As a candidate, you very quickly realize that you are going to get asked much the same questions over and over.

In many cases, it’s those questions that drive your policy statements. After all, if that it what people keep asking, then you should probably be able to answer them, right? So you come up with answers to those policy questions.

Then there are topical questions. These are often related to current events. You can expect these to bubble up for a week or two until something else pushes whatever it is out of the headlines. Sometimes, you prepare an answer for these, only to actually never get asked about them. Which is frustrating, but it’s better to have an answer and not use it than not have an answer at all.

Then there are the topical questions that become policy questions. To give you a very timely example:

“What would President Robb do about the COVID-19 crisis?”

I have been asked that a lot. Every candidate except Trump has to be – and must be – asked that question. Our current situation is absolutely the most significant issue of our current day. It will matter to this this election the same way that questions about leadership during 9/11 were critical in 2004.

So… what would President Robb do about the COVID-19 crisis?

To begin with – if I were dealing with the current crisis as President, then that means I won the election in 2016. Which means I would have had three years to eliminate many of the rules and regulations that have served to inhibit a rapid response to COVID-19.

At the start of the crisis, I would have approached state governors to urge the identification of state regulations that might prevent agile responses. My administration would would have urged governors to eliminate or suspend those regulations immediately.

Without inhibiting regulations and other government interference, free market solutions would have ramped up much sooner. Treatments, work on vaccines, and development/production of needed equipment would have begun much more quickly.

As president, commit to keeping the American people continually informed on the state of our response to COVID-19. My administration would make data on the entire situation readily available to the public. One the exact scope of the situation was apparent, my administration would adjust the suggested guidance to state and local health organizations and the American people.

I would have asked Congress to close out borders and limit entry to the US in January. [1] We would not be closing our borders permanently, but instead be telling people, “Not a good time – check back in a few months.”

Part of my platform is to eliminate the income tax for anyone earning under $50K and on 95% of small businesses. [2] That means three years of added prosperity. That would give individuals and local businesses the ability to weather a few months of unemployment.

I have no doubt there would be businesses closed. Even before the government stepped in, we started to see that happening. That was in reaction to information disseminated by the CDC and other organizations. Under my administration, the CDC [3] would be fulfilling much the same role as they are today: publishing information, coordinating with state and local health agencies, and assisting in response planning.

In short – I would expect a Robb administration to:

  • Take the lead in keeping the American people informed
  • Provide guidance on best practices for state and local health agencies
  • Coordinate response efforts among those private sector and non-governmental organizations fighting to save lives.

[1] Consistent with my proposed immigration reforms and a return to an Ellis Island model of immigration.

[2] First steps. Show people that eliminating part of the income tax leads to prosperity. Then ask them if they want more prosperity.

[3] Given modern genetic engineering capabilities, I consider the CDC an essential element of national defense.