The wrath of progressive Washington is falling on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin as he questions the wisdom of the giant tax hike that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants him to endorse. The West Virginian hasn’t ruled out a deal on ObamaCare grants and drug prices, but he appears to be frowning on a huge tax hike on small businesses and middle-class Americans in a slowing economy.
Our guess is that more than a few Democrats are secretly content as a fateful date with voters in November approaches. They just won’t say it out loud like Mr. Manchin does. But if they’re looking for other reasons not to commit political harakiri, they can check out two new reports from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) of Congress.