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Joe Biden’s stimulus bill – the biggest anti-poverty initiative in 50 years – is wildly popular. No wonder the Republicans want to talk about Dr Seuss.

Americans in the lowest tax bracket are expected to see a 20 per cent increase in their incomes while high earners wont see much difference at all. Thats a reverse of Trumps massive tax cuts, where the biggest benefits flowed to wealthy Americans and corporations.
Crucially, Bidens big-ticket items are tangible and easy to understand. Thats a big change from the Obama era stimulus where, in a strange act of wonky self-sabotage, a major tax cut was deliberately designed so that people wouldnt notice it.
Bidens bill did not receive the support of a single Republican in the House or Senate. In that sense, his vow to bring bipartisanship back to Washington has so far been an epic failure.
But viewed from the perspective of American voters, the bill is about as bipartisan as one could imagine in such a divided country. Polls show it is wildly popular, with about seven in 10 Americans and four in 10 Republicans in favour of it.
Thats why Republicans and conservative media personalities have spent more time on the culture war over recent weeks obsessing on the news that some Dr Seuss books will be discontinued because of racist imagery rather than attacking the bill.
Passing ambitious legislation will only get harder for Biden from here, largely because of the arcane Senate rules that require 60 votes for most bills to become law.
But coronavirus cases are on the decline, vaccination rates are increasing and Biden has a big legislative win under his belt. Fewer than 50 days after entering the White House, Americas 46th President has plenty to celebrate.