As the reported number of COVID-19 infections spike nationwide, many Democratic leaders are calling for the reinstatement of economic shutdowns and other restrictions. But Joe Biden is apparently not one of them.
The media-declared president-elect recently stated that he would not advocate initiating another widespread lockdown if he is successful in being declared the next president, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“I’m not going to shut down the economy,” the former vice president said at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. “Period.”
According to the Examiner, Biden went on to clarify that his focus would be “to shut down the virus” without shutting down everything else.
“A big pool of money”
Earlier this month, a top Biden coronavirus adviser offered a different take, suggesting that a six-week national lockdown might be necessary and that the economic toll could be offset by new deficit spending.
“We have a big pool of money out there that we could borrow, at historic low-interest rates by the federal government,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm in a recent interview with Yahoo! Finance.
He went on to argue that the government “could pay for a package right now to cover all of the lost wages for individual workers, losses to small companies and medium-sized companies, for cities, states, county government.”
Osterholm’s bold proposal including a “lockdown for four to six weeks” that “could drive the numbers down, like they did in Asia, like they did in New Zealand and Australia.”
Dems keep pushing
Biden’s pledge to resist a widespread lockdown also appears to run contrary to the approach of some high-profile Democrats at the state level.
As the New York Post reported on Wednesday, Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city’s schools would be closed for in-person learning due to a rising rate of coronavirus infections.
On the opposite coast, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to pursue some of the nation’s toughest pandemic-related restrictions, recently instituting a nearly universal statewide curfew. According to Politico, that order requires residents of 41 counties — home to roughly 94% of California’s residents — to remain in their homes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Of course, Newsom is apparently not above flouting his own rules, as revealed in photos of him in attendance at a crowded dinner party.