With the World’s Richest People, Manchin and Sinema Celebrated Their Obstruction.

All they care about is power.

Lauren Elizabeth

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Photo by Evangeline Shaw on Unsplash

A of late, Democratic lawmakers Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have been relatively quiet, haven’t they? It makes sense. After all, the election is behind us, we’ve had a lame duck session of congress, and the seemingly constant drama with the Republican Party has allowed them to fly well under the radar. Other than Sinema’s announcement that she would be switching her party registration to independent and giving the organizers who got her elected yet another middle finger, these two have not made a whole lot of noise.

That is, until they went to the Davos World Economic Forum and sat among some of the richest people in the world.

Stephen Neakum with The Hill writes:

“…Sinema was touting the duo’s accomplishments as a moderating force in the Senate — which included blocking changes to the filibuster — when Manchin chimed in.

“We still don’t agree on getting rid of the filibuster,” Manchin said before they turned to each other and high-fived.

The lawmakers’ intransigence on the filibuster effectively blocked key Democratic legislative priorities, such as voting rights reforms and codifying abortion rights, over the past two years. Sinema, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent last month, used the outing at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting to take a victory lap…”

These people just thoroughly enjoy rubbing it in, don’t they?

They wear the frustration from voters as a badge of honor, and brag about their willingness to turn their backs on Americans to some of the richest people in the world. But why not? After all, we’re all aware of who their refusal to abolish or reform the filibuster actually helps, and they know it.

Sinema and Manchin are well aware that their refusal to vote for the abolition or reform of the filibuster ensures a built in roadblock to congress, and stifles the will of the majority of the American people. They know that it means less accountability for corporations and the very elite they’re speaking to as they brag about their obstruction. It means a systemic roadblock to universal healthcare…

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx