Joe Biden’s staff must’ve written this op-ed on life after COVID-19 for him. It’s impossible to picture him empathizing with young people like that. In the op-ed, Biden wrote about the need for social distancing and how life wasn’t fair to young people. Then he spoke to people aged “20-54.”

But based on recent data from the Centers for Disease Control, it’s also clear that adults of all ages, including younger people, need to practice social distancing and self-isolating for their own personal protection. Of the cases in the U.S. thus far, almost 40 percent of COVID-19 infections that required hospitalization were among people aged 20-54.

That statistic is worthless by itself. How many of those young people who were hospitalized had compromised immune systems? What percent of those that were hospitalized were near the upper end of that age range? A 20-year-old’s immune system isn’t as compromised as a 54-year-old’s immune system.

That paragraph is mostly there to frighten people. It isn’t there to inform people. To inform people, there needs to be greater specificity. That’s missing from Biden’s op-ed. What isn’t missing from Biden’s op-ed are scare tactics:

People under the age of 60 are not immune to coronavirus. Young people are not assured to only experience a mild case if you catch it. There are no guarantees that you will not die from it. Increasingly, we are hearing heart-rending stories of deaths from people in their 20s and 30s.

That’s why we all have to follow the CDC guidelines to minimize the risk of our own exposure to the virus, and to slow its spread to others. Wash your hands. Stay at least six feet away from other people at all times. And yes, stay home. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family and neighbors. Do it to save the lives of those you’ve never met.

Thanks, Joe. We’ve been doing that for over a month. Leadership is about telling us what we need to do a month+ after we need to do it.

This is like Sleepy Joe accusing President Trump of xenophobia when President Trump shut down travel with China on January 31. According to Dr. Fauci, that decision saved lives and bought the US time. Next, Biden plays the con-job card:

This virus is already threatening economic impacts that could rival the Great Depression, and we are going to rely on the energy, the innovative spirit, and boundless capacity of our young people to help rebuild our economy when it’s over. We’re going to have to figure out how to get more help to folks who were left out of this bill. For example, I support forgiving at least $10,000 in student loan debt per person right now to provide meaningful relief. It’s the responsibility of all those in Congress to act now to ensure that our young people get a fair shot.

It isn’t just young people who have the gift of innovation. Smart people of all ages participate in innovation. What’s required is capitalism and competition.

A few Fridays ago, President Trump brought together CEOs of major companies in the Rose Garden at the White House to talk about ramping up testing for COVID-19. CEOs and presidents of companies like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and other companies pledged to donate parts of their parking lots to do drive-through testing so they didn’t need to tie up space in clinics. About 15 minutes into this video, multiple CEOs spoke about their companies’ contributions:

In other words, President Trump did 2 weeks ago what Joe Biden is just thinking about today. In a crisis, time matters. Peter Navarro has coined a new phrase that’s appropriate for this. He’s talked about doing things at “Trump time.” In other words, getting things done faster than government is used to moving. Amen to that.

Let’s implement Trump time. Let’s vanquish Biden’s scare tactics.

The Media wing of the Democrat Party, aka the MSM, aka the Hate Trump Media, can’t make up their minds. When President Trump shut down daily press briefings, the MSM insisted that they reopen the daily briefings. Instead, President Trump invited the MSM into cabinet meetings and meetings with heads of state.

Another popular option was taking questions on his way to Marine One. During these press availabilities, President Trump frequently would take 30-45 minutes of questions. People loved these availabilities because they’d get real information. President Trump wouldn’t just explain what he did but he’d explain why he made a decision. When reporters tried playing gotcha with him, things didn’t turn out well for the journalist:

The average American doesn’t buy that calling a virus that started in China is racist. The woman who asked the question isn’t really a reporter. She’s more of a grandstander.

Mollie Hemingway’s recent article highlights the dilemma that Democrats are in:

When polls showed that President Donald Trump was receiving unusually high marks for his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, the first stage of grief the media went through was denial:

The MSM’s problem isn’t whether they should televise the daily coronavirus briefings. The MSM’s biggest problem is that the American people appreciate getting such a comprehensive briefing on this crisis.

The MSM is supposed to be in the information dissemination industry. The truth is that the MSM is often in the pundit/opinion-giving industry. That would explain this:

Things got worse when additional polls showed Trump receiving high ratings at the same time that the media received poor ratings. A brand new Gallup study — “Coronavirus Response: Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worst” — was particularly bad news. When Americans were asked about nine different institutions and political leaders, they gave majority approval to all but the media. President Trump has a 22-point net approval rating while the media’s net approval rating was negative 11 points. The RealClearPolitics approval average for Trump was its highest during his entire presidency.

