An advisor to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden flirted with the idea of enforcing a National lockdown that could last as long as six weeks should Joe Biden become president.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, who serves as director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy, claimed that such a crushing lockdown would not only be the best thing for control over the pandemic, but for the economy as well.
Osterholm claimed that the U.S. could simply pay people for the wages lost during a strict multi-month lockdown, which would look to be more restrictive than the state specific lockdowns earlier this year that decimated the U.S. economy.
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments. We could do all of that,” Osterholm said. “If we did that, then we could lockdown for four-to-six weeks.”
Osterholm further claimed that would help get the virus under control, “like they did in New Zealand and Australia.”
“We could really watch ourselves cruising into the vaccine availability in the first and second quarter of next year while bringing back the economy long before that,” Osterholm added Wednesday, without providing any details on how that could be accomplished.
Osterholm, like Biden, also said in another interview the United States is heading for dark days over the coming winter.
“We have some very dark months ahead of us. And part of that is because we won’t really see vaccine be available in any real material way for at least through the end of this year into next year,” he said.
“There is no trade-off between health and the economy. Both require aggressively getting control of the virus. History will judge us harshly if we miss this life- and economy-saving opportunity to get it right this time,” they said.
In August, Osterholm said the state-led lockdowns did not go far enough. “The problem with the March-to-May lockdown was that it was not uniformly stringent across the country. For example, Minnesota deemed 78 percent of its workers essential,” he wrote in the New York Times, along with Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari.
Biden said during the campaign that he would be open to a national lockdown if that is what the “scientists” told him to do.
Would you be prepared to shut this country down again?” Biden was asked during an interview.
Biden indicated he would.
“So if the scientists say, ‘Shut it down’ ….” The interviewer continued.
“I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists,” Biden said.
Dr. Michael Osterholm was appointed to Biden’s 12-person Covid advisory board on Monday.
Meanwhile Congress has failed to pass a second stimulus package since the last one passed in March.
And a second, more restrictive shutdown would place an even heavier burden on Congress to pass a much needed stimulus bill – something that thanks to the Democrats’ incessant desire to sneak radical left wing policy wins into the bill – is seeming nearly impossible these days.