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Something that I always admire for its wisdom is truly shining through in this coronavirus crisis. That something is federalism. Picture the end of last week. While markets were turbulent, Vice President Pence worked with Gov. Cuomo. Separately, President Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom had a lengthy phone call. Both calls focused on working out things to make life better despite the virus.

Specifically, Gov. Newsom was put on the record:

The far-left governor, who has previously clashed with President Trump on such issues as sanctuary states, said in a press conference Monday that “every single thing he said, they followed through on,” referring to the President’s promised assistance in dealing with the quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship. Twenty-one passengers on the ship have been confirmed to have contracted the virus.

At the press conference, Newsom also said that President Trump promised him, in a private meeting, that California would “have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise.” Newsom added that the President said “everything that I could have hoped for.”

The federal government has a hefty bag of tools that the states and municipalities don’t have. The NIAID, the NIH and the CDC are major parts of that toolbox.

What the federal government doesn’t have is the on-the-ground information required to deploy those tools efficiently. They require boots-on-the-ground to pinpoint the hotspots where those tools are best deployed. That’s where governors, working in conjunction with municipalities, especially health agencies and community partners, can direct resources to the right locations.

When operations get really high grades, government mixes in the private sector where their expertise is most needed and their assets are most helpful. About 15 minutes into this video, President Trump started calling CEOs and corporate presidents to the microphone:

This is how the Founders envisioned the system working. That’s what we should expect, too. The key is to keep government limited enough to do things well. We don’t want government to do more than it’s capable of doing. Asking corporate partners to assist at the right times helps, too.

Thus far, President Trump has made lots of great decisions. Shutting down travel with China and Europe have been the best decisions because they greatly slowed the spread of the virus. That can’t be overemphasized. Some of his communications could’ve been better. That being said, making great decisions are infinitely more important than great communications.

Joe Biden’s accusations of xenophobia were highly partisan. He looked small as a result of them. President Trump hasn’t engaged in partisan sniping, which has helped him grade out highly during this crisis.

The other person who’s grading out highly is Vice President Pence. He’s been a pillar since being given the responsibility of running the task force. He’s answered all questions while making great decision and while interacting with 50 governors and multiple agencies. Frankly, he’s set a high standard for 2024.

Cutting through the fog of misinformation about COVID-19 is imperative if we want to make rational decisions. In our quest to make rational decisions, this article is essential reading. Think of it as a call to rational thinking thanks to verifiable data from a trustworthy source. Let’s get started.

The article starts by saying “With nearly every news website, broadcast, blog, social media outlet and publication wallpapered with coronavirus coverage, information—and, sadly, misinformation—about it abounds. That slew of coverage is seemingly spawning fear, which makes focusing on facts currently known about the outbreak all the more urgent, in our view. Now, we aren’t epidemiologists or physicians. Neither of us studied medicine. We don’t even play doctors on TV. But part of what we do is analyze media—our team covers dozens of outlets daily from around the world. That means we have collectively read hundreds of articles on the subject—and found some significant overlap across various experts about what is true and what isn’t.”

What we know

As of March 6, Johns Hopkins University’s dashboard (which you can view here) cites 101,781 coronavirus diagnoses—260 in America. However, there are a few caveats to this. One, that doesn’t deduct the number of patients who have recovered or, tragically, died. Hopkins counts 55,866 patients as having recovered from the virus. 3,460 have died. Hence, these data show 42,455 persons currently known to have coronavirus globally—238 in the US.

This article was written on 3/6/2020 so its information is dated. Still, it’s worth reading through.

Limited testing worldwide means officials only identify those patients with the most severe symptoms. When Elisabeth (article co-author Elisabeth Dellinger) got swine flu in 2009, she was not part of the official tally because she stayed in bed and had fever dreams instead of checking in at a clinic. That the disease is likely more widespread than data suggest may seem frightening, but it brings us to another critical point to consider: The coronavirus death rate is likely overstated—potentially by a lot.

