Something has gone wrong when the fate of the US´s climate policy comes down to someone (Manchin) that owns million of dollars of stocks in coal.
The US political power has been captured by fossil fuel interests, and more broadly corporate power, and is not democratic. While it´s worthy to try and get this bill through, there also needs to be a movement for broader change.
This is why I supported Elizabeth Warren in the primaries. She understood that dealing with political corruption is a prerequisite for all the other legislation progressives want to see passed.
And it's not just a matter of sleazy conservatives or corporate-friendly centrists. All politicians exist in a system with corrupt incentives and that factors in the decision making of every single one, whether it causes them to betray their values or just makes doing the right thing that much harder or less effective.
I think the Democrats are really failing to meet the moment. They're completely failing to treat corruption, big data-driven misinformation, voting rights and the Republicans' preparations for election subversion with the seriousness that's needed. Instead they're arguing about numbers abstracted from policy goals, and whatever they settle on will be a convoluted mess they'll struggle to explain to voters.
I hope I'll look back years from now and feel silly for misreading where my country is at. But it seems like our sense of national unity is dissolving and the risk of authoritarianism and political violence is rising. Meanwhile Democrats are acting like its politics as usual....is infrastructure spending really the nation's top priority?