The federal government certainly has an important role to play in American life, but it stumbles every time it tries to enforce blanket policies.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he key audiences for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, according to an unnamed White House insider, were moderate Democrats, Never-Trump Republicans, and independents. With those groups in mind, Biden made promises that have — as we know from polling data, alongside applause from the Republicans in attendance — widespread appeal: building roads and bridges, reducing prescription-drug prices, reducing corporate tax shelters, and, of course, aiding Ukrainians beset by a brutal Russian dictator.

Biden’s address indeed might have marked a return to the pragmatist who campaigned in 2020 on a return to normalcy, but whose abrupt disappearance after his

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