Joe Biden knows what you want from COVID-19 in child care. But can he deliver?


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When President Joe Biden tried to express national anguish over the millions of Americans who said no to COVID-19 vaccines, he got very close.

“We have been patient, but our patience is running out,” Biden said as he unveiled federal warrants to force 100 million Americans to get vaccinated against COVID. “Your refusal has cost us all.”

His words resonated with the majority of vaccinated Americans weary of a pandemic that should have already ended.

The latest crush of infections – fueled almost entirely by unvaccinated Americans falling ill – has disrupted return to work, closed 1,000 schools in 35 states, and filled intensive care units to capacity, especially in the South .

The influx of patients is so severe that an Alabama man died this month of a heart attack after being turned away from 43 hospitals because they were filled with COVID-19 cases.

Anti-vaxxing televangelists are dying of the pandemic, and stories of patients regretting their stubbornness to shoot are legion.

Meanwhile, pediatric cases are skyrocketing – in California, an unvaccinated teacher with symptoms read to her elementary class and 12 students have tested positive.

60% support Biden’s vaccine mandate

No wonder people are crazy. It’s no surprise that when Biden expressed this growing bitterness by issuing warrants, 60% of the country said: go for it.

President Joe Biden at the White House on September 9, 2021.

His actions could have come sooner. (We called for similar restrictions in July.) But he caught a wave of sentiment as it peaked. And this is where Biden’s sixth sense resides.

Questions over skills still weigh heavily – witness its disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, or mixed messages about the COVID-19 cover-up. That could largely explain a recent drop in Biden’s approval rating.

What Americans want when

Nonetheless, where the president seems good at echoing what Americans want when they want it.

His $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed in March alone with Democratic votes and was a deficit bet. Republican politicians attacked him, but the direct payments of legislation, unemployment benefits and funding for the reopening of schools have attracted an overwhelming appeal.

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The same has been true with proposals to expand childcare support after the pandemic which have highlighted how working parents, especially women, are struggling to find safe and secure child care. affordable for their children.

And as fires raged in a drought-stricken West and a series of hurricanes hit the East, Biden gave voice to 1 in 3 Americans who live in a county hit by a weather disaster. in the past three months.

“Folks, the evidence is clear,” the president said during a tour of the damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida in New York and New Jersey. “Climate change poses an existential threat to our lives, to our economy. And the threat is there; she’s not going to get better. The question: can it get worse? We can prevent it from getting worse.

Whether it’s his much-vaunted empathy, an intelligent stable of advisers, nimble internal polls, or a combination of all three, Biden seems to embody a virtue that author Harper Lee described in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the idea that ” you never really understand a person until you look at things from their perspective… until you step into their shoes and walk around in them. “

Knowing what plagues a divided American public is undoubtedly a good thing.

Know how to fix it? This is the next test for the 46th president.

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