Manchin’s tax return to the Democrats

Progressive Washington’s anger is once again falling on Democratic Senator Joe Manchin as he questions the wisdom of the gigantic tax increase that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants him to sign up for. West Virginian has not ruled out an agreement on ObamaCare subsidies and drug prices, but he seems to be wrinkling his nose at a huge tax increase on small businesses and middle-class Americans in a declining economy.

Our guess is that more than a few Democrats are secretly satisfied as they approach a fateful date with voters in November. They simply will not say out loud what Mr Manchin is doing. But if they are looking for more reasons not to commit political harakiri, they can consult two new reports from the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

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