Two of the nation’s top leaders, President Joe Biden and California Governor Gavin Newsom, have shown their failure to present a coherent plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic as rising cases point to a more than likely third wave of shutdowns and restrictions.
Now more than six months into the Biden presidency, there is still no comprehensive plan in sight despite constant empty promises that the nation would “return to normal” if Biden were elected president. The lack of plan is extremely hypocritical too, as Biden consistently attacked President Trump for what he claimed was a lack of leadership needed to stop COVID.
“It’s been over six months since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States, and President Trump still doesn’t have an effective plan to contain its spread,” Biden wrote in a July 31, 2020 Tweet. “It’s an unjustifiable failure of leadership that costs lives every day.”
Unfortunately, Governor Newsom seems to have no real idea on how to stop the spread of the pandemic either, with the crux of his plan consisting of forcing vaccinations on Californians in order for them to momentarily gain their freedom back.
Newsom, who imposed the strictest pandemic restrictions out of any other state, has made it clear that if an individual wants to be able to do anything outside of their home, they must be vaccinated.
The plan has clearly failed, with hospitalizations skyrocketing across the state. From July 1 to August 4, there were more than 3 times as many COVID-19 hospitalizations and close to twice as many ICU beds taken up by those who contracted the disease. The drastic numbers come as 65 percent of Californians have been inoculated with at least one dose of the vaccine.
The issue has Newsom facing a mountain of criticism as the state nears its September 14 recall election, which was started in the first place due to Newsom’s drastic pandemic restrictions.
The shutdowns have sent California’s economy, the 5th biggest in the world, into a nosedive due to businesses being closed and people not coming back to work due to the plethora of unemployment money sent out. In fact, one in five nationwide unemployment claims are coming from California. This is a stark difference from freer states like Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis has ended federal unemployment benefits and people are returning to work.