The problem with Biden's plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic

When you look at Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's 6,958-word "plan" for fighting the coronavirus pandemic you should don your sunglasses because you'll be blinded by the endless, costly, impractical and over-the-top promises.

When Biden repeatedly asserts that President Donald Trump has "no plan" to fight the pandemic, one is compelled to look at Biden's. My congratulations to whatever Biden staffer cooked this feast of every imaginable ingredient, including and of course, the promise to "Fight climate change as a driver of health threats."

First, you've got to get through the stew of cliches, platitudes and banalities, including, "We must move boldly, smartly, and swiftly;" "spend whatever it takes;" "restoring trust, credibility and common purpose;" and "Rallying the world to confront this crisis while laying the foundation for the future."

And that's just the start before getting to the specifics. Endless promises. And steps that Trump already has taken. Consider the Biden items: "Directing the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to prepare for potential deployment of military resources...." And "Preparing to stand up multi-hundred-bed temporary hospitals in any city on short notice...."

Maybe the staffer who wrote the plan and the senior campaign aid who read it (did they?) weren't aware that Trump already had done, was doing or had plans to do these things.

The military is at the ready to deliver the vaccine when its safe to use. The Army Corps of Engineers built those tents to accommodate the hospital overflow that never came. The Navy positioned its hospital ship at New York.

Here's the worst part of Biden's slate of promises: "I would make sure that we set up national standards as to how to open up schools and open up businesses...."

That's exactly what we don't need.

It's the knee-jerk liberal demand for one-size-fits-all national standard for every imaginable problem. It's the whacky notion that this diverse nation can be  micromanaged from the heights of Washington D.C. bureaucratic spires. It's the arrogant elites who believe that only they have the correct prescriptions for everyone, everywhere and anything.

They see Trump's deference to state and local problem solvers as a fatal flaw. The fatal flaw, of course, is that some state and local governments got it wrong. They happen to be states and cities governed by Democrats as the graph below shows. Others, mostly those governed by Republicans who didn't lock down their states, did better.

Most of those lock-down, Democratic-run states imposed the harshest lockdown rules and what's scary about that is if Biden and his party take over the national government, it's a taste of the national disaster they'll create.

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  • > Preparing to stand up multi-hundred-bed temporary hospitals in any city on short notice....

    The military is ready to deliver the vaccine? Really? How do you know this? Some of the potential vaccines will require refrigeration at ridiculously low temperatures. Can you point us to something that makes you say that the military is ready for this? I assume you can, or you risk all of us just thinking you are a liar. You didn't accidentally say this. You asserted the military is ready for this. Can you point us to something that will make us believe this is true?

    And, being ready to stand up tose hospitals... Is that something that Trump has already done? Or is that something he is doing? Or, is that part of his plan? Which one? Maybe, you know, point us towards some proof of what you are asserting. Or, you know, risk looking like a liar.

    > The Navy positioned its hospital ship at New York.

    Oh, that's the plan. What a relief. I mean, when someplace like Idaho Falls runs out of ICU beds, the Navy can just run that hospital ship into the harbor and... Oh, wait. Let's just hope that the places that need the hospital ship don't need it at the same time. And, I guess, they all have harbors that are navigable by that Navy ship. I'm sure we don't have to worry about that.

    And your table of death rates... Did you notice anything else? Oh, yeah, those are almost all on the Eastern Seaboard and travel hubs. They were the places that were hit early on and where all of the lessons about how to treat people had to be learned.

    It's like you are allergic to critical thinking and so you intentionally try to mislead.

  • In reply to BillDCat:

    I was writing in response to Biden's claim that Trump has "no plan." He has a plan, but it is appropriate to discuss how effective it will be, something that Biden hasn't done. Something like this has never been attempted before, so many problems can be expected. Does Biden go into what those problems might be and how he would deal with them? Of course not.

    If Trump has no plan, what would you call Operation Warp Speed.

    "the Navy positioned its hospital ship at New York. Oh, that's the plan. What a relief."

    No, that isn't the plan. It already was done.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    > No, that isn't the plan. It already was done.

    So, then, what is the plan? I'm guessing that there are about 10 places in the country that can benefit from the Navy ship. Any idea about the plan for everywhere else? Here's your chance to refute those accusations that you just make up stuff.

    > If Trump has no plan, what would you call Operation Warp Speed.

    Stuff he says at a press conference. Second time I'm asking... Where is this plan that you say he has?

    > I was writing in response to Biden's claim that Trump has "no plan." He has a plan, but it is appropriate to discuss how effective it will be, something that Biden hasn't done. Something like this has never been attempted before, so many problems can be expected. Does Biden go into what those problems might be and how he would deal with them? Of course not.

    I'm not at all sure what that even means. Biden says Trump has no plan. You've quoted Biden's plan. So, you know it exists. The Obama administration left a plan sitting on Trump's desk when he walked in the door. So, maybe you could just point us to that plan of Trump's? Is it next to his healthcare plan? Did he accidentally leave it at home and he promises to bring it to work tomorrow?

