Joy Pullmann


On Thursday, Joe Biden gave a speech that seemed to cast himself as supporting school reopening. But his actual plan is so vague and bureaucratic it could keep schools shut down indefinitely.

“If President Trump and his administration had done their jobs early on in this crisis, American schools would be open, and would be open safely,” Biden charged, ignoring that he downplayed the threat of coronavirus in January and February and effectively called Trump a racist for successfully slowing virus transmission by shutting down international travel.

“President Trump doesn’t have a real plan for how to open schools safely,” Biden charged, implying that he would be a better president who would ensure schools remained open, unlike Trump. But neither does Biden have such a plan. And in reality, Trump and his education secretary have strongly encouraged schools to open as normal and have been hounded as killers for doing so.

From day one, it has been Democrats that have insisted schools stay closed indefinitely against the scientific evidence that children are at higher risk of bad effects from the seasonal flu than from COVID-19, with CNN’s Dana Bash going so far to demand that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ensure no child ever gets infected with coronavirus before allowing schools to educate anyone. Needless to say, with a preposterous standard like that, schools would never open again.

Because Americans were becoming wise to Democrats’ attempt to hold families with school-age children hostage to damage Trump’s presidency, Democrats had to switch tactics. Biden is now presenting their pivot from “opening schools equals the mass murder of children” to “of course we want schools open, we just want them open safely!”

Yet the hostage attempt continues, because coronavirus has long gone from “15 days to slow the spread” to “you don’t get your lives back so long as Trump is president.” Since the nation is docile enough to take an eight-month shutdown so long as we keep getting fed our children’s inheritances and the Amazon trucks arrive on time, but pictures of autistic kids being denied desperately needed therapy make enough people queasy, something has to be done. Not for real, only for PR, you understand.

“Millions of students are now starting a new school year the same way they finished the last one – at home,” Biden noted in his speech, appearing to accept as legitimate people finally noticing that shutdowns are a terrible idea and we were led into them on false premises. “Parents are doing their best but more and more are finding themselves at their wit’s end, struggling to balance work and child care and educational duties.”

Yet since Trump is still president, Democrats can’t let up on the panic porn. The economy might uptick again, and that might help Trump. So what to do? Retcon history and start saying of course schools need to open. Democrats have always supported opening schools. We’ve always been at war with Eurasia. Thus what Biden is saying about his school opening policies and what his actual policies would do are two different things.

In his speech, Biden provided almost no specifics besides appearing to endorse the idea that schools must reopen. He told listeners to go to to learn more. So at, at the bottom there is a link to his speech and to the “fact sheet” he referred to in it.

Author: Joy Pullmann

Source: The Federalist: Joe Biden’s School Reopening Plan Would Keep Kids Online Indefinitely

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