Nuke that microbe!

I read about, hear about, and see people who are just losing their minds over this coronavirus thing.

They are attempting to hermetically seal themselves off from the outside world in an effort to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

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It’s almost comical to me to watch some of these people chasing their tails in an effort to combat this un-seeable enemy which may be lurking on any surface, or floating along on any waft of air.

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We’ve got people in hazmat suits.

We’ve got people wearing all manner of masks.

We’ve got people disinfecting anything they may touch or come in contact with.

We’ve got people washing and scrubbing their hands incessantly.

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According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, there are over 1,700 known viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that infect people.

And this data was prior to the rise of the coronavirus.

So we can now change that figure to over 1,701.

Each year in the United States about 36,000 people die from flu-related complications, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Infectious diseases kill over 17 million people a year [worldwide].  Nearly 50,000 men, women and children are dying every day from infectious diseases.”

And these figures from the World Health Organization are prior to the rise of the coronavirus as well…, and you just started all of your masking, disinfecting, scrubbing and social distancing a couple weeks ago?

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Hmmmm?

We have to ask ourselves, what has suddenly changed that we are so concerned about an infectious disease?

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The only thing I know for sure is that America and the world will never be the same again…, for better or for worse.

I’m thinking worse.

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I would like to recommend reading the book, “Be a perfect person in just three days,” by Stephen Manes.

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I think it’s especially relevant these days, regarding cures that may be worse than the disease itself.

 

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Stories like this show what makes America great!

According to Alexandra Deabler of Fox News, “A Florida restaurant was left stunned by one diner’s generosity.  A regular at Skillets diner in North Naples left behind a $10,000 tip in a bid to help restaurant staff get through the current coronavirus outbreak, which has forced eateries to close dining room service and lose out on wages.”

A $10,000 tip!

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“The owner of the restaurant, Ross Edlund, told WFLA that the customer, who chose to stay anonymous, explained, ‘I want each person in this restaurant to get 500 dollars.’”

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And they want to remain anonymous.

“The manager distributed the money to the 20 employees, Edlund said.”

“Of the current measures Florida is taking to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak, such as closing restaurant dining rooms and bars, Edlund says he supports them.”

“According to Naples Daily News, Edlund estimates he had to lay off 90 percent of his staff as restaurants have been forced to close, and residents are asked to stay indoors and practice social distancing.”

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‘“We believe that what is being done is the correct thing in spite of the fact it’s causing us hardship,’ he said.”

His business is going under, but he still supports what’s being done because he understands it’s for the best, considering the big picture.

“The restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard as the global pandemic grows across the United States.”

So here we see multiple examples of what makes America great…, some of the people we have in this country.

I say “some” because most Americans are very generous…, it’s just that there are those who are better at being generous with other people’s money as opposed to their own.

That being said…, we have gracious and generous customers and donors.

We have business owners who are able to somehow survive, but also see past their bottom lines.

We have customers who are considerate of others and willing to follow safety advisories, for everyone’s sake.

And we have employees and former employees doing the best they can, considering the situation.

There’s no whining.

There’s no crying.

There’s no finger pointing going on.

There’s only the recognition of what the situation is and the resolve to make the best of that situation.

Everyone chipping in whatever they can to help out.

That’s the American way.

That’s what makes America great.

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Please also refer to my prior blog from September 27, 2017:

America: The gift that keeps giving!

https://mrericksonrules.com/2017/09/27/america-the-gift-that-keeps-giving/

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Lisa and Peter sittin’ in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g…

Edmund DeMarche of Fox News reports that, “Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page [one of the FBI “LOVERS”] calls out [President] Trump in tweet, saying he’s ‘still obsessed.’”

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“Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer who had an alleged affair with former FBI head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok and is a favorite target of President Trump, tweeted Sunday claiming that the president is still obsessed with them.”

Uh…, yeah…, why wouldn’t he be?

Here we have two treasonous former FBI employee scumbags, who tried to take him and his presidency down, and they’re out there walking around, free as a bird, or free as birds in this case.

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“Page retweeted a column from The Washington Post titled, ‘The President Has Nothing Better to Do.’”

Just another fair and balanced article we can attribute to The Washington Post.

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“The column, like the title suggests, claims that Trump wastes a lot of time, and pointed out that he spent about 45 minutes with the cast of ‘FBI Lovebirds: Undercover.’”

Ha!  That’s too funny!

And honestly…, I don’t think The President “wastes” as much time as “the LOVERS” did on the government’s time.  Just sayin’.

“The play [FBI Lovebirds: Undercover], which starred Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson, was the first to ever be performed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The play is also available on Fox Nation.”

There!  Now if that’s not a reason to finally subscribe to Fox Nation, I don’t know what is!

‘“More than three years later, long after his election victory, Donald Trump is still obsessed with two officials who just did their jobs while personally not liking him,’ she tweeted. ‘They are still the stars of Trump rallies, where the president performs their exchanges, grotesquely.’”

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Grotesquely?

Hysterically seems like a more appropriate choice of words!

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And “just did their jobs?”

Just did their jobs while conducting their affair on government time?

Just did their jobs while conspiring to discredit and take down a duly elected President of The United States?

That’s all…, they just did their jobs.

And, ah yes…, the days of the Trump rallies!

I can’t wait until we put this virus crap behind us and President Trump can get back to the business of promoting truth, justice, and the American dream again.

“Page announced late last year that she was suing the FBI and Department of Justice, alleging that the government’s publication of her salacious text messages with Strzok constituted a breach of the Federal Privacy Act.”

“She said she suffered numerous damages because of the disclosure, including a ‘permanent loss of earning capacity due to reputational damage’ and ‘the cost of therapy to cope with unwanted national media exposure and harassment’ at the hands of Trump.”

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Can you even imagine the shamelessness and the sheer level of entitlement required to display this kind of behavior?

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Hopefully the “suffering” “the LOVERS” are forced to endure has not even begun yet.

“Page appeared on ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ last December and tried to clarify some of the tweets with Strzok.”

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Did Page actually think appearing on Maddow’s show, with all 3 of her viewers, would actually move her public perception needle one way or the other?

“When asked about Strzok’s text saying ‘we won’t allow’ Trump to get elected, Page insisted it was the ‘collective we’ as in ‘like-minded, thoughtful, sensible people who were not going to vote this person into office.’”

What a pathetic liar!

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That’s what they [the LOVERS] came up with in an attempt to explain away their treasonous tweets?

It was a pretty lame attempt, if you ask me.  But I suppose a lame attempt is better than no attempt at all.

WINNING!

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People don’t seem to have a problem with “the working poor,” and I’m not sure why.

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Max Zahn for Yahoo Finance reports, “In a newly released interview, taped on March 3, the head of anti-poverty nonprofit, ‘Robin Hood,’ says, ‘there’s something fundamentally wrong’ with the fact that people can work full-time and still live in poverty.”

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‘“When you have a situation where you have people who are working in some cases multiple jobs and still not able to do the basics of supporting their family, we’re not valuing work,’ says Wes Moore, the chief executive of New York City-based philanthropic organization Robin Hood.”

‘“We’re not valuing effort,’ he adds. ‘We’re not being honest about what it means to be able to really support people in this environment.’”

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I couldn’t agree more, Mr. Moore.

“Moore, whose organization was founded by hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones in 1988, said an increase in minimum wage requirements is part of the solution but will not solve the problem on its own.”

‘“We need to come up with a multitude of answers to include raising wages,’ he says. ‘We have structures and systems that continue to allow this level of inequality to take place.’”

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And now with the economic implications of the coronavirus, our working poor are the first ones hit, and the ones hit the hardest.

“A study released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last April found that 39.7 million people, or 12.3% of the U.S. population, lived below the poverty level in 2017 — of whom 6.9 million were considered “working poor.” As of January, 29 states mandated wage floors higher than the federal minimum rate of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

$7.25 an hour comes to $58.00 a day.

$7.25 an hour comes to $290.00 a week.

$7.25 an hour comes to $1,740 a month.

$7.25 an hour comes to $20,880 a year.

That’s before taxes, deductions for insurance, etc.

A person earning minimum wage is probably actually taking home around $1,200 a month.

After paying for rent and utilities, that doesn’t leave much at all for food, phone, a car, car insurance, gas, and other miscellaneous expenses.

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“We have this falsity that if people just work hard enough that they’re going to be OK,” Moore says.

“Public policies, like the federal minimum wage, play a central role in addressing poverty, Moore said.”

‘“I find it to be imperative that we’re involved in the policy conversation,’ he says. ‘We have policies that are putting people and keeping people in poverty.’”

Again, I totally agree.

