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An America Neglected Coming from Behind

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Joseph R. Biden Jr. shows himself to be the right president “we the people” need at the right time, trying to usher in a new dawn for America as he seeks to help a long-neglected middle and working class emerging from one of the country’s darkest hours.

Biden, in a contrast of behavior between him and his predecessor as stark as day and night, rapidly got the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of Americans while proposing a series of programs from rescue to infrastructure-jobs to families totaling $6 trillion. He insisted in a 65-minute speech on the eve of his 100th day in office, “We can do this together.”

But togetherness depends on cooperation from Senate Republicans. Their view of infrastructure, for example, harks back 50 years.

They are adamantly against spending so much money and raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for programs they have denounced as a wish list by a “radical socialist,” especially after the approval of $4 trillion in pandemic relief packages. Not one Republican voted for Biden’s $1.9 trillion virus relief bundle March 11.

Yet they had no problem when the national debt increased by nearly $7.8 trillion during Donald Trump’s time in office, according to Propublica, which quoted the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That........

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