Meet West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
During the December 2017 tax reform debate, you probably saw him standing side-by-side with liberal blowhard Chuck Schumer as he slammed President Trump’s tax bill.
Fast forward to January’s State of the Union address and you’ll see him again sitting a few feet away from Schumer… this time pretending to embrace his party’s ‘resist’ posture as President Trump touted the undeniable benefits of the new tax plan.
Why do I say ‘pretending’?
Well, it turns out that President Trump’s tax reform – the one putting real money back in American’s pockets – is actually providing REAL benefits to Manchin’s home state of West Virginia… and Manchin admitted it!
As first reported by Townhall, Manchin knew the tax bill would provide many benefits to his constituents in West Virginia, but he voted with Schumer to oppose the bill just because the Democratic party was ‘supposed’ to.
In a recent local radio interview, Machin was asked about his vote against the tax reform measures. He struggled to defend his vote against the bill and conceded that it would ultimately benefit his state.
“There’s some good in this bill. I acknowledge that,” Manchin said, when West Virginia radio talk show host Hoppy Kercheval asked the senator why he opposed legislation that will benefit the “vast majority” of taxpayers and businesses in the state.
Manchin also admitted, “Initially people will benefit and see some changes in their taxes.”
Benefit they will!
West Virginia’s State Auditor has released new statistics about the degree to which Manchin's constituents stand to gain from the new tax reform.
According to State Auditor John B. “JB” Mccluskey, state employees in West Virginia are collectively expected to keep an additional $50 million annually. McCuskey attributed this savings to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will provide state employees with a reduction in their tax withholding...This savings is the latest of announced benefits of the tax reform.
Republican’s that supported the tax bill – knowing it would immediately put money back in American’s pockets – have taken notice of Manchin’s about-face and have launched a social media campaign calling out Manchin’s actions.
I guess Manchin has finally realized that the economic well-being of his state is preferable to falling in line with something his party was ‘supposed’ to do!
As the benefits to tax reform continue to benefit other working class-dominated states, expect Democrats from those states to face similar scrutiny and hurdles that Manchin has.
Hopefully they will wise up, like Manchin did! I’ll be sure to keep monitoring the situation.