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The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but are you aware that many of the people that serve us in restaurants typically make less than that?  It isn’t uncommon for servers to be making $2.50, $3.00, $4.00 or $5.00 an hour, depending on tips to raise their earnings.

I’m willing to bet that a majority of “the working poor” work at restaurants as servers, cooks, hosts, bartenders, dishwashers, etc.

I’ve worked in restaurants, and I’m here to tell you that being a server (a waitress or a waiter) is not an easy job.  I’m sure that many of the people who sit there and complain about their server could not do any better or even do their job at all.

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Yet we have no problem with these people, making next to nothing, serving us, whenever we require them to do so…, and they better be nice about it!

How far away from slave labor is three-four bucks an hour, anyway?

Why should these people have to work for next to nothing to insure we have a less expensive dinner whenever we decide to go out?

If our dinner costs $75.00, would it kill us to pay $85.00 for that dinner in order to make sure these food service workers could make a living wage?

For some reason, our perception of “service industry” jobs is one of second class jobs.

But how enjoyable would our lives be if no one chose to work in the service industry?

It’s going to get to the point where these people are better off doing nothing.  We’re probably at or past that point already.

Think about it.

Like Wes Moore said, “We’re not valuing work,” and “we’re not valuing effort.”

As a society, we’re willing to hand money and benefits out to those who choose not to work, but we’re not willing to give a hand to those who are willing to work and are making the effort.

Does that make any sense?

Maybe if you’re a politician looking for votes from a dependent class of people, but not to anyone else.

If we’re unwilling to raise the minimum wage to around $15.00 an hour, for full and part time work, then we need to address some additional compensation and benefits via the government.

Although, believe it or not, there are those who don’t want any handouts from the government or anyone else.

Every time the discussion starts about raising the minimum wage, we hear the same old and tired arguments…, “these are entry level jobs…,” “I’ll have to cut staff…,” I can’t afford to pay that much, I’ll go out of business…,” yada, yada, yada.

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First of all…, let’s just get over the entry level concept.  A job is a job.

And second, if the minimum wage is raised, all businesses will have to deal with it, so it will still be a level playing field.  Things and services will just cost a little more.

I think we’ll all survive.

Again…, people who are willing to work are the ones who should be rewarded, not those looking for free handouts.

Most people and politicians prefer to lay the blame for this situation on the greedy business owners…, and there is plenty of blame to lay at their feet…, but the rest of us need to accept our share of the blame as well.

We are all taking advantage of the working poor as well, by allowing this to happen every day.

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We glorify our standard of living while standing on the backs of these people who are just trying to scratch out a living, then turn around and condemn the owners and those more fortunate that ourselves…, and there is always someone more fortunate than ourselves, so we’re covered as far as the blame game goes.

Remember…, when you point a finger at someones else, there are three fingers pointing back at you.

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Oh Magoo…, I mean, oh Sleepy Joe…, you’ve done it again!

Yes Sleepy Joe, you’ve done it again…, and again…, and again!

Bruce Haring for the website “Deadline,” which was picked-up by YAHOO News, reports that, “Democratic presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden has been accused of being out of the limelight as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down the country.”

That’s true!

Where ‘ya been Sleepy Joe?

Don’t go dyin’ on us now!

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Haring also reports that, “Joe Biden’s gaffe alert stuns ‘The View’ by claiming ‘a coronavirus cure will make the problem worse!’”

Nice one Joe!

Please tell us more!

“Fresh off an online appearance in which he waved off his first point about the pandemic as his teleprompter allegedly malfunctioned, Biden came to The View seeking redemption.”

And I’m sure they were more than willing to accommodate him.

Some people just can’t even hit a softball grooved right down the middle!

“He appeared via satellite to reveal how he would handle the current coronavirus crisis.”

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“He did offer one gem in response to Sara Haines’s question on whether businesses should reopen very soon.”

‘“Are you at all concerned, as Trump said, that we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself?’ Haines asked.”

“Biden noted in his reply that the COVID-19 cure ‘will make the problem worse, no matter what.’”

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“No one from The View followed up for a clarification.”

I’m sure they were all stunned as Quid Pro Quo Joe swung and missed that big juicy softball.

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He was telling the truth, however, in his mind.  A cure will “make the problem worse…,” FOR HIM and his hopes of being elected!

As it is with all of the establishment political creatures…, there is NO concern, NONE, for the American people.  There is only concern as to how anything may or may not affect their political career or their political narrative.

