Support Is Strong For Robust Spending Plans Of President Biden And Democrats


Watching the legislative process play out in the halls of Congress can be vexing for many Americans. This summer the much-needed infrastructure bill, and the meaty Build Back Better bill, aimed at addressing a plethora of national concerns, have made headlines.

And angst.

The political rhetoric has been heavy and the headlines at times can make it seem the bill is too massive to make it over the line so as to have a presidential signature. While it was inevitable the original $3.5 trillion proposal was to be trimmed in the budgeting process doesn’t mean the goals outlined by this White House misalign with the desires of the public.

I have been following the polling data from West Virginia where Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who enjoys being a power player rather than a policy wonk, seems not to be squared with his own constituents. It is clear that when one starts to look at the various components of the large spending proposal put forth by President Biden there is strong support.

When the nonpartisan nonprofit WorkMoney surveyed more than 50,000 of its 2 million members nationwide, it found 81% of respondents said they supported this plan. That includes 90% of liberals who took the survey, 81% of moderates and 66% of conservatives.

Conservative backing appears even more robust in West Virginia, home of Manchin, a moderate Democrat who is one of the critical holdouts on the budget bill and whose efforts could derail the entire plan – or see large chunks of it scrapped as he balks at the budget’s price tag.

But according to the survey, 80% of more than 800 people surveyed in his home state believe he should vote to pass the bill. That includes 77% of conservatives who responded to the survey.

The colossal spin machine from right wing-media, which starts with Fox and Friends in the morning, continues on angry conservative talk radio all day, and then veers into the absurd with the Fox News’ talking heads at night would make it seem no one wants the spending for Biden’s programs.

But that is not true, as outlined in a Wall Street Journal story.

Several recent polls, bolstered by interviews with more than 50 Democratic voters across six swing states in recent weeks, indicate broad party support for legislation to expand social safety net programs and pass measures aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

Democratic leaders have proposed paying for well over a trillion dollars in expanded government services, in part, by higher taxes. Top Democrats acknowledge that would have been considered too liberal a few years ago but say that it now has broad party support. At least one Democrat in the Senate has voiced opposition to the idea.

Most of the Democratic voters interviewed said they believed that if their elected leaders didn’t act on the most ambitious legislation possible, the party risked losing congressional seats in next year’s midterm elections and the White House in 2024.

A CNN poll released last week found that 75% of Democrats preferred a bill that included all of the social safety net and climate-change provisions proposed by Mr. Biden. Another 20% of respondents backed a scaled-back bill that costs less. A Pew Research Center poll released in late September similarly found that among those who identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, 75% said they favored Mr. Biden’s initial $3.5 trillion package.

I will be the first to admit that messaging has been the weak link when it comes to the Biden White House and the needs that are addressed in this large budget bill. The public knows, however, there needs to be a transformational way we address climate change, pay for education, and update our transit systems.

The public may not speak about these matters in the phrasing found here but they are most aware of failing bridges, not enough cash to send their kids to college, and way too few daycare options for working mothers. This all may seem like a large partisan game to Republicans but to the people who deal with these and other problems each day around the nation, this bill is a hope for their future.

I support the bill and I will gladly pay for the means of making sure the nation can be lifted up with the programs which are contained in the final draft. A large portion of my fellow citizens agree. Polls underscore that fact.

We have put off for far too long the policy moves that must occur now.

And so it goes.