We knew that it wouldn't take too long for Joe Manchin to shed his conservative camouflage and leave it behind in the Mountain state. Well, it turns out that he has gone all in for the job killing, socialist agenda on his first day in the Senate. After voting to make anti gun, cap and trade supporting Harry Reid Majority Leader, Manchin voted with Reid on two other measures yesterday. He voted for the job killing FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) and the Paycheck Fairness Act(S. 3772).
We already detailed some of the egregious provisions of the food bill, as well as the disappointing fact that 14 Republicans supported it. Luckily, the Republicans held together and blocked cloture on the paycheck social engineering bill by a 58-41 vote. Ben Nelson was the only Democrat to oppose both measures, while Manchin voted in goose step with the leadership. This bill does not mandate equal pay for women with the same education, experience, and qualifications for the same job in the same place of employment. That was already required in the original equal Pay Act of 1963. The only purpose of this law is to expand the requirement to peg women's wages to established salaries for males everywhere. This will expose job creators to potential litigation demanding established male wages of other workplaces or other regions that have a higher cost of living. The only possible outcome of such legislation would be increased unemployment and higher costs to produce goods and services during a recession. So this bill is taxation, regulation, and litigation rolled up in one monstrosity. Yet, Joe Manchin didn't bat an eyelash as he cast his vote in support of this bill.
Manchin will stand for reelection in 2012 with Obama on the ballot in a solid red state. There is no reason why he shouldn't be defeated in a walk. Any takers?