The White House packaged its federal policy for President Joe Biden’s economic vision into one simple term: Bidenomics. The policy hangs on three key initiatives: make public investments, help workers and promote competition across industries to reduce consumer costs.
The Associated Press reported that Bidenomics represents Biden’s goal of ushering America into a new place with domestic manufacturing and bringing the country to compete economically to help lower consumer spending.
The White House noted that the “once in a generation” federal policy has generated over $500 billion in private investment going to the states, much of it in Republican-run congressional districts, according to The Associated Press.
“Even Republicans who voted against the bills are now vying for credit,” The Associated Press reported.
Why it matters: Bidenomics is an eye-grabbing, ear-enticing name that Dems are using to inspire voters. The name echoes another successful branding effort that is in common usage nearly 40 years later: Reaganomics.
Policy branding can simplify even the most complex ideas together into a single word that puts the president (and presidential candidate) front-and-center. But there can be drawbacks. The term Obamacare polarized people who didn’t like former President Barack Obama. But its official name, the Affordable Care Act carried less stigma, NPR reported. The dueling names confused people who didn’t realize they represented the same policy. A 2017 Morning Consult survey found that at the time, 80%of Republicans “strongly disapprove” of Obamacare, while roughly 60%“strongly disapprove” of the Affordable Care Act, NPR reported.
“Word choice matters,” Morning Consult’s Kyle Dropp told NPR.
Communicating policy is always complicated. Finding simple terminology can help these concepts stick in voters’ minds — or it can confuse the issue, as happened with Obamacare. Including the candidate’s name in a policy can help him take full credit, but it can also potentially saddle Biden’s name with criticism from the right.
It’s easy to say during a stump speech — to promote accomplishments or attack perceived failures from the other side.
“Democrats see the trio of bills — two of which also drew bipartisan support from Republicans — as their calling card to voters ahead of the 2024 election,” per The Associated Press. “For Republicans, many of whom voted against all three bills, Bidenomics is a powerful punchline about big government overreach.”
It will take time to see how successful this branding effort is. The ultimate answer won’t come until November 2024.
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Sherri Kolade is a writer at Ragan Communications. When she is not with her family, she enjoys watching Alfred Hitchcock-style films, reading and building an authentically curated life that includes more than occasionally finding something deliciously fried. Follow her on LinkedIn. Have a great PR story idea? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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