Some in the media, thankfully not all, have been irresponsible, by essentially hollering AIR RAID then whispering test. This misinformation has one main source: the anti-Trump political media.

I’m just saying

The misinformation coming from people with political motives shouldn’t be trusted. That isn’t to say it’s all misinformation. It’s just saying that the percentage of misinformation from these people is high. Let’s start with this information:

Wow! You mean that acting with common sense changes outcomes? That’s what Dr. Drew and Dr. Oz are telling us. Further, following the CDC’s guidelines is imperative. Think of that as our starting point. Let’s add that President Trump’s task force is doing an outstanding job with this. That isn’t what the politicized media is saying but that’s the truth. Vice President Pence is the right man to lead the task force even though he isn’t an MD. That’s why he’s got brilliant doctors on the task force. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Robert Redfield and Dr. Debbie Birx are brilliant doctors. Trust them. They don’t spew misinformation like Jim Acosta will.

This page should be the first page you read each day. It’s filled with information that’ll protect yourself and family. It’s filled with information about who’s most at risk, what you can do to mitigate the risks, what steps should be taken to reduce the odds of getting COVID-19. Follow these recommendations and you’ll likely have nothing to worry about.

If you do get COVID-19 symptoms, report them to your physician ASAP. When they give you instructions, follow them perfectly.

It’s time to stop panicking about COVID-19. Americans are a can-do people. We’ll get through this just like we’ve gotten through everything else that life’s thrown at us. If the liberal media want to panic, that’s their right. I’ve got more important things to do.

UPDATE: Chuck Schumer is spreading hysteria for purely partisan purposes. What’s needed is calm. Sen. Schumer is peddling panic. Apparently, he’s more interested in partisanship than he’s interested in statesmanship.

“I mean what was missing from the president’s talk is how he is actually going to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. That’s the bottom line,” Schumer said. “Well, what’s he going to do? So far we’ve seen statements belittling the problem, contradictory statements, statements that don’t address the problem.”

The CDC is putting out information that provide structure for people to follow. This is information that We The People need to act on.

If President Trump didn’t start thinking about the economic impact of COVID-19, Sen. Schumer wouldn’t hesitate in criticizing President Trump for not caring about the people. The simple truth is that Sen. Schumer is just a bitter partisan who hasn’t put the people first. That’s my definition of a total loser.

While Joe Biden will win South Carolina’s First-in-the-South Primary, things look bleak for him after that. Things look worse for Mini-Mike and Elizabeth Warren. That’s because Berniementum is gaining strength. Bernie leads by a wide margin in California, leads comfortably in Texas and leads narrowly in Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts.

The key word in that paragraph is leads. If Bernie gets three-fourths of California’s 415 delegates, he’ll become the odds-on-favorite to win the nomination. If he wins with a solid margin in Texas, that strengthens his position. Defeating Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar in their home states, which seems likely at this point, would virtually eliminate their path to the nomination. Think of it like Hillary after the networks called Wisconsin for President Trump. At that point, pundits started talking about Hillary’s path to victory after spending most of the night wondering what Trump’s path to victory would look like. Check out this polling from RCP’s page:

After Bernie wraps up the nomination, expect President Trump to hit him with a barrage of ads from which Bernie will never recover from. Make no mistake about this. Bernie is a dead man walking. Check this out:

The Nevada Caucus has come and gone, but the debate leading to it had some rather worrisome tidbits if you’re a worker in the Rust Belt. The Democrats just hate you. That’s all we can gather from their agenda, especially Sen. Bernie Sanders.

If he isn’t bellowing about health care, it’s climate change. We’re less than a decade away from all of us dying from global warming, according to the Vermont senator. So, that means we have to act now. Not tomorrow, not after breakfast—now! We’re all going to die…unless we do exactly what the Democrats want on this issue, which is typical. And in doing so, Sanders, like his former rival Hillary Clinton, may have had his own coal miner moment. You might remember from 2016 that the former first lady and two-time presidential loser promised to put a lot of coal miners out of business if elected president.

Bernie must win back Hillary’s ‘blue firewall’ states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan while holding onto the states that Hillary won. Winning back Pennsylvania and Michigan while losing Wisconsin puts Trump right at 270 electoral votes. Killing fracking and mining kills those states’ economies, which means Bernie loses those states and his shot at the White House.

There’s no question whether President Trump will hit Bernie on this issue. In 2016, he told those voters that he considered them the forgotten men but that he’d promise to never forget them while he was president. President Trump has kept that promise.

People wonder what happens if the Coronavirus will hurt President Trump. It might if they don’t handle things properly. If the NIH and CDC respond quickly and the various agencies handle things properly, then people will realize that this was just something that was beyond President Trump’s ability to control. If President Trump and VP Pence make the right decisions administratively, they’ll benefit from those right decisions.

It isn’t like people will suddenly say ‘I’m abandoning President Trump’s policies. He’s just too prosperous.’

When the first news broke about the Coronavirus, President Trump shut down flights from China and closed our borders. He also quickly put together a Coronavirus task force to monitor the spread of the virus in China and to start contacting local health officials across the country. They’ve been meeting daily for over 6 weeks now. This week, President Trump held a press conference to tell the nation the substantive steps he’s taken thus far. Then he announced that Vice President Pence would be in charge of working as a liaison with Congress and with local officials.

Here’s what Vice President Pence told Sean Hannity in an interview that aired last night:

“We continue to prepare for whatever may come, but the reality is that because of the actions that President Trump took … literally, you know, ending travel, closing our borders to people coming in from China, establishing a quarantine process, setting up a task force. I mean, if the president hadn’t taken those unprecedented steps we’d be in a very different place today.”

By comparison, the first action that Pelosi and Schumer took was to complain that the Trump administration hadn’t done enough. This virus wasn’t even on their radar when President Trump took action weeks ago. It’s instructive, though, that the Democrats’ leadership first action was to try to gain a political advantage. The Democrats’ first instinct wasn’t to fund the NIH or CDC. The Democrats’ first instinct wasn’t to reach out to the Trump administration and ask what additional funding NIH or CDC might need.


The difference in leadership is frightening. The newspapers are reporting that 2 companies, one in Massachusetts, the other in Israel, think that they might be able to start testing a vaccine in April. These companies think that they’ve discovered a breakthrough already.

There’s still a lot to be worried about. Still, it’s encouraging to know that there’s a task force that’s already checking into what’s needed in terms of supplies and is monitoring how many cases there are both inside the US and worldwide. Vice President Pence also named Debbie Birx to the task force “to help lead the Coronavirus response.” According to the article, “Debbie Birx is a State Department ambassador-at-large who works on global health diplomacy issues. Vice President Pence said Birx would be detailed to his office.” Meanwhile, Sen. Schumer still insists on playing politics. Dagen McDowell criticized the Democrats’ tactics in this video:

She quoted this from the Washington Post:

The quiet but proactive effort to obtain more money reflects the White House’s response to the Coronavirus.

McDowell then added this personal observation:

They sought to downplay the risks to the public while working behind the scenes to bolster the government’s response because you don’t want to create panic.

The Democrats’ highest priority is criticizing President Trump. It wasn’t until after President Trump held his news conference and criticized Schumer and Pelosi that Schumer and Pelosi put something substantive together. They had a month and a half to put something together but didn’t lift a finger.

Just once, I’d love to see Democrats put public safety ahead of partisan gain. That won’t happen with the Coronavirus, aka Covid-19. Sen. Schumer hasn’t been interested in bipartisanship. Based on this article, he’s mostly been interested in partisanship.

Schumer said “Trump’s move to repurpose funding previously appropriated for the prevention and treatment of Ebola [is] ‘indicative of his towering incompetence and further proof that he and his administration aren’t taking the coronavirus crisis as seriously as they need to be. We’ve seen no sign that President Trump has any plan or urgency to deal with the spread of the coronavirus — we need real leadership and we need it fast.'”

