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GOP: POLITICAL PANIC AND PANDERING

CORONAVIRUS-RAHM

The Democrats ignore the American people as they pursue their progressive agenda and continue to attack the President of the United States…

No leadership? Can you imagine a response to the Chinese coronavirus lead by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)? Both occupied with impeaching, demonizing, and damaging President Donald Trump. Using multiple committees while they ignored other more pressing matters. Then there is Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) whose House Intelligence Committee overlooked significant problems in China that were available in open-source media. And, then there are those democrats who demonized President Trump as he curtailed travel from infection hot-spots as being a racist – a move that saved countless Americans from getting sick or worse.

But it gets worse…

We find the progressive socialist democrats using the crisis to drive their agenda. Consider the bills coming from the House of Representatives which mandate bigger government, more borrowing and spending, pandering to the special interests, buying votes with massive wealth redistribution – and let us not forget their favorite subject: abortion. Floating a policy that the government will loan money to private corporations and take an equity position and have a say in corporate governance – such as a mandate for women and minority board members, and possibly government minders. The classic definition of socialism where the state controls the means of production.  Speaking in code about pro-worker policies while meaning pro-union mandates.

…and worse…

And now we find the cowardly Republicans are being driven by the progressive socialist democrats and the mainstream media into implementing the socialist agenda without pushback. Standing idly by while individual State Governments assume dictatorial powers to shut down businesses and confine individuals to their homes without a declaration of martial law. Tinkering around the edges of multi-billion dollar legislation as if that is a sufficient response. 

.Either the government is panicking or turning toward the dark side -- consider the facts.

Most of the outbreaks are clustered in urban areas and most pronounced in a few parts of the country. This is largely going to depend on decisions by governors and local officials, but not every part of the country requires as severe a shutdown.

More than half the cases and over 60 percent of fatalities so far have been in three states: New York, Washington, and California. And even then, they are very localized. That’s why resources and the balance of quarantine vs. economic activity should be targeted.

For example, 56 percent of the Washington state cases are in King County, and when the two neighboring counties are factored in, they account for almost all the cases. 85 percent of the deaths were in King County, of which more than half were in one nursing home. Almost all the deaths are in metro Seattle.

As of Tuesday, 56 percent of the NY cases were in NYC, nearly all of them in metro NYC with the exception of a known anomalous outbreak in Westchester County.

In California and other Western states, the numbers are very much driven by the homeless population. Roughly half the cases in San Francisco are among the homeless.

We need to tailor the quarantine to where it’s needed most, and that will dictate the economic outcomes.

In California and other Western states, the numbers are very much driven by the homeless population. Roughly half the cases in San Francisco are among the homeless.

We need to tailor the quarantine to where it’s needed most, and that will dictate the economic outcomes.

Thus, there is no reason Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf should be taking the prudent distancing a step further and shutting all “non-life-sustaining” businesses in the entire state when there has only been one fatality statewide. Most of the counties in the state have no cases reported. So we are going to shut every store in rural Pennsylvania but still have outbound flights from Seattle?

The decision by California’s Governor Newsom to essentially put everyone in every county under house arrest is just appalling. <Source>

President Trump can do only so much without federalizing command and control over the States. Think about it. Concentrating more power in the federal government is a clear and present danger to our freedoms. Allowing a single party, the progressive socialist democrats, to dominate the agenda is a clear and present danger to America and Americans.

Bottom line…

There is no doubt that the Chinese coronavirus is a significant threat to the health of Americans. What we don't know is how significant. How many Americans realize that significant disruptions are not based on actual data, but spreadsheet projections and modeling, much of it akin to the speculative global climate models that do not comport with current realities? 

What we are seeing is a malignant case of political panic and pandering – aided and abetted by the GOP.

It appears that the politicians are not acting in the best interests of America and the American people – all because of fear. Not fear of the coronavirus epidemic, but fear that their constituents will judge them harshly in the upcoming election. The GOP is so afraid of being portrayed negatively in the mainstream media that they are competing with the progressive socialist democrats to see who can provide the biggest giveaway packages. Even worse, they are ignoring immigration reform and continuing to allow immigrants to flood into this country.

