(HorizonPost.com) – One of the key reasons President Joe Biden is currently in the White House is because of his campaign of continually bashing former President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also made a promise to follow the science during his administration. Now, two incidents are calling that pledge into question.
First, a group of House Republicans are requesting a formal investigation into the potential adverse effects school closings may have on students.
The second is an op-ed in the USA Today from a group of researchers whose work was cited by the CDC. They claim the information they provided doesn’t quite align with the policies in place or even the ones promised during the election.
A group of four Representatives, including Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Kentucky, submitted a letter to the chairs of the committees that deal with coronavirus and education as a formal request for the investigation process. The schoolchildren of particular concern are those with disabilities. Their letter claims, “we are hearing from parents across the US whose children with disabilities are bearing the greatest burden as schools remained closed.”
The representatives say, “the science is clear” that it is safe to send all students back to full-time in-person classrooms, and state and local governments that refuse should be penalized under civil rights laws. Opening schools is something President Biden promised to do during his critical first 100 days in office, but the reality hasn’t quite measured up.
On day one of the administration, he reneged on that promise when the written plan, in essence, said “all schools” really had a definition of only K-8 schools. Then press secretary Jen Psaki said that the true goal was to open more than 50% of schools at least one day per week. Biden later called this statement a “mistake in communication.”
On the Wrong Track
When someone uses the phrase “follow the science,” one image that could come to mind is that of a bloodhound straining at the leash to follow the scent of an escaped prisoner. To continue the metaphor, the escapee must have crossed several streams for the dog to lose the scent.
The four medical doctors who authored the USAToday op-ed article called the CDC’s guidance “a misrepresentation of science and harmful policy.” They go on to say that the agency’s recommendations ignore the data they provided regarding disease transmission in schools, as well as an analysis provided from a study they did in Wisconsin.
They point out that coronavirus deaths in school-age children are “magnitudes smaller than deaths from suicide.” Also, the information they gleaned only supports a three-foot separation instead of the mandated six-foot social distancing in classrooms.
In the past, Democrats have shown a willingness to put their agenda ahead of the best interests of the American people — such as when Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) admitted that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held up coronavirus relief legislation to maintain an “advantage” over then-President Trump. One hopes that they would not do so with the welfare of the country’s children, but the continually changing promises lead one to wonder.
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