A recent article at Bloomberg details tech billionaire Bill Gates’ successful efforts to lobby Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin over the climate and spending bill with the misnomer the “Inflation Reduction Act.”
Gates was banking on more than just his trademark optimism about addressing climate change and other seemingly intractable problems that have been his focus since stepping down as Microsoft’s chief executive two decades ago. As he revealed to Bloomberg Green, he has quietly lobbied Manchin and other senators, starting before President Joe Biden had won the White House, in anticipation of a rare moment in which heavy federal spending might be secured for the clean-energy transition.
Those discussions gave him reason to believe the senator from West Virginia would come through for the climate — and he was willing to continue pressing the case himself until the very end. “The last month people felt like, OK, we tried, we’re done, it failed,” Gates said. “I believed it was a unique opportunity.” So he tapped into a relationship with Manchin that he’d cultivated for at least three years. “We were able to talk even at a time when he felt people weren’t listening.”
The bill was signed into law by President Biden following a unanimous Democrat vote and not a single Republican vote. “I am confident this bill will endure as one of the greatest legislative feats in decades,” said Chuck Schumer at the signing of the bill earlier this week.
Well, it will certainly endure as the biggest economic boondoggle in government history, and apparently we have billionaire globalist Gates to thank for that.