Allowing the coronavirus to become a Christmas present for the progressives should be resisted by the GOP – but then again, most of them lack the cojones to stand up for the Constitution, America, and the American people. 

The fact is that the politicians need a climate of fear and a sense of urgency to enact public policies that would otherwise be unacceptable to an aware population that was not artificially panicked by the mainstream media.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“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



COPING WITH CONFINEMENT

OMG: YOU ARE ORDERED TO STAY AT HOME!

ALERT-CONDITION-RED[3]

We are less than a week into the Wuhan Chinese Coronavirus crisis and people, mostly snowflakes, are panicking – driven batshit crazy by the mainstream media echo chamber, each media outlet competing to attract audience-share by producing even scarier attention-getting headlines and doomsday scenario. Truth does not appear to be a factor as an endless series of “experts” interview each other about the very same news – and speculate about the rest.

Now that the voluntary “stay at home” suggestion has been made into a mandatory order, we see even more craziness with psychologists and other mental health “professionals” attempting to instruct you in methods to relieve stress and cope with confinement. Confinement? There is nothing to keep you from stepping outside or even engaging in important activities like shopping, going to the pharmacy, and seeing a doctor – if their office is even open.

Here is the “draconian” order.

Safer at home…

ORDER OF THE [CALIFORNIA] STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER
March 19, 2020

To protect public health, I, as State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health order all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as outlined at https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors. In addition, and in consultation with the Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, I may designate additional sectors as critical in order to
protect the health and well-being of all Californians.

This Order is being issued to protect the public health of Californians. The California Department of Public Health looks to establish consistency across the state in order to ensure that we mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Our goal is simple, we want to bend the curve, and disrupt the spread of the virus.

The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain or perform the functions above, or to otherwise facilitate authorized necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing. <Source>

CITY OF WESTLAKE VILLAGE

This is Mayor Kelly Honig and I want to provide you with two important updates.  The first is that the L.A. County Department of Public Health issued a new health order which is in effect at midnight on March 19, announcing “Safer at home;” a new set of restrictions for residents and businesses in L.A. County.  This new mandate is in addition to previous health mandates and includes stay at home type restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the Coronavirus. This public health order, safer at home, is on the City’s website, www.wlv.org, please read it for what is, and isn’t allowed. 

These mandates call for us to increase our social distancing by   refraining from meeting in groups of 10 people or more in closed spaces.  The mandate calls for essential businesses to continue, which include health care, government and the food industries. 

While this more strict order is in effect through at least April 19, 2020 it is important to remember that this is temporary and vital to prevent the spread of this virus.

I also want to inform you that we learned that a local live-in nanny tested positive for the Coronavirus this week.  This nanny cared for a student who attends white Oak Elementary School.  The family is currently in isolation and they have contacted everyone the student was in contact with outside of the school.  The school district has notified student families of the positive test. <Source>

Are you that screwed up that you cannot stand your own company, being around your children for an extended period of time, or bored?

World Health Organization: Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak

In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading to other countries around the world.

WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the Mental Health Department as support for mental and psychological well-being during COVID-19 outbreak.

3.  Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts. Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities platforms, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumors.

15. Help children find positive ways to express disturbing feelings such as fear and sadness. Every child has his/her own way to express emotions. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing, and drawing can facilitate this process. Children feel relieved if they can express and communicate their disturbing feelings in a safe and supportive environment. [OCS: Children mirror the affect of their parents and peers. Children can sense tension and stress and likely to act out. As the British say, “Keep calm and carry on.”]

Bottom line…

Consider that you are better off than anyone in other countries.

Think about the marvelous opportunity you have been given. To clean the house and the garage, reducing clutter, setting aside items no longer used and that may be appreciated by others. To catch up on sleep. To do those maintenance activities that you have been putting off for ages. For binge watching the programs you missed. To talk with your friends. We have access to the internet, radio, television, a music player, books, and other items to distract us ad infinitum.

But all to naught if you listen to the mainstream media and their constant panic-mongering.

If you cannot stand yourself, your spouse, your children, or your housemates … you have more significant problems that will outlive this fleeting moment in time. While the Wuhan Chinese Virus is serious, especially to senior citizens or those with other serious underlying conditions, in most cases, it is not as fatal as it appears if you pay attention to the mainstream media.