“But social media didn’t let it go, seizing on it like a dog with a meaty bone.”

I don’t think I would go that far with the hyperbole, but here are some examples nonetheless:

First, a conservative response:

“Joe Biden went on the View and reminded everyone why he has been in hiding. https://t.co/esMUEkePUu — (@thebradfordfile) March 24, 2020”

Next, a liberal response:

“Here he is on @TheView rambling incoherently saying ‘The cure, that will make the problem worse no matter what.’  I honestly don’t know what he meant here. pic.twitter.com/g1qMNWPnay — Shaun King (@shaunking) March 24, 2020”

The conservative response could be expected.

The only reason we have somewhat of a negative liberal response is because King is obviously a Bernie supporter, and still holding out hope for Sanders resurgence.  If Sanders wasn’t still in the picture, the overall liberal response would have been silence.

And Creepy Joe wasn’t done with his gaffe-a-minute tour!

According to Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News, “Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to make some factual errors during a virtual roundtable on Wednesday regarding his claim that he ‘became a professor’ after leaving the Senate.”

“During an online campaign event, Biden took questions from young people [compared to him, that would be like 95% of the population] and, while discussing the student debt crisis, Biden spoke about ‘all the time he had spent on campus.’”

‘“When I left the United States Senate [after like 50 years], I became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania,’ Biden said. ‘And I’ve spent a lot of time — and the University of Delaware has the Biden School as well, so I’ve spent a lot of time on campus with college students.’”

“Biden, quite notably, became vice president of the United States under President Obama when he left the Senate in 2009.  It was, however, in 2017 when he received the title of ‘Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor’ from the University of Pennsylvania [an honorary professorship].”

No one has seen Creepy Joe teaching any classes at the University of Pennsylvania, nor will we see him teaching any classes there in the future.

We should all do our best to make sure Sleepy Joe never darkens a classroom door…, and “If you’re not careful kids, you just might learn something!”

“Biden similarly claimed he ‘became a teacher’ on the campaign trail back in February although he didn’t specifically say where he taught.”

I’m sure it’s all very clear in his mind!

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That’s a scary thought, and we should just leave it at that!

“The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.”

And understandably so.  It must be very difficult keeping up with Sleepy Joe’s foot-in-mouth disease.

And lastly, regarding Quid Pro Quo Joe, we see an article, published in The Atlantic that made the argument this week that the “idea” of former Vice President Joe Biden is “enough to defeat President Trump in November” and that in order to do so, “Biden would simply have to stay alive.”

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“Democrats need little from the front-runner beyond his corporeal presence,” Alex Wagner of The Atlantic wrote on Tuesday in a piece titled ‘Stay Alive, Joe Biden.’”

This means, literally, that Wagner feels the democrats just need a warm body to defeat President Trump.

It would seem that Creepy Joe just barely meets that criteria!

“Voters seem to have coalesced around Biden for his past — who they have known him to be for the past four decades in American politics — rather than for anything in his present.”

So they’re coalescing around a creepy, do nothing, corrupt, establishment loser?

It’s as if Biden exists primarily as an idea, rather than an actual candidate,” Wagner wrote. “Democrats have chosen Biden as their vessel for Trump’s defeat, and that choice is the entire point: The vanquishing matters more than anything else.”

I wouldn’t go running too quickly to the bank with that “vanquishing” bit either, dumocrats.

You know, there will come a time here in the near future when Sleepy Joe will have to go toe-to-toe with President Trump.

Close your eyes and envision that for a moment.

It’s not a pretty sight for Sleepy Joe, is it?

And…,

“The Biden campaign is not prepared to respond to our request for a comment at this time.”

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Funniest memes: My 6th edition! 

Here is my latest collection of funny memes!

Just to recap:

“Meme” is pronounced [MEEM], and rhymes with “seem,” if you’re not familiar with the term.

A “meme” is a humorous image that is copied and enhanced (often with the addition of a message, joke, or saying) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

I’m sure you saw them before you even knew there was a special name for them.  I know I did.

Well, anyway…, bring on the memes!

Enjoy.

Happy woman with finger near lips, silence concept

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Ha!

Well, there you have my latest collection of memes!

I hope you enjoyed them.

If you haven’t already seen them, please check out my previous editions of funny memes!

 

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” –  Charlie Chaplin

 

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Surprise, surprise, surprise!

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Well, ga-a-a-aaoooolly.

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Well, who’d a thunk it?!

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After all of the gnashing of teeth…,

After all of the wringing of hands…,

And after all of the whining…,

It seems that The United States was the most prepared to deal with our current pandemic, although you would think our government was and is failing miserably on every level, according to the dumocrats and the liberal propaganda, fake news, media.

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Gregg Re of Fox News reports, “US was more prepared for pandemic than any other country, a Johns Hopkins study found.”

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Johns Hopkins University is a private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1876.  The university has led the way to revolutionize higher education in the U.S. by integrating teaching and research. Over the course of several decades, the university has led all U.S. universities in annual research and development expenditures. Johns Hopkins is organized into 10 divisions on campuses in Maryland and Washington, D.C., with international centers in Italy and China.

“The United States was ranked the best-prepared country in the world to handle a pandemic in late 2019 by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS) — an assessment seemingly at odds with claims by Democrats that the Trump administration left the country vulnerable to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.”

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“The Global Health Security Index was ‘developed with guidance from an international panel of experts from 13 countries, with research by the Economist Intelligence Unit,’ The Washington Post reported last year. ‘More than 100 researchers spent a year collecting and validating publicly available data.’”

Ok…, let’s deal with the facts, dumocrats!

Let’s listen to the researchers and scientists here, as you are so fond of saying.

Ahhh, the scientists…, the liberal equals of “high priests!”

Let’s listen to the “experts,” they cry!

This is just another example, the latest example, of your false narrative being totally discredited.

We’ve heard you declaring that President Trump had slashed the CDC budget.

We’ve heard you say that important support personnel in the CDC had been “trimmed away” by President Trump.

We’ve heard you say The President has silenced or muffled those on his coronavirus team or in his administration who disagree with him.

False, false, false and FALSE!!!

A thousand times FALSE!

It doesn’t seem to stop the fake news, however.

They just shake their latest disproven lie off and spout off another one the next day.

The dumocrats and the liberal propaganda, fake news media have absolutely no shame.

“President Trump’s campaign has argued in recent days that misinformation may be one of the leading causes of that lack of confidence.”

Actually, I believe the whole perception of a “lack of confidence” in the first place, is a misinformation campaign by the fake news.

Additionally, “Trump’s team has pointed to claims by presidential contender Joe Biden that ‘no one on the National Security Council staff was put in charge’ of pandemic preparedness, based on a report that in May 2018, then-National Security Adviser John Bolton eliminated the NSC’s Office of Global Health Security and Biodefense in a reorganization effort.”

“Rear Adm. R. Timothy Ziemer reportedly was ousted as senior director, and no replacement was named. But, FactCheck.org has determined that the matter amounted to a reorganization, and that ‘some team members [of the NSC pandemic office] were shifted to other groups, and others took over some of [the top official’s] duties.’”

“Separately, the Biden team has repeatedly argued that the president once referred to coronavirus as a ‘hoax.’ That claim has been refuted by numerous fact-checkers, including the Post’s, which found that Trump was clearly referring to Democrats’ efforts to blame him for the pandemic, not the virus itself.”

“Additionally, numerous Democrats, including Biden, have falsely claimed that the president cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget. The Associated Press has noted that those claims ‘distort’ the facts.”

“Instead, financing has [actually] increased.”

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“Some public health experts say a bigger concern than White House budgets is the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and local public health emergency preparedness — the front lines in detecting and battling new disease. But that decline was set in motion by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump.”

“Nevertheless, misleading reports about the Trump campaign’s pandemic response efforts have continued to spread.”

Like I said, the dumocrats and the liberal propaganda, fake news media just shake their latest disproven lie off and spout off another one the next day.

It’s actually hard to keep up with all of their lies and misinformation.

That’s all a part of their strategy I imagine.

“A recent report by Reuters that the U.S. had recently terminated a CDC position in China was widely cited by Democrats and reporters as evidence of a lack of preparedness, and formed the basis for a reporter’s question at a recent White House coronavirus briefing.”

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“But, the article itself made clear that experts didn’t think the move had anything to do with the spread of coronavirus in the United States.”

And yet, the “reporter” just parrots the question, like the pathetic liberal “tool” she is.

So sad and so disingenuous.

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I’m not sure how President Trump is able to put up with their crap on a daily basis, to tell you the truth.

President Trump is an amazing man, and I thank God every day that he is willing and able to battle all of these anti-America forces in our own country and around the world.

