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Timothy L. O'Brien and Nir Kaissar

Note to Biden on Infrastructure: Be Like Ike

Eisenhower knew the interstate highway system would have all sorts of economic benefits, but he sold it as a national security measure.

Worthwhile infrastructure.

Worthwhile infrastructure.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

President Joe Biden has rolled out a sweeping, $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan. It now becomes a political football, with Biden’s allies promoting its virtues and Republicans savaging it as a big-government boondoggle that needlessly raises taxes and public debt.

There’s a playbook that might help Democrats navigate through some of this, introduced by a Republican, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1956.