During this afternoon’s news conference, President Trump said that the annual average number of deaths from influenza in the United States is “between 26,000 and 69,000.” At the time of the news conference, there have been reports of 81,000 cases of coronavirus and fewer than 2,800 deaths worldwide.

Please explain to me why I should panic over a virus that has as many reported cases worldwide than we have deaths from the influenza virus each year in the United States. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t take this seriously. We’re already doing that. Our medical infrastructure, something Bernie never talks about, has already issued statements on what symptoms to watch out for. They’ve instructed people to stay home from work if they experience these symptoms. We’re told to wash our hands with soap and water frequently.

These mundane-sounding steps don’t sound like life-saving advice. When Memorial Weekend rolls around, I wonder if we’ll find out that following the CDC’s instructions will have prevented the spread of this virus. Something tells me we’ll be just fine.

There’s 3 important things to implement:

  1. Put in place a management team to monitor conditions on the ground and communicate with state and local levels of government.
  2. Instruct scientists at the CDC and NIH to do the research and experimentation to finding a vaccine that will stop this virus in its tracks.
  3. Instruct the medical manufacturers to manufacture this vaccine.

As I’d expected, the first 2 points are already in place:

President Trump has assigned the responsibility of coordinating with state and local governments to Vice President Pence, formerly known as Gov. Pence. This is right in VP Pence’s wheelhouse. I can’t think of a better person for this important responsibility.

Dr. Anne Schuchat reported that “As you know, this has been a difficult and challenging time and our hearts go out to the individuals who have been directly affected by the virus and to all those who have been working tirelessly in responding to it. Our aggressive containment strategy here in the United States has been working and is responsible for the low levels of cases that we have so far. However, we do expect more cases and this is a good time to prepare.”

There’s a management component to this effort. There’s a scientific component to the effort, too. The final piece to this puzzle is the manufacturing piece. I’d expect this solution to be well underway within 6 months, perhaps less. No other nation on earth can do that.

This is what putting a solution together looks like. The task force will continue meeting each day until the virus is eliminate. That means finding a timely solution instead of just working on something. In light of these productive steps, Sen. Schumer’s statements sound more partisan than productive.

Things are definitely heating up in the presidential race, with President Trump and Vice President Pence on one side and former Vice President Joe Biden on the other side. Right now, Vice President Biden is outmatched. Today, Vice President Pence was asked if it was ok for President Trump to tell China and other nations to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.

Vice President Pence “gave a full-throated defense of President Trump’s call for an investigation into” Biden and his son, saying “The American people have the right to know whether or not the vice president of the United States or his family profited from his position. My predecessor had a son who was paid $50,000 a month to be on a Ukrainian board at the time that Vice President Biden was leading the Obama administration’s efforts in Ukraine, I think (that) is worth looking into. And the president has made it very clear that he believes … other nations around the world should look into it as well. When you hold the second highest office in the land it comes with unique responsibilities – not just to be above impropriety, but to be above the appearance of impropriety, and clearly in this case there are legitimate questions that ought to be asked.”

Pence also said that he and President Trump were elected, at least in part, on draining the swamp. Voters didn’t say ‘drain the swamp except if it’s happening in another country.’ People want the swamp drained. Period. This video is a precise, intelligent explanation for why Vice President Biden should be investigated:

Here is President Trump calling on China and Ukraine to investigate the Bidens:

Meanwhile, Joe Biden attempted to defend his family with limited success:

Let me make something clear to Trump and his hatchet men and the special interests funding his attacks against me: I’m not going anywhere. You’re not going to destroy me. And you’re not going to destroy my family. I don’t care how much money you spend or how dirty the attacks get.

Biden sounds defensive. It might be the best he can do but it isn’t enough to win the gold medal.

As I wrote earlier, President Trump is getting good news from lots of different locations. His job approval is definitely improving. His fundraising is shooting through the roof. These aren’t the characteristics of a candidate on the defensive. They’re the characteristics of a man campaigning with confidence.

