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There’s an old line, that when you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging. This is advice that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., might want to take to heart.

In the debate over President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan, Manchin is working hard to protect the interest of West Virginia’s coal industry. On the one hand, this is understandable.

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Dean Baker is a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and visiting professor at the University of Utah.

Ted Boettner is a senior researcher at the Ohio River Valley Institute.

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