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COVID-19 Causes President Biden to Get Religion on Federalism

Brett Davis

Posted on December 29, 2021 00:54

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The reality of the pandemic leads the president to discover the benefits of divided government.

President Joe Biden’s cartoonish governance – metaphorically stepping on rakes that cause the gardening tools’ handles to repeatedly hit him in the face – continues unabated in the form of his sudden, and politically convenient, conversion to federalism.

“There is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level,” Biden said during a Monday call with a bipartisan group of governors discussing COVID-19.

“I'm looking at [New Hampshire] Gov. [Chris] Sununu on the board here. He talks about that a lot,” Biden went on to say. “And it ultimately gets down to where the rubber meets the road and that's where the patient is in need of help, or preventing the need for help.”

That is a whiplash-inducing about-face for Biden, who as a presidential candidate pledged to use the power of the federal government to shut down the virus. Biden is finding out – as all presidents do – that previous King Canute-like commands to stem the tide of a once-in-a-century pandemic do not necessarily translate into effective policy prescriptions as commander in chief.

And then there is Biden’s presidential predilection for sweeping vaccine mandates that seem to have caused more confusion and uncertainty than anything else.

In one fell swoop of a comment, Biden undermined both his competence in dealing with the pandemic and the reasoning behind his top-down policy approach in combatting said pandemic.

The establishment media has largely given Biden a pass on his 180-degree turn. Not coincidentally, the fourth estate is suffering from an apparently scorching case of amnesia in that it seems to have forgotten chastising then-President Donald Trump for targeting individual states with strict stay-at-home orders – in April 2020.

Others have been more than willing to point out Biden’s craven embrace of the Constitution’s system of dividing power between the national government and the states.

 

His from on-high executive mandates and scolding speeches in service of sought-after higher vaccination rates have soured many on the president who promised to be the polar opposite of his tumultuous predecessor in the Oval Office.

Biden has no one to blame but himself for the political pickle he finds himself in. The chasm between the president’s rosy forecasts on COVID-19 and the on-the-ground reality is the size of the Grand Canyon. In short, Biden has failed to live up to his promises on the pandemic.

Biden recently told ABC’s David Muir he is “a great respecter of fate” and that “Fate has intervened in my life many, many times.”

It remains to be seen what fate has in store for Biden on the pandemic front.

The omicron variant of COVID-19 appears more contagious but less virulent. Last week, the Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments Jan. 7 challenging two of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for large employers and health-care facilities.

Brett Davis

Posted on December 29, 2021 00:54

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