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Biden faces challenge of keeping embarrassing boondoggles out of infrastructure

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.

Washington Examiner, November 2021

President Joe Biden needs history not to repeat itself as his administration starts coordinating with state and local governments over his much-hyped $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal. And with Biden trying to defend his economic credentials amid a sluggish pandemic recovery and rising consumer prices before next year’s midterm elections, any mistakes similar to former President Barack Obama’s Solyndra drama may be disastrous for him and his party.

With a spending measure of the infrastructure deal’s magnitude, there is an inherent danger of a problematic policy or “funds will go awry,” according to political commentator Costas Panagopoulos. “But the Biden administration cannot afford missteps that calcify perceptions of incompetence,” he said, after a handful of presidential gaffes and Biden’s deadly withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

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