Coronavirus

Can Trump Save The Economy Without Reviving The Virus?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The American people and nation are aware, fully engaged in the fight and gaining the whip hand over the pandemic. Hence, understandably, consideration is being given to resuscitating the U.S. economy before this nationwide shutdown plunges America into a full-blown depression that exacts its own toll. Upon this question the Trump presidency appears to hang: Will Trump’s actions flatten the curve and put the pandemic on an irreversible downward course in daily cases and deaths, as he produces a U-turn, if not a V-turn, dramatically driving the economy upward from depression and toward national prosperity? Can he revive the economy without reviving the virus?

Is America a Roaring Giant or Crying Baby?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Post-virus America can awake from this epidemic and economic shutdown in one of two different ways. One, we can wake up as we did on December 8, 1941, to ensure that Americans control their own fundamentals of life — food, fuel, medicine, and strategic industries — without dependency. The military can refocus our defenses against nuclear missiles, cyberwarfare, and biological weapons. On the home front, diversity is fine, but in a national crisis as serious as this one, the unity that arises from confidence in shared American citizenship saves lives. Our other choice is to keep bickering and suffering amnesia, remaining as vulnerable as we were in the past.

Xi Jinping's COVID-19 failures reveal how low Chinese leaders will sink to retain power

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Washington Times

Mao’s “Great Leap” has devolved into Xi’s Great Charade, but communism’s brutal devices remain much the same. This time, the dissidents are doctors and lawyers, and the tanks in Tiananmen Square have been replaced by a smaller, silent threat. The depths to which Beijing will sink to retain its grasp on power are well known; but even now, in the face of a second outbreak, CCP officials persist with systemic repression, censorship and outright thuggery to control the flow of information. The façade protecting Beijing’s communist petty tyrants has crumbled, revealing an illegitimate nation that survives by virtue of its disregard for human life.

Recognize Taiwan to Punish China for the Novel Coronavirus

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

There is a punishment that costs virtually nothing and would likely be far more potent on the psychological/emotional level. The United States should abandon the one-China policy that has been in place for decades and recognize Taiwan (aka Republic of China). This would strike at the heart of the CCP’s self-image, humiliating and weakening them in the eyes of the world. It would, in essence, put Communist China in its place and likely even have economic ramifications, making their “Belt-and-Road” initiative less attractive to nations around the globe. Taiwan is now a functioning democracy off the coast of the world’s most populace totalitarian state.

Liberal Nonsense Is Looking Dumber Than Ever Now

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

We had a good run for a few years, but our elite got even softer and stupider. They imagined that the world was a safe, secure place where nothing bad ever happened, and that the paradise they inherited could handle anything, including our elite’s stupidest, most destructive SJW indulgences. And our society, built and maintained by better men and women, could handle it. It was strong enough to carry the burden of childish social justice stupidity, right up until some guy licked a pangolin and, well, you know the rest. Political correctness and its associated disorders are a luxury we can’t afford in this new, serious, adult world. Good riddance.

Is the President Forgetting Politics 101?

Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness

Regardless of when Trump acts to reopen the country, the ruling class will do whatever is in their power to prevent him from exiting the path to political perdition which he has entered. It means anyone who may wish to lead America out of the quandary into which it has slipped because of our health officials’ incompetence and of President Trump’s apparent neglect of Politics 101 (who is on whose side?) will have to return to its fundamentals. To wit: Start from the fact that the ruling class is discredited. Separate yourself from it. Lose no opportunity to add to the discredit. Stress your own responsibility. Act on it. When they damn you, double damn them. Politics 101.

Coronavirus: Statistical Stupidity

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Why were the original IMHE projections so far off the mark? We don’t know. Perhaps the scientists underestimated the efficacy of the “mitigation” measures Trump announced. Or possibly the use of chloroquine. Oh, wait — we’re not allowed to mention where this disease came from, are we? One might hope that Chris Hayes and the other media fear-mongers would spend more time blaming the communist regime in Beijing and less time accusing our president of malicious indifference to American lives. But we should not think the media’s failures prove that they’re stupid. They’re smart people who know exactly what they’re doing. And they should be ashamed.

Beware The Creeps Who Enjoy Their New Pandemic Power

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Power-hungry jerks can actually harm our collective response. If the actions to ameliorate the pandemic begin to be seen as illegitimate and oppressive, we’ll stop doing them. Moreover, we need to show that these are temporary measures and we are going to lift them as soon as we can. President Trump is chomping at the bit to throw off the shackles. Pretty soon, most everyone will be. We are all in when we see the response makes sense, but as this goes on with no light at the end of the tunnel and more power-hungry jerks getting off on getting on our backs, that will change. There’s a fuse on America’s patience and when it burns to the end look out.

How Bad Has the Pandemic Been? How Bad Will It Be?

David Franke, Richard C. Young.com

Horrible as the pandemic is, it still has a long way to go before it is as lethal as the common flu. Of course, there’s a big difference in the way these death tolls are amassed.  Flu tends to strike more or less evenly across the nation, so our health facilities are not overwhelmed. In fact, because this happens regularly every year, we hardly notice it unless it claims someone close to us. The coronavirus pandemic, however, strikes rapidly in epicenters such as New York City and New Orleans. This leads to the hospitals, doctors and nurses, and first responders being overwhelmed in those epicenters—and that leads to the resulting panic.

