If you really loved me, you’d take your mask off for me.

According to Zachary Kussin for The New York Post. “A new study from researchers at Harvard University says that hooking up carries some risk for transmitting COVID-19 from one partner to the other, and recommends – among other practices – wearing a face mask while doin’ it.”

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So, Harvard needed a study to figure out that ‘hooking up carries some risk for transmitting COVID-19 from one partner to the other?”

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Brilliant!

Carry on.

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“The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, ranked frisky situations based on how likely it is to catch coronavirus while in the act.”

“Frisky situations?”

Has the Annals of Internal Medicine published anything since 1955?

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“Researchers recommend wearing a mask for the riskiest sexual scenario: Sex with people other than those with whom one is quarantined.”

Now, I’m not what you’d call a sexual expert, but I am pretty sure there are many, many sexual scenarios that are riskier than having sex with people other than those with whom one is quarantined.

Just sayin’.

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“If you have an out-of-house coronavirus crush, the study says that – besides keeping your mask on – you should avoid kissing, as well as any oral-to-anal act, and anything that involves semen or urine. Shower before and after, and clean the space with alcohol wipes or soap.”

These scientists are all really just romantics at heart, aren’t they?!

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“The study also mentions that having sex with people who are together in quarantine is safer, but there is still a risk.”

You don’t say.

Did these guys enlist Captain Obvious in their study?

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“For instance, if one partner goes outside to run an errand and is exposed to the virus, they can transmit it to the other. Even if that person is ultimately an asymptomatic carrier, they can still infect the other.”

Wow.  Thank for clarifying that situation for us all!

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“The safest approach to sexual activity, according to the researchers, is not having any.”

Reeeeeally?!

I’m just speechless at the clarity of this scientific determination!

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“Abstinence, they say, is ‘low risk for infection, though not feasible for many.’ Another option, they add, is masturbation.”

Oh…, these guys are good!

This just keeps getting better and better!

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“Other recommendations have come out since the coronavirus outbreak in the US, with some of them providing graphics to enhance the lessons.”

Lessons?

Graphics?

This is all getting way too weird.

“In April, the Oregon Health Authority released a sex guide that went viral, just weeks after the same happened to one released by the NYC Department of Health.”

Here are a couple of the “Sex with coronavirus” videos, in case you’re interested.

https://youtu.be/cDA9ty2aADQ

https://youtu.be/iA6ZKzwaHvg

Stay thirsty my friends…, but don’t share that bottle!

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COVID-19, China, The World Health Organization, and the rest of the world.

According to Barnini Chakraborty of Fox News, “The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to lavish China with praise for their handling of coronavirus crisis.”

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“Valentine’s Day may have been three months ago, but the sometimes too-close-for-comfort relationship between the World Health Organization and China is still burning bright.”

“WHO officials renewed their praise for China and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, citing Beijing’s ‘openness’ to the prospect of scientific inquires involving foreign experts into the origins of the contagion.”

Well, isn’t that special?

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“WHO’s emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said he has ‘day-to-day’ discussions with colleagues in China and commended the country for working well with other nations eager to understand the animal origins of COVID-19.”

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‘“I am very pleased to hear a very consistent message coming from China, which is one of openness to such an approach,’ Ryan said.”

Thanking China for their openness and cooperation at this point is like thanking the NAZIs for appearing at the Nuremberg Trials!

BAM!

“At a Geneva news conference Monday, Ryan said he didn’t believe a date had been set for an international mission to be sent to China to explore the origin of the virus, ‘but we look forward to doing that as soon as possible.’”

“The symbiotic relationship China enjoys with the WHO has been repeatedly criticized by the United States.”

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I wouldn’t go as far as to say, and generalize that “this relationship has been criticized by the United States.”

President Trump and certain conservatives have criticized this relationship.

The democrats and their friends in the liberal propaganda media tend to side with the WHO regarding China’s behavior.

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“President Trump has called the WHO a ‘pipe organ’ for China in its handling of the deadly outbreak that’s infected 5.5 million people and killed more than 347,000 worldwide.”

“Trump also pointed to unsubstantiated claims that the virus was created and/or leaked from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the crisis. Lab officials, the WHO and China have denied the claims.”

You don’t say?

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“China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths from the disease among 82,992 cases.”

Wait…, what are those numbers again?

So, the virus began in Wuhan, China, and they’ve only had 82,992 cases and 4,634 deaths in China vs, 5,500,000 cases and 347,000 deaths around the rest of the world?

New York City alone has had 199,968 cases and 21,362 deaths!

Please think about those numbers.

That means even though the virus started in China, they’ve only experienced 1.5% of the cases and 1.3% of the deaths?

I’m sorry, but either they’re way under-reporting their numbers, or they knew what they were dealing with much earlier and from the start.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the Director of WHO, and not a medical doctor.  He is the first non-physician in the role.

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Tedros has said that China “bought the world time with their actions,” even though China banned domestic travel within their own country, but allowed flights to go all over an unsuspecting world, spreading the virus far and wide.

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That action alone should be considered a biological act of war against the world by China.

I’m sorry, but how else can this be viewed?

And China certainly didn’t buy the world any time.

They sentenced 350,000 innocent people to death, and that number is still growing.

But our own, esteemed, Dr. Fauci praises Tedros and feels he’s doing a good job.

Doing a good job as being a front man for China, perhaps, but that’s about it.

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And the United States plays the fool again…, pumping over $115 million dollars annually into this bogus organization, while China pays $57 million, and other countries pay much less than that.

Just another case of, “thank you, sir, may I have another?”

And, of course, the democrats and the liberal propaganda media are criticizing President Trump for even suggesting we cut our funding to the WHO, or at least lower our level of funding.

Really, whose side are these people on?

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New York City is an absolute disgrace.

The song about New York City goes, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

The question is, who really wants to “make it there” anymore?

A state and a city being run by irresponsible, liberal, socialist, fools, tends to encourage all of those with any brains to migrate elsewhere.

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Besides all of the ill-conceived, liberal, social, educational and administrative policies…, New York City residents pay dearly for the privilege of living there.

New Yorkers, of course, start out by paying federal income tax, most in the 12% to 22% range, or an average of 17%.

Next, we go to the state income tax.  Most pay in the 6.2% to 6.5%, or an average of 6.35%.

Then we have New York City income tax, which only a few cities in America have.  The New York City income tax rate ranges from 3.1% to 3.9%, or an average of 3.5%.

So, that give us a combined average income tax rate of 26.85%.

Keep in mind that states like Texas and Florida have NO state or local income taxes!

So, we’re at 26.85% so far.

But let’s not forget property tax!

The property tax rate is 20.4%!  And even if you’re not a property owner, you are indirectly paying that rate through your rent for the property owner.

And last, but not least, we have the sales tax.

New York City has a sales tax of 8.875%!

Now that’s a lot of tax!

AND YET, NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY ARE TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT!

The actual debt for New York City is $91.56 billion!

New York State’s debt is close to $150 billion!

Unbelievable.

Like I SAID EARLIER…, A state and a city being run by irresponsible, liberal fools.

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And now they (“they” meaning the New York State liberals, the New York City liberals, and the federal House and Senate democrats) want all of the rest of us to bail out these liberal cesspools via disguised money in the next coronavirus relief bill.

These democrat politicians just have no shame.

Anyway, so, what do the people of New York City get for all of that tax money?

They get a mayor, Bill de Blasio, who is a hot mess, and his administration which is one big hot mess as well.

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The latest example of disgusting liberal behavior was exhibited by the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

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And what a gem she is!

According to Fox News, via a story originally published in the New York Post, “The New York police sergeants union described city health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot as a ‘b—-‘ Wednesday in response to revelations that she told an NYPD official she didn’t give ‘two rats a$$es’ about cops getting safety masks.”

Oh, how wonderful!

This is coming from a person who was handpicked by Mayor de Blasio, to be the city’s health commissioner…, offering her advice and wisdom to the 8.4 million people who live in New York City.

She obviously represents the de Blasio administration’s feelings towards police officers, and the NYPD overall, quite well.

‘“Truth is this b—- has blood on her hands but why should anyone be surprised the NYPD has suffered under de Blasio since he became Mayor,’ the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) tweeted in response to The Post’s exclusive story revealing Barbot’s decision.”

“The health commissioner said in a mid-March phone conversation with NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan, ‘I don’t give two rats’ a$$es about your cops,’ in response to the mask request, sources said.”

‘“I need them for others,’ Barbot said.”

In other words, Cops are expendable and are dead last on her list of considerations.

“Instead of the 500,000 masks Monahan sought to help protect his force, Barbot said she could only cough up 50,000, according to sources.”