  • In reply to BillDCat:

    If you saw the debate, Trump specified the general in charge of logistics who would deliver the vaccines. I am sure Gen. Gustave F. Perna of Operation Warp Speed would be at least as smart as you. Check out DofD vaccine.
    As for setting up beds, did you forget the three thousand beds set up in just over three days at McCormick Place? Only thirty were ever used. Can be done again, but 3000 beds for 30 patients? Emergency beds in other cities were for the most part, unused. The Navy ships were positioned in NY and CA, high population areas, but little used. I’m sure they could handle Idaho if needed.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    > Check out DofD vaccine.

    Is that a google search term? Is that a page on a DofD website? What does that mean "Check out DofD vaccine."? That's like a Trump answer to question about his healthcare plan.

    Here is an interesting quote from the Department of Health and Human Service: The overwhelming majority of Americans will get a vaccine that no federal employee, including the Department of Defense, has touched," Mango said during a Friday teleconference regarding Operation Warp Speed, the DOD and HHS effort to find a vaccine for COVID-19. "That said ... we have the best logisticians in the world at the Department of Defense, working in conjunction with the CDC, to guide ... every logistical detail you could possibly think of.

    Does that really sound like the DoD is 'at the ready' to deliver the vaccine? Because, Dennis said that "The military is at the ready to deliver the vaccine when its safe to use.". Sounds like either Dennis or Trump just made up some stuff and you either believe it, for no reason, or have some monetary incentive for me to believe it.

    I didn't forget about the hospital that was set up at McCormick Place. It was set up by the Illinois National Guard. Is the plan for the Illinois National Guard to fly around the country, like the Avengers, setting up hospitals? I'm told that there is a plan for this, so surely you could point me to it.

    > Emergency beds in other cities were for the most part, unused.

    Does the fact that they were mostly unused disappoint you?

    > The Navy ships were positioned in NY and CA, high population areas, but little used. I’m sure they could handle Idaho if needed.

    Here is a map that shows the position of Idaho. I'm guessing you don't really know where it is. I don't think any Navy ships are getting to Idaho Falls. https://www.mapsofworld.com/location-maps/usa/maps/idaho-falls-location-map.jpg. But, thanks. I'm sure they appreciate it.

  • In reply to BillDCat:

    If you don’t know a specific website, you do a Google search like “defense department vaccine” which I did, and you must have to get the Mango quote. Google searches aren’t hard. But the quote says how all the logistics are prepared to go. So, obviously, there IS a plan between HHS and DofD.
    Yes, the IL National Guard set it up, but they didn’t do it unilaterally and I’m sure they didn’t have 3000 beds in an armory somewhere. So, I’m sure other states, such as Idaho, have a National Guard with similar federal resources, whether Navy, Army, or Air Force.
    Bottom line, the Administration has a plan and the people in place to administer it. Ask Biden what’s wrong with it and what he would do differently.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    So, your argument is that the administration has a plan and that the plan is to count on the states being able to do it, right?

    > So, I’m sure other states, such as Idaho, have a National Guard with similar federal resources, whether Navy, Army, or Air Force.

    I'm trying to imagine how this remark could possibly mean that the federal government has any plan other than hoping that the states have a plan. Or, maybe the federal government has a plan. Assuming it isn't a secret, you could just show it to me, right? I mean, if you assert that the feds have a plan, in theory, you have some responsibility to provide some sort of evidence for what you are asserting (other than, "you should look it up").

    > But the quote says how all the logistics are prepared to go.

    That's word salad. "all the logistics are prepared to go" doesn't mean anything. You know that, right? It doesn't mean anything. The most that could possibly be said is that the DoD is preparing to lend Health and Human Services some logistics support. Is that really what you are falling back on? The military is "at the ready to deliver the vaccine". I mean, Dennis actually had the gall to call out the Biden plan for not providing specifics and the defenses of Trump can't point to a single specific. Anywhere. Not a single specific instance of anything. Not a plan. Not a nothing.

    Aren't you even a little embarrassed?

  • The pandemic is oblivious to red state or blue state. The military is ready to to deliver the vaccine? That's was news to them when Trump said that. Trump, you forget, said the virus would disappear with warm weather, that a disinfectant might be helpful to treat it, causing a few of his followers to try that and die. Now he holding super spreader rallies across the country with most attendees not wearing a mask.

    BTW, you never even addressed the third wave of the pandemic and that many red states are showing alarming rises in cases.
    Trump has shown absolutely no leadership. Instead he misleads his gullible voters by saying the country has turned the corner and that we should learn to live with it, and it's no worse than the flu.
    Dennis, you can nitpick Biden's plan all you want, but he's following the science. I wish you would too.

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    6,000 page document on how to deal with the virus? I'm sure this was a piecemeal to include everything but the kitchen sink and that no one in the Biden camp has read it ---especially Joe.

  • In reply to Ken Dietz:

    Why are you so sure? Perhaps that is your problem.

  • There was a headline in the Trib or Sun Times “new advice for handling the pandemic spike.” Interested, but the scientific advice was mask, wash hands, and social distance. Gee, science has come a long way since March.

  • Enough with blaming one side or the other! Direct your damn anger and frustration at the people who deserve all of it, i.e. the lousy, bottom-feeding Chinese communist government! Biden is going to save us all? Hell, he doesn't even know who the sitting president is!

    "George." Hello?

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