Does Biden Have the ’RIGHT STUFF’ to be President?
By: Jack Meyer – 9/20/2020
Vice President Biden has been serving in Washington D.C. for 44 years: 36 years in the U.S. Senate and 8 years as Vice President. That seems to be a terrific resume to be President of the United States. However, with all of that experience, he has not distinguished himself as a leader or a decision-maker.
In his Senate years, Biden is unable to point to any significant legislative efforts that he led. In the 1970s, his interest was consumer protection and environmental issues. He did not take a lead role.
In today’s racially-charged environment, one would think he’d be summarily rejected because of areas where he did lead. In 1984, he was the Democrat floor manager, pushing for the successful passage of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act. This law pointed to as a significant factor in excessive prison sentences, inordinately impacting minorities. Thirty-five years later, Donald Trump directed a bi-partisan effort to pass the First Step Act, reforming unfair sentencing.
In the mid-seventies, Senator Biden was one of the Senate’s leading opponents of the integration of schools through bussing, calling it a bankrupt idea. He continued to work against bussing well into the 1980s. He also led opposition to Ronald Reagan’s call for economic sanctions over South Africa’s anti-black apartheid laws.
As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden led the vicious attack on Robert Bork, a Reagan nominee for the Supreme Court. The destruction of Bork’s nomination became so renowned that his name became a verb. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines borked as “to attack or defeat (a nominee or candidate for public office) unfairly through an organized campaign of harsh public criticism or vilification.” Biden also led in the attempted destruction of the reputation of Clarence Thomas, another Reagan nominee for the Court. Thomas, however, was ultimately approved.
Some say that Biden didn’t take the lead in important legislation because he doesn’t appear to be a complex thinker. Though he was on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for almost 10 years, Robert Gates, who served as Defense Secretary in President Obama’s first term, stated in his memoir that Biden had “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
Biden is already showing that he may be a bit too simplistic for presidential decision-making.
On an interview with ABC News he promised, “I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives. We cannot get the country moving until we control the virus.” He was then asked specifically whether he would shut down the economy again if scientists said it was needed.
Biden said “I would shut it down.”
On the face of it, that seems strong and decisive, however, such a decision must be made considering more than medical science alone. Dr. Fauci is a brilliant scientist, and it is a blessing that he has the President’s ear. However, there is more than the virus to consider. Shuttering the economy has been devastating in many ways. An Oxford University study found that the suicide rate rises about 1% for every percent increase in the unemployment rate. It is feared that accidental overdoses may spike as a result of the shutdown. People in lower income jobs have been impacted more severely than others. This is why presidents also have advisors who are experts on the economy, policy impacts on the inner city and more. The President needs to listen to them as well. The current administration gave scientists considerable influence in this decision last spring, and was right in doing so. We were dealing with an unknown. The Covid-19 virus was obviously highly contagious and deadly. Scientists were not sure how it spread or how it could be treated. However, shutting down most economic activity for 45 days (and much longer in some states) has had devastating effects on people and on small businesses. President Trump listened to all of his advisors and asked Fauci and others the right question: How do we open up the economy in the safest possible manner? Now that more is known about the virus, that guidance can be provided.
Biden appears to be totally focused on the virus. If he is elected President, he will bring with him that simplistic approach to addressing problems. When you are the President, problems are complex, and they don’t just come one at a time.
Donald Trump, while difficult to listen to at times, has demonstrated the ability to handle many complex problems at once. He has done so in the face continued, intense opposition that has been unprecedented in our history. In spite of that opposition, he has been impressively successful. He listens to his advisors and challenges them. When told it would take 18 months to two years to develop a vaccine, he asked why it takes so long and how can we reduce it safely.
As a result, it appears that 3 million doses of vaccine will be distributed throughout the country by the end of October, just 10 months after research began on a previously unknown virus. The number of doses available will increase exponentially in November and December.
We are fortunate that we have a well-documented picture of Joe Biden through his 44 years in Washington D.C. We also know that he doesn’t have a grasp on economics as he promises to raise taxes just as we are climbing out of the most dramatic economic crisis in modern times. All considered, our question is answered. Joe Biden does not have the “RIGHT STUFF” to be the President.