This too will pass.

Be well, be safe, and clean that closet. Or take a nap.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“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



WHY ARE DEMOCRATS, DEMOCRATS?

Somewhere in a dusty speaker’s handbook, one finds the suggestion to start a talk with either a powerful self-evident quote from a famous individual, a funny joke, or an emotional story. I shall do all of the above to cover all my bases and leave it up to you to decide which one is powerful, funny, and emotional.

With apologies to Emerson … “Democrats everywhere appear to be in a conspiracy against the freedoms of every one of its members – all for the ‘good of the people.’”

If a Republican speaks in the forest and there is no Democrat to hear them, are they still wrong?

The Jews suffered mightily through the Holocaust and fought for a land of their own. Granted by the United Nations, two nation-states were conceived, one for Jews and one for Arabs. One, Israel, was fulfilled and one was denied as the Arabs prepared for war to drive the Jews from their new homeland. Surrounded by Arab lands and outnumbered by a million Arabs, the Jews fought back and created a country. A country that has since flourished and contributed much to mankind. The Arabs, now self-branded as “Palestinians” embarked upon a campaign of never-ending terror and built nothing – calling themselves “refugees” decades after they voluntarily abandoned their property to wait while the Jews were slaughtered and driven into the sea. As a people, they have produced little or nothing by death, destruction, and misery as they continue to be lead by terrorists and deny the State of Israel its right to exist in the Middle East. And yet, we find the modern Democrat party rife with anti-Semitism and sympathy for those who rocket civilians almost on a daily basis. And, until recently, funding their existence and seeing those funds used to reward so-called martyrs who killed Jews.

The sad fact is there is nothing funny about any of it, and we must ask ourselves, why are Democrats, especially Jewish individuals, Democrats? A rhetorical question to be sure, but one that bears consideration.

The process of becoming a Democrat is gradual, influenced by one’s parents, teachers, and peers. It is a function of custom, learning, and proximity to other Democrats. In many cases, an individual’s frame of reference has been conditioned by their environment, and a worldview that seems strange or alien to others, especially Republicans, is simply accepted as normal and customary by the multitudes of Democrats.

What evidence do we have that the Democrats have lost their way?

Look around you at the Democrats you know or those in the media. Look at their candidates for public office, their policy prescriptions, and their platform. They do not speak of individualism and freedom; they talk about collectivism and victimhood. They are drawing sharp divisive divisions among class, race, gender, and other individual characteristics, convincing each of the divisions that they are victims of the system and can only seek redress if the coalesce into one party that can make them whole and improve their lot in life—asking them to surrender a small portion of their freedom, their labor, and their constitutional rights in exchange for the safety and security that a single political party can provide. They speak of the Constitution only when it is useful and go about their progressive agenda of destroying it whenever possible. They promise that which they historically failed to deliver.

The Democrats, the party of slavery, segregation, and civil rights suppression have had access to political power and billions in taxpayer funds – and yet the inner cities remain cesspools of illiteracy, poverty, disease, and crime. And it is getting worse. Democrats are re-jiggering the criminal justice system to allow violent felons to be released into our communities – or even worse, excused for their criminal actions and allowed to remain in the community. In California, you can find criminals learning mathematics and carrying calculators, knowing if they steal less than $950 worth of merchandise, they will be given a ticket to appear in court and not immediately jailed. In San Francisco, individuals can urinate, defecate, and shoot-up drugs on the public streets with impunity. California, alleged to the bellwether of the nation, is comprised of a majority of Democrats in the State and the state government. I suggest they are the Judas goat of the nation, leading others to their doom.

Look at the two Democrat front-runners for the Presidency of the United States.

One, the Bronx Bolshevik Bernie Sanders, is an out-and-out communist who openly espouses revolution and admires evil dictators. He is not even a Democrat, yet he is warmly embraced by a large segment of the Democrat Party.

