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    Biden’s “Build Back Better” Plan “Extraordinarily Unpopular”

    The latest numbers are out from Scott Rasmussen this week and they contain some slightly better news for President Joe Biden in one area and a landslide of bad news in the rest. First, let’s start with the “good news.” The President’s approval rating crept back up to 43%. He’s still significantly underwater, with a majority (52%) disapproving, but that’s still a minor improvement from the 40% approval rate he rang up earlier this month. One thing that hasn’t changed is that the 21% who “strongly approve” are dwarfed by the 39% who “strongly disapprove.”

    The Build Back Better Act fares far worse than the president’s personal approval numbers. As Rasmussen notes, this is largely driven by the fact that most Americans have largely “tuned out” of the debate over the bill. And of the few who are paying attention, most think it will make things worse rather than better.

    The legislation being considered in Congress is unlikely to boost the president’s numbers partly because voters have largely tuned out. Just 19% recognize both that the infrastructure bill passed and that the Build Back Better plan has not.

    The lack of voter awareness about his legislative efforts may, in fact, be a blessing for the president. At a time when just 9% believe that the worst of inflation is behind us, 56% believe the president’s plan will make things worse by increasing inflation.

    Beyond that, the Build Back Better plan–called the Big Government Socialism Bill by Republicans– has a number of extraordinarily unpopular provisions.



    “Extraordinarily unpopular” isn’t an overstatement. When informed that the BBB authorizes various payments to illegal aliens, 60% disapproved while only 28% approved. As far as the bill’s provision to give the IRS more access to personal financial information and bank transactions, a whopping 73% are opposed. A rather obscure facet providing a tax credit of up to $50K to print journalists wasn’t popular either, with only 19% approving of it. (That likely says a lot more about the MSM than it does the Biden administration.)

    Guaranteed basic income, no matter what label you put on it, is also a non-starter. If a person is physically capable of working, 78% believe that they should have to actively look for a job before receiving cash payments from the government. A slim majority (53%) want to keep Medicare the same as it is now, while just 34% want to see it expanded.

    When it comes to the government’s response to the pandemic, authoritarianism is growing less and less popular. Nearly half of respondents (49%) said that “relaxing vaccine mandates and mask requirements” would be better for the economy. Only 30% disagreed. A significantly larger portion (61%) were in favor of relaxing such mandates for police officers, firefighters, and first responders.

    While we’ve discussed this here before, it clearly bears repeating. The various policy items being discussed in this survey are essentially a laundry list of the “reforms” that are being relentlessly pushed by Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. But these ideas are not popular with the public. And if the BBB is eventually passed into law and the GOP does an even modestly competent job of bringing all of these changes to the attention of American voters, things will not be looking good for the Party of the Donkey in the midterms. I still find it bizarre that the left is so completely unaware of how much of the public is flatly opposed to these socialist-based plans.
    The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

  • #2
    I'm not sure what's in Build Back Better, except the contents change hourly. I'm pretty sure not a lot will benefit me and I'll be getting the bill for this.
    "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

    "Theology can be an intellectual entertainment." Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
      I'm not sure what's in Build Back Better, except the contents change hourly. I'm pretty sure not a lot will benefit me and I'll be getting the bill for this.
      It's a lot of payback to liberals to help them with the results of their disastrous lack of management, and rewards for unions.... but that was last night.
      The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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      • #4
        Joe's plan will obviously do far less and cost far more than what he's promised. Liberals seemed like they were onboard with it until Joe told the whopper that the $3 trillion price tag was actually zero, which is a claim so ludicrous that even low information voters became skeptical. Reminds me of the time a window salesman tried to tell me that the new windows he was selling would pay for themselves with the energy savings I would enjoy. Of course that's not "paying for themselves", that's using the money I would normally pay for my heating bill to pay for new windows instead -- and that's assuming the windows would have really reduced my energy usage as much as he was claiming.
        Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
        But I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of man
        Than a fool in the eyes of God


        From "Fools Gold" by Petra

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
          Biden’s “Build Back Better” Plan “Extraordinarily Unpopular”

          The latest numbers are out from Scott Rasmussen this week and they contain some slightly better news for President Joe Biden in one area and a landslide of bad news in the rest. First, let’s start with the “good news.” The President’s approval rating crept back up to 43%. He’s still significantly underwater, with a majority (52%) disapproving, but that’s still a minor improvement from the 40% approval rate he rang up earlier this month. One thing that hasn’t changed is that the 21% who “strongly approve” are dwarfed by the 39% who “strongly disapprove.”

