Opinion: Manchin disappoints with Inflation Reduction Act

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2023 for the Department of Energy, Thursday, May 5, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Throughout Joe Biden's presidency, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has acted as a check on his party's worst excesses. Manchin has stopped billions, possibly trillions, in unaffordable government spending. He trimmed bills into a reasonable state and was the key voice bringing the Biden infrastructure bill from $715 billion down to $550 billion of new spending.

Manchin has generally been a voice of moderation in a party under pressure from its most fervent Big Government voices. As inflation strains household budgets and recession threatens our economy, imagine how much worse off we would be without Manchin.

After all that, he caved. The now infamous deal struck with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer means the absurdly named "Inflation Reduction Act," which includes $369 billion worth of climate spending, moved forward in Congress.

There are protectionist tax credits for electric vehicles with bureaucratic hurdles such as "Made in America" provisions, income limitations and maximum vehicle value restrictions.