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INSIDER TRADING BY SENATORS DISCOVERED!

If it looks like insider trading, sounds like insider trading, and smells like insider trading…, then it’s probably insider trading.

These politicians definitely have their privileges!

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And there are many more out there who benefited from their advance knowledge…, believe me…, but these were the only ones stupid enough to get caught.

According to Dom Calicchio of Fox News, “Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and three of her Senate colleagues reported selling off stocks worth millions of dollars in the days before the coronavirus outbreak crashed the market, according to reports.”

Hmmm, what an absolute coincidence?

“The data is listed on a U.S. Senate website containing financial disclosures from Senate members.”

“Feinstein, who serves as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and her husband sold between $1.5 million and $6 million in stock…between Jan. 31 and Feb. 18, The New York Times reported.”

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“Feinstein defended herself in a series of tweets on Friday, saying she has ‘no control’ over her assets and the stocks in question were her husband’s transactions.”

Here we go again…, deny, deny, deny…, lie, lie, lie.

‘“During my Senate career I’ve held all assets in a blind trust of which I have no control. Reports that I sold any assets are incorrect, as are reports that I was at a January 24 briefing on coronavirus, which I was unable to attend,’ she tweeted.”

‘“Under Senate rules I report my husband’s financial transactions. I have no input into his decisions. My husband in January and February sold shares of a cancer therapy company. This company is unrelated to any work on the coronavirus and the sale was unrelated to the situation.’”

Her sales were “completely unrelated” to the coronavirus situation.

Oh I get it…, “someone” just decided to sell off between $1.5 million and $6 million of her and her husband’s stock, right in the midst of a record breaking stock market for no good reason.

Sounds legit to me.

And I’m not cutting any of our Republican friends any slack either.

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“Reports identified the three other senators as Richard Burr of North Carolina, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, all Republicans.”

“Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, used more than 30 transactions to dump between $628,000 and $1.72 million on Feb. 13, according to ProPublica.”

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“The report said the transactions involved a significant percentage of the senator’s holdings and took place about a week before the impact of the virus outbreak sent stock prices plunging to the point where gains made during President Trump’s term in office were largely erased.”

‘“Senator Burr filed a financial disclosure form for personal transactions made several weeks before the U.S. and financial markets showed signs of volatility due to the growing coronavirus outbreak,’ a Burr spokesperson said. ‘As the situation continues to evolve daily, he has been deeply concerned by the steep and sudden toll this pandemic is taking on our economy.’”

“On Friday, the senator tweeted an updated statement saying he relied only on ‘public news reports’ to guide his decision on the sale. Still, he said he’s asked for a Senate Ethics Committee review of his actions.”

“Burr was an author of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, a law that helps determine the federal response to situations such as the coronavirus outbreak, ProPublica reported. Burr’s office would not comment on what kind of information Burr might have received about coronavirus prior to his stock sales, the outlet reported.”

“[Senator] Loeffler was appointed to the Senate in December by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp after incumbent Sen. Johnny Isakson resigned because of health issues – despite allies of President Trump having urged Kemp to select Rep. Doug Collins instead.”

“Loeffler and her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, sold stock Jan. 24, the same day she sat in on a briefing from two members of Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, The Daily Beast reported.”

“Between that day and Feb. 14, the couple sold stock worth a total between $1.2 million and $3.1 million, the report said. In addition to the sales, they also purchased stock in a maker of software that helps people work at home – just before millions of Americans were forced to leave their offices because of the outbreak, the report said.”

“Loeffler slammed the Daily Beast report as a ‘ridiculous and baseless attack’ in a pair of late-night tweets.”

‘“This is a ridiculous and baseless attack. I do not make investment decisions for my portfolio. Investment decisions are made by multiple third-party advisors without my or my husband’s knowledge or involvement,’ Loeffler wrote. ‘As confirmed in the periodic transaction report to Senate Ethics, I was informed of these purchases and sales on February 16, 2020 — three weeks after they were made.’”

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“In an interview Friday with Fox News’ Ed Henry, Loeffler again said any claim of insider trading is ‘absolutely false.’”

“[Senator] Inhofe sold as much as $400,000 in stock all on Jan. 27, in companies such as PayPal, Apple and real estate company Brookfield Asset Management, The New York Times reported.”

“But in a written statement, Inhofe pushed back by saying he was not at a late January briefing and, further, does not have involvement in investment choices.”

