(UnitedVoice.com) – Should Americans learn to live with COVID-19 and adapt accordingly, or should everyone prepare to die? Those were the contrasting messages from President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the final presidential debate on October 22. As Americans attempt to go about their business, the candidates’ contrasting views lead to questions about Biden’s coronavirus plan.
Through the summer, it appeared that Biden might win on a referendum of how Trump handled COVID-19. However, his recent statements may be giving pause to many Americans who felt the brunt of the consequences by governors who enacted stay-at-home orders and shut down businesses. In some states, business closures are ongoing.
Could the election’s narrative have changed from being a referendum on the president to a battle about lockdowns vs. not-lockdowns? If so, that wouldn’t be encouraging to Biden.
Biden’s Says He Plans to Listen to the Scientists
Over the last few months, Biden’s created a plan to combat COVID-19 that reads a lot like the president’s, except with colorful language designed to create a false contrast:
- Increase testing
- Use the Defense Production Act to increase production of masks, face shields, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Provide resources for schools, small businesses, and families.
- Invest in a vaccine and distribute it for free.
- Protect older Americans at high risk.
There are a few notable exceptions between the two plans that could hurt Biden significantly with many voters. Biden’s plan would:
- Implement a national mask mandate
- Listen to science and lockdown the country if they say to do it.
Lock It Down
That last point is the most serious issue facing the former vice president. In August, Biden said he would do “whatever it takes.” He added, “I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists.” That sounds good to some. However, a president’s job is to understand how decisions affect the nation holistically. Both scientists and economists should be sitting at the table, providing options for a president to consider that saves lives while also protecting businesses and livelihoods.
Biden’s plan isn’t asking how America should live with the virus. Instead, he is advocating for a revival of lockdowns if the virus metrics go back up. We want scientists to keep working on solutions, but 325 million voters potentially facing the dilemma of suspending lives and businesses once again must question whether to trust leaders or scientists leading politicians by the nose.
There is a serious question that ought to be considered by voters.
What if a vaccine doesn’t work, and it becomes nothing more than a yearly flu shot that isn’t guaranteed to work against an ever-changing virus?
That is a possibility. If the disease doesn’t flame out like SARS, MERS, or the swine flu, is America supposed to lockdown forever or live in fear of the disease?
At no other time in history has a country shutdown. Not for pandemics, flu’s, or other diseases. In 1918, over 675,000 people died due to a flu pandemic. There were no lockdowns or fear-mongering by the media or politicians.
People learned to live with it. There wasn’t a choice then and isn’t a choice today.
Donald Trump warned in April that the cure couldn’t be worse than the disease. In the final days of the campaign, he is repeating the message that a balanced approach to managing COVID-19 is what’s needed.
What’s Biden’s plan?
It appears his plan is more fear-mongering and threats of shutdowns. Oh… and it’s also following the plan the Trump administration already laid out.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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