“I believe the American people want it and are ready for it,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded Thursday, when asked why he thinks Americans want to return to the days of Big Government, like those of FDR and the New Deal.
“What makes you think the American people want a return to Big Government?” a reporter asked Schumer during a press conference:
“There's been a lot of conversation about the Biden agenda harking back to the days of FDR and the New Deal and LBJ and The Great Society. You seem to tap into some of those. What makes you think the American people want a return to Big Government?”
“The American people know we need big, bold change” – and that can’t be left to the private sector, Schumer replied:
“Just go out there and talk to them. The American people know we need big, bold change. COVID has shown that the private sector can't do it alone. Those Republicans on the hard right who said do nothing were discredited, even by their own party and even by former president trump.
“So we need big, bold change, and the federal government has to be a big part of it.”
“America is ready for big, bold comprehensive change. That's what Joe Biden has proposed,” Schumer said, calling Democrats’ American Rescue Plan (ARP) the “most progressive, most comprehensive” legislation in decades:
“And I believe the American people want it and are ready for it. COVID has shown so many of the problems in our society that existed before COVID. So, yes, I believe that America is ready for big, bold comprehensive change.
“That's what Joe Biden has proposed. His proposals are very popular. That's some of the things we have done. The ARP, the most progressive, most comprehensive piece of legislation in decades, I believe the last survey I showed showed 60% of Republican voters support it.”