          The Build Back Better Act fares far worse than the president’s personal approval numbers. As Rasmussen notes, this is largely driven by the fact that most Americans have largely “tuned out” of the debate over the bill. And of the few who are paying attention, most think it will make things worse rather than better.

          The legislation being considered in Congress is unlikely to boost the president’s numbers partly because voters have largely tuned out. Just 19% recognize both that the infrastructure bill passed and that the Build Back Better plan has not.

          The lack of voter awareness about his legislative efforts may, in fact, be a blessing for the president. At a time when just 9% believe that the worst of inflation is behind us, 56% believe the president’s plan will make things worse by increasing inflation.

          Beyond that, the Build Back Better plan–called the Big Government Socialism Bill by Republicans– has a number of extraordinarily unpopular provisions.



          “Extraordinarily unpopular” isn’t an overstatement. When informed that the BBB authorizes various payments to illegal aliens, 60% disapproved while only 28% approved. As far as the bill’s provision to give the IRS more access to personal financial information and bank transactions, a whopping 73% are opposed. A rather obscure facet providing a tax credit of up to $50K to print journalists wasn’t popular either, with only 19% approving of it. (That likely says a lot more about the MSM than it does the Biden administration.)

          Guaranteed basic income, no matter what label you put on it, is also a non-starter. If a person is physically capable of working, 78% believe that they should have to actively look for a job before receiving cash payments from the government. A slim majority (53%) want to keep Medicare the same as it is now, while just 34% want to see it expanded.

          When it comes to the government’s response to the pandemic, authoritarianism is growing less and less popular. Nearly half of respondents (49%) said that “relaxing vaccine mandates and mask requirements” would be better for the economy. Only 30% disagreed. A significantly larger portion (61%) were in favor of relaxing such mandates for police officers, firefighters, and first responders.

          While we’ve discussed this here before, it clearly bears repeating. The various policy items being discussed in this survey are essentially a laundry list of the “reforms” that are being relentlessly pushed by Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. But these ideas are not popular with the public. And if the BBB is eventually passed into law and the GOP does an even modestly competent job of bringing all of these changes to the attention of American voters, things will not be looking good for the Party of the Donkey in the midterms. I still find it bizarre that the left is so completely unaware of how much of the public is flatly opposed to these socialist-based plans.
          Wasn't there someone posting about a month or so ago about how wildly popular it was? That it had overwhelming support? Interestingly, when it was first proposed it did have a great deal of support, but as estimates of its cost became public, support fell quickly -- especially since those estimates kept soaring upward.

          Moreover, enough Americans realize that the principle culprit behind the skyrocketing inflation we are snow experiencing (Bidenflation) is the result of the wild spending sprees that the government is indulging in and don't want trillions more thrown away.

          I'm always still in trouble again

          "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
          "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
          "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

            It's a lot of payback to liberals to help them with the results of their disastrous lack of management, and rewards for unions.... but that was last night.
            Big time direct payoffs to the MSM as well. Their reward for being the left's propaganda wing.

            I'm always still in trouble again

            "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
            "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
            "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
              Big time direct payoffs to the MSM as well. Their reward for being the left's propaganda wing.
              But we have to vote for the bill so we can find out what's in the bill.
              The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                Big time direct payoffs to the MSM as well. Their reward for being the left's propaganda wing.
                Source: Can Media Cover 'Build Back Better' Fairly When It Awards Them Gov Goodies?


                The constitutional protections guaranteed in the First Amendment apply to all citizens. Everybody has freedom to practice religion as they see fit and to speak freely. It might come as a surprise to the media establishment and even government legislators that the First Amendment protection for freedom of the press also applies to all Americans. Basically, every American is a member of the press.

