Throughout the presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised that he would “follow the science” and “listen to scientists” in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The mainstream media, the propaganda wing of the Democrat party and liberal socialist counterrevolution, promoted the claims that Republicans did not believe in science and the Democrats were the party of science. Scientific American magazine endorsed Biden, their first presidential endorsement in their 175-year history, for his “record of following the data and being guided by science.” In contrasting Biden with Trump, they claimed that he,
“…comes prepared with plans to control COVID-19, improve health care, reduce carbon emissions and restore the role of legitimate science in policy making. He solicits expertise and has turned that knowledge into solid policy proposals.”
Really? Scientists have advised that it is safe to reopen schools – where has this expertise been utilized to develop solid policy proposals for getting kids back into their classrooms? What role has science played in Biden’s school reopening policy?
In April, 2020, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi declared that Republicans “…don’t believe in science,” supporting then candidate Joe Biden’s insistence that America needed a president who believes in science. In September of 2020, the Democrats in the Senate urged passage of the Science and Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act, with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claiming that the Trump administration was “pushing the president’s political priorities rather than following the science to defeat this virus…” He continued, “America will not defeat this virus if people do not have confidence that treatments, vaccines and guidance are approved with only public health goals in mind.” Yet candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, our current president and vice president, respectively, continually bashed the vaccine being developed Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, claiming that they would never take a vaccine produced by that president, all in attempts to destroy the public’s confidence in the vaccine. Now that they are in power, they are promoting the vaccine and taking credit for Trump’s achievement. Who was playing politics with the Covid vaccine, Mr. Schumer? Who was eroding the people’s confidence in “treatments, vaccines, and guidance?” Was trying to deny President Trump a huge political victory during the campaign not putting political priorities over science?
That was then; this is now. Joe Biden campaigned on opening most K-12 schools in the first 100 days of his administration. Yet, there continues to be a large number of schools that remain closed or partially closed, and there are no indications that Biden will stand up to the teacher’s unions and demand that schools reopen. His press secretary, Jen Psaki, claimed that open school “…means some teaching in classrooms. So at least one day a week…” After obvious outrage at that definition, Biden called Psaki’s statement “a mistake in communication.” However, Biden failed to clarify his beliefs. What opening schools actually does mean to the president has yet to be made clear.
As for the science, CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said this month, "There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen. And that that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely." Despite the science, teachers unions are demanding teachers get vaccinated before returning to in-person classes. When the science did not match the demands of the unions, the Biden administration quickly labeled Walensky’s announcement as speaking “in her personal capacity.” When guidance came out that says vaccinations are not required to reopen schools, the unions tracked to another excuse, claiming that schools are behind in implementing other mitigation strategies. Official CDC guidance states,
“Data suggest that it is possible for communities to bring down cases of COVID-19 while keeping schools open to in-person instruction. Furthermore, models of consistent implementation of mitigation measures in schools have shown success in limiting outbreaks and infections in schools.”
Dr. Margaret Honein, a member of the C.D.C.’s Covid-19 emergency response team, suggested that “there is accumulating data now that with high face mask compliance, and distancing and cohorting of students to minimize the total number of contacts, we can minimize the amount of transmission in schools.” Representatives of the World Health Organization have also spoken out for schools to reopen. Dr Ruediger Krech, WHO Director of Health Promotion, announced in December, that, “Schools can reopen safely.”
Despite science, Chicago and California teacher unions have drawn a line in the sand regarding schools reopening. Many on the left are outraged that this is even a discussion. La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board Vice President, Charda Bell-Fontenot, claimed on a virtual school board meeting that reopening schools “…seems like a very white supremacy ideology,” and that making teachers go back to work when they did not want to, is “slavery.” Other school district officials have found themselves in hot water after opposing school reopening. The entire board of the Oakley Union Elementary School district was forced to resign after members were caught bashing parents. The Board President claimed the officials were getting picked on “because they [parents] want their babysitters back.” Another member implied reopening schools was about parents being able to stay home and smoke weed. Yet another offered a vile threat of violence to those who called her out.
American Federation of Teachers president, Randi Weingarten, avoids responsibility by doing what leftists have done for four years – blaming President Trump. Despite this vaccine being developed in record time notwithstanding the nearly unanimous doubts and objections of the Democrat party, including Biden and Harris, and being distributed long before anyone on the left believed possible, fault for teachers unions refusing to do what is best for students is still placed at the feet of Donald Trump. The unions are putting politics before their responsibility to the students. Even liberal former New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg, believes Biden needs to stand up to the unions and get kids back in school.
On February 16, in regard to schools reopening, Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted, “…we are going to rely on science. Which is exactly what we are doing.” Didn’t the CDC and WHO say it was safe to open schools now? They are not reopening. The problem for Biden is that following the science means defying the unions. Biden and the Democrats know they need union support to win elections. For President Biden and Vice President Harris, union support trumps what is best for young Americans, and politics trumps science. Mr. Schumer, is the Biden administration “pushing the president’s political priorities rather than following the science?” It seems as though for Republicans, ideology and politics should follow science, but for Democrats, science can follow ideology and politics. It is perfectly acceptable for President Biden to follow science only when it is politically expedient. Leftist hypocrisy at its finest!
President Biden, in May you tweeted, “We need a president who believes in science.” I agree. Maybe in 2024 we will get one.