One of the fundamental differences between the progressive socialist democrats and the capitalists is that the progressive socialist democrats derive their political power by managing real or created scarcity whereas capitalists believe that scarcity should be eliminated by the operation of the free markets.
At the present time, we are seeing wild projections of dead Americans and dire circumstances to whip Americans into a panic that allows politicians to pursue their political ideologies and create their own fortunes. We are rapidly seeing our republic disintegrating. Where a private Federal Reserve with unelected bureaucrats controlling the majority of capital movement in the nation. We are moving further and further toward a centrally-planned economy and collective decision making.
Here is a suggested model triage policy from the University of Pittsburgh: Allocation of Scarce Critical Care Resources During a Public Health Emergency…
Section 2. Allocation process for ICU admission/ventilation
The purpose of this section is to describe the allocation framework that should be used to make initial triage decisions for patients who present with illnesses that typically require critical care resources (i.e., illnesses that cannot be managed on a hospital ward in that hospital). The scoring system applies to all patients presenting with critical illness, not merely those with the disease or disorders that have caused the public health emergency. For example, in the setting of a severe pandemic, those patients with respiratory failure from illnesses not caused by the pandemic illness will also be subject to the allocation framework. This process involves two steps, detailed below:
1. Calculating each patient’s priority score based on the multi-principle allocation framework;
2. Determining each day how many priority groups will receive access to critical care interventions.
First responders and bedside clinicians should perform the immediate stabilization of any patient in need of critical care, as they would under normal circumstances. Along with stabilization, temporary ventilatory support may be offered to allow the triage officer to assess the patient for critical resource allocation. Every effort should be made to complete the initial triage assessment within 90 minutes of the recognition of the likely need for critical care resources.
Ethical goal of the allocation framework. Consistent with accepted standards during public health emergencies, the primary goal of the allocation framework is to maximize benefit for populations of patients, often expressed as “doing the greatest good for the greatest number.”
STEP 1: Calculate each patient’s priority score using the multi-principle allocation framework.
This allocation framework is based primarily on two considerations: 1) saving the most lives; and 2) saving the most life-years. Patients who are more likely to survive with intensive care are prioritized over patients who are less likely to survive with intensive care. Patients who do not have serious comorbid illness are given priority over those who have illnesses that limit their life expectancy. As summarized in Table 1, the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score (or an alternate, validated, objective measure of probability of survival to hospital discharge) is used to determine patients’ prognoses for hospital survival. In addition, the presence of life-limiting comorbid conditions, as determined by the triage team, is used to characterize patients’ longer-term prognosis.
Points are assigned according to the patient’s SOFA score (range from 1 to 4 points) plus the presence or absence of comorbid conditions (2 points for major life-limiting comorbidities, 4 points for life-limiting comorbidities likely to cause death within a year (Table 2)). These points are then added together to produce a total priority score, which ranges from 1 to 8. Lower scores indicate higher likelihood of benefiting from critical care, and priority will be given to those with lower scores.
Other scoring considerations:
Giving heightened priority to those who have had the least chance to live through life’s stages:
We suggest that life-cycle considerations should be used as a tiebreaker (see below) if there are not enough resources to provide to all patients within a priority group, with priority going to younger patients.We recommend the following categories: age 12-40, age 41-60; age 61-75; older than age 75. The ethical justification for incorporating the life-cycle principle is that it is a valuable goal to give individuals equal opportunity to pass through the stages of life—childhood, young adulthood, middle age, and old age.7 The justification for this principle does not rely on considerations of one’s intrinsic worth or social utility. Rather, younger individuals receive priority because they have had the least opportunity to live through life’s stages. Evidence suggests that, when individuals are asked to consider situations of absolute scarcity of life-sustaining resources, most believe younger patients should be prioritized over older ones. Public engagement about allocation of critical care resources during an emergency also supported the use of the lifecycle principle for allocation decisions.4 Harris summarizes the moral argument in favor of life-cycle–based allocation as follows: “It is always a misfortune to die . . . it is both a misfortune and a tragedy [for life] to be cut off prematurely.”
Giving heightened priority to those who are central to the public health response.
Individuals who perform tasks that are vital to the public health response, including all those whose work directly supports the provision of acute care to others, should be given heightened priority. The specifics of how to operationalize this consideration will depend on the exact nature of the public health emergency. Options include subtracting points from the priority score for these individuals or using it as a tiebreaker criterion (see below). This category should be broadly construed to include those individuals who play a critical role in the chain of treating patients and maintaining societal order. However, it would not be appropriate to prioritize front-line physicians and not prioritize other front-line clinicians (e.g., nurses and respiratory therapists) and other key personnel (e.g., maintenance staff that disinfects hospital rooms).
Are there evil people attempting to use the current Chinese Coronavirus to advance the progressive socialist democrats’ long-time agenda? You bet!
A larger government? – Check!
Centralized planning? – Check!
Population control? – Check!
Reduction of the elderly and chronically ill who are responsible for most of the pension, social security, and healthcare costs? – Check!
Control over voting and policies that allow for vote manipulation? – Check!
Empowerment of public employee unions who support progressive socialist democrats using an exponentially expanding government? – Check!
Empowerment of private sector unions who support progressive socialist democrats using new infrastructure programs with few fiscal and performance controls? – Check!
Since it appears that the vast majority of individuals in this great nation will survive, will “We the People” allow the progressive socialist democrats to fundamentally change the character and economy of America?
You can bet that the progressive socialist democrats will keep businesses shuttered and demand more and more money. You can bet the government will ignore those who are planning to game the system to grab money they do need nor deserve. All of the pork needs to be removed from the so-called stimulus programs.
All of the program's profits are privatized as losses are all socialized. The Federal Reserve is about to become the equivalent of the progressive socialist democrat-created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And we all know what happened during the mortgage meltdown.
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell