It’s all politics

Media Continues “Hair On Fire” Behavior

It’s the flu and it’s on the way to containment. It looks like a relative handful will unfortunately die, but its not the Andromeda Strain either. If this really were the danger the media and the left pretend it is, none of these Democrat impediments to a solid response would be going on. They’re not truly scared and are merely engaged in a kind of hostage-taking excercise to leverage various outcomes they could not otherwise get. Trump has now suggested that he may call the lock-down off at the end of the fifteen days, which is March 30. Some relevant posts below

Giddy Democrats Planning to Exploit the Economic Crisis to Hurt Trump

It’s sickening to watch the Democrats exploit a public health crisis in an effort to score political points against President Trump, but they’ve made perfectly clear in the past that they’re not willing to “let a good crisis go to waste.”

Trump: ‘We Cannot Let the Cure Be Worse Than the Problem Itself’

President Donald Trump, tweeting late Sunday night in all-caps, addressed a concern of many Americans — how long will our enforced isolation last?

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”

The Trump administration last week urged Americans to participate in a 15-day period to “slow the spread” of coronavirus by limiting contacts with other people and staying home as much as possible.

Trump lashes out at networks, newspapers: All I see is ‘hatred of me’

I can only hope he’s right. But there’s a lot of fear out there and to some even Joe Biden is preferable, which only shows just how mad some people are.

AND THEN THIS: From Another Ian in the comments: Tom Cotton Outlines Nancy Pelosi Emergency Relief Scheme….

Might add that Cotton remains my favourite to succeeds PDT in 2024.

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10 Responses to It’s all politics

  1. wal1957

    No wonder that politicians have lost any respect that they might have had.
    FMD!

  2. Iampeter

    If this really were the danger the media and the left pretend it is, none of these Democrat impediments to a solid response would be going on.

    The media didn’t order the Western world to lock-down against a disease we will all have and will be with use every cold/flu season moving forward.

    You always know conservatives have done something stupid when they’re blaming the media.

    Personally I think Trump and the rest o f the world leaders knew that we were staring down an economic bust of massive proportions because of all the wrong actions taken since 2008.
    This pandemic has provided them a convenient scapegoat for the all the economic hardships that are about to hit hard and that’s what this is all about.

    Don’t get me wrong, the media is hopeless, but the games Trump and co are playing are far worse.

  3. Colonel Crispin Berka

    It’s the flu

    When you start with Trump tweets instead of epidemiology facts then that is the sort of dangerous nonsense you end up publishing. Academics who think the fear is overblown still put the mortality rate from OECD countries at 1.3%, making it 7.3 times more deadly than the flu. The number of people it will kill is much greater than that because the number of people who will be infected is over 75% of the population compared to ~5% with the flu, because we have no immunity to this and it has asymptomatic spread, again very unlike the flu.

  4. Chris M

    It’s the flu and it’s on the way to containment. It looks like a relative handful will unfortunately die

    We wish.

    1) Not the flu
    2) Not being contained
    3) Not ‘a relative handful’ once hospitals are swamped, handful every hour

  5. Tim Neilson

    reposted from O/T.

    A couple of days ago, Trump – accurately – referred to hopeful results from using chloroquinine to treat COVID19.
    Some bozo drank fish tank cleaner because it contained chloroquinine, and consequently collected his Darwin award.
    US MSM headlines – Man dies AFTER TAKING DRUG RECOMMENDED BY TRUMP.
    I kid you not. Check it out.

  6. Lee

    US MSM headlines – Man dies AFTER TAKING DRUG RECOMMENDED BY TRUMP.
    I kid you not. Check it out.

    And people wonder why the media is so distrusted these days.

  7. Lee

    If Americans are so dumb that President Trump has to qualify every single statement he makes, then there is no hope for them.

    Is Trump supposed to have said: “chloroquinine looks to be okay for treating Coronavirus, but don’t drink it out of fish tank cleaner, or any other cleaning agent”?

    Does the left think that Trump has to speak down to Americans as if they are complete and utter idiots or young children?

  8. David Brewer

    At least Trump is maintaining some sense of proportion.

    I have been trying to work out why in just a month we have ended up in a massive global recession with the whole western world quarantined in their homes and one industry after another shuttered and begging for handouts.

    In the 57/58 global flu pandemic, and even 11 years ago with H1N1, we never saw anything like this. Why now? Some suggestions:

    – Ventilators and intensive care units: didn’t exist in the old days. Now we have them, but not nearly enough to cope with a rapidly spreading lung infection that can make a patient need them for three weeks.

    – Identification: This one has a name, and it makes it sound a lot newer and stranger than it is. It is just a variant of a virus that has been around for billions of years and that will keep on mutating dangerously for us as long as there are wet markets in China.

    – Lousy information: What we discover now – a little too late – is that no country is running a good monitoring system that picks up when new pathogens are entering the population and how they are spreading. In places that got it bad, e.g. northern Italy, this thing was circulating for weeks and people had even got pneumonia and died, probably because of it, before testing was showing anything.

    – Who is in the room: Since it’s a medical emergency, there is reliance on medical experts. They give medical advice without thought for the economic and social consequences.

    – China effect: China had it first and we had weeks of TV coverage of how they were handling it with brutal, totalitarian, 1984-style methods (the way they normally do). When it turned up here, we were conditioned to do the same thing.

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