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Joe Biden’s first 100 days: talk little, rule hard

ATOn the forty-fifth day of his mandate, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, claimed a first major success, Saturday March 6, with the adoption by the Senate, by forceps, of a gargantuan support plan of 1,900 billion dollars (1,595 billion euros).

This plan, whose final validation by the House of Representatives should be easier, may benefit from the blessing of the president of the American Federal Reserve (Fed, central bank) appointed by Donald Trump, Jerome Powell, and of his predecessor who became secretary. at the Treasury, Janet Yellen, it constitutes a daring bet that could decide the political fate of the Democratic president.

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Either it will brilliantly revive the American economy well ahead of the mid-term elections, scheduled for November 2022. Or it will explode by force of overheating and the midterms will turn to the Homeric beating. We can’t wait to know.

A “bidenism” in gestation

Without delay, the short-term success of this offensive in Congress revealed the foundations of a “bidenism” in the making. The president speaks little. He keeps the press and his questions relatively at bay to the point that his spokesperson, Jen Psaki, has been forced to promise a press conference before the end of the month. His Twitter account is a thousand times more boring than yours, and he remains almost invariably ahead of Donald Trump in Internet searches maintained by giant Google.

Joe Biden whispers when his predecessor is vehement, but he rules strong. Since his arrival at the White House, the approval of his action as president remains solidly pegged above the 50% mark, in the poll average calculated by RealClearPolitics or FiveThirtyEight. A threshold that Donald Trump had never been able to cross in four years.

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His support plan is also more popular than him. The feat is relative since we rarely slam the door on a Good Samaritan ready to pour out federal manna on you, but Joe Biden made the right calculation by choosing to move forward without waiting for a gesture of goodwill, in truth not enough. likely, from the Republicans in Congress.

Other Republicans, governors, mayors and “Joe Six-Pack” (Mr. Everybody) in pick-up trucks, if we are to believe the polls, find this plan amazing.

The power of the moderates

By way of comparison, the first success in Congress for Donald Trump – a tax reform favorable mainly to companies and high incomes – had waited until December 2017. Its mediocre popularity then prevented Republicans from taking advantage of it during the mid-year elections. – term of office in 2018 during which they lost their majority in the House of Representatives.

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