Why humanity is worth saving and why we will be OK

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Actions involving care and generosity are happening everywhere, not only in our country but around the world. Coming together, recognizing and applauding those on the front line in the medical community, is another sign of our inherent desire as human beings to lift up and inspire those who sacrifice everything for the few. It's all about the human condition, and our desire and understanding that inspiring and lifting each other up matters. As social creatures, we will find a way to respect the rules in these very strange times while also reaching out and supporting each other, however we can manage it. It is in our nature. It is who we are.

Heritage Convenes Conservatives For Citizen Coronavirus Recovery Commission

The Heritage Foundation,  the nation's premier conservative think tank, yesterday announced that it is convening a National Coronavirus Recovery Committee bringing together experts in medicine, economics, government, business, and human behavior to advise the White House, Congress and state and local governments as they chart a way forward from the economic, healthcare and human consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic. To follow the work of the Committee or submit ideas to it go to https://medium.com/coronavirus-commission.

Bringing Drug Manufacturing Back To America May Be Tougher Than You Think

Back on January 11, 2017, before he was even inaugurated, then-President-elect Donald Trump laid out his ambitions for the US pharma industry. He called for reversing the trend of the past decade – which was to outsource manufacturing overseas -- and a return to domestic production. Trump was right of course, but Congress, more intent on destroying his presidency than helping America, failed to act on legislation that might have helped and the industry has remained focused on reducing costs.

The Eeyore Syndrome

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Given the media’s horrific prognostications of mass death, and given the Left’s insistence that Donald Trump owns the nation’s reaction to the virus, if the U.S. dodges the viral bullet and ends up by midsummer with far less death, infection, hospitalizations, and economic damage than predicted, then we know what follows: a boomerang that paints Trump as also owning a miraculous recovery. So what is called for from our modelers and pessimists is a little humility. The Eeyores simply do not have enough information — yet — to issue the sort of dire warnings that have now become characteristic and determinative in setting policies of life and death.

Coronavirus: The Wrong Numbers

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

While the cumulative totals of cases and deaths continue rising, the media are doing a lousy job of reporting the most important numbers: How many COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized? How many new patients are admitted to the hospital each day, and how many patients are discharged? The reason for “social distancing” policies was to slow the spread of the disease, to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic and avoid overwhelming the hospital system. We have reason to believe that these policies are succeeding in that regard, and something else may explain why we may be averting the “apex” crisis: chloroquine. When will the media report that news?

Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative during COVID-19 pandemic

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

A positive attitude, along with washing hands, practicing social distancing, staying home as much as possible and wearing face coverings, can have immunological benefits. We take so much for granted, including health, prosperity and freedom. All three are under attack -- we can never assume they can’t vanish in a moment. For those inclined to worship an authority higher than scientists, virologists and the federal government, there is a song Elvis Presley and others sang: “I’ve got confidence, God is gonna see me through. No matter what the case may be, I know He’s gonna fix it for me.” Let’s “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”

Coronavirus Is Killing Off Government By ‘Experts’

Is anyone else tired of government by “experts” and ready for a return to government of the people, by the people and for the people? We certainly are. Fortunately, there appears to be some prospect of lifting that burden, because next to the sniveling snowflakes of the White House press corps and the much-reviled hoarders of toilet paper, no other class of Americans has lost more credibility with their fellow citizens than the now completely discredited “experts” on epidemiology.

A Mitigation Disaster

David Catron, The American Spectator

Thomas Sowell famously wrote, “Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large.” This is essentially where we are in our response to COVID-19. Thus far, every projection of potential fatalities has been far too high, including the projections issued by the Coronavirus Task Force. We know all too well from past experience, however, what the human cost will be if we pursue mitigation strategies that result in widespread unemployment. It will not be, as Dr. Fauci suggests, “inconvenient.” It will kill more of us than COVID-19. It will be, as the President has warned, worse than the problem itself.

American media keep repeating China's coronavirus talking points

Editors, Washington Examiner

The American press’s readiness to treat reports out of Beijing with little, if any, skepticism comes as actual Chinese Communist propaganda videos cite members of the free press in conjunction with its broader, hyperaggressive effort to avoid blame. The journalists who claim it is problematic to refer to the virus by its country and city of origin, and the ones who claim China has the pandemic mostly under control, and who praise China's efforts to help other countries are doing the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party, which is eager to present itself as the world’s leading superpower and scrub from the record its culpability in the spread of the virus.

Has Sweden Found the Right Solution to the Coronavirus?

John Fund and Joel Hay, National Review

Sweden has courageously decided not to endorse a harsh quarantine. Nature’s got this one, folks. We’ve been coping with new viruses for untold generations. The best way is to allow the young and healthy — those for whom the virus is rarely fatal — to develop antibodies and herd immunity to protect the frail and sick. As time passes, it will become clearer that social-isolation measures like those in Switzerland and Norway accomplish very little in terms of reducing fatalities or disease, though they crater local and national economies — increasing misery, pain, death, and disease from other causes as people’s lives are upended and futures are destroyed.

So many to blame for coronavirus crisis, so don’t bother

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The blame game cuts in all directions. If Trump is to be held accountable, he should share the dock with many others who failed to foresee the coming destruction. Most of the big media outlets disgraced themselves by falling for the early lies from China and the WHO. Clearly, few people in public life will emerge unscathed from the blame game if we ask everyone the same questions: What did you know, when did you know it and what did you do about it? On the other hand, mutual destruction is neither required nor desirable, and there is a better option. We can just skip the blame game for now and work together to help America get through this worst of times.