Biden’s economic plan is vital for competing with China — and for US self-respect
President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. - MELINA MARA/AFP/TNS

Although President Joe Biden barely mentioned foreign policy in his address to Congress on Wednesday, it was really a foreign policy speech. In laying out a multitrillion-dollar plan to invest in infrastructure, education, basic research and the workforce, there was an underlying theme that may have eluded many listeners. “We’re in competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century,” Biden said. “We have to compete more strenuously than we have.” He also said, “We have to prove democracy still works, that our government still works and can deliver for the people.” Indeed, Ameri...