The Democrats’ biggest crisis isn’t that they’re televising the briefings. It’s that people don’t trust the media. That’s because the MSM is in the pundit/opinion-giving industry when they’re supposed to be in the information dispensing industry. Getting rid of jackasses like Jim Acosta and replacing them with them with people like Catherine Herridge, Sharyl Attkisson or Lara Logan would go a long ways towards repairing the damage done by the grandstanders.

Dr. Deborah Birx is a natural treasure. She’s the voice of calm expertise in a time of panic. Yesterday, Dr. Birx addressed the media on the point of computer models that the media is citing.

In her presentation, Dr. Birx said “I’m sure you have seen the recent report out of the U.K. about them adjusting completely their needs. This is really quite important. If you remember, that was the report that says there would be 500,000 deaths in the U.K. and 2.2 million deaths in the United States. They’ve adjusted that number in the U.K. to 20,000. Half a million to 20,000.”

A few days ago, this report was used to frighten people. The implication at the time was that President Trump wasn’t doing a good job of eliminating the virus. Dr. Birx continued, saying:

Models are models. We are — there is enough data of the real experience with the coronavirus on the ground to really make these predictions much more sound. So when people start talking about 20% of a population getting infected, it’s very scary, but we don’t have data that matches that based on our experience.

And the situation about ventilators. We are reassured in meeting with our colleagues in New York that there are still I.C.U. Beds remaining and still significant, over 1,000 or 2,000 ventilators that have not been utilized.

The media should devote infinitely more time on reporting actual statistics than on these frightening and misleading computer models. As Dr. Birx just showed, the model wasn’t accurate. Finally, Dr. Birx finished by saying this:

Please for the reassurance of people around the world, to wake up this morning and look at people talking about creating DNR situations, Do Not Resuscitate situations for patients, there is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion. You can be thinking about it in the hospital. Certainly, hospitals talk about this on a daily basis, but to say that to the American people and make the implication that when they need a hospital bed it’s not going to be there or a ventilator, it’s not going to be there, we don’t have evidence of that.

Almost 3:30 into this video, Dr. Birx gets into that presentation:

It’s time for the media to stop frightening people. It’s time for them to start reporting.

Anyone who doesn’t think that we’re living in transformative times hasn’t read this post on Glenn Reynolds’ Instapundit blog. If you’re depressed after a difficult day, read this post. If the coronavirus has you feeling the blues, read this post. After it revives you, which it will, pay it forward. Here’s just a little portion of the post:

Restaurants and schools have said, “we’ve got kitchens and staff; we can feed the poor kids who used have school lunch.”
NBA basketball players have said, “Hold our basketballs while we write checks to pay the arena staff.”
Construction companies are saying, “Here are some high-end masks for medical staff and doctors”.
Distilleries are making sanitizer out of distilling “heads and tails” which are normally discarded. Nasty shit to drink, but effective sanitizer.
People are tipping grocery check-out clerks and thanking them for taking the risk.
Local, state, and county governments are taking control of everything the feds cannot do. Some are doing it wrong, but for the first time in decades … they’re doing it. Federalism is re-emerging, and the smallest unit of government is the individual and the family. This, too, is re-emerging after decades of dormancy.

Have we defeated COVID-19? Nope. Am I confident we will? Yup. Should we still listen to Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx? If you know what’s wise, we will.

Back when I worked at Fingerhut, a friend of mine had a great sign in his office. It read “The difficult, we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.” Exactly right. We’re Americans. We won the ‘War to end All Wars.’ Then we won the war after that. We conquered the moon. We built the interstate highway system. Before that, we built the Transcontinental Railroad without GPS. I’m not certain that they had maps back then.

This is part of what I call the American DNA. It starts with my friend’s sign in his office. If we can dream it, we can build it. If we can build it, we can perfect it. President Obama didn’t understand the underlying principle behind American exceptionalism. President Trump does. He came from the generation that was taught by the greatest generation. Thank God for that minor miracle.

David Catron’s article, titled “A Plague of Democratic Partisanship”, highlights the Democrats’ willingness to delay the benefits of the stimulus plan for purely partisan purposes. Democrats had negotiated in semi-good faith with Republicans while Queen Pelosi vacationed in San Francisco. Saturday night, the queen re-entered DC. Hours later, the bipartisan deal was dead.

In its place, the Queen insisted that the following items be part of the coronavirus emergency stimulus legislation:

  1. Corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards at companies receiving assistance
  2. Bailing out all current debt of postal service
  3. Required early voting
  4. Required same day voter registration
  5. 10k bailout for student loans
  6. For companies accepting assistance, 1/3 of board members must be chosen by workers
  7. Provisions on official time for union collective bargaining
  8. Full offset of airline emissions by 2025
  9. Greenhouse gas statistics for individual flights
  10. Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
  11. $15 minimum wage at companies receiving assistance
  12. Permanent paid leave at companies receiving assistance

That’s just a partial list. At a time when the American people were hurting and some were literally dying, Democrats didn’t hesitate to put people’s lives at risk for some partisan trinkets. The Democrats’ character, or lack thereof, shined through.