“Shortly after the SBA’s tweet, the union’s president, Edward Mullins, sent a statement calling for Barbot’s ouster.”

Your disdain for New York’s finest is obvious Dr. Barbot.

Your lack of knowledge pertaining to the coronavirus is quite obvious as well.

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I wonder how quickly you’d be running to find one of these Neanderthal cops if you found yourself out on the streets in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, or Downtown Brooklyn, or Ozone Park in Queens?

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Your lack of any respect or consideration for your city’s police force is both sad and pathetic.

At least the rest of us can all take comfort in knowing you live in the city you deserve.

 

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“The Heroes Act?” 

Calling the democrats’ latest “coronavirus relief legislation” “The Heroes Act” is a disingenuous disgrace.

A more befitting name would be “The Bend Over Act!”

Nancy Pelosi and all of her anti-American cohorts are definitely not letting this crisis go to waste.

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They apparently intend on trying to take full advantage of it in the name of coronavirus relief.

This is definitely one of those “wolf in sheep’s clothing” kind of deals.

According to Robyn Shapiro, on the Economic Liberties website, ‘“This bill delivers charity in place of justice, and Congress should vote it down,’ said Economic Liberties’ Executive Director Sarah Miller. ‘While the need for humanitarian assistance is urgent…, [it] doesn’t address the roll-up of power happening throughout the economy that results in systemic exploitation of workers, consumers, small businesses, taxpayers, and communities.”

“The bill…, bails out corporate lobbyists and corrupt mortgage servicers. It funnels money to monopolistic insurance company executives. And it has no constraints on private equity firms currently using public money from the Federal Reserve to cherry pick corporate assets on the cheap.”

“Our economy is being restructured whether we like it or not,’ added Miller.”

“Problematic provisions in the bill include:”

“A Corporate Lobbyist Bailout: The bill makes Paycheck Protection Program funds available to 501(c)6 trade associations, which is the institutional vehicle for corporate lobbying.”

“A Dark Money Group Bailout: The bill extends Paycheck Protection Program funds available to 501(c)4 trade associations, which is the institutional vehicle for dark money political spending.”

“Tax Cut for the Wealthy: This bill includes a repeal of the State and Local Tax Deduction, which primarily benefits the wealthy.”

Yes, this provision primarily benefits states and cities with extremely high taxes, such as New York, California and Illinois.  Oh, and what a coincidence…, these are all blue states through and through.

“Bailout of Mortgage Providers: This bill extends Federal aid to mortgage providers, who were the thinly capitalized entities at fault for the foreclosure crisis. These providers have fought attempts at reform of their industry to make their business safer and are now demanding a no-strings-attached bailout.”

Oh, yes, please…, let’s not forget to “bailout” all of our impoverished mortgage providers!  Excuse me please while I go throw up!

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“Subsidies for Health Insurance Monopolies.”

Insurance companies…, another group of money grubbers, who should be the last ones to get any help from anyone…, much less the very people they screw on a regular basis…, the taxpayers!

So, let’s quickly recap those beneficiaries of “The Heroes Act,” of which we are so fond: lobbyists, mortgage providers, insurance companies and elitist and wealthy liberals.

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And these “problematic provisions in the bill” are just the tip of the iceberg.

According to Lisa Mascaro of the Associated Press, in the Philadelphia Examiner, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities [including $915 billion in flexible aid which can be spent for any purpose], “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.”

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So, 33% of all of this money would go to states and cities.

‘“We must think big, for the people now,’ Pelosi said from the speaker’s office at the Capitol. She said, ‘Not acting is the most expensive course.’”

Ya…, we know what “people” you’re talking about, and it ain’t “We The People!”

“The bill will offer a fresh round of $1,200 direct cash aid to individuals, increased to up to $6,000 per household, and launches a $175 billion housing assistance fund (5.8%) to help pay rents and mortgages.”

According to the Tax Foundation.org website, that would amount to $667 billion – $915 billion.

That’s less…, way less than a third of the relief money here.

Be still my heart!

Some of us will be lucky enough to get $1,200.  Woohoo!  Please Nancy…, throw down a few more crumbs to all of us peons.

Oh, and new “housing assistance fund!”  How exactly does someone get some of that money and what hoops must one jump through to get it?

So, we’ve got a trillion dollars going to states and cities, somewhere south of a trillion going to the crumb crunchers…, which leaves over a trillion to go where?

“It [the bill] adds a 15% increase for food stamps, and for businesses, it provides an employee retention tax credit,” if your business is fortunate enough to survive at all.

“There’s $200 billion (6.7%) in ‘hazard pay’ for essential workers [in] the front lines of the crisis.”

I really have a hard time seeing any of our truly “essential workers” ever getting any of this money.

“There are other new resources, including $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service.”

There is $10 billion allocated for the 2020 Census.

And $10 billion set aside for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hey…, artists can get the virus too you know!

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“For the November election, the bill provides $3.6 billion to help local officials prepare for the challenges of voting during the pandemic.”  This translates to $3.6 billion to push  for voting by mail.

“The popular Payroll Protection Program, which has been boosted in past bills, would see another $10 billion to ensure under-served businesses and nonprofit organizations have access to grants through a disaster loan program.”

So, for all of the struggling small businesses, the democrats only allocate $10 billion, or 0.3%.

Wow…, what a relief!

“For hospitals and other health care providers, there’s another $100 billion (3.3%) infusion to help cover costs and additional help for hospitals serving low-income communities.”

“There’s another $600 million in funding to tackle the issue of rapid spread of the virus in state and federal prisons.”

Is this really a $600 million problem?

This “Heroes Act” spends a lot of time covering the concerns of illegal immigrants, amnesty for said illegal immigrants, concerns about legal immigrants, and especially those in the medical field…, even though many of the current doctors and nurses are being furloughed from their jobs.

Then we have all of the concern surrounding marijuana…, an integral part of coronavirus relief!

The word “cannabis” is mentioned 68 times in this legislation.

Really?

“Covid-19” is mentioned only 24 times!

In any regard, this “Heroes Act” can be found in all of its glory out on the doc.house.gov website.  Check it out for yourself.

So, to our list of favorite beneficiaries of “The Heroes Act,” which already contains: lobbyists, mortgage providers, insurance companies and elitist and wealthy liberals…, let’s add: irresponsible state and city liberal governments,

I’m not kidding about any of this.

“Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer warned that if [President] Trump and congressional Republicans ‘slow walk’ more aid they will be repeating President Herbert Hoover’s ‘tepid’ response to the Great Depression.”

Sure Chucky!  We all remember President Hoover!

NOT!

And not many of us can relate to The Great Depression either.

I don’t think The President or the republicans have any problem with any real “aid” regarding the coronavirus situation…, it’s all the other garbage they have an issue with.

‘“To those who would suggest a pause, I would say the hunger doesn’t take a pause, the rent doesn’t take a pause,’ Pelosi said late Monday on MSNBC. ‘We have a big need. It’s monumental.’”

Thank you for all of your hollow and underhanded words as well, Nancy.

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The only this “monumental” here is the monumental nature of your idiotic, socialistic, desires.

If you’d like to see my suggestion for some REAL coronavirus relief, check out my blog from May 5, 2020, titled, “If we’re going to hand money out, let’s REALLY hand some money out!”

https://mrericksonrules.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/if-were-going-to-hand-money-out-lets-really-hand-some-money-out/

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COVID-19…, what’s the bottom line?

You’re worried so much about dying from the coronavirus that you’re willing to barricade yourself in your house for months and bring our national economy to its knees, but these other causes of death in the US are just an afterthought?

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What extreme measures do we institute to combat these other causes of death in the US?

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Don’t get me wrong…, this is a serious health consideration…, and losing all of these people to the virus is very sad…, but are losing these people to the virus any sadder than losing people to these other causes?

According to Medical News Today.com:

“Around 74% of all deaths in the United States occur as a result of 10 causes.”

Over the past 5 years, the main causes of death in the U.S. have remained fairly consistent.”

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2,813,503 registered deaths in the United States in 2017.”

“All figures and percentages provided here come from the most recent data from the CDC, collected in 2017.”

 

  1. Heart disease deaths in 2017: 647,457

Percentage of total deaths: 23.5%

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. This is the case in the U.S. and worldwide.

 

  1. Cancer deaths in 2017: 599,108

Percentage of total deaths: 21.3%

 

  1. Unintentional (accidental) injury deaths in 2017: 169,936

Percentage of total deaths: 6%

 

  1. Chronic lower respiratory disease deaths in 2017: 160,201

Percentage of total deaths: 5.7%

Chronic lower respiratory disease refers to a group of lung conditions that block the airflow and cause breathing-related issues. These diseases include:

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

bronchitis

emphysema

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  1. Stroke and cerebrovascular disease deaths in 2017: 146,383

Percentage of total deaths: 5.2%

Cerebrovascular diseases develop due to problems with the blood vessels that supply the brain.

