If we were better informed on previous pandemics, it would prevent gaslighting politicians from trying to bamboozle the electorate with apple-to-orange comparisons.
During the Oct. 7 debate, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence claimed that the Democrats had done a worse job of handling the swine flu, in defence of the president’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite it never being considered to be anywhere as lethal as COVID-19, writes Scott Taylor. Screenshot via YouTube/C-SPAN
OTTAWA—During last week’s vice-presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. VP Mike Pence made a rather outlandish reference to the swine flu epidemic of 2009.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'