If there is one major theme in President Biden’s first 100 days, it is his argument that a bigger government can make life better for Americans.
It is a seismic departure from the dogma of the Reagan era that big government is never a solution, but a problem.
If anything, Biden’s view echoes the inner workings of Lyndon John Onson or Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. (Biden, according to Akios, met with the president’s historians in March to reflect on those historical predecessors as he drafted his legislative agenda.)
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However, he could also highlight the risks of such a strategy. Biden sets a high goal for himself by proposing that the trillions of dollars in government spending paid in higher debts, higher taxes, will cover the ills of society rather than rely on private-sector market solutions. It suggests that federal bureaucracy can be effective in driving social change for waste-avoidance.
And so far, so good.
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At the same time, the epidemic showed a growing divide among wealthy Americans who could adapt to the disease simply by working from home, lower-wage workers who were laid off, laid off or required to work under the virus.
The K-shaped economy was fertile ground for Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package, which was pushed through Congress in March by Democratic votes only.
It is the largest expansion of the social security network for generations, with those who are directly financially affected by the direct payments epidemic, such as tax credits, billions of dollars in childcare and restaurant renovations. Seventy percent of Americans were happy with it, including 41 percent of Republicans.
Similarly, there is still popular support for Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure project, which will rebuild roads and bridges, spend hundreds of billions on electric vehicle development, expand broadband, revitalize the country’s electricity grid, and revitalize the nation’s community. based care system for the elderly.
And on Wednesday, he announced his American Families Plan, which, among other things, calls for $ 1.8 trillion in education, childcare and paid family vacations.
At the same time, there are broad signs of strong economic recovery in the corner, for which presidents always get credit, whether appropriate. And despite a tough electorate, Biden’s approval rating remains above 50%, which is much better than before.
The Biden Challenges
All of this can, to some extent, isolate Biden when it comes to challenges. But the game for a bigger government is that there is very little room for failure.
What if the flow of accompanying children flooding the southern border becomes an even bigger crisis? (The Biden administration has recently succeeded in relocating children detained in US Customs and Border Protection to more appropriate accommodation in the Department of Health and Human Services.)
And if the fears of rising interest rates and inflation come true. The federal debt should only exceed the size of the economy this year for the second time since World War II.
What if, as many experts predict, Afghanistan would fall into TV chaos, brutality, and civil war after Biden’s withdrawal from the United States?
After two decades of war in that country, with the killing of 2,400 US troops at a cost of more than $ 2 trillion, could there be a greater example of wholesale government miscalculation?
Much of Biden’s agenda is smart, bold, but closely divided in the Washington era, where Democrats have the largest majority in the Senate. Biden will have to rule his new, larger government, to the full advantage of his five decades of experience in Washington, to avoid a blow that will diminish his achievements.
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