Tag Archives: Joe Manchin

Relative Utility

The unresolved issue that garnered the most DC press last week was the infrastructure bill package which is still in limbo as of this writing. It consists of two legislative bills; one a traditional infrastructure package which appears to have bipartisan support (at least in the Senate) and a larger “fix much of what is deficient in America while preparing it for the future bill”. I am of the school of thought that we should be concentrating on the content of the second bill and not its price tag. For the purposes of today’s discussion I will largely break that rule.

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Frustation

We live in an instant gratification society. Legislation has been compared to sausage making. Most of us love a grilled brat at a tailgating event but almost none of us either want to think about what goes into it and fewer yet want to visualize the process. If you think that opening was strange it gets stranger.

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Outcomes To Be Determined

While it neither commenced nor concluded last week I contend the biggest story of the week just passed was the ongoing assault on American democracy.

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Don’t Count The Chickens Just Yet

This article is being written early Saturday morning and cannot possibly take into account any action(s) between its writing and publishing.

Last week was another with a plethora of legitimate candidates for the biggest political story. I’m selecting infrastructure but with a huge caveat.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Over the weekend West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin made his clearest statement yet that he will not go along with eliminating or amending the filibuster. Furthermore, and in my mind more disturbing, he indicated that he was not in favor of strictly partisan legislation. Juxtapose those stances with Mitch McConnell openly playing obstructer in chief and you have what cricket fans would call a sticky wicket; in American political parlance – a mess.
All the above leaves us with a few questions to ponder. Let’s take a look at a few. Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?