Michael Osterholm, a member of President Joe Biden’s advisory board, has told NBC that restrictions and lockdowns could be put in place in the future to deter the spread of COVID-19 variations.
The adviser gave no specifics other than callously noting that the federal government would be shutting restaurants just as they’re beginning to open in some of the bluest parts of the country — including New York and California.
“What we have to do now is also anticipate this and understand that we’re going to have to change quickly,” he told NBC News. “As fast as we’re opening restaurants, we’re likely to be closing them in the near term.”
Obviously, this is very chilling news for people who work in the service industry — and everything else connected to it. Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly surprising — the new president has surrounded himself with people who are perfectly content with shutting down the economy indefinitely.
This is not the first time that Osterholm has pushed for a national lockdown. In November 2020, he called for the United States government to shut down the entire nation for up to six weeks, saying that the government could create a package that would cover all the lost wages for workers, lost earnings for small to mid-sized companies, and lost income for state and country governments. At the time, the Biden transition team dismissed the idea, saying that it “wasn’t in line with the President-elect’s thinking”.
Despite this, the current President does have an extensive track record of changing his thinking to suit political whims. For instance, in 2020 then-former VP Joe Biden promoted the role of the Constitution and said that the president could not act like a dictator. In January 2021, he signed a raft of charged executive orders to change policies to suit his whims to appease his party’s far-left voter base.
It’s staggering to think of the damage that another lockdown order would cause. One estimate has calculated that the loss of GDP growth in the United States due to government restrictions could lead to over 280,000 deaths. Tens of millions have lost their jobs and livelihoods. Children have lost the opportunity to receive a decent education.
Now, Americans are finally asking the open question: was any of this really worth it?
When one considers the fact that the mortality rate for COVID-19 in the United States is less than a single percentage point for anyone under the age of 70, it becomes clear that Draconian lockdowns are not only pointless — but downright dangerous.
Let’s not kid ourselves — Democrats including everyone in the Biden Administration understands the risk. Even California Governor Gavin Newsom is starting to buckle under pressure as the movement to recall him in his own state intensifies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is finally talking about re-opening schools. Of course, all of this is too little, too late. The damage is done.