The wrath of progressive Washington is coming down again on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin as he questions the wisdom of the giant tax increase that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants him to sign up for. The West Virginian hasn’t ruled out some deal on ObamaCare subsidies and drug prices, but he does seem to be frowning on an enormous tax increase on small business and middle-class Americans in a slowing economy.
Our guess is that more than a few Democrats are secretly pleased as they near a fateful date with the voters in November. They simply won’t say it out loud the way Mr. Manchin does. But if they’re looking for more reasons not to commit political harakiri, they can consult two new reports from Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).