Does Team Biden have it backward when it comes to the pork-infused COVID relief bill that recently passed in the House and Senate? Days after Congress cleared the bill, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki gave a briefing in which she indicated members of the administration would be going on a nationwide tour to promote the benefits of the legislation. Given the fact that the Democrats already got the law they desired, doesn’t it seem a bit odd that individuals in the administration would embark upon a tour to promote the measure?
“Well, the president, the vice president, the first lady, the second gentleman, a number of members of the cabinet will be communicating directly with the American people, engaging directly with the American people and all sending a clear message [that] ‘help is on the way’ over the next few weeks,” Psaki explained.
She then said that members of Biden’s team would be conversing with officials at the local and state level to determine the implementation of the plan: “This is, of course, a continuation of the work we’ve done over the last two months to build support for the rescue plan, communicating directly with the American people, building support among mayors, governors, labor leaders, the business community, and other stakeholders will be emphasizing a number of components that are in the package and really having a conversation.”
The press secretary also indicated the administration would be “taking their feedback on implementation” and answering questions related to accessing health benefits and getting their checks.
What’s the Point?
The Biden administration’s mantra in this story could easily be “better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.” However, some polls show that Biden’s plan is quite popular. According to a Morning Consult poll of registered voters, three in four Americans approve of the legislation. Not surprisingly, about 70% of Democrats support the measure. But, what might be a more shocking development is that 60% of Republicans polled also favored the bill.
In light of this, why would the Biden administration feel the need to continue selling the plan? The answer isn’t complex. The vast majority of Americans likely have no idea what is in the legislation. Indeed, it is probable that many lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill didn’t read it all.
USA Today reported that some did take issue with the bill, citing its overreach. “Critics say the legislation reaches beyond its core mission of COVID-19 relief. In doing so, they say, it risks a spike in inflation that could derail the economic recovery or further swell the nation’s $28 trillion debt, leaving little political will for other vital investments and eventually pushing up borrowing costs for consumers and businesses,” the author pointed out.
Most Americans seem to believe the measure is solely designed to benefit those affected by the coronavirus pandemic and remain unaware of all the copious amounts of bacon, ham, and sausage crammed into the bill. The activist media did its job in making sure the public was undereducated on the matter.
Still, despite the lack of information on the legislation, it won’t be too long before America realizes that the COVID relief bill goes far beyond easing the pain caused by the virus, which means that the Biden administration might be doing a form of pre-emptive damage control. With the help of the activist press, it might even be enough to distract from the more undesirable elements of the bill.
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