/ 30 April 2021

Biden talks it up

Universal preschool, free community college, expanded health care and tax breaks for families made up US President Joe Biden’s pitch to Americans in his first Congressional speech as top dog yesterday. Where will he get the money? Higher taxes on the wealthy would raise about $US1.5 trillion over a decade, the White House says. He also renewed calls for immigration changes, gun control, police reform and a push for the $US2 trillion infrastructure plan he unveiled in March. It’s all about the pitch: “Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.” As for the address, in a historic first, Biden was flanked by two women, Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – something he made sure not to overlook. And it was on the lengthy side, clocking almost 65 minutes – the longest first address in recent memory.

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