Next, ask yourself if that’s the type of people you want leading the nation through a crisis. I don’t require much time to figure out my answer. That definitely isn’t the type of person I want in charge of the nation. Period. John Kennedy nailed it with this summarization:

Amen, Sen. Kennedy. You’re exactly right.

As one of Tina Smith’s constituents, I received an email from her this afternoon. Like most of her communications, it was mostly BS. For instance, Tina piled up the partisan BS when she said “As the threat of COVID-19 has expanded, I have participated in a strong effort in Congress to quickly ensure our nation’s response rises to meet this national emergency. It is my strong hope that we can continue to work together to address this crisis and its long-term impact on people, their health, their jobs, and the economy.”

The structure of the deal was put into place before Sunday. That’s when House Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, decided to insert this crap into the bill:


Negotiating Pelosi’s Green New Deal and the Democrats’ other wish list items out of the bill slowed things down. While Tina Smith did what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi told her to do, aid to hospitals and families got delayed. It’s impossible to “quickly ensure our nation’s response” while delaying the bill’s passage by delaying the start of the debate of the bill. Sen. Smith should be ashamed of herself. Of course, she isn’t the least bit ashamed.

Earlier this month, Congress has passed two wide-ranging packages to begin the nation’s response to the coronavirus. My priorities have been to expand testing resources as quickly as possible, and to ensure that our hospitals and health providers-in populated areas, rural communities and small towns-have the resources they need to safely and quickly respond to the surge in the number of people needing care.

Big deal. Those should’ve been every senator’s priorities.

Tina Smith is thoroughly corrupt. Holding up funding for medical supplies during a major pandemic is unforgivable. Holding up funding for medical supplies during a major pandemic to negotiate for funding for the Kennedy Center, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting or some of the other silly stuff Democrats put into the bill is disgusting on steroids.

Finally, it’s time to retire Rahm Emanuel’s saying that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” From now on, that should read “politicians should treat a crisis as a time to act like patriots, not politicians.”

Is our long national nightmare finally over? Have negotiators finally put together a deal that will start the economy growing again? Shortly after midnight, the White House struck a deal with Senate Democrats on a massive stimulus bill to jumpstart an economy that was sizzling up until the start of the new year.

Justin Amash, the former Republican and current independent, is threatening to upend the bill:

Michigan independent Rep. Justin Amash, who recently left the Republican Party, signaled that he might essentially delay consideration of the bill in the House. The lower chamber may seek to pass the legislation via unanimous consent because many members are not in Washington — but a single member can ruin that plan.

“This bipartisan deal is a raw deal for the people,” Amash tweeted. “It does far too little for those who need the most help, while providing hundreds of billions in corporate welfare, massively growing government, inhibiting economic adaptation, and widening the gap between the rich and the poor.”

This is more of a delaying tactic than anything else. If Amash doesn’t consent to adopting the bill without a vote, then it will require a roll call vote, which will pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. That will essentially end Amash’s political career. He’s already in difficulty for re-election in his district. This won’t make him more popular.

It’s time to finish this part of the coronavirus fiasco. When the scientists and statisticians tell us that it’s ok to return to work, let’s return to work. Let’s rebuild the strongest economy in the world.

It isn’t surprising to anyone that’s paid attention to Nancy Pelosi that she doesn’t give a damn about the United States. The past 18 months, though, she’s really ‘upped’ her game. Specifically, Pelosi has dragged the United States through a fiasco (impeachment), then a pandemic. The US economy was hitting on all cylinders just a couple months ago. You remember 2 months ago, right? That’s when Pelosi’s Democrats dragged President Trump through a farcical impeachment that was mostly hearsay testimony and Adam Schiff’s theatrics.

Back in the real world, President Trump was dealing with the Wuhan virus. Despite President Trump’s travel restrictions, which Sellout Joe Biden called “xenophobic and racist”, scientists like Anthony Fauci and Debbie Birx stepped forward and said that President Trump’s decision bought the world time to buy time and prepare for this pandemic.

What did Pelosi’s Democrats do with that additional time? They put together legislation with this crap in it:


Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi and Little Chuckie Schumer, are holding this coronavirus stimulus bill hostage while workers get laid off. Democrats fight for $15/hr. while real workers get laid off. Why should I think that Democrats give a damn about Americans? I only trust things that I have proof for. Right now, I don’t proof that Democrats give a damn about anything except partisanship.

This post by a very good friend of LFR says it all:

Make sure and stop past Jeff’s blog and check out his entire post on this subject. It’s well worth your while.

