President Joe Biden spent his first 100 days pushing massive spending bills, proposing higher taxes and adopting progressive policies. But unlike his Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama, a mass movement of opposition has yet to materialize.
At this point in his presidency, Obama has faced the Tea Party revolt. April 15, 2009 – Tax Day – Thousands of protesters took to the streets of cities across the United States to protest high taxes and increased government spending after the Great Recession. In Washington, DC, a mob even forced the White House to shut down temporarily after throwing tea bags on the executive mansion lawn.
Republicans insist the same type of backlash is ahead for Biden if he continues down the path he is. But the party, still reeling from Donald Trump’s years and a Jan.6 insurgency on Capitol Hill, faces a problem: Some of Biden’s policies are very popular.
This is especially true of the coronavirus stimulus. It turns out that people are less unhappy with spending when they put dollars in their pockets, as Republican Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) Admitted to HuffPost this week.
“Even my counties in Indiana are happy, which is a very conservative region,” said Braun, a deficit hawk. “They ask, ‘How do I spend $ 15 million in a rural county?” I think the spending part of it was politically smart because they put a high sugar in there and put a screen on. smoke on the degree of radicality of certain laws. “
GOP senators believe it is only a matter of time before Biden faces yet another popular repudiation of major Democratic tax and spending policies, especially if Democratic lawmakers pass his U.S. jobs plan $ 2 trillion and his $ 1.8 trillion plan for American families. The huge injection of money into things like roads and bridges, daycares, community colleges, and middle-class tax credits would be offset by higher taxes for corporations and wealthy Americans.
“This adherence to an extreme program will accelerate the nation’s move back in the direction of fiscal sanity and I think it will translate into a very good election for Republicans in 2022 and 2024,” Senator said. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who rose to prominence with support from the Tea Party and is now seen as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, told HuffPost.
Cruz called Biden “boring but radical” – two conflicting notions that reveal how difficult even one of America’s loudest bomb throwers has been to animate the base above the new administration.
Senator Thom Tillis (RN.C.) argued that the Tea Party movement did not really take off until Obama’s second 100 days in power, adding: “It wouldn’t surprise me if the same happened. Under Biden.
Overall, Biden is proposing a lot more spending in his first year in office than Obama ever did, betting America will restore confidence in government after Congress relieves the pandemic. deadly by distributing thousands of dollars in stimulus checks, unemployment assistance and COVID-19 vaccines.
Polls have shown that majorities of voters – even Republicans – love Biden’s policies and love the president personally. His coronavirus policies have been hugely popular and voters are appreciating his ideas for an overhaul of infrastructure and jobs. However, the president’s overall approval rating is only 53%, with voters giving him top marks on the pandemic and the economy, according to a recent Monmouth University poll.
Another reason Biden may not face as much resistance as Obama is because he’s a white man in his 60s who has been in the public spotlight for decades. The Tea Party movement was fueled by race as much as by economics – a trend that continued into the Trump years. The election of a black president for the first time in US history galvanized a segment of the Republican Party, leading to the racist “birther” conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the United States. , a false notion that ultimately put Trump atop the Birther Summit, in the Oval Office.
The biggest obstacle to the rise of another conservative political movement may be Trump, who as president has repeatedly pushed his party to adopt higher government spending. The former president continues to suck oxygen from the right, swinging approvals for 2022 candidates and threatening to campaign against Republicans who have crossed paths with him in the past. On Thursday, Trump even called for the ousting of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), A threat that might not frighten McConnell, but likely other Republican lawmakers and potential candidates.
Biden’s technocratic and moderate way of governing – a complete 180 of the chaos of the Trump presidency – disarms his potential opposition, argued Senator Chris Murphy (DN.J.).
“People aren’t that mad at Joe Biden. Even the people who still prefer a Republican president probably breathe a little sigh of relief that all of this isn’t dominating their lives the way it used to be, ”Murphy said.
Even Cruz agreed that Biden’s low-key style worked for him.
“It’s probably smart policy for Biden’s White House for people to wake up and not ask, ‘What did the president tweet last night? He said in a Fox News interview this week.
Biden has little time to get his proposals through Congress, even though the Conservatives aren’t organizing this year. With slim majorities in both the House and Senate, Democrats face the very real prospect of losing at least one legislative chamber in next year’s midterm elections – a regularly repeated pattern for the party a first-term president over the past decades. Republicans are optimistic about their chances of retaking the House, in particular, where Democrats currently only hold a three-seat majority.
But Democrats say they are convinced that adopting ambitious and bold policies that touch the lives of millions of Americans will ultimately help their chances of retaining control of Congress. It is a risky proposition, which did not bear fruit in 2010 after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, which was vilified by the right at the time, but has since become very popular.
“I think there’s a dynamic that he doesn’t feel so threatening,” Senator Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) said of Biden when asked if running was a factor. “The more he can rely on that to accomplish things that people think have a real impact on their lives, then it could be a very different middle ground than what we’ve been through, the swing, in the last 20 years. last years.”
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