Ezra Klein | Joe Biden’s Approach: Speak Softly, and Carry a Big Agenda – The New York Times

Opinion Columnist

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“American politics feels quieter with Joe Biden in the White House. The president’s Twitter feed hasn’t gone dark, but it’s gone dull. Biden doesn’t pick needless fights or insert himself into cultural conflicts. It’s easy to go days without hearing anything the president has said, unless you go looking.

But the relative quiet is deceptive: Policy is moving at a breakneck pace. The first weeks of the Biden administration were consumed by a flurry of far-reaching executive orders that reopened America to refugees, rejoined the Paris climate accords and killed the Keystone XL oil pipeline, to name just a few. Now the House has passed, and the Senate is considering, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a truly sweeping piece of legislation that includes more than a half-dozen policies — like a child tax credit expansion that could cut child poverty by 50 percent — that would be presidency-defining accomplishments on their own.”

David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT | NYT Comment:
This op-ed is a very good piece– well done, and important. Also, it is not hiding behind a lengthy podcast. It was perhaps low to put opening the country to refugees as the first Biden accomplishment, especially since the deluge appears to be more accidental and thoughtless than planned or expected. Returning to podcasts which this journalist Ezra Klein likes, there are several aspects of the podcasts that don’t work for me. They aren’t always labelled in the headline as a Podcasts. They do not have, but need, a concise printed summary. Now, you have to scan an extremely long, verbose, unedited transcript. Each podcast should have a comments section, so we can complain or cheer right there, about the new mixed media, trying to mix in with print news and opinion.