If this article doesn’t give you a headache, then you’re better than me. Jerry Nadler, one of the biggest phonies ever to wander the halls of congress, is a man on a mission. Nadler thinks that it’s the Democrats sole mission to impeach President Trump.

The Democrats’ latest fishing expedition/waste of time ‘investigation’ into impeachment involves Vice President Pence’s “decision to stay at President Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg, Ireland.” Said nattering Nadler in a letter “to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Secret Service Director James Murray late Thursday”, Nattering Nadler is “seeking information about Trump’s ‘apparent promotion and solicitation of foreign and U.S. government business at Trump Organization owned or affiliated properties.'”

Seriously? That’s what he’s spending the taxpayers’ money on? Perhaps people should chip in and buy Nadler, and the other Democrats’ on the House Judiciary Committee, their own copies of the Constitution. They should especially highlight Article II, Section 4, which says “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Staying at the President’s golf resort doesn’t come close to rising to the level of treason, bribery or other high crimes. Then again, Negative Nadler plans on digging into the Stormy Daniels scandal even though Robert Mueller has already looked into it and decided there’s nothing there:

Nadler is leading Democrats right off a cliff. Instead of working to fix the crisis at the border or rewriting immigration and asylum laws, Nadler and other Democrats are pretending that they’re working on serious impeachment investigation. It’s anything except serious.

This is yet another example of Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats wasting the taxpayers’ money on an unserious investigation. Just so people can see how unserious Democrats are, the definition of treason is “the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.” Staying at a friend’s hotel just doesn’t rise to the level of treason.

That doesn’t matter to Nattering Nadler because he knows Donald Trump is evil and it’s just a matter of time until President Trump is impeached. What a nincompoop.

In 2008, El Tinklenberg almost defeated Michele Bachmann told Chris Matthews that there were Democrats in Congress that held un-American views. Michele was pilloried by the Twin Cities media for saying what conservatives knew at the time. Today, there’s no disputing the fact that Democrats don’t put America first. It’s clear that Democrats put their warped ideology first.

In their latest ‘negotiating’ session, President Trump walked out when Speaker Pelosi insisted that President Trump re-open the government. The meeting ended when President Trump asked Pelosi if she’d fund his wall if he re-opened government. She replied that she wouldn’t. News reports later said that Pelosi refused to negotiate, which is accurate.

Pence led a three-person White House team seeking to negotiate with Democratic leaders over the weekend, but he told reporters that Schumer and Pelosi have been unwilling to budge. “We incorporated Democrat ideas and language in our proposal and made an offer to resolve this impasse and address the crisis at our southern border. And today, in this brief meeting, we heard once again that Democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiate,” Pence said.

In good-faith negotiations, each side gives a little. Neither side gets everything that they want. Pelosi thinks that she doesn’t have to budge an inch. Pelosi thinks that she can just play my-way-or-the-highway hardball.

Think of what Vice President Pence just said. He said that Republicans crafted legislation that “incorporated Democrat ideas and language in our proposal and made an offer to resolve this impasse.” The Democrats have stayed stuck on no. So much for Democrats negotiating in good faith.

That’s proof positive that Democrats put political victories ahead of doing what’s right for the nation. That’s the definition of being un-American.

According to the Cook Political Report, MN-3 is a toss-up race. People are free to believe what they want but I won’t join in with that opinion. I won’t buy that BS because Congressman Paulsen defeated State Sen. Terri Bonoff by almost 14 points. Congressman Paulsen garnered 57% of the vote while Ms. Bonoff only mustered 43%. At the time, the ‘experts’ were touting as fact what a top-tier candidate Bonoff was. I actually thought that she was a decent candidate, though I stopped short of calling her a top-tier candidate.

