Opinion | Biden’s Ambitious Agenda for America

Readers mostly laud the president’s speech and sweeping plans. “I take back every bad thing that I said about Joe Biden during the primaries,” one reader says.

To the Editor:

Re “Biden Makes Case to Vastly Expand Government Role” (front page, April 29):

I take back every bad thing that I said about Joe Biden during the primaries.

President Biden is actually arguing for investing in Americans and America, even saying that trickle-down economics never worked. This is the first time I have heard a Democratic president truly talk like a Democrat in five decades of watching politics. Mr. Biden understands, like Lincoln (and modern Republicans), that you have to mold public sentiment, not just follow a mythical center to the right.

Mr. Biden understands that you ask for what you want, then compromise at the end of negotiations.

Go Biden Go!

John McGloin
Staten Island

To the Editor:

President Biden’s speech to Congress and the nation was a passing of the baton from squeezing American government into a smaller and smaller box (Ronald Reaganism) back to a more expansive and supportive role for government (Lyndon Johnsonism). The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans and large corporations prospered mightily, even obscenely, during Reaganism. Now it’s time for the rest of us to see a better and more equitable economy.

Mary F. Warren
Wheaton, Ill.

To the Editor:

The significance of President Biden’s speech was beyond all the policy agendas he laid out — we knew most of them already. Mr. Biden’s purpose (which I think was achieved) was to show that he is not Donald Trump, that he is an intelligent, plain-spoken, experienced public servant who is in control, and who can lay out his positions with down-to-earth words and logic and appeal to our hopes and dreams without using fear or lies. The simple, easy-to-follow quality of his speech was something I’m not sure even Barack Obama achieved.

Joe Biden stood before the nation and simply smiled, and gave a modest sermon on peace and prosperity that any voter would like, or at least consider. And like many sermons, the main purpose was to soothe and reassure.

Lyndon Dodds
San Antonio, Texas

To the Editor:

Let’s see: The Republicans were OK with the trillions President George W. Bush spent on America’s failed military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were OK with the trillions lost from President Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy. But they’re apoplectic at President Biden’s idea to spend trillions to restore American vitality and bring our society into the 21st century.

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