A pair of Democratic tax proposals, that would have essentially amounted to tax hikes only on wealthier Americans, were defeated Saturday, a forgone conclusion, saw the flip of a campaign position by one member of the majority, Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
The popular former governor of the Mountain State said during his surprisingly difficult campaign that he would not raise taxes on anyone during difficult economic times.
To Fox in September, Manchin said, "Whatever side you might be on, whether I think you're too rich, or you think someone's too poor, whatever it may be... and you think well you can afford it but you can't, the bottom line is, until you can run the government as efficiently and as effectively, and you start paying attention to the debt that this nation is carrying and you're passing on - until you really get serious about that - I wouldn't (raise taxes)."
But now, a change of heart.
Manchin voted for a proposal by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, that would extended current tax rates, lowered during the Bush era, only for those families making less than $1 million.
Why the change? The governor said, "The only options I had during the campaign, the only thing on the table, was to raise taxes on anyone over $250,000 or extend everything for everyone. (The Schumer proposal) has come on the board and takes care of West Virginians."
The former governor said the amendment "is more entertaining to me" because it has "less deficit impact."
As for whether or not he would support a temporary extension of all of the tax rates for all Americans, Manchin said simply, "Sure."