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“The statement said: ‘The New York Times allegations are completely baseless and 100 percent false. I was not at the briefing on January 24. I was meeting with pro-life kids from Oklahoma here for the March for Life and the new nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania. I do not have any involvement in my investment decisions. In December 2018, shortly after becoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I instructed my financial advisor to move me out of all stocks and into mutual funds to avoid any appearance of controversy. My advisor has been doing so faithfully since that time and I am not aware of or consulted about any transactions.’”

I really wish all four of these senators would give the rest of us a little credit for not being completely gullible and/or stupid.

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This really is just another case of “the rich get richer.”

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Isn’t it just so completely obvious that these individuals used knowledge, that wasn’t available to the rest of us, to advance themselves financially at the expense of everybody else?

Again…, if it looks like insider trading, sounds like insider trading, and smells like insider trading…, then it’s probably insider trading.

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You can say you’re not responsible for your stocks or your money all day long, but in the end these are your stocks and it is your money, and YOU ARE responsible for it!

This whole thing stinks to high heaven, and these people need to held accountable.

But, the odds are we’ll just end up seeing another shining example of our wonderful two-tiered justice system.

We have to always remember…, that there’s this club, and we ain’t in it!

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Hey democrats and fake news media! Be careful what you wish for…, you just might get it!

Yes, democrats, and the fake news media…, “Be careful what you wish for…, because you just might get it!

As they continue searching for anything to criticize The President about, the democrats and the fake news, liberal propaganda, media has latched onto The Defense Production Act…, demanding President Trump invoke this law and use it towards alleviating the shortages for medical equipment that we’re facing.

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In fact, in his first “coronavirus update,” Sleepy, Creepy Joe Biden hung his hat on this recommendation and usage of the law as well.

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So…, what exactly is the Defense Production Act?

According to Eric Tucker, for The Associated Press, “The Defense Production Act of 1950 was signed by President Harry S. Truman amid concerns about supplies and equipment during that war. It’s been invoked multiple times since then to help the federal government for a range of emergencies including war, hurricanes and terrorism prevention.”

“The act gives the federal government broad authority to direct private companies to meet the needs of the national defense.  Over the decades, the law’s powers have been understood to encompass not only times of war but also domestic emergency preparedness and recovery from terrorist attacks and natural disasters.”

“The act authorizes the president to require companies to prioritize government contracts and orders seen as necessary for the national defense, with the goal of ensuring that the private sector is producing enough goods needed to meet a war effort or other national emergency.”

According to Peter Sullivan, of The Hill, “President Trump on Sunday rejected calls from governors, hospitals and others to direct companies to ramp up production of critical supplies for the coronavirus fight through the use of the Defense Production Act.”

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“[President] Trump argued that he has used the Defense Production Act (DPA) as leverage in negotiations with companies to get them to produce supplies and equipment for the coronavirus fight.”

‘“We’re a country not based on nationalizing our business. Call a person over in Venezuela,’ Trump told reporters. ‘How did nationalization of their businesses work out? Not too well.’”

“[President] Trump has been under increasing pressure to use his powers under the DPA to direct private companies to increase production of supplies such as masks and other protective gear for health care workers as well as ventilators, which allow seriously ill people to breathe.”

“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) warned that prices for crucial masks had spiked from $0.85 to $7 apiece and urged the federal government to step in.  ‘The Federal Government should immediately use the Defense Production Act to order companies to make gowns, masks and gloves,’ Cuomo tweeted Sunday.”

Well, Mr. President, perhaps you should reconsider your stance, and start putting Defense Production Act to good use!

For instance:

MrEricksonRules would immediately order The Washington Post and The New York Times to suspend the printing of their papers switch over to producing toilet paper to meet the national shortages there.

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They could still print their articles on the TP if they want to.  In fact, more people would probably read their articles as well under this scenario!

It’s a win-win!

Next, I would order CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS and NPR to use their employees to support the temporary hospitals in New York, by helping with cleaning the bathrooms, taking out the garbage, and generally keeping the facilities clean!

There…, now wouldn’t that be fun!

This would also be a win-win scenario…, as they would be helping out the cause by supporting coronavirus treatment facilities, and at the same time they would not have the time to continue to ramp-up the hysteria about the coronavirus and continue their unceasing attacks on President Trump.

Like I said…, it’s a win-win!

So, yes, democrats, and the fake news media…, “Be careful what you wish for…, because you just might get it!

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