Opinion: Biden can thank Trump for Inflation Reduction Act

Photo by Jamie Kelter Davis of The New York Times / Former President Donald Trump is shown at a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 5, 2022.

As a highly combustible news week neared its midpoint, plans were solidifying around Friday afternoon for President Joe Biden to sign into law the Inflation Reduction Act, which, you might have heard, is no small thing.

One could argue that it's the biggest legislative leap forward for this country since the New Deal, and I for one would like to sincerely thank Donald Trump.

You heard me.

Biden should thank him too on Friday.

Without Trump's typically infantile reaction to losing the 2020 election, and without the shameful supplication of key Republican bootlicks to his most earnest desires, progressive legislation like what figures to become law this week would have been dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate.

Even as recently as December of 2020, even after most prominent Republican leadership figures knew Trump had lost and some had even admitted as much, then-Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was predicting that Georgia's two Democratic Senate candidates, Jon Ossoff and the Rev.