Every year, more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke. The risk of stroke varies with race, ethnicity, and age.

 

  1. Alzheimer’s disease deaths in 2017: 121,404

Percentage of total deaths: 4.3%

In the U.S., an estimated 5.8 million people currently have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This figure may rise to 14 million people by 2050 as life expectancy continues to increase.

Alzheimer’s is also the only cause of death in the top 10 that medical experts cannot cure, prevent, or slow down.

 

  1. Diabetes deaths in 2017: 83,564

Percentage of total deaths: 3%

Diabetes is a condition wherein the body can no longer control blood glucose, which leads to dangerously high levels of blood glucose. This is called hyperglycemia.

Persistent hyperglycemia can damage the body’s tissues, including those in the nerves, blood vessels, and eyes.

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

The bodies of people with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin at all, so these people need to supplement their supply. The bodies of people with type 2 diabetes cannot use insulin effectively.

Diabetes can cause serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and the need for amputation of the lower extremities.

 

  1. Influenza (the flu) and pneumonia deaths in 2017: 55,672…, and we have and have had a vaccine for the flu!

Percentage of total deaths: 2%

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  1. Kidney disease deaths in 2017: 50,633

Percentage of total deaths: 1.8%

 

  1. Suicide deaths in 2017: 47,173

 

As an added note, at least 15,292 people were fatally shot in The United States in 2019 as a result of gun violence.

 

According to the Statista.com website, these are the daily number of coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths compared to influenza and all causes of death in the United States as of May 6th, 2020:

Average deaths/day by all causes (2019), 7,969.7

Average deaths/day by influenza (2018-2019), 161.3

Average COVID-19 deaths/day since first case in U.S., 912.2 (That would extrapolate over a year to roughly 333,000, although the death rates have been on the decline and would probably end up being much lower than that.

 

As of the time of this blog, there have been a reported 80,900 deaths credited to the coronavirus, although I tend to believe this number may be slightly inflated.

I’m just putting this information out there, since I’m not seeing this data from any other media outlet.

I just feel it’s important to put this current coronavirus health emergency into perspective.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS, UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED TO PAY ALL OF OUR MORTGAGES, ALL OF OUR RENT, ALL OF OUR UTILITY BILLS, ALL OF OUR FOOD BILLS, ETC., THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE CANNOT CONTINUE TO LIVE UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES.

THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE.

PLEASE NOTICE THAT ALL OF THE PEOPLE DEMANDING WE GO ON IN THIS “STAY AT HOME” MODE DO NOT HAVE THESE PROBLEMS. THOSE IN GOVERNMENT ARE ALL RECEIVING REGULAR PAYCHECKS FROM PRECISELY THE PEOPLE THEY ARE ECONOMICALLY STRANGLING TO DEATH!

VIRUS CONCERNS OR NOT…,

THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE THAT THE DISEASE.

THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE.

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Unemployment rates are high?  You don’t say?!

I’m really getting tired of every time I turn on the news…, any news…, fake or not…, and I hear people bemoaning the unemployment rates.

“We lost 15 million jobs last month!”

“The unemployment rate is at 14.7%!”

“The unemployment rate could go as high as 20% or even 25%!”

“We haven’t seen unemployment rates approaching these levels since The Great Depression!”

NO KIDDING?!

YOU DON’T SAY?!

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WE INTENTIONALLY SHUT OUR ECONOMY DOWN…, WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT?!

The real news would be if the unemployment rates didn’t skyrocket!

And as if President Trump’s economic policies are somehow responsible for this.

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As The President likes to remind everyone…, before this voluntary shut down, our economy had been the BEST EVER in US history, and unemployment rates had been at historic, all-time, lows.

Again…, our government chose to shut down our economy for the sake of health considerations pertaining to the coronavirus.

This was not a case of failed economic policies, as in the case of the Obama administration, for example.

These reporters all act like they’re passing along some great breaking news they skillfully unearthed.

Please, do us all a favor, and go ahead and report the numbers…, but please spare us the over-dramatization, and put the situation in the proper and honest perspective.

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What you talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?

I mean, what you talkin’ ‘bout Giridharadas?