                When government bestows special status and privileges to “journalists” that aren’t provided for all citizens, the nation enters the dangerous realm of press exceptionalism. That’s the notion that journalists play such a unique role in American democracy that they need to be on pedestals. The problem is that journalists can’t be surrogates of rank and file Americans when they are being bought off and compromised by governmental entities privileging the reportorial class.

                The journalism industry is being made part of the establishment by an increasing flow of government enticements. The Biden Administration’s Local Journalism Sustainability Act is part of the Build Back Better package. It is working its way through Congress now. The bill helps fund payroll expenses of news outlets, and generates revenue for those outlets by giving tax incentives to advertisers and subscribers. This ill-conceived legislation is super-charged press exceptionalism that will take the teeth out of the press’ historic watchdog role.

                The news industry, indeed, does have financial challenges and media executives should well figure out how to keep their failing operations out of red ink. But that’s not the issue here. The issue is how a watchdog press can aggressively hold the government accountable when it is being soothed and distracted by government doggie treats. News coverage of Biden’s spending package is now necessarily compromised since news organizations stand to benefit from its passage. Journalists and politicians have historically kept an arms-length, and at times adversarial, relationship. Journalism executives should recognize government handouts for precisely what they are – attempts to maneuver and manipulate press sympathies to the government’s advantage.

                States also want to patronize and exploit the media with special perks. California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new law that gives reporters unfettered access to demonstrations and protests otherwise closed off by the police. Never mind that there might be legitimate security concerns when police close off a protest or that the mere presence of media can exacerbate demonstrations often designed specifically for press attention.

                Even Facebook wants to get in on the press exceptionalism act. The social media giant has increased its protections of journalists from online harassment, shielding journalists in ways other figures in the public arena are not. Any online harassment is inappropriate, of course, but journalists deserve no more protection than anybody else who works in the public eye.

                Essentially, all citizens can declare themselves journalists on their own say-so. They can then gather and disseminate news and commentary through whatever means they can manage to access. That’s exactly what the constitutional framers had in mind. The Internet era makes publishing easy. Regular citizens don’t need a printing press or a broadcast license to serve as journalists.

                Constitutionally, people who get paid to do journalism or work for media organizations aren’t special or any better than anybody else. But every time the government provides financial benefits or special access for journalists, there must follow a formal definition of who qualifies as a journalist to get the exclusive goodies. That leaves out all citizen journalists, of course, who are well-empowered today with newsgathering capability on their smartphones. Special perks for certain anointed journalists separates them from the very citizenry they are supposed to be serving and makes them beholden to the government structures handing out those perks.

                The late Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart gave an address at Yale in 1974 in which he touted the important role a free press plays in American democracy. He also explained that an autonomous press should not expect government help as it executes its role.

                Instead of looking for government favors, the press would be better off to focus on improving the service it was designed to provide for news consumers. Credibility ratings for the press are near record lows. In a November Rasmussen Reports study, respondents overwhelmingly reported they do not trust the political reporting they get from their supposed press surrogates. Public respect and prestige will be bestowed on the press when it is earned. That should mean more to the journalism industry than any handouts coming from powerful government or corporate interests. News industry leaders should reject shameful government handouts (bribes) and fight for the autonomy the constitutional framers envisioned.


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                The MSM is going to carry the Democrat's water regardless whether or not they get a pay-off. The point is that the government has no business helping to finance them.

                I'm always still in trouble again

                "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                • #9
                  Wow, Biden is doing a "speech" on "easing supplies amid the holidays", and really stumbling and bumbling through it.

                  But he's dressed very nicely, his tie is straight, and he looks official from the neck down!
                  The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                  • #10
                    I heard that Joe Biden's BBB and the elite countries climate change agenda basically amounts to global socialism.

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                    • #11
                      Wow --- Biden is reading another 'speech' --- it LOOKS like him, but his voice is much lower, like maybe he has a bad cold.... but he's stumbling and bumbling the same way he's been doing.... maybe worse.

                      So, I guess it's him!
                      The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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