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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (3/25/20) | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
March 26, 2020

The Morning Report - 3/26/20

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Good morning, kids. Thursday and the good news is the $2 trillion emergency King Kong Ching Chong Relief-a-Palooza passed in the Senate late last night. A last minute foul up in the language on unemployment insurance that could have led Bernie Sanders to block passage evidently was ironed out and the bill sailed through by a near unanimous vote; four GOP senators were absent due to quarantine. The bad news is, at 880 pages we don't know what concessions to the Democrats are in it; the mistake that the GOP was panicked about was a wording error that would have made unemployment insurance permanent, and so Bernie got all excited about that. I assume that got nixed...

UPDATE: Commenter Tami states "I don't think this is correct, JJ. The Sasse amdt. was to fix that language. It needed 60 votes to pass. Vote was 48-48. It failed so the language in the bill remained." To which I say, "feh."

...but the President commented that the mere $25 million for Malig-Nancy Pelosi to give to the Kennedy Center was just "a cheap sound-bite" in the grand scheme of things. But over time, it adds up to trillions and Chinese plague or not, the debt clock goes tick-tock-tick-tock. In any case it's over to her side of the Capitol Dome to review, approve and pass on to the Oval Office for signature. That is if the Donkey Chompers AOC contingent don't try to pull a fast one on Malig-Nancy and gum up the works. More on the economics of this in a moment.

As to what's happening in the real world with this, contrary to the Democrat-Media Complex's Chinese Central Committee-fueled agitprop, a Johns Hopkins study finds America more prepared than any other nation to deal with this China-inflicted plague. At least in terms of the raw death toll figures. Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Chinese Coronavirus Task Force said that our response is indeed bending the curve down, but the fact remains that we still do not have enough accurate data to really get a true picture of this disease in order to know what measures to take. With the population locked down, and an intentional drumbeat of gloom and doom from the media, the cure is definitely looking to be more destructive than the disease itself.

On top of all of that, we have the twin dim-bulbs of Democrat dumb-assery Andrew Cuomo and Warren Wilhelm Klink De Blasio, whose ineptitude and political maneuvering have made New York State and City the nation's hotspot for this pestilence. I do not think it's a stretch to say that their blind ideological stance on open borders and lax policing may very well have led to the infection itself and for sure its spread. I give you the governor's own tripe itself - "We welcome people" - as evidence that only bolsters my assertion. Then, sensing that what's left of Biden's brain is visibly seeping out of his ears and that the DNC might call on him this summer in Milwaukee, he attacked the President about the lack of ventilators. Has this fool not been paying attention the past five years? Trump immediately retaliated with the truth that Cuomo's own malfeasance in not being prepared and indeed focusing on all manner of social justice insanity instead of doing his duty in making the state prepared. Cuomo replied "hummina, hummina, hummina, racist!"

Meanwhile, the lanky hunk of self-important idiocy De Bolshevik only a few weeks ago said we should ignore the Oriental plague and get on with our lives as normal, and now he's whistling a very different tune, and claiming that at least half of all New Yorkers may get the Asian clap. Yet the media continues pimping that Trump called all this a hoax, along with reports that allegedly the morgues and hospitals are running out of room. All things considered, color me skeptical. In any case, what are the actual causes of death? How old are the victims? What underlying health conditions did they already have? As to overflowing hospitals and ERs, could it be people who might only have a bad cold or flu been driven into a panic by the constant Chicken Little media and gone to the ER when they otherwise might not have?

It's not just Cuomo and DeBolshevik. The manifest irresponsibility of the media in driving this narrative that the disease is some sort of fatal Black Death has made everyone cautious in the extreme. So the self-quarantining and shuttering of all public commercial activity has driven the nation to the brink of economic collapse, and in my view unnecessarily. The death toll and morbidity of this virus is still way below that of previous outbreaks and that of common seasonal flu as well. While it is inarguable that the quarantine will reduce the rate of transmission, what should have been done from the outset and certainly right now is to isolate those people who are most at risk from contracting the disease: the elderly, infirm and those with chronic respiratory, autoimmune or coronary conditions. The much-ballyhooed cases of young people getting infected and perhaps dying are tragic, but they are anecdotal. What no one in the media is reporting, since it will destroy the panic meme they continue to spew, is the number of individuals infected who have gotten over it or those who remain asymptomatic.

There is a thing known as "herd immunity," and forgive me if I'm botching the explanation, which means that over time, the population builds up a resistance to a pathogen to the point where it ultimately burns out. Quarantining everyone has the effect of blocking that from happening. But if we allow the most low risk groups in the population to go about their normal activities, we can theoretically be rid of this plague in a shorter time frame. It also means that life can get back to normal and we don't have to ruin our economy in the bargain.

The longer this goes on, the more this damages society as a whole. We cannot continue living in a state of siege. The numbers just do not justify what we are doing to ourselves, or more accurately what we are allowing some very nefarious and evil forces with the media on their side to do to us. No, Chinese Coronavirus is not a hoax. It's as serious as a heart attack, or perhaps pneumonia. But what we're doing amounts to amputating our arm to cure an infection on our big toe.

Madness.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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