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Brian Flood of Fox News reports that, “MSNBC’s Anand Giridharadas [says that] Americans’ ‘freedom obsession’ blinds them to other ‘threats.’

Oh, really?  You’re an American Anand.  What’s with the “them” reference?

Anyway…, please…, go on.

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“MSNBC contributor Anand Giridharadas declared on Wednesday that Americans have a ‘freedom obsession’ when speaking about the coronavirus pandemic during an appearance on ‘Morning Joe.’”

Oh, I get it now.  For the sake of this interview, when Giridharadas uses the term “Americans,” he is really referring to us “deplorables.”

Just for reference sake, Anand Giridharadas is a former columnist for The fake news New York Times.

And, yes, Mr. Giridharadas, we “Americans” do have a “freedom obsession,” since our kind of “American freedom” shouldn’t be taken for granted.  And our kind of “American freedom” was bitterly fought for and defended with the lives and the blood of millions of American fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters, sons and daughters.

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Our freedom did not come freely, and we’re not going to hand it over for any reason…, to include a virus, climate change, or whatever.

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“Giridharadas continues by asking, ‘One of the fundamental questions to me is, what’s going to be our relationship to government, the idea of government after this?’”

True Americans’ relationship with government is that of a necessary evil.

Let me say that again.  True Americans’ relationship with government is that of a necessary evil.  We don’t view government as our friend, our mommy, our daddy, or our baby sitter.

Remember…, the second amendment to the US Constitution says, “…being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  This was put into The Constitution not for our right to have weapons to go hunting.  This was put into The Constitution to guarantee the American people would be able to defend themselves against an oppressive government.

And you think we have a “freedom obsession.”

‘“We kind of look at it at three levels this week,’ Giridharadas said.”

Three levels of our “relationship with government?”

This guy has really given this a lot of thought!

‘“There’s a primordial American tradition going back to the founders of being freedom-obsessed, even though we’re a country founded on slavery and genocide,’ Giridharadas said.”

“Primordial?”

So, now you’re referring to us deplorables as cavemen and cavewomen?

And you claim our country was “founded on slavery and genocide?”

Allow me to correct you Mr. Giridharadas.

The United States of America WAS NOT “founded on slavery and genocide.”

Slavery was a component of our country’s history, just as slavery was a component of most countries’ histories, and it was a practice our country corrected.

And “genocide [the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation]?”  The European immigrants (And you like immigrants, don’t you?) and later our young country was in a war with the Native Americans.  People on both sides died fighting this war.  And The United States won that war.  Even though we won that war…, if you look at how our Native Americans are being treated today, even though they were a conquered people, you would have to say they’re doing pretty good.  Even better than pretty good.  They are respected and supported by our government.

Our history with the Native American “Indians” is a FAR cry from genocide.

“Giridharadas continued. ‘Being freedom-obsessed to the point where we’re always so afraid of the government coming for us that we’re blind to other types of threats, whether it’s a virus, whether it’s bank malfeasance, climate change, what have you.’”

We’re not “blind” Mr. Giridharadas…, and we’re certainly not afraid…, we’re just able to put it all into perspective…, from the deplorable point of view.

“Giridharadas said a ‘more recent, kind of 40-year version’ is the ‘Reagan war on government,’ which he said is an idea that impacts Americans on both sides of the aisle.”

President Reagan was a wise man, and he put America and the American people first, just like President Trump does. Although we can track this acknowledgement of freedom back even earlier to President Kennedy.

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‘“There’s a hard version on the right, there’s a small c, conservative kind of militant version of it, but it has also infected many people on the left in this passive sense, like ‘I believe in government,’ but ‘I would never go work there,’ or ‘I believe in government but, you know, I kind of like don’t like my taxes too high, or I use trusts in the Cayman Islands.’”

Your level of confusion, Mr. Giridharadas, is truly impressive!

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“Militant?”  This could be, or may be, I guess.

“Infected many people on the left?”  It seems that you’re confusing some democrats opening their eyes and waking up with them being slightly “infected’” by conservatism.

Okay…, and here comes the perfunctory Trump bashing segment of Giridharadas’ comments.

“Giridharadas said ‘The more recent Trump-era twist is when…you put someone who can barely read a sentence in government, in the figure of Donald Trump, and it becomes true [that] government sucks, because you made it suck by telling everybody it sucks. I think the most important thing that could come out of this is realizing the government is not the biggest threat to our liberty.’”