According to Katie Pavlich’s article, this is what prevented the Democrats from reaching agreement on the emergency stimulus bill:

According to a source close to the process on Capitol Hill, in order to move forward with any kind of relief package, Pelosi and her far-left Democrat caucus will demand the following be included:

  1. Publication of corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards
  2. A bail out on all current debt at the Postal Service
  3. Required early voting
  4. Required same day voter registration
  5. Provisions on official time for union collective bargaining
  6. Full offset of airline emissions by 2025
  7. Publication and reporting of greenhouse gas statistics for individual flights
  8. Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
  9. Federal $15 minimum wage
  10. Permanent paid leave
  11. Study on climate change mitigation efforts

People are getting laid off and this is Nancy Pelosi’s priorities list? Seriously? That isn’t a priorities list. It’s a special interest’s wish list. The thought that Senate Democrats would put a hold emergency financial assistance hostage for these things is beyond unethical. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi should be thrown out of DC for that type of bad-faith negotiating. You know you’ve gone too far when Susan Collins gets this irate:

Roger Simon nailed it in this column:

But the Dems don’t seem to be listening, at least as of this writing, and remain determined to squeeze every molecule of advantage while the nation and its healthcare professionals suffer. They also risk fully tanking the U.S. economy and affecting the welfare of its citizens for years.

The economy is tanking? What do Democrats care? They want $15/hr. minimum wage nationwide. That isn’t all Democrats want. Democrats want “retirement plans for community newspaper employees”, too. Democrats want “paid permanent leave”, too. Democrats aren’t the party of the little guy anymore. They’re the party of the special interests. Blue collar workers can go to hell as far as the Democrats can go. Paul Wellstone and Hubert Humphrey are turning over in their graves this moment.

The American people shouldn’t give Democrats any levers of power for the next 30 years after pulling a stunt like that. Jason Lewis criticized Tina Smith’s votes this way:

Senator Tina Smith is gambling with thousands of Americans’ lives. It’s disgusting and it needs to stop today. At the direction of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Tina Smith has been voting to block the coronavirus relief package. Until families and small businesses across Minnesota are put back to work (which must happen as soon as possible), they continue to struggle to get by. But shockingly, obstructionist Senate Democrats are holding up relief based on carbon footprints? It’s egregious and every American should be outraged.

Minority Whip James Clyburn made the Democrats’ intentions perfectly clear when he called the relief package ‘a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.’ Senator Cory Booker said the bill should be used to ‘reform corporate culture.’ To Senate Democrats, this relief bill isn’t about helping Americans who suddenly find themselves struggling financially in the face of this virus. Instead, they see it as a political tool to push their radical agenda, including the Green New Deal.

Unlike these partisans in Congress, Minnesotans and Americans are united against one common enemy. Doctors and nurses on the front lines are risking their lives and manufacturers are retooling. They badly need our support. Tina Smith must immediately put aside the partisan politics and put the needs of the American people first.

Tina Smith, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats don’t give a damn about America. With the nation facing this crisis, the Democrats’ priority has been the Green New Deal. Are you seriously kidding me? Chuckie Schumer finds a microphone every 2 hours, then repeats the line ‘We’re getting close to a deal.’

The people whose lives are getting ruined by the Democrats’ obstruction don’t give a damn, Chuckie. We need a deal done yesterday. If you gave a damn about the people who make this nation great, you would’ve finished this deal. You don’t give a tinker’s damn. This November, you’ll give a damn when We The People throw Democrats out of office en masse from the House and Senate.

Now that Ms. Pelosi has stuck her partisan Democrat nose into the middle of serious bipartisan negotiations on a coronavirus-related stimulus package, it’s only a matter of time before she gets rolled by Sen. Mitch McConnell — again. Based on this article, Pelosi’s House Democrat bill is a strictly partisan bill filled with items unrelated to the virus.

For instance, “Pelosi reportedly was seeking a ‘laundry list’ of items to be included in the legislation, including wiping out up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person and securing election-security funding.” These items have nothing to do with the virus or the stimulus. They should be ignored. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should immediately announce that the Senate won’t consider bills unless they’re clean bills and they’re related to the virus or to the stimulus.

This statement stinks to high heaven:

“It’s on the Senate side now because that’s their deadline for a vote, but we’ll be introducing our own bill and hopefully it’ll be compatible with what they discussed on the Senate,” Pelosi told reporters early Sunday.

Pelosi knows that the Democrats’ bill won’t be anything like the Senate bill. First, the House Democrats’ bill won’t be a negotiation between Republicans and Democrats. Speaker Pelosi demands things from people. She doesn’t negotiate. She dictates terms. At least, that’s what she does until she runs into Mitch McConnell. Then she gets her arse kicked.