The other, Joe Biden, is a man who has spent his life as a “second banana,” following the lead of others. A man who is severely conflicted and who appears to be almost as corrupt as Hillary Clinton, but nowhere as smart. A man who uses anger to simulate passion and to cover-up severe gaps in his knowledge. A man who has repeatedly lied and continues to make up crazy stories on the stump. A man whose physical and mental abilities appear to be waning and suggestive that he is not strong enough to fulfill the duties of the presidency. Something that might see an unelected and unqualified Vice President elevated to the highest office in the land. A man whose anger and nastiness make him a perilous choice for the presidency.

So, as promised, I will give you the joke…

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Bottom line…

Originally, I had no clue to why Democrats are Democrats. We know it is not a congenital disability, so the answer might lie in our educational system that appears to be majorly controlled by Democrats and suppressive of contrary thought. It seems that Democrats are Democrats because they have been taught to be Democrats and openly accepting of Democrat ideology. After all, it seems normal and customary in their world. A viewpoint validated by the media which is controlled by progressive Democrats and which appears to reinforce thoughts that would be abhorrent to our Founding Fathers.

It appears that the Democrat contagion can only be reversed by action at the local level. Replacing Democrats who want to use the school board as a stepping stone to higher office—shunning professional politicians who are more concerned about their careers and special interests than they are for their country, community, and constituents—curtailing the power of public employee unions which are slowly draining our treasury and becoming a critical mass that can elect those who are willing to ignore “We the People” in favor of the unions—and prioritizing expenditures to eliminate special interest pork.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“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



CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS TO FOLLOW PANDEMIC RELIEF?

democratic-biohazard

What will our nation look like after the pandemic with the progressive socialist democrats in charge of the House of Representatives and the public purse?

There is little or no doubt that extraordinary events justify extraordinary measures. But it begs the question of how many of these measures will be normalized and incorporated into day-to-day use.

Unnecessary panic is being stoked by the politicians who see a political advantage in exploiting the current crisis. The same holds true for the profitable audience generated by sensational manufactured news by the progressive mainstream media, which acts as the propaganda arm of the democrat party.

Consider the giveaway suggested by Mitt Romney…

Romney: Give Every American $1,000

Sen. Romney (R-UT), the former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, says his proposal is part of a necessary response measure to provide economic relief for everyday Americans impacted by coronavirus. Romney says that every American adult should immediately receive a one-time check for $1,000 to help families and workers meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy. <Source>

First, since Santa Claus and the Money Fairy are not real, Romney’s plan is simply a deferred tax that puts more money into the pockets of those who temporarily lend money to the government through their purchases of government obligations. Many of whom are sovereign wealth funds looking for monetary stability and security outside of their country.

Second, we are just entering the pandemic phase, and most businesses have been shut-down for a week at the most. For those who are or were employed, there is access to employer-paid unemployment insurance.

Third, ALL Americans? Indeed, the wealthy do not need an extra $1000. And for the average individual, it is most likely that the money will go to rent, public utilities, or to pay off credit cards with usurious interest rates.

Fourth, how soon will it be before the progressive socialist democrats seek political advantage and to shore up their base by demanding that the payments also include illegal aliens?

Fifth, how does one plan to distribute money to the homeless, many of whom are mentally ill, drug-addicted, and most likely targets for theft of any government funds?

Sixth, how can this plan possibly work without the type of endemic waste, fraud, and abuse that is intrinsic to all government programs?

And seventh, how can this help the economy if gatherings larger than ten individuals are banned at entertainment venues? It is hard to spend money at closed stores.

This is little more than a small step toward the welfare state where the government is the employer of last resort, and the population must be “managed” for their own good.

And some are now talking about failed 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s $1000 PER MONTH! – an example of the progressives’ promise of a minimum guaranteed “universal income” through the back door.

What about the government’s use of electronic devices to track, or back-track, infected individuals?

U.S. government, tech industry looking to harness your phone’s location data to combat coronavirus

The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.

Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who requested anonymity because the project is in its early stages.

Analyzing trends in smartphone owners’ whereabouts could prove to be a powerful tool for health authorities looking to track coronavirus, which has infected more than 180,000 people globally. But it’s also an approach that could leave some Americans uncomfortable, depending on how it’s implemented, given the sensitivity when it comes to details about their daily whereabouts.

In recent interviews, Facebook executives said the U.S. government is particularly interested in understanding patterns of people’s movements, which can be derived through data the company collects from users who allow it. The tech giant in the past has provided this information to researchers in the form of statistics, which in the case of coronavirus, could help officials predict the next hotspot or decide where to allocate overstretched health resources.

