Biden admits ‘the pandemic is over’—but still won’t give up his emergency powers

How can Biden say on one hand that COVID is over while actively continuing to use it as an excuse to ram through his policies?

President Biden made a stunning admission in a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday evening: “The pandemic is over.”

He made the remark while visiting a packed Detroit car show alongside journalist Scott Pelley, who, prompted by the robust attendance, asked the president whether the pandemic was over.

“The pandemic is over,” Biden agreed. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. The pandemic is over. If you notice, no one’s wearing masks, everyone seems to be in pretty good shape.”

Now, this shouldn’t be a surprising admission. 

For most Americans, the true pandemic emergency ended a long time ago. In my own view, it ended in earnest as soon as vaccines were available for all at-risk adults who wanted them. But it is stunning to hear the president admit this reality, even though so many Americans have long since accepted it, because the Biden administration continues to adopt an “emergency” posture in its policies.

Just on July 15, the White House renewed the official “public health emergency” declaration, which gives the federal government sweeping expanded powers and lets them unilaterally spend billions more on welfare, through October 13. And Biden is expected to extend this declaration again through the midterm elections. 

This was already unjustifiable, but for him to do anything other than immediately give up all emergency powers—let alone further extend them—would be downright absurd given his comments.

The president literally admitted that the pandemic is over. Surely, then, his need for pandemic emergency powers must be “over” as well?

I don’t want to downplay the fact that several hundred people are still dying from COVID-19 each day in the US. Of course, that’s still a tragedy. But we must face the fact that this is, like many other common illnesses and causes of death, simply a part of life now. If we let the government cling to its “temporary” expanded powers so long as someone, somewhere has COVID, those powers will essentially become permanent. Left or Right, that’s not something anybody who values checks and balances should want. 

Plus, Biden continues to use COVID to justify his policy agenda. For example, COVID was specifically the legal grounds the president attempted to use to justify his unconstitutional and unfair taxpayer bailout for student debt. How can Biden say on one hand that COVID is over while actively continuing to use it as an excuse to ram through his policies? 

Enough is enough.

Over the last few years, our government officials have abused their powers, lied to us, and trampled on the Constitution. Unless we want that to become the new normal, we must stand up and demand an end to this charade.

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Brad Polumbo
Brad Polumbo is a libertarian-conservative journalist and co-founder of Based Politics. His work has been cited by top lawmakers such as Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Pat Toomey, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, Congressman Thomas Massie, and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as well as by prominent media personalities such as Jordan Peterson, Sean Hannity, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and Mark Levin. Brad has also testified before the US Senate, appeared on Fox News and Fox Business, and written for publications such as USA Today, National Review, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast. He hosts the Breaking Boundaries podcast and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.