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Biden’s ambitions imperiled

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By Jules Witcover

President Joe Biden, eager to “go big” from the start of his administration, is taking a page from the playbook of Franklin D. Roosevelt in his effective assault on the Great Depression.

But his plans to throw trillions of dollars into the effort is being challenged by Republican obstruction, and not only because of the opposition party’s supposed distaste for deficit spending.

The Grand Old Party clearly recognizes the appeal to voters of what it would call free lunch on a grand scale of social welfare programs for poor and middle-class working families. And it can be argued that this grandiose spree is ill-timed, as the huge coronavirus pandemic tightens its grip on roughly half of the American public that resists protective vaccination.

But Biden is determined to seize his long-sought opportunity to “build back better” a national economy and politics that were shattered in Donald........

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