The solution to Joe Manchin's concerns is to ditch the filibuster
For the Senate to work, it needs majority rule
Last week, Joe Manchin pumped the breaks on Democrats’ legislative agenda, criticizing leadership’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package as too inflationary.
It’s not a big surprise that Manchin would ask for cuts. Left-wing members already view the $3.5 trillion as the compromise position in the sense that it comes down from Bernie Sanders’ original proposal. But that’s a compromise the left reached with the leadership, one the White House and Chuck Schumer are comfortable going on television to defend. Now the moderates get a chance to extract their pound of flesh — and recall that $3.5 trillion is a very large number, as we are talking about a much bigger investment in the welfare state than the roughly $1 billion Affordable Care Act. And while lots of provisions in the proposed legislation are non-inflationary or even disinflationary (especially the prescription drug pricing provisions and efforts to accelerate the deployment of…