Oh, what’s the difference? They both start with PP and are both in the news. So does it matter that the next would-be leader of the free world confused personal protective equipment (PPE), the face masks and other protective covering worn by health care professionals treating COVID-19 patients, with PPP, the Paycheck Protection Program, the $669-billion business loan program established under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to help certain businesses, self-employed workers, sole proprietors, certain nonprofit organizations, and tribal businesses continue paying their workers?
Decide for yourself. Biden’s latest stumble came yesterday in Milwaukee where he took his latest jab at the president, claiming, “We’re waiting for PPP, the mask, and the gowns and all the gear, so many docs, so many nurses.” Biden hasn’t explained what he would do differently from the administration to ameliorate this shortage, which has arisen again sporadically with the spike in reported cases of coronavirus nationwide. The administration’s actions when the first wave of the virus hit were effective in meeting the demand, as they presumably will be again this time. But short of daily attacks on Donald Trump, Biden has little going for him as a candidate other than the fact that he is not Trump.