“Donald Trump should leave virus response to the experts,” trumpeted a Financial Times headline. Joe Biden advised, “Just let the experts speak and acknowledge that whatever they suggest to him is what we should be doing.” The Guardian accused Trump of “abandon[ing] a public health strategy.”
The Hill opined it was worrisome Trump had spoken for more than half of a two-and-half hour press conference. Maine Sen. Susan Collins wants Dr. Anthony Fauci taking the lead. The Washington Post and New York Times prattle on that experts should be making the decisions. The Post vaguely describes who these experts it recommends are. The Times went so far as to tout the advice of late-night comedians.
Basically, everyone should be in charge of the coronavirus response except the president.
Unfortunately, every Trump action is subjected to the national media’s “Have you stopped beating your wife?” query.
It would not surprise anyone that Trump would be viciously attacked if the “experts,” as so deftly described by the Washington Post, were to make all the decisions. Trump would be criticized for running a Rose Garden strategy in executing presidential responsibilities. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
Unfortunately, every Trump action is subjected to the national media’s “Have you stopped beating your wife?” query. Case in point: the political Left launched a whisper campaign two years ago that Trump had physically abused First Lady Melania, which accounted for her two-week absence from public events.
All that aside, there are reasonable people possessing common sense who ask why someone like Dr. Anthony Fauci shouldn’t be the decision-maker. After all, he’s the doctor. The answer is simple. Fauci should not have the final word because he doesn’t take into account all of the factors that should be considered in making a completely informed decision. Still, some of these Fauci advocates do not understand why any other factors should be taken into consideration.
Let’s try explaining it this way. Instead of coronavirus, let’s discuss a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a car I own. In the summer 2005, it was a top-of-the-line model with a 5.7-liter Hemi engine with all the bells, lights, and whistles. In spite of the immaculate condition, this 15-year old car with 264,000 miles, which burns too much oil, has a current resale value of about $3,500.
Whenever I visit Dr. Fauci, auto mechanic, for the regular oil change and service inspection, he recommends several repairs and parts replacements. Among these are a valve job ($3,000), transmission line ($550), pinion seals ($400), corroded sports rim ($220), various bulbs and sensors ($76), and oil pan gasket ($11). All totaled, these repairs would cost about $4,300 for a car worth nearly a grand less.
I have no doubt these would make fine improvements to the vehicle. But they are not necessary for continued safe operation. I can continue my 102-mile round-trip daily work commute while burning a little more oil than usual, having an intermittent false temperature reading, experiencing minor fluid leaks, and squinting at dim panel controls due to burnt bulbs.
I take the $4,300 advice of auto mechanic Anthony Fauci into account with other factors such as cost versus resale value, affordability, vehicle life expectancy, family budget, and other pressing needs at home. Fauci may know his vehicle maintenance and repairs, but he is clueless regarding all the competing priorities. Therefore, I don’t give him my debit card and PIN and ask him to call me when he’s finished. Auto mechanic Anthony doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.
This is why Donald Trump, or any other president for that matter, should never turn over all decision-making to the “experts.”
Mark Hyman is the author of Pardongate: How Bill & Hillary Clinton and Their Brothers Profited From Pardons, with foreword by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. Pardongate is on sale online and in bookstores June 30.