Enjoy the Sunshine – Jim Larkin’s Piece in the Houghton Lake Resorter

Like night and day’ 

Letter to the Editor

I find it remarkable that two recent letter writers (with apparent short memories) praised former president Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic while criticizing current President Joe Biden. I doubt that most Americans with firmer grasps on reality will fall for such revisionism, and polls bear that out.

But perhaps they do need reminders of how Donald Trump handled the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump initially downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19, then touted the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine. He once suggested people might want to consider injecting bleach in their arms. And despite evidence that masks slowed the virus’s spread, Trump mocked the practice.

So it’s no wonder that on average more than 3,000 people were dying ever day by the end of his presidency, with the death toll reaching more than 400,000.

Biden stressed the importance of wearing masks and wore his religiously. Realizing developing a vaccine was only part of the solution, he focused on actually getting the vaccine into the arms of as many people as possible, adding mass vaccination sites and ramping up government agencies to aid distribution.

The result, which Trump apologists can’t dispute, has been impressive. The average deaths from COVID-19 per day has dipped from more than 3,000 people around his inauguration to less than 700. He far surpassed his goal of getting 200 million vaccinated during his first 100 days in office. The U.S. is currently giving more than 2 million shots per day, on average, compared to less than 900,000 when Biden took office.

And in the process 1.38 million jobs were added during the Biden presidency through March.

But Americans don’t really need those numbers to know how much better Biden has done at addressing the pandemic. All they have to do is accurately remember how coronavirus impacted their lives under Trump as president and what it is like now under Biden. Like night and day. Enjoy the sunshine!

Jim Larkin


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