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Will the Infrastructure Bill Pull Democrats out of the Hole They Dug for Themselves?

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White House officials did the Sunday morning talk show circuit to attempt to persuade the nation not to believe their lying eyes about the economic woes the country is experiencing under President Joe Biden. Various members of his staff spun the situation harder than the Tasmanian Devil to whitewash the inflation and supply chain disasters while touting the passage of the infrastructure bill.

Indeed, it is true that Biden and his merry band of Democrats in Congress were in desperate need of a win given the president’s plummeting poll numbers and his egregious mishandling of the various crises that have faced his administration. Democratic lawmakers had been unable to pass any significant legislation since the COVID-19 relief bill earlier this year.

But if recent polling is any indication, it does not appear that passing the infrastructure bill is going to do much to rehabilitate the Democrats’ image in time for the 2022 midterm elections. A Washington Post/ABC survey released on Sunday showed a continuing decrease in approval for Biden even though “majorities of Americans support President Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package and a pending bill that would spend nearly $2 trillion on social programs and climate initiatives.”

The Post acknowledged:

Overall, the survey offers a set of harsh judgments about the president’s performance and the state of the economy. Together, they send a stark warning to Democrats about their prospects in the 2022 midterm contests.

The poll found that if elections were held today, about 46 percent of adults would support the GOP candidate for Congress while 43 percent would back a Democrat. Among registered voters, 51 percent indicated they would back a Republican while 41 percent would vote for a Democrat in what the post calls “a historically strong result for Republicans on this measure.”

Even worse, about 70 percent view the state of the economy negatively, which includes 38 percent who believe it is in “poor” condition.

From the Post:

About half of Americans overall and political independents blame Biden for fast-rising inflation, and more than 6 in 10 Americans say he has not accomplished much after 10 months in office, including 71 percent of independents.

Ouch.

Perhaps this is why the Biden administration was pushing so hard for Congressional Democrats to get something passed. But the results make sense in light of how Biden’s first year has progressed.

The president caused what will likely be the worst migrant crisis America has ever seen. So far, his administration has failed to employ viable solutions to deal with the problem.

He botched the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Despite what the media wants us to think, the problem of people being stranded in the region is still an issue.

Inflation and supply chain issues continue to abound. This administration continues to give tone-deaf responses to the situation and it is likely that the legislation the Democrats are pushing will make the problem worse.

Right now, Democrats are still trying to push Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which has polled well among Americans, most likely because most do not know what the legislation entails. If they manage to get this bill passed, it might be seen as a victory even if it is a watered-down version of what was originally promised.

But again, the economic issues along with the border crisis and the worsening situation with fentanyl overdoses will continue to haunt the Democrats even up until the midterm elections. At this point, there does not seem to be much they can do to claw their way out of the hole they dug for themselves by pushing unpopular ideas like defunding the police and infusing elements of Critical Race Theory into the classroom.

The fact that they didn’t bother to listen to the people about these absurd ideas will also count against them. Advocating for fewer police officers on the street even though black Americans – the people they pretend to be protecting – do not support such an initiative was always a braindead idea.

Pushing wokeism in the classroom has also shown itself to be a failure. But instead of recalibrating their approach or attempting to have honest conversations about the matter, the left chose to gaslight, lie, and label parents as “domestic terrorists.”

These initiatives will be the dagger in the heart of the Democrats’ chances for maintaining control of both the House and the Senate. If they fail to learn from these flawed strategies, it could also cost them the White House in 2024.