“We’re encouraged by American technology companies looking to leverage aggregate, anonymized data to glean key insights for covid-19 modeling efforts,” said an official with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, who spoke only on condition of anonymity. <Source>

The major technology companies have been seeking a legislative pass to spy on their users and monetize collected information for years.

Bottom line…

It would be unthinkable that HIV-positive or AIDS patients could be monitored to prevent the spread of the AIDS epidemic. But that is what happens when you use “public health” as a rationale to pursue a political agenda.

We must not panic and trade our constitution rights, safety and security, and medical privacy for some illusion that the government can stop the spread of a virus in an unwilling or noncompliant population. A rationale for imposing draconian measures backed by force as we find in most authoritarian banana republics.

We should face the fact that there is a vulnerable cohort, the elderly, and those with underlying medical conditions, and they should be protected. Something that is manageable and does not require a draconian response.

We are totally disadvantaged if we allow the progressive socialist democrats to ride rough-shod over our constitution, even in times of crisis. Remember, the Democrats are looking to place programs, policies, rules, and regulations into temporary effect today, intending to make them permanent tomorrow.

However, one of the benefits, if there are any, of this crisis, is that the American people have been concentrating on the mainstream news media, and many of them are outraged at the partisan coverage and the demonization of the President of the United States. Almost to the point of cheerleading for an economic collapse.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“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



A RARE EXAMPLE OF PROGRESSIVE HOLLYWOOD ACTING RESPONSIBLY OR IS IT VIRTUE SIGNALING?

A cute public service announcement about the Wuhan Coronavirus…

Unfortunately, most of these “Hollywood” people are wealthy, have union-insurance and access to their own “preferred” hospitals and medical facilities through SAG-AFTRA and support progressive socialist democrats who want to kill you with legislation that almost ensures that “triage” is the equivalent of “euthanasia” for senior citizens as medical care is rationed under a one-payer, government-run healthcare system.

Think I am kidding about this most serious subject, you might want to read a few of my other posts…

A GLIMPSE INTO THE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE HELL FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
DANGER: SENIOR CITIZENS AT RISK FROM CORONAVIRUS AND DANGEROUS GOVERNMENT POLICIES
EMERGENCY ALERT: PROOF THE DEMOCRATS WANT YOU DEAD!

Bottom line…

As with so much in Hollywood, this is little more than virtue signaling as the majority of Hollywood denizens support progressive socialist democrats. The leopard does not change its spots in Hollywood but uses makeup and smoke and mirrors to alter the illusion.

Be safe, be well, and vote as if your life depended on it.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“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



DANGER: SENIOR CITIZENS AT RISK FROM CORONAVIRUS AND DANGEROUS GOVERNMENT POLICIES

I think one of the saddest sights that I ever saw was looking through an open door and seeing an elderly lady, dressed like she was going to church – complete with a small white purse – laying on a bed in a transient motel in Culver City, California where she paid week-to-week for a plain room without any kitchen facilities. A box of crackers on the nightstand. How is it that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we will allow billions of dollars in government waste, fraud, and abuse while politicians buy votes with little more than empty promises?

senior-warning

It is not enough that senior citizens are the most vulnerable cohort susceptible to the ravages of the coronavirus. The government, the progressive socialist democrats, the conservative republicans, and the burgeoning bureaucracy are demanding that "someone do something" in response to the medical, economic, and psychological effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Unfortunately, it is weighted against senior citizens who may be required by law to sell grossly depressed assets in their IRA accounts to meet their required minimum distribution. This requirement needs to be suspended for at least a year or until assets return to some reasonable value.

And, with the federal reserve cutting interest rates to zero, financial institutions have no incentive to give depositors, like many senior citizens living on a fixed income, a decent return on their money -- or at least an amount that exceeds inflation to preserve a senior's purchasing power.

There is little or no doubt in my mind that someone is going to point to well-off senior citizens with generous pensions and full healthcare coverage for life – mostly government employees – and claim they should not be given any breaks. Fine, the solution is to means-test government benefits and tax relief, and all will be well.

