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Tue Sep 28, 2021, 12:04 PM

In deep red West Virginia, Biden's $3.5tn spending proposal is immensely popular

When the nonpartisan nonprofit WorkMoney surveyed more than 50,000 of its 2 million members nationwide, it found 81% of respondents said they supported this plan. That includes 90% of liberals who took the survey, 81% of moderates and 66% of conservatives.

Conservative backing appears even more robust in West Virginia, home of Manchin, a moderate Democrat who is one of the critical holdouts on the budget bill and whose efforts could derail the entire plan – or see large chunks of it scrapped as he balks at the budget’s price tag.

But according to the survey, 80% of more than 800 people surveyed in his home state believe he should vote to pass the bill. That includes 77% of conservatives who responded to the survey.


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Biden, Schumer and Pelosi need to find a club to use against Manchin -- and use it.

[link:https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/28/west-virginia-joe-biden-spending-plan-popular|

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Response to KPN (Original post)

Tue Sep 28, 2021, 12:14 PM

1. Because voters are irrelevant to him. Donors are telling him what to do.

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Response to KPN (Original post)

Tue Sep 28, 2021, 12:24 PM

2. That's helpful news and I'm sure his staff will make him aware of that poll.

Manchin has a philosophy of working with Republicans to achieve compromises-- there have been articles written about that, not recent ones as well as recent ones-- it's what he learned early on in politics. But that also means he is willing to compromise with members of his own party. What he will never pass is legislation that is perceived as anti-coal, because that is perceived as the economic life-blood of WV. Some of the greener aspects of the 3.5T will have to go to get his approval.

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Response to KPN (Original post)

Tue Sep 28, 2021, 01:02 PM

3. The opinions of the majority is inconsequential in an Oligarchy.

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Response to KPN (Original post)

Tue Sep 28, 2021, 01:18 PM

4. ..and even more conservatives would approve if it had TFG's name on it.

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Response to KPN (Original post)

Tue Sep 28, 2021, 02:11 PM

5. Oh well

Their Senator is against it. I think he and Sinema should just pull any funding out for WV and AZ and that should enable the other 48 states to take advantage of their tax dollars being paid.

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Response to KPN (Original post)

Tue Sep 28, 2021, 02:12 PM

6. But...but...there are DUers who insist that Manchin is "serving his constituents"

I wonder whether any of them will ever recant?

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Response to KPN (Original post)

Tue Sep 28, 2021, 02:13 PM

7. Owner's votes count more than citizen's votes.

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Response to KPN (Original post)

Tue Sep 28, 2021, 03:31 PM

8. Start passing popular legislation that benefits citizens and where does it end?

Is a higher standard of living enough for you people? What about longer, healthier lives? Is that what you people want? Oh, I suppose you'd like a more egalitarian system where the rich don't filch all the wealth created by labor? Would that make you happy, or at least happier?

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