It is now an established fact that the numerous naysayers who predicted President Trump could never deliver a vaccine this year were wrong. Thankfully, he did what they insisted couldn’t be done.
But the no-can-do crowd now has a second puerile act: a miserly and grudging recognition of the miracle Trump and his team performed. Those expressing pinched gratitude for a fact they can’t deny include the man who has reason to be the most thankful of all Americans.
“I think that the administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed,” Joe Biden said as he got his Trump vaccine shot.
“Some credit?” Then who deserves the rest of the credit?
Notice, too, that Biden can’t bring himself to say “President Trump.” It’s just the “administration” that deserves “some credit.”
This is stingy stuff. Imagine for a second that Trump had not pushed as hard as he did and allowed the vaccine research, development and human trials to follow the usual drawn-out process through the maze of approval checkpoints.
That would mean a delay of four or five years, putting the vaccine’s debut near or after the end of Biden’s term. In the long interval, how many more Americans would have died from the coronavirus? Half-a-million more? A million, two million?
Whatever the additional horrific toll, the worst clearly has been avoided and many, many lives have been saved.
Think also of the economic impacts of going another four or five years without a vaccine. Repeated waves of infections would have been met with more lockdowns and restrictions, slashing or eliminating incomes to tens of millions of families and driving cities and states closer to bankruptcy. Even Washington’s money-printing presses would have had trouble keeping up.
There’s little doubt how Biden himself would have reacted absent a vaccine. He said during the campaign he would “follow the science” and if that meant national lockdowns and stay at home orders, so be it. One of his top advisors suggested a lockdown across the country lasting “four to six weeks” would control the pandemic and allow the economy to re-open.
Right, except remember that the initial lockdowns were going to be for just two weeks and that would be enough to flatten the curve. That was nine months ago.
In fact, the Trump vaccine is a great gift to the nation and the world, and that includes the Biden administration. Its agenda on issues like climate and tax hikes would have been dead-on-arrival without a way to re-open the country and give people hope that better and safer days are coming.
The vaccine also will allow Biden to pursue something like a normal presidency in that he will no longer be forced to shun most human contact because of his age and health problems. He campaigned primarily from his Delaware basement, but it is inconceivable he could have governed while being isolated in the Oval Office and locked down in the White House.
The vaccine will free him personally, so it shouldn’t be asking too much for Biden to acknowledge Trump’s contribution in a complete and honest way. But apparently it is asking too much.
Nonetheless, getting the vaccine successfully produced and with millions of doses now being distributed and administered, Operation Warp Speed must be counted as Trump’s greatest achievement as president. It is hard to believe any other modern commander-in-chief would have done it nearly as well, let alone better.
This was a triumph of the first order made possible by the sheer force of his personality. Trump’s relentless pressure on private companies as well as the sprawling bureaucracy turned what many in the left-wing media and even some in the medical community regarded as a pipe dream into a life-saving reality.
It’s as if his take-no-prisoners determination was made for the moment, an impression that adds to the irony given that the pandemic wrecked the final year of his presidency and probably cost him four more years. In the runup to the election, most voters gave the president a thumbs-down on his handling of the coronavirus, with an early October Pew poll giving Biden a 17 point advantage on the topic, despite the fact that the Democrat had not proposed anything significantly different from what Trump was doing.
Recall, too, that prior to the outbreak, Trump looked to be headed to almost certain victory largely on the strength of the roaring economy. Unemployment rates for blacks and Latinos hit historic lows, and wages were rising faster for workers at the bottom and middle than at the top.
The median family income in 2019 was the highest ever recorded at $68,703, an increase of 6.8 percent in just one year, according to Census Bureau statistics. That amount was more than $6,000 higher than median household income in 2016, the last year of the Obama-Biden administration.
But the fear and the political fear-mongering, combined with an economic freeze that cost upwards of 40 million people their jobs at some point, vaporized the president’s major strength. His pledge to rebuild what had been destroyed failed to counter the argument made by Biden and the media that he had failed initially to grasp the seriousness of the outbreak and lacked heartfelt sympathy for grieving families.
So despite the fact that the vaccine came soon enough to save an enormous number of lives, it came too late to save Trump’s job. Still, it was a remarkable achievement for which all Americans should be grateful.
It’s his slogan!
Headline: Robinhood Accused of Misleading Investors.
Guess the investors didn’t read the book. Robin Hood and his Merry Men steal from the rich. That’s their job!
A cure for dead voters
Reader Frank Giabia has an idea about how to combat one form of voter fraud–dead people voting. He writes: “When my Dad passed, I contacted Social Security to advise them. They told me they already knew. Apparently they were advised by funeral parlor or got the death certificate.
“Why can’t the same system be used to notify election boards?”
Biden’s signals to ‘independent’ AG
Joe Biden has said repeatedly, including at Tuesday’s press conference, that he will not discuss the FBI’s criminal tax probe into his son Hunter Biden with the person he nominates for Attorney General.
He doesn’t have to. By suggesting publicly, as he also did again Tuesday, that some of the media coverage about his son’s conduct is “Russian disinformation,” Biden is giving an unmistakable signal that Hunter Biden is a victim, not a perpetrator.
Any possible AG nominee who misses the signal won’t get the job. Case closed.