Bottom line…

It is amazing to me that large numbers of suffering senior citizens continue to vote for progressive politicians as if their own health and welfare are somehow disconnected from the reality that progressive socialist democrats have historically ignored senior citizens except during the campaign season.

And, it is not enough to join a so-called advocacy group like AARP, which sided with President Obama to disadvantage Medicare to fund a program that was harmful to seniors. AARP is a big, billion-dollar business whose first concern is perpetuating the organization and its gravy-train and whose secondary concern is providing a magnificent living for its executives. “AARP produced $1.65 billion in revenue in 2018, which came from a variety of endeavors, including advertising revenue from its publications, and from royalties for licensing its name and logo. However, membership fees represent the most significant source of revenue.”

Vote with your heads and your wallets. Do not be like those progressives who retire to a low- or no-tax state and then vote to implement higher taxes, more government, and more rules and regulations as if you were living in your former state.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“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



MARCH 15, 2020 DEMOCRAT DEBATE: THE CORONAVIRUS HAS CHANGED THE DEBATE

The Democratic National Committee announced that Sunday's primary debate will be moved from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., as the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. "Out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel, all parties have decided that the best path forward is to hold Sunday’s debate at CNN’s studio in Washington, D.C., with no live audience."

How the coronavirus has affected the debate…

There is no doubt that this debate will be quite different from the previous debates that were held before the emergence of the coronavirus. As we have seen, the pandemic is fundamentally scaring Americans and changing how America lives and works. Tragically, the coronavirus appears to be a gift to the progressive socialist democrats as many of their radical authoritarian policies, healthcare, debt relief, and other policies are being normalized and implemented on an emergency basis by the Trump Administration. Thus legitimizing and changing how Americans view these radical policies.

More people might watch the debate as Americans continue sheltering-in-place, with most sporting events and public venues are restricted or closed until further notice. However, eventual voter turnout may also be dramatically reduced as the Centers for Disease Control suggests restrictions on gatherings over 50 individuals.

It is also more likely than not that both candidates will spend time attacking the Trump Administration for their virus test production and distribution foibles. Even worse, the most crucial factor in responding to a nationwide crisis is an Administration willing to truth and not engage in cheerleading or hyperbole. There is no doubt that President Trump does not always tell the whole truth, and is prone to discussing complex and nascent programs as if they have been implemented and widely successful.

The truth is that Americans can not trust the numbers as relatively few tests have been performed, and untested contagion carriers continue to walk among us.

Following the resurgence of Joe Biden in the polls after his near-death experience in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, one originally wondered why this debate was necessary – especially one with a coronavirus-restricted audience of technicians, moderators, and handlers. Now it seems more important than before.

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Along with a glimpse into the future, there are only four questions that count tonight…

1. Do the progressive socialist democrats have a plan for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, or are they going to make this an “attack Trump” debate?

2.  Is Joe Biden, at age 77, mentally competent and stable to become the President of the United States?

3.  What will happen to Bernie Sander’s voters in light of a blatant establishment push to avoid having a communist as the face of the Democrat party?

4.  How will travel and meeting restrictions will affect campaigning and even voting? 

The plans…

Joe Biden referred to a plan on his website, but it appears that it was plagiarized from what the Trump Administration has already done or is planning.

  • Restoring trust, credibility, and common purpose.
  • Mounting an effective national emergency response that saves lives, protects frontline workers, and minimizes the spread of COVID-19.
  • Eliminating cost barriers for prevention of and care for COVID-19.
  • Pursuing decisive economic measures to help hard-hit workers, families, and small businesses and to stabilize the American economy.
  • Rallying the world to confront this crisis while laying the foundation for the future.

The government, "must spend whatever it takes, without delay, to meet public health needs and deal with the mounting economic consequences.”

“Every person, whether insured or uninsured, will not have to pay a dollar out-of-pocket for visits related to COVID-19 testing, treatment, preventative services, and any eventual vaccine."

