(CNSNews.com) - As the Democrats' try to make millions more Americans dependent on taxpayer largesse, they're pushing hard for passage of their $3.5 trillion "human" infrastructure bill, full of freebies, subsidies and tax hikes.
Two Democrat senators -- Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona -- are balking at the bill's price tag, sparking intensive negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill.
Conservative talk show host Mark Levin said even if Democrats agree to lower the bill's cost to gain the necessary Manchin-Sinema votes for passage, the result will be the same: an expanded entitlement economy and more dependence on big government:
"But here's what I think the Democrats are going to do," Levin told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night:
The Democrats want to put in place the most massive social engineering and welfare state in world history. They want to turn your lives inside out and upside down. They want to draw all concentration of power from you, your family, your faith, your county, your town, your state, into Washington, D.C.
So what are they going to do? I think they'll agree to lower the amount, but they will still have all this stuff in this 2,500-page bill -- so that they can enshrine and put in place these things.
They don't really care about the debt. So people like Manchin and perhaps Sinema can say, see, we lowered the amount of money. I hope that doesn't happen. But we'll see.
Levin said Democrats "really want" an "open checkbook to spend whatever they want."
"This bill needs to be killed," he said. "I don't care what the cost is, it needs to be killed."
In a statement released on Wednesday, Manchin repeated that he cannot support $3.5 trillion more in spending when Congress already has spent 5.4 trillion since last March.
“What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity.”
Manchin noted that the economy is not in recession and millions of jobs remain open. “Proposing a historic expansion of social programs” while ignoring those facts “will only feed a dysfunction that could weaken our economic recovery,” he wrote.