Oh. No?!

Have you been paying attention to what the FBI and the DOJ attempted to do to President Trump and his associates?  I would have to say that our government [at least “the deep state” and “the swamp”] has shown itself to absolutely be “the biggest threat to our liberty.”

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‘“It can be a threat to our liberty but we’re threatened by many, many things and what the government fundamentally does is protect us.’”

Theoretically, our government should have our best interests in mind and be protecting us…, but in many cases that is just not the case.

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Democrats aim to spread and finance their own disease called liberalism. 

Yes, my friends, democrats are aiming to spread and finance their own disease called liberalism on the back of the coronavirus.

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Adam Shaw of Fox News reports that, “Former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said during the 2008 financial crisis that lawmakers should ‘never let a crisis go to waste,’ and many Democrat lawmakers appear to be heeding that advice — using the coronavirus pandemic as a jumping-off point to renew calls for a historic expansion of government.”

Which is an expansion of “the deep state” and an expansion of “the swamp.”

“The view that the crisis should be an axis for deep, long-lasting change was on display during negotiations over the $2 trillion stimulus package, in which House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn reportedly said that the package was ‘a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.’”

And what exactly is your “vision” Mr. Clyburn?

May I say I feel you’ve been on that “liberal plantation” way too long, Mr. Clyburn?

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“That remark brought criticism from Republicans, when Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said of Clyburn’s comments: ‘When we see a rising body count, they see a political opportunity. Shame on them.’”

Shame on them indeed.

“But Clyburn’s sentiment was reflected at the time in an ultimately unsuccessful House Democratic stimulus proposal that included environmental regulations on airplanes, diversity demands for the boards of companies receiving bailouts, as well as other wish list items.”

Skeptics of my outlook towards these democrats really need to take a step back, look at what’s going on, and make an honest assessment of their desires and their intentions…, neither of which are good things for America and We The People…, unless you are a recent immigrant from Venezuela and you already miss the socialism there and the government controlling every aspect of your life.

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According to Katelyn Burns for Vox.com, “Joe Biden says the pandemic response is an opportunity for structural change.”

“The former vice president highlighted needed changes to the voting system, as well as environmental and economic reforms.”

Ahhh, yes…, we must change our voting system and pretend to help the environment in order to combat the coronavirus!

‘“I think it’s going to, it may not dwarf, but eclipse what [Franklin Delano Roosevelt] faced,’ he said. ‘We have an opportunity, Chris [Cuomo], to do so many things now to change some of the structural things that are wrong, some of the structural things we couldn’t get anyone’s attention on.’”

Oh, you got a lot of peoples’ attention, Creepy Joe…, but only because your “structural change” ideas were so ill-contrived and stupid.

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“The combination of the pandemic and a free-falling economy has exposed several policy shortfalls that some Democrats have been speaking to for years. In the two weeks before March 28, about 10 million people in the US filed initial claims for unemployment, the most since the statistic started being tracked in 1967. ‘The Band-Aid’s been ripped off,’ Biden said.”

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“The band-aid’s been ripped off?”

Ripped off of what, Creepy Joe?

One of your many age spots?!

The only “policy shortfalls” this whole pandemic nightmare has exposed is the failed fairy tale that says government run and administered healthcare is a better system and that we can trust the liberals in government “to take care of us.”

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Hillary Clinton has said basically the same things as Creepy Joe as of late.

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Again…, skeptics of my outlook towards these democrats really need to take a step back, look at what’s going on, and make an honest assessment of their desires and their intentions…, neither of which are good things for America and We The People.

“The idea that the coronavirus crisis could spur a new progressive revolution is shared by California Gov. Gavin Newsom who recently said: ‘Absolutely, we see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.’ The remark came near the end of a long answer to a question about whether he saw ‘the potential’ in the crisis for ‘a new progressive era’ in state and national politics.”

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“The renewed push comes as ideas normally advanced only by progressives — such as expanded unemployment benefits and direct cash payments to every American — have been adopted by Republicans as part of a short-term response to an unprecedented national emergency. But while Republicans and conservatives say that such measures are appropriate only in limited circumstances, Democrat politicians see the door as now having been opened to an enormous expansion of government.”

“Additionally, left-wing Democrats are likely to fight any return to a pre-COVID situation tooth and nail, and have already indicated as much.”