This time, Congressman Paulsen will likely be paired against Dean Phillips. Phillips’ grandmother through adoption was Abigail van Buren, aka Dear Abby. Other than that, Phillips is a nondescript cookie-cutter Democrat. For instance, one of his issues is Campaign Finance Reform. Phillips wrote “No matter what issue is most important to you, I believe the corrupting influence of money in politics is at the very core of congressional dysfunction. It is beyond time to reform our campaign finance system and take steps to repair our government. And while we ultimately may need a constitutional amendment to completely undo the damage done by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, there are steps we can take now that have broad support from the public and would make a meaningful difference.”

Isn’t it interesting that Phillips’ fix for political corruption is taking law-abiding citizens’ constitutional rights away? Would Phillips use the same approach to gun safety? Apparently:

I will do everything possible to reduce gun violence, ensure safe streets and address international threats? through a well-resourced State Department, which would? ensure that? diplomacy is our first line of defense.

In other words, being an international wimp is Phillips’ path to international peace and being a gun grabber is the Phillips path to domestic tranquility. Ask the 14 students and 3 teachers from Parkland how well that approach works.

Of course, the DFL regurgitated the same chanting points:

Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin called the GOP’s tax bill “Robin Hood in reverse. It takes from hardworking Minnesotans to give massive tax breaks to the wealthy,” he said in a statement. “Minnesotans know a scam when they see one, and the Republican tax bill is a bad deal for our state. Mike Pence should return to Washington and join Democrats in fighting for a tax plan that puts everyday families first.”

The DFL isn’t in touch with families. If they were, they’d admit that millions of employees have gotten billions of dollars in bonuses, higher wages, better benefits or all of the above since the Trump/GOP tax cuts were enacted.

The DFL would do well to actually start listening to the people, something they don’t do currently. The DFL should listen more to the blue collar workers. They’re the ones that delivered the White House to President Trump. The DFL should ignore environmental activists more, too. They’re part of the reason why the DFL lost the Minnesota State Senate.

I’ll state this emphatically. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis will win re-election. It’s likely, IMHO, that the MNGOP will flip MN-1, too. The MNGOP is competitive in MN-8, too. In fact, there’s a strong chance that Minnesota Republicans will have a strong night this November.

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Apparently, San Francisco safety Eric Reid doesn’t like it when politicians protest his political protest. Vice President Pence walked out of the Colts-49ers game when “23 members of the team took a knee during the national anthem in Indianapolis.”

After the game, Reid responded, saying “He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew we were probably going to do it again. And so this is what systemic oppression looks like — a man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts.”

The players’ efforts are to be political activists who wear football uniforms to their protests. When the NFLPA signed up to do political activism with George Soros, they hoped it wouldn’t get noticed. They tried pretending that they were fighting injustice. Now that they’re exposed, they’re upset when VP Pence gives them a taste of their own medicine. That isn’t systemic oppression. That’s what happens when amateurs try playing politics with the big boys.

As usual, CNN’s Brian Stelter gets a little unhinged:

Stelter opined that this was staged. He might be right, though I couldn’t prove it either way. It’s a little rich, though, to hear NFL political activists complain about staging an event. That’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Thanks to these protests, the NFL’s popularity has dropped significantly:

August Winston Poll

MLB/61 percent favorable to 13 percent unfavorable.
NFL/57 percent favorable to 23 percent unfavorable.
College football/53 percent favorable to 16 percent unfavorable.
College basketball/48 percent favorable to 17 percent unfavorable.
NBA/47 percent unfavorable to 23 percent unfavorable.

September Winston Poll

MLB/63 percent favorable to 16 percent unfavorable.
College football/51 percent favorable to 21 percent unfavorable.
NBA/46 percent favorable to 28 percent unfavorable.
College basketball/45 percent favorable to 25 percent unfavorable.
NFL/44 percent favorable to 40 percent unfavorable.

If the NFL continues with its protests, they should expect the NFL’s popularity drop some more. They’ve barely scratched the surface. If the NFLPA continues their protests, they’ll be less popular than Harvey Weinstein is with his former company.