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Biden Could Still Learn a Few Things From Trump

Biden Could Still Learn a Few Things From Trump


By Monday, 25 January 2021 11:43 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Former candidate (now President Joe Biden) primarily made his 2020 campaign all about two promises, to "not be Trump," and to "crush the virus."

So, during his first day in office, Biden finally rolled out his anxiously awaited strategy which aims to make good on one of those pledges while contradicting the other; namely, to attack the COVID-19 pandemic using Trump administration legacy, tactics, tenacity --- and triumphs.

Biden’s visionary $20 billion plan to contain coronavirus in 100 days features distribution of 100 million vaccines to thousands of federally supported centers across the country.

His plan is also to expand testing programs and access, activate the Defense Production Act to meet shortfalls of supplies such as masks; enact a federal mask mandate, and reopen most kindergarten-through-eighth-grade schools.

In other words, Joe proposes to do what Donald J. made possible and was already accomplishing.

The new president has re-appointed the former president’s Coronavirus Task Force medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to the same position.

Although Fauci has famously disagreed with Trump on certain policy decisions, he recently admitted, "We certainly are not starting from scratch. We’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas that were not bad ideas in the previous administration."

Some of those not so bad ideas that President Trump personally enacted were directly at odds with Fauci’s advice at the time.

Recall that on Jan. 31, 2020 — the day after the CDC publicly confirmed the first person-to-person COVID-19 transmission — Trump had overruled World Health Organization (WHO) "experts" and shut down flights from China.

Joe Biden had criticized the China travel ban, stating, "This is no time for Donald Trump's record of hysteria and xenophobia."

Fauci is now also celebrating Biden’s directive for the U.S. to rejoin WHO, the same organization that had declared on Jan. 14 of that year that Chinese authorities had found no clear evidence of human-to-human virus transmission.

Then, after the first U.S. case was confirmed on Jan. 22, and a second case two days later, the CDC, another distinguished scientific organization had stated that "based on what we know right now, the immediate risk to America remains low."

On March 12, the day after the WHO finally declared coronavirus a worldwide pandemic, President Trump imposed travel restrictions on Europe.

Biden had criticized that decision also.

As for issuing a federal mask mandate, there was a time when Andrew Fauci didn’t think that was a great idea either. He had publicly advised in March 2020, "Right now in the United States people should not be walking around with masks … You should think of healthcare providers who are needing them and the people who are ill."

Sure, no one really knew much about the virus at that time.

Nevertheless, it’s dangerous to give un-precautionary advice out of ignorance.

And let’s remember that the Biden plans to distribute all those new vaccines wouldn’t be possible if not for Trump's Operation Warp Speed which organized and mobilized the great competitively innovative forces of American capitalism in a massive crisis intervention effort comparable to the Manhattan Project that led to victory in World War II.

Few "experts" imagined that three new "miracle" vaccines would materialize within 10 months after the first U.S. COVID death, rather than the 10 years it took to develop one for measles.

Even Dr. Anthony Fauci had stated that "It will take at least a year and a half to have a vaccine we can use."

It’s wonderful that Biden has followed up on his March 27, 2020 campaign proposal during a CNN interview, that Covid testing "should be able to be available nationwide, and that should have been right from the get-go an objective of the administration."

Biden also said that the cost of the test "should be absolutely zero for you."

Biden had made that statement nine days after Trump had signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, plus had also previously announced during a March 15 press conference that "testing is now available in all 50 states."

Joe’s new plan to use the Defense Production Act to meet shortfalls of supplies such as masks is clearly a good one also, and even claimed that he was the first to suggest it.

On March 18, 2020, Biden said Trump must "prioritize and immediately increase domestic production of any critical medical equipment required to respond to this crisis --- such as the production of ventilators and associated training to operate --- by invoking the Defense Production Act, delegating authority to HHS and FEMA."

On that same day, just prior to that statement, during a White House press briefing, Trump had announced, "We'll be invoking the Defense Production Act, just in case we need it… Right after I'm finished with this conference, I'll be signing it. It's prepared to go."

On March 27 Biden also called for "cooperation" between federal and state governments in getting those critical COVID supplies where they were urgently needed, suggesting that this wasn’t occurring.

Yet between March 15 and 24, Democratic Governors Andrew Cuomo (New York ), Gavin Newsome (California) and Phil Murphy (New Jersey) had each publicly thanked Trump for the rapid response his administration provided.

Following many months of painful shutdowns, President Biden now proposes that he will push to open K-8 school programs.

This echoes what President Trump had pushed for in early July of last year when teachers’ union pushbacks kept Biden notably silent on the matter.

Biden also now says he will give priority to addressing economic problems the pandemic has created. Meanwhile, he also proposes to push for $15 per hour minimum wage legislation that will inevitably cause countless struggling and financially strapped small business owners to refrain from rehiring furloughed employees, or --- hiring new ones who desperately need those jobs.

Low-skill workers will also need to compete for jobs with endless and expansive caravans of unvetted would-be emigres who will overwhelm southern U.S border control thanks to Biden’s plans to end Trump’s strict immigration policies.

In response to Biden’s virtually open invitation, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico issued a joint declaration early last week imposing coordinated health measures to deter migration out of concerns for the safety of their own populations as a fierce second wave of coronavirus is sweeping the region.

Our government should share the same concern about us.

Maybe Joe needs to become a lot more like Donald.

Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. Larry has written more than 700 articles for Newsmax and Forbes and is the author of several books. Included are: "How Everything Happened, Including Us" (2020), "Cyberwarfare: Targeting America, Our Infrastructure and Our Future" (2020), "The Weaponization of AI and the Internet: How Global Networks of Infotech Overlords are Expanding Their Control Over Our Lives" (2019), "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful" (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2011). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." Read Larry Bell's Reports — More Here.

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