‘“We just have to reject any calls for a return to normal,’ Rep. Pressley said Monday. [That’s Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts] ‘Because that normal is one that was slowly killing people.’”

Wait…, what?

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These lefties are opposed to a return to “normal?”

So, they prefer the way we’ve been forced to live lately?

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Again…, skeptics of my outlook towards these democrats really need to take a step back, look at what’s going on, and make an honest assessment of their desires and their intentions…, neither of which are good things for America and We The People.

 

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If we’re going to hand money out, let’s REALLY hand some money out!

Howard Gleckman, for Forbes Media, says, “Congress is about to pass [actually has already passed] another coronavirus relief bill, adding another $500 billion to the more than $2 trillion it already spent to support business and individuals in the midst of the pandemic. And it likely will approve trillions more in future stimulus in the coming months.”

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And spending money “to support business and individuals” is just a portion of the spending.  There is quite a bit of spending in these “relief” bills that goes to the states and to a whole collection of non-covid related entities just looking for a hand-out.

And what do WE get from all of this spending?  WE get like $1,200…, if we’re lucky.  Many of us will get ZERO because we’re so wealthy or don’t qualify somehow.  Ha!

So, WE may get a measly $1,200 while these other governmental charities get millions and billions of dollars thrown at them.

Our representatives in Washington are already starting to argue over where the next round of trillions of dollars in “relief” spending will go.

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Allow me to offer a suggestion.

JUST GIVE THE PEOPLE SOME RELIEF!

If you’re going to waste OUR money…, “waste it on us!

In your own words Pelosi, quit throwing all of us “crumbs!”

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I’m pretty sure we would do a better job of spending our money than the government does.

Let’s amend that to ABSOLUTELY SURE.

If we gave EVERY adult in the country (209 million people) $25,000, it would cost us 5.225 trillion dollars…, or about what we’ll end up spending anyway in total, anyway.

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If we wanted to get a little crazier, we could give every adult $50,000 at a cost of 10.45 trillion dollars.

And really, what’s another 5 trillion bucks between friends?

No one else seems to be worried about spending money we don’t have.

So, what does a trillion of something look like, anyway?

The United States national debt is currently over 20 trillion dollars. We hear these HUGE numbers thrown around all the time, but does anyone really have a grip on what a BILLION or a TRILLION of anything really looks like?

Just for a refresher on how you get to a Trillion and beyond, recall from grade school the implications of adding three zeros after a “one”.

1 = One

1,000 = One Thousand

1,000,000 = One Million

1,000,000,000 = One Billion

1,000,000,000,000 = One Trillion

1,000,000,000,000,000 = One Quadrillion

1,000,000,000,000,000,000 = One Quintillion

Quadrillions?

Quintillions?

Our national deficit is only in the lower trillions now.

We’ve got a lot of room to grow our debt!

In fact, we’ll never run out of bigger numbers!

That’s just a fact.

The Imagination Station website asks, “OK, so what does a trillion look like?”

The problem with most answers to questions like this is that they try to put it into perspective by relating it to things normal people have no perspective for. For instance, did you know that one trillion dollars would stretch nearly from the earth to the sun?

I don’t know when the last time you traveled from the earth to the sun, but for me this comparison is just as mind-boggling as the concept of a trillion of something.

One Million Pennies

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The Megapenny project uses something a lot more common to most of us, a penny. Most people have a few in their pockets or in a jar and it provides a much better sense of scale. Round up 16 of them, stack them on top of each other into a little pile and it’s one inch tall. Place them side by side in a line and they stretch out one foot.

So much for what’s in your pockets, now break open your piggy banks and gather up one million pennies. One million pennies creates a wall four feet wide, five feet tall and one foot thick.

One Billion Pennies

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Stepping up to a billion, things start to change as we start imagining stacks of pennies the size of a typical school bus. Five school buses to be exact.

Add another three zeros and we begin to enter into the realm of the national debt (in dollars – not pennies). One trillion pennies would create a mind boggling cube with edges nearly as long as a football field.

One Trillion Pennies

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Of course, the final step here is to image twenty (20) of these cubes of pennies. Each penny representing one dollar of the national debt. The physical representation of large numbers is an interesting way to wrap your head around what it means to say something is in the billions or trillions, and beyond.

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So, Congress…, if you’re going to throw all of this “funny money” around…, remember…, it’s not YOUR money, it’s OUR money, and we want some of it back without it having to filter down through your wasteful and misdirected bureaucracy.

 

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