Joe Manchin has not done himself any favors ever since going on Fox News and saying he won’t support the Build Back Better Act. According to two insiders who spoke to the Huffington Post, Manchin has been telling his colleagues that he’s against the legislation in part because he believes if the government gives poor people money, they’re just going to spend it on drugs.
He was speaking specifically about provisions like the child tax credit that, if extended, would provide families with an additional $3,000 to $3,600 per child. The credit which went out this year has fundamentally changed the lives of millions of Americans and has lifted 30% of children out of poverty. It’s a tired old Republican talking point that if poor people get cash they’ll just use it to buy drugs instead of things like food, shelter, and other basic necessities.
If Manchin really did say this (and there is no audio) it would go to show why he generally doesn’t support these social spending programs. But someone who is supposed to be a Democrat with the job of representing one of the poorest states in the union should be above such dense conservative talking points.
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