President Biden, despite two major legislative victories so far, has been hurting the polls lately. David Brooks, opinion columnist for the New York Times, writes that: “If presidents were judged by short-term popularity, Biden’s bid would look pretty bad. But that’s a terrible measure.”
Brooks states that the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill are: send money to where it needs to go, the America that is left behind. Should the Build Back Better Bill pass the Senate, Biden’s plan to invest in human infrastructure, it would move even further toward creating “a more equal, more just and more united society”, bridging the gap between the divided American population.
Despite doing what needs to be done, Democrats will most likely be hammered in the polls next year no matter what. It happens time and again with first term presidents, especially when they are successful. Extending the Child Tax Credit increase for a year just to lower the price tag of the Build Back Better Bill is a mistake in Brooks’s opinion. next year, in all likelihood, the Democrats won’t have the power to extend it again, nor making it permanent as suggested, despite introducing some “fantastic policies”.