FARRELL: Potential Biden Buyer’s Remorse
From Chris Farrell’s Op-Ed for The Daily Caller:
Now that Joe Biden’s COVID policies are being unmasked, those who voted for him may be coming down with bad cases of buyer’s remorse.
It has been hard to pin down exactly what prospective President Biden would do about the pandemic given the chance. Back in August, he said he would “shut the country down” if coronavirus cases resurged. Then in September, Biden backtracked, saying, “There’s going to be no need, in my view, to be able to shut down the whole economy.” Now he has settled on the talking point that he will “follow the science,” which is a non-answer because science can diagnose the problem but cannot determine the details of public policy. Setting and implementing policy requires less following and more leading.
Biden’s choice of coronavirus advisers focuses more light on what the country could expect should the former vice president enter the Oval Office. For example, Dr. Michael Osterholm believes that a four-to six-week hard lockdown could get the virus under control. He said that the government could easily “pay people to lose their jobs” by leveraging the increased savings that Americans have scrimped together during the crisis, and that we could “bring back the economy” by the second quarter of 2021. Yes, Osterholm’s plan is to force the country into another recession, then loot personal savings to pay our way out of it, amassing trillions of dollars of government debt in the process. And those who remember the slogan “two weeks to flatten the curve” should be highly skeptical of Osterholm’s four-to six-week lockdown timeline.
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