolina) and Congressman Jason Smith (R – Missouri) asked the Congressional Budget Office to score BBB without Democrats’ Bernie Madoff-style accounting fraud.

CBO’s honest numbers forecast BBB’s 10-year cost: $4.73 trillion. This is 270 percent of its phony, official price tag. This staggering sum exceeds the inflation-adjust price of World War II, which Manchin estimates at $4.5 trillion.

BBB also would bbboost the national debt by $3 trillion. This is light years from Biden’s lie that his bill “adds zero dollars to the national debt.” BBB should be rechristened Build Bankruptcy Better and condemned as a Superfund site amid November’s 6.8 percent year-on-year inflation rate, the highest since June 1982.

BBB is also a Pandora’s box teeming with far-Left vipers and viruses. Among them:

$1.7 billion in payouts to local newspapers. Buh-bye, objectivity!

$2.5 billion in subsidies for trial attorneys who file contingency lawsuits.

$80 billion to deploy 86,852 brand-new IRS agents to squeeze every conceivable dime from taxpayers with annual incomes as low as $25,000.

A Civilian Climate Corps would unleash 300,000 busybodies to hector Americans into “greener” lives.

Pricier childcare, due to proposed regulations that babysitters be paid, equal to elementary school teachers.

Universal pre-Kindgarten, all the better to brainwash children with Critical Race Theory, gender confusion, and sexy thoughts at ages 3 and 4 rather than 5 or 6.

One need not be a rich white guy who hates blacks, women, and poor people to ponder all of this and yell, “Hell No!”

As for Senator Joe Manchin, he is guilty of only this: His eyes are wide open.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Aaron Cichon contributed research to this opinion piece.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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1 year ago

Democrat Congressman Bowman is a bigger racist Putz than senile Joe Biden!

Let’s go Brandon!

Ben Matthews
1 year ago

Wait one-cotton-picking-moment❗️Isn’t this BBB thing, just one more of Barry O’homo’s legacy moves…trying to turn America into a leftist “African-style” turd-Whirled, failed “demo(n)-©ratic” state…because this Brandon/Kum-Allah’s, mal-adminstration, is just a turd(third)-term for that Barry Hussein Soetoro, presidency. And, according to that swamp- critter, witch, Pig-losi, “Ya have to pass the legislation” b4 ya can read it❓😵‍💫😂🤣

1 year ago

Machin should just go ahead and cross over to the GOP.

1 year ago

Don’t you just love the way the Democrats lie and blame Republicans for being divisive, for being racist for harming the economy and liberty when it is they who are doing all of those things perfectly.

Jane Oppenheimer
1 year ago

Joe Manchin is doing what we voted all senators and congressmen to do. Vote what is best for this country not what the party wants. He has the courage to do so which most of the Lilly livered others are afraid to do. He should be praised for doing so instead of being thrown to the wolves. He should remain with his party if that is his choice. He gets my vote!

Tom Tucker
1 year ago

Well the N’s are certainly making hay out of everything they can possibly twist into a racist slight, aren’t they?

D. A. MacKAY
1 year ago

Joe Biden is without any argument the wors ever of any US Presidents
Joe Manchin in contrast is the most principled Senator America has ever seen

1 year ago
Reply to  D. A. MacKAY

I am not ready to go that far. I am not convinced that Manchin would not vote to rescind Trump’s tax cuts, and even vote for some form of BBB if he got a few things taken out.
I am not yet convinced that Manchin will not vote for a bill that unconstitutionally nationalizes voting legislation.
Call me dubious. When he joins Sinema in voting against erasing the filibuster, and when he says the John Lewis Bill is unconstitutional and he cannot support it in any form, and when he completely votes against the maniacal spending of BBB, then I may call him a hero.

1 year ago

On all of these massive political boondoggles I find myself each day, more in agreement with comedian Dennis Miller. Rather than taxing me to pay for this, how about an alternative where I simply get assigned a dependent, that way I can meet once a month with the out of work junkie or welfare mom to which I find myself assigned, so I can see them face to face, slide the check across the table and ask them personally if there is any potential for me to expect that they will be getting a job any time soon.