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.