Americans in search of leadership on Covid are disappointed
“I don’t think it’s a failure,” Biden said of the lack of testing, complicating Americans’ plans for safe travel and vacation gatherings. Rather, it was a lack of forethought.
“The answer is yes, I wish I had thought of ordering half a million (of tests) two months ago, before Covid got here.”
Americans can expect their governments, led by Republicans or Democrats, to be caught off guard by a pandemic.
But as Covid-19 progresses, Washington has returned to its partisan fire and general paralysis.
But the bipartisanship that initially allowed extraordinary actions to save the economy in 2020 has disappeared. The political capital that enabled Democrats to pass more relief measures in March 2021 appears to be depleted.
More masking in confined public places complies with Covid-19 good practices. Delaying payments further will help Americans get loans, although it does not erase debt.
Hailed as a test case of Democrats’ goal of ending child poverty, it was not specifically linked to the pandemic, but was adopted as part of the pandemic rescue plan in March.
The irony of Joe Manchin. The moderate West Virginia fears that additional government spending will raise inflation and hurt the economy, ruining the country’s chances of emerging from the pandemic.
Ironically, it was the failure of the spending bill and the new wave of Covid-19 that caused economists to downgrade their forecasts for the U.S. economy.
This downgrade would occur despite falling gas prices and the apparent easing of supply chain issues that had slowed the recovery.
2022 vs 2020. When Biden sought to reassure Americans on Tuesday about the expected increase in Covid-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant, he listed three ways the country is better prepared today than it was when the pandemic hit :
- More than 200 million people are fully vaccinated and widely protected against serious illness and death, although many still need booster vaccines.
- Supplies were stored for healthcare workers to use during a wave.
- We know a lot more about the disease and how to treat it.
This is the good news. The bad news is that Biden has left out that a wave of bipartisanship that allowed the government to act at the start of the pandemic has completely disappeared.
The cuteness between the parties is a blip, however. Republicans have united to oppose everything Biden proposes except a massive infrastructure bill to fund, among other things, much-needed repairs to roads and bridges. Even this measure, which Trump has whipped against, received little voice from the GOP in the House, where leaders encouraged their members to oppose it.
The two could face each other again in 2024. Trump is expected to run again, and Biden told Muir he would run “if I’m healthy” and that a candidacy for Trump “would only increase” returns. perspectives.
Rebuilding better isn’t the only part of Biden’s agenda that’s in limbo.
Three months of Omicron? While the President and US health officials, like his senior Covid-19 adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, have told vaccinated and reinforced Americans to be careful of masking but continue with their lives, others advise more caution .
It’s a wave, he says, that could last three months.
“Those few months could be bad, but I still believe that if we take the right steps, the pandemic may be over in 2022,” Gates said.
Hopefully, the right measures don’t involve a lot of congressional action.