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Watching Joe Biden’s presser the other day, I was interested when he was asked a question about school reopening, and what his plan was to keep students safe and allow parents to get back to work.
Millions of parents, across the country, are facing the very impossible task of trying to work full time and help their children full time to learn virtually. What is your message to these parents, and what can you do to help them while you work to reopen schools?
Biden brightened up, and jumped right in, giving a lengthy and convoluted answer. Unfortunately, at no time did he answer the question or mention schools or reopening. Instead, he explained how he would spend and spend and spend more money in his desire to extend childcare and eldercare credits to people responsible for the care of children five years old and younger and for the care of older people.
It was pretty weird because the question should have been an easy one, for which he was well prepared (of course his team wants him to slam the president over school reopening, because so many Democrats are in a serious tizzy over it, scared as they are of the pandemic and desirous to abase themselves in any way government requires). Instead, he wanders for several long minutes about daycare and childcare centers, never addressing the school question at all. After nearly three minutes, he begins a new tangent.
But, you know, one thing I haven’t mentioned, and I think it warrants mentioning, you know, one of the things we did, remember, what was it, when we inherited the Great Recession, and we were going in a tank, headin’ off a cliff, for a depression, I was able to convince three Republicans to change their vote and we ended up with the so-called Recovery Act, which spent over $800 billion in 18 months. It kept us from going into a depression. But what’d we do? We spent almost — we spent billions of dollars making sure that states were able to maintain their essential workers. Everyone from the fire department, through school teachers, their doctors, their nurses, their public hospitals. Now what’s happening? This Republican administration will not support that, and the Republican leadership in the United States Senate will not support it. What’s happening? We don’t have that help. It’s not out there. And states are in big trouble. And to quote my good friend Mitch McConnell, he says, Let the states go bankrupt. States have to balance their budget under the law. communities, counties, cities, they have to balance their budget. There’s a reason why the federal government is able to run a deficit — to compensate in times of real economic crisis. And what’s happening? Nothing. Nothing. And guess what? We came out of that recession, with the, with the longest spurt of economic growth of any administration in American history. But this guy’s don..it’s… I could go on! Businesses. Look at the money that was passed under the Cares Act, for businesses. Small businesses, have been able to stay open. You had tens of thousands of them going out of business, some of them permanently. Why? Because the money didn’t get to small businesses. They’re not, they’re not open. We should be dealing with those businesses that have been burnt out, and damaged. We should be providing federal help for those businesses, to get back on their feet. But this, this administration seems to think it’s all gonna go away, like angel dust is gonna be sprayed around and everything’s gonna be okay!
I just don’t get it.
They have to know better. They have to know better. And we had an example, just the last administration, of how much good you can do and how much growth you can generate.
So. In order to reassure parents worried about schools not being open, Joe Biden tells them that he’d really like to spend a lot of money, like really a lot.
You can practically hear the sounds of Biden staffers smacking their foreheads in dismay as he flubs this completely.
When Joe Biden tells you he just doesn’t get it, he’s not joking around.
The question starts in the video at around 22:41.