It appears that Biden’s teleprompter requires a new script.

At a Delaware event on Friday, Biden says the U.S. is in the middle of a very dark winter due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden also noted that millions of people are still hurting during the ongoing pandemic, through no fault of their own. He defended his proposal for an aggressive new coronavirus relief package and said it’s time to go big.

Biden called the Trump administration’s rollout of coronavirus vaccinations a dismal failure. Biden argued that vaccinations must be significantly ramped-up nationwide. Biden suggested that vaccination sites should include large sports facilities, gyms and community centers. He said his administration’s coronavirus response will be guided by science, free of political influence. Meantime, Biden criticized organized disinformation campaigns about the vaccines.

Biden said any uncertainty about getting vaccinated must be addressed head-on. He stressed that the stakes are high as the health of the nation is literally at stake. Biden noted that he will ask Americans to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his administration. He said face masks have become a divisive political issue and called it a “stupid, stupid thing.”

However, these sentiments seem to fly in the face of announcements that are now being made by other, arguably more lucid, Democrats.

We recently reported that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that it was essential that the state’s economy reopened soon, due to the fiscal harm his pandemic restrictions have caused businesses (and, therefore, government tax coffers).

Now, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is joining the chorus of Democrats clamoring to reopen and return to some sort of normalcy.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference Thursday that she plans to speak with Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker on ways to roll back COVID-19 restrictions on restaurant and bars to allow them to reopen “as quickly as possible.”

“I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopen,” Lightfoot said. “If we look at the criteria the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those. So that’s a conversation that I will have with the governor.”

Lightfood argued that the restaurant industry has gone “above and beyond” to put coronavirus mitigation efforts in place. She added that restaurants are highly regulated enough that they would be “one of the safer places” for people to visit once restrictions ease.

Restaurant group B. Hospitality Co., which includes B. Hospitality Co. The Bristol, Formento’s, Nonna’s, Swift & Sons, and Cold Storage issued a statement that offers sound, scientific reasoning as to why restaurants and bars should be allowed to reopen.

The employees and ownership of B. Hospitality Co restaurants including The Bristol, Formentos, Nonnas, Swift and Sons, and Cold Storage are thankful the mayor is considering opening restaurants to indoor dining once again. It must be stated there is little to no open source data to the public on the % attributed directly to restaurants in causing COVID infections. Kane County, IL is the only one documenting and that rate is 1.4% of the total infections in that county are attributed to restaurants. For all we know the preponderance of the City of Chicago infections would likely come from the same Kane County figures where the majority of infections are due to nursing homes, assisted living and hospital interactions.

… It is our request to prevent further shutdowns ever again transpiring knowing those better practices from CDPH are coming down from above to restaurants soon. The costs far outweigh COVID infections as a pandora’s box is opened in the pain my employees feel with unemployment, depression, and all of the life threatening consequences that despair involves such as abuse, drugs and alcohol to cope with job reduction or loss. These statistics are yet to be flushed out in the open arena.

I have always supported more reliance on basic hygiene, early testing, and development of vaccinations and treatments as opposed to economy crushing measures.

However, the timing of these announcements, just prior to Inauguration Week, is bringing out the cold, hard cynic in many of us.

It looks like the Democrats are going to put an end to Biden’s “Dark Winter” before it even begins.

Personally, I am looking forward to the miraculous disappearance of COVID19, the return of the “bad flu” season, and the massaging of economic data by our press.

 

 
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