In addition to these federal initiatives, governors and mayors can access funds through the State and Local Emergency Fund to cushion the economic impacts in their communities.  This Fund, as noted above, will also provide state and local leaders with resources and flexibility for responding to the immediate health crisis and economic fall-out in ways that best address the needs of their towns, cities, and states. The range of relief will include:

  • Mortgage & Rental Relief for Impacted Workers
  • Employer Assistance for Job Maintenance
  • Interest-Free Loans for Small Businesses
  • Needed Jobs
  • Cash Assistance or Targeted Refundable Tax Relief:

“Encourage union organizing and defend collective bargaining. Unions can help negotiate for better safety and health protections, provide better training for personal protective equipment, protect against layoffs, and help ensure generous wages and benefits to help workers in a crisis.

Bernie Sanders presented his usual progressive agenda on his website as a solution to the coronavirus crisis. Many of the facets of the plan mirror those of Joe Biden.

Observations...

Biden could not list Bernie Sander’s 9 PACS – allegedly Sanders has no PACS.

SANDERS:  It's good that you had an idea 30 years ago.  I don't want to join you.  Why don't you join me?

Why don't you get rid of the SuperPAC that you have right now -- which is running very ugly negative ads about me, by the way...

(LAUGHTER)

SANDERS:  Don't laugh, Joe.  That's just the truth.

(LAUGHTER)

And they've got two other SuperPACs runnings ads against us.

Why don't you just say, right now -- go on television and say, "Hey, you know what" -- I think, in the past, Joe, if I'm not mistaken, you condemned SuperPACs.  Is that correct?

BIDEN:  You get rid of the nine Super PACs you have?

SANDERS:  I don't -- nine...

(LAUGHTER)

I don't have any SuperPACs.

BIDEN:  You have nine.  Do you want me to list them?

SANDERS: No -- yeah.  You go ahead and list them.

BIDEN:  OK.  Come on.  Give me a break.  Come on.

SANDERS:  No, I won't give you a break on this one, Joe.  You condemn SuperPACs.  You've got a SuperPAC is running negative -- but here's the point.  This is the point.  In the richest country in the history of the world, half of our people should not be struggling to put food on the table.

Sanders called out Biden on several lies over past votes. “Why don’t you just tell the truth here, we all make mistakes.”

Biden tried to get Sanders to support him if he was the nominee – pledging his support to Sanders if he is the nominee. “We must defeat Donald Trump.” Sanders agreed.

Biden – a black woman on Supreme Court, a woman as Vice President, strict gun control, supports abortion, immigration amnesty, open borders, only felons deported, climate change, and no fossil fuels.

Sanders – tendency to choose a progressive woman for Vice President (Elizabeth Warren? Kamala Harris?)

Sanders – same redistributive programs, end fossil fuels, climate change.

Bottom line…

Tonight’s debate was a example of the progressive socialist democrats exploiting the coronavirus crisis to pursue their agenda, giveaways in return for political power at the expense of the American people.

Left unanswered:

Is it likely that Joe Biden will be become medically incapacitated or impeached and removed from office if the GOP takes the House and increases its majority in the Senate to overcome the squishy members of the party such as Romney, Collins, Murkowski, and others?

Will a communist, Bernie Sanders, be given a prominent role in a Biden Administration if he endorses Biden?

Will a Biden presidency be the third term of a corrupt Obama Administration with the Obama’s radicals back in charge of everything – including the President of the United States?

It may all come down to the Vice Presidential picks.

The most accurate statement by Sanders: “Details make a difference.”

The winner: Joe Biden with the appearance of normalcy, nothing new with Sanders. No mention of corruption with Hunter Biden.

No Joe-King! If America chooses either one of these progressive socialist democrats, America ceases to be energy independent, funds Islam, and is facing ruin.

Best line: BIDEN:  “People are looking for results, not a revolution.”

We are so screwed. 

-- steve

P.S. With most airline traffic curtailed, how will CNN maintain its viewership? And, how many people see that CNN is using a Van Jones, a self-avowed Obama-era communist as a commentator/analyst?


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“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



PREPARING FOR THE MARCH 15TH DEMOCRAT DEBATE

While it is unknown at this time whether or not the Democrats will cancel the debate between the Bronx Bolshevik and the clueless Joe Biden, here is a debate-prep exercise.

How do you feel about yourself?

through the looking glass

I am positive the Biden’s people would prefer not to debate and further expose their candidate’s physical and mental fragility.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“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