Welcome to a discussion about the upcoming 5th Revolution in the US, which I’ve titled the “Revenge Revolution.” For more about the Revenge Revolution and the author, Entry #1. Periodically I write a “sense check” to assess whether a revolution in the US is possible or whether the entire exercise is based on a statistical aberration — i.e., a roughly 50-year cycle between major upheavals in the US. Entry #430 was the most recent “sense check.”
BEGIN ENTRY #432: My computer is having an extremely bad hair day so while it’s attempting to get ready for work, I thought I might draft another blog entry.
Early Sunday, 12/19/21, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced on Fox that he could not support the “social components” of president Biden’s Build Back Better legislation. Excuse me, Joe, where have you been that it has taken so long to decide?
Were you out soliciting more funds from the coal industry? How about soliciting funds from some countries that want to see the US fail?
You don’t need to conduct a lot of in-depth analysis to decide whether to support legislation that expands infrastructure as well as eliminates some glaring social inequities. I realize it’s hard to see over the transom of your yacht, but your constituents in West Virginia don’t have a yacht and need help.
Say what you want or maybe even pray what you want, but the coal industry is DOA for any climate-change plan designed to save the planet from self-destruction. You might not want coal to die but everyone under age 30 is going to kill it. Besides coal-mining jobs in West Virginia have been declining for decades.
The problem for your West Virginia constituents is how to migrate quickly to and become competitive in an ever-increasing digital economy. West Virginia currently ranks 44th among states in the level of education, #50 in infrastructure and #50 in healthcare. Pretty good ratings, huh? Obviously, the current approach is not working and many of your constituents lack access to good health care and good Internet services.
Your logic is a bit different. Rather than help your brethren in WV, I’ll make up some excuse why key parts of the Build Back Better legislation can’t be supported. I’ll claim, “I can’t support because the legislation will add to the Federal deficit.” BS, Joe. The legislation pays for itself by simply rescinding the Trump tax legislation that transferred even more wealth to the already wealthy. What world are you living in?
Did I hear you say, “You know, we can’t have those social programs that reshape society. The programs like childcare, more schooling, a cleaner environment. Not only do those kind of programs cost too much but the programs are un-American. The same goes for welfare, Social Security and Medicare. Oops, I wasn’t supposed to mention those last three.“
The world understands that Republicans, other than Liz Cheney and the guy from Michigan, have no balls. Well, you know what I mean. But, don’t you claim to be a moderate Democrat, not some wimpy Republican?
Here’s what you need to do. Go ask your constituents in WV whether they want expanded infrastructure, cleaner air, cleaner water and better healthcare. And, do they want a chance to get a job that won’t kill them so early in life?
If the majority of West Virginians say they don’t want those programs, then vote no on the social part of Build Back Better. If the majority of West Virginians want those programs, then vote to support the scial part of Build Back Better. Joe, deciding how to vote is not complicated. Besides, you already committed to vote support. Reneging on your promise negates whatever credibility you might have left.
It is Manchin’s kind of thinking, or lack thereof, that contributes to the likelihood of a 5th US Revolution, which seems aptly labeled as the “Revenge Revolution.” END OF #432.
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John Small said:
This says it all!