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A suggestion last week that Sens. Joe Manchin and Bernie Sanders be thrown into a room together and forced to remain there until they hammer out a deal reportedly triggered a joke from President Joe Biden and anger from Sen. Sanders.

The idea of forcing the two to negotiate directly was introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna during a conference call between Democrats and the president, according to CNN.

“Khanna had a suggestion for President Joe Biden on a private conference call earlier this week: Have Sens. Joe Manchin and Bernie Sanders sit in the same room and try to cut a deal on the Democratic Party’s massive social safety net expansion,” CNN confirmed Friday.

“Because once they do, the California Democrat suggested, it would almost certainly satisfy the moderate and liberal wings of the Democratic caucus, which have been battling over the size, scope and details of the plan for months.”

In response, the president “told the progressive House Democrats that he’s been in politics a long time — and getting them together in the same room would almost be like ‘homicide,'” as reported by CNN.

The joke was based on the longtime animosity between the two men (as well as between Sanders and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema):

The president’s joke triggered laughter from the conference attendees, after which the president “made a joke about getting into the boxing ring with Khanna himself.”

Meanwhile, Sanders responded to the calls for him to negotiate directly with Manchin by dismissing them.

“This is not a movie,” he said Friday, apparently referencing films where political disagreements are resolved congenially through face-to-face negotiations.

“Manchin’s views, I know, are different than mine. But the point that I’m trying to make … it is simply not fair, not right, that one or two people say, ‘My way or the highway,'” he added, according to Politico.

Sanders is under the impression that his agenda is being blocked by just two people versus by 52 people, including 50 Republicans.

Sanders’ response may bode well for Republicans, who are desperately hoping that he, Manchin and Sinema fail to ever reach a deal.

Without a deal, congressional Democrats would be unable to move any further ahead with the president’s highly controversial, expensive and job-killing agenda that, as hinted at earlier, is a perfect mirror of socialist Sen. Sanders’ own radical agenda.

This would not only upset the Democrat Party base, thus potentially weakening their resolve to vote come 2022, but it’s also prevent the American people from being subjected to widespread harm.

An analysis conducted last month by Tom Elliott, the founder of Grabien Media, found that the $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” bill contains 1,829 instances of the word “tax,” 69 instances of the word “taxes” and seven instances of the word “taxation.”

All of this money would, as Elliott documented below, be funneled into “woke” nonsense:

Another analysis, this one conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Wharton Budget Model, found that the bill will engender a 4.8 percent reduction in the nation’s GDP by 2050, meaning lower wages, less economic growth and less personal wealth.

While some of the Democrats’ desired spending would presumably be cut were Sanders, Manchin and Sinema to eke out a deal, much of its most disastrous provisions would likely remain.

Were so-called “progressive” Democrats like Sanders to pull the wool over Manchin and Sinema’s eyes, all of it could potentially remain.

The trick some “progressives” have proposed using involves simply reeling in the ostensible “expiration” date for some of the bill’s freebies.

In fact, this trick has already been used to ostensibly lower the cost of the bill to $3.5 trillion from an original cost of $5 trillion, according to the Manhattan Institute.

“They began with a reconciliation proposal that would cost nearly $5 trillion over the decade. Then, in order to cut the bill’s ‘official’ cost closer to $4 trillion, the bill’s authors included a December 2025 expiration of the $130 billion annual expansion of the child tax credit to $3,000 per child (or $3,600 for children under the age of 6). This made the 10-year cost of the proposal appear $750 billion smaller,” according to the conservative think tank.

“Progressives” like Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a close Sanders ally, hope to use the same trick to fool Manchin and Sinema:

Democrats like her and Sanders know full well that once a government entitlement program is instituted, it never actually expires …

Vivek Saxena

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