COVID Confusion Continues with Biden Bungling

COVID Confusion Continues with Biden Bungling

COVID Confusion Continues with Biden Bungling

COVID may have thrown the nation for a loop last year, but you’d think the picture would be looking a bit more rosy about now, especially since we have vaccines. However, that’s not the case with the Biden administration. It seems they want to keep the misery going.

Take, for instance, the news about possible travel restrictions — not internationally, but here in the U.S. The administration says they’re not targeting any one state. Right.

Florida has about one-third of the cases of B.1.1.7. — the new U.K. COVID variant — which has recently appeared. Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has kept Florida’s economy open, which has drawn criticism from liberals and some health experts. However, if Biden’s crew has its way, Florida may be shut down again.

Yet they’re not targeting any one state, they say. Said one White House official:

“But we’re having conversations about anything that would help mitigate spread.”

Nice state ya got here, Ron. Be a shame if anything was ta happen to it.

And even if the Biden gang allows Americans to fly domestically, they just might have to get a COVID test before they board. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg — whose experience extends to building roundabouts and expanding downtown biking in South Bend, IN — is considering that very idea. Because. . . science! 

“There’s an active conversation with the CDC right now. What I can tell you is, it’s going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out.”

As for the airlines — the “people who are actually going to have to carry this out” — they’re flatly opposed to the idea. They point out that the risk of COVID transmission on airlines is already low. A coalition of travel industry officials also wrote:

“A testing mandate for domestic air travel would require extraordinary resources, set unachievable standards for protecting public health, and do little to further curb COVID-19 transmission.”

FL Sen. Marco Rubio wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to refrain from domestic travel restrictions.

“Instituting a travel ban, or any restriction of movement between the states, would be an outrageous, authoritarian move that has no basis in law or science.”

Average American citizens are sweating bullets, too.

Remember back with March when President Trump was considering a quarantine of New York, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut? NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo fumed that it would be a “federal declaration of war.”


Well, that was then, apparently. In the end Trump merely issued a “strong travel advisory,” anyway.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is allowing people to enter the U.S. more freely. Not only did Joe Biden sign executive orders to stop building the southern wall, he also is putting a halt to the Migrant Protection Protocol. The MPP program made asylum seekers wait in Mexico until their cases were decided. But now “catch-and-release” will be the order of the day.

Apparently the ability of non-Americans to travel into the U.S. is more important than the rights of its citizens to travel domestically.

But wait! There’s more COVID confusion.

Remember how Joe Biden promised to have schools opened by Day 100 of his administration? Well, there are qualifiers to that promise. About 50% of schools will be open at least one day per week. So there will be “some teaching in classrooms.”

Whoopee! Time for parents to do their Happy Dance!

Except for working parents, maybe not so much.

However, teachers’ unions are still dragging their feet. While Chicago teachers will be returning to the classroom — begrudgingly, I might add — San Francisco public school kids probably won’t be returning for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, Catholic schools, like the one which my grandson attends, have been operating all year and beating COVID. Go figure.

But wait! There’s still more COVID pain to come.

Now the CDC wants us to wear two masks, as announced on Wednesday. Double-masking gives you more protection against COVID. Not only that, but make sure you get a mask with a nose wire and use a mask fitter or brace to keep the air from leaking out.

But don’t use two disposable masks together, says the CDC.

“Disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.”  

What the news media doesn’t tell us, however, is that deep in their recommendations, the CDC warns about double-masking, and that it may not work for “real world” settings:

“The findings of these simulations should neither be generalized to the effectiveness of all medical procedure masks or cloths masks nor interpreted as being representative of the effectiveness of these masks when worn in real-world settings.”

I’m waiting for the media to recommend that we wear tightly fitting plastic bags over our heads.

But hold on — weren’t vaccines supposed to usher in the end of the COVID era? Apparently not. You see, it was President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed that brought us the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in record time. Now second-generation COVID vaccines are coming along.

Doesn’t it seem instead that the Biden administration would rather make Americans suffer than to give Trump any credit?

Or is there something even darker here: that travel restrictions, continued school closures, and draconian masking recommendations are ways to keep us controlled?

Last month I had the privilege of hearing Michael Austin, an economist at the Kansas Policy Institute, speak on “Pandemics and Policy.” Government, he said, tells us to “trust the science,” but this is what really happens:

“The call to Trust the Science isn’t a call for society to adapt to new information. It’s a shield to never openly discuss why government officials are in favor of some outcomes over others.” 

“It’s about maintaining power.”

Maybe the Biden administration isn’t really bungling their COVID program. Rather, they don’t want you to question travel restrictions, or why they don’t want schools to open too quickly. They don’t want you to ask why you should wear two masks over your face, even though you have a hard time breathing with only one. Instead, you should shut up, follow their science, and obey.


Featured image: Thomas Cizauskas/flickr/cropped/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Cameron says:

    Just as when a shark smells blood it drives them to attack, liberals getting a taste of tyranny quickly move to keep us under their thumb.

  • Marjorie Taylor Scream says:

    The Kansas Policy Institute? Isn’t that the outfit that publishes The Sentinel, an online article site? Jack Cashill, a KC area resident and writer who is known for being a conspiracy theory crank, wrote for The Sentinel. Cashill is disingenuous, dishonest, and manipulative in the information he chooses to include and exclude when making the points that fit his desired outcome. I don’t know how any organization that wants to be taken seriously could have been so daft as to associate with Cashill. Another writer for the Sentinel, Danedri Herbert,was campaign spokeswoman for Kris Kobach’s failed campaigns for Kansas governor and the U.S. Senate. Kobach ran an exceedingly poor campaign for governor and both he and Herbert issued tone deaf statements that alienated centrist type Republican voters. The result of the Kobach campaign’s hubris was that Kobach lost to a Democrat, thanks in part to the Kansas Policy Institute affiliated Danedri Herbert. Kobach and Herbert learned nothing from their failure in the gubernatorial campaign, and continued down their same hubris littered path with Kobach’s senatorial campaign, with the result that Kobach lost in the primary. Michael Austin seems to fancy himself as some sort of expert on Covid although as far as I can tell his education is in economics. The KPI may sometimes make some valid points, but they associate with some questionable people. As an example, for a while Herbert wrote a column for the Kansas City Star on Kansas politics and government. There was also an internet blog written by somebody about Kansas politics and government that several people noticed contained the same phrases and sentences as Herbert’s Kansas City Star column. When push cam to shove, Herbert had to admit in her Kansas City Star column that she was using a pseudonym to write the blog. Herbert claimed, despite having formerly been the editor of a weekly newspaper, that she wasn’t aware that this was a violation of the Kansas City Star’s policies. I find it hard to believe that Herbet didn’t know that writing a column in a fairly large newspaper while at the same time writing about the same topics under a pseudonym wasn’t problematic and questionable ethically. So there you have a couple example of the caliber of people associated with KPI.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      Congratulations! You just presented a sterling example of the logical fallacy known as the “genetic fallacy.”

      The genetic fallacy occurs when someone judges a claim simply based on its origin, rather than looking at the actual merits of the claim. In other words, a claim is accepted or rejected on the basis of from whom or where it came from.

      As for Michael Austin, whom you say “seems to fancy himself as some sort of expert on Covid,” when he addressed our group he spoke on economic issues.

      But take heart! Most readers will look at your screed and say to themselves “tl:dr.”

  • Sadie McQueen says:

    “I’m waiting for the media to recommend that we wear tightly fitting plastic bags over our heads.” If the lefties are willing to lead the way in this, I will even provide duct tape so that they can seal the bags really well. After all, we don’t want them leaking covid out the bottom now, do we?

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