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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.

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.

When Joe Biden tried separating himself from President Trump in terms of crisis management, he painted himself into a corner. During a conference call, Biden said “Trump is behind the curve and is promising results he has not delivered and announcing actions that he has not even ordered. He’s all over the map. In a crisis we need leadership that’s straightforward, clear and reliable.”

Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s 2020 communications director, replied “The only thing Joe Biden knows about handling a public health crisis is that the Obama White House had to apologize for [Biden’s] remarks that set off a panic during the swine flu outbreak in 2009. And when President Trump took the critical step of restricting travel from China in response to the coronavirus, Biden called it ‘xenophobic.’ Most of what Biden says the government should do are things President Trump is already doing. The President is leading an unprecedented mobilization of America against the coronavirus and all Joe Biden can offer is ineffective partisan sniping from the sidelines.”

I wrote here about how Biden’s speech on what he’d do during this crisis. I titled the article “Joe Biden revisits Neil Kinnock.” Kinnock is the politician that Biden plagiarized in 1988. In the article, I highlighted some things that Biden would do that President Trump had already done:

Joe Biden said that small businesses will need relief from coronavirus’ economic impact. President Trump already moved decisively to provide $50 billion in liquidity to small business owners, and is asking Congress for even more.

Then there’s this:

Joe Biden said it is critical for insurance companies to waive copays for coronavirus testing. President Trump already got it done, securing a commitment from the nation’s insurance providers to waive all copays on coronavirus testing and expand coverage of coronavirus treatment in all their benefit plans.

Joe Biden is a partisan windbag with an oversized ego. The RNC couldn’t resist to get into the fun:

Because the Communist Chinese Party didn’t tell the world about the Wuhan coronavirus, the pandemic is infecting, hurting and killing more people than needed to happen. Had the Communist Chinese Party been honest people who cared about being responsible leaders, it’s possible we wouldn’t have to take the dramatic steps that we’re now forced into taking. Remember that they’re the people Mike Bloomberg does business with and that Joe Biden thinks that the Chinese “are not bad folks, folks”:

Unlike Joe Biden, Marc Thissen is an honest guy. He has a different take on things:

Want to know why the U.S. economy is in free fall? Why restaurants and bars are closing, putting millions out of work, and why the airline industry is facing possible bankruptcy? Why schools across the nation are shutting down, leaving students to fall behind and parents without safe places to send their children everyday? Why the stock market is plummeting, wiping out the retirement and college savings of millions of Americans? Why the elderly are isolated in nursing homes and tens of millions who don’t have the option of teleworking have no idea how they will pay their bills?

Answer: Because China is a brutal totalitarian dictatorship.

We are in the midst of a pandemic lockdown today because the Chinese Communist regime cared more about suppressing information than suppressing a virus. Doctors in Wuhan knew in December that the coronavirus was capable of human-to-human transmission because medical workers were getting sick. But as late as Jan. 15, the head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention declared on state television that “the risk of human-to-human transmission is low.”

These are the people that Joe Biden says “aren’t bad folks, folks”? Don’t feed me BS that they’ve changed. They haven’t changed. Biden changed. President Trump calls Biden Sleepy Joe. After this, perhaps we should call him Sellout Joe instead. Is this what “not bad folks, folks” do?

If the regime had taken action as soon as human-to-human transmission was detected, it might have contained the virus and prevented a global pandemic. Instead, Chinese officials punished doctors for trying to warn the public and suppressed information that might have saved lives. According to the Times of London, Chinese doctors who had identified the pathogen in early December received a gag order from China’s National Health Commission with instructions to stop tests, destroy samples and suppress the news.

I’m betting that if you polled the American people, they’d overwhelmingly say that the Chinese leaders are evil, disgusting autocrats.

I won’t say that President Trump’s handling of this crisis has been perfect but he’s done some things that’ve been game-changers. For instance, calling in the CEOs of major industries (think CVS, Walmart, Walgreen, Target, etc.) and asking for their help. Think about empowering private testing companies to start putting together testing kits. Think about shutting down flights with China. That last thing alone was huge.

If China were an open and transparent society, with an accountable government, Americans might not be on lockdown today. What can we do about it? We obviously can’t turn China into a democracy. But we can hold China accountable for its behavior and put a price on its lies and oppression. We can reaffirm that the advance of freedom, transparency and rule of law are central objectives of U.S. foreign policy, because the lives and safety of our citizens depend on it. And we can lay the blame for this crisis where it belongs: at the feet of the Chinese Communist Party.

Another thing we must do is uproot our manufacturing of medical supplies from China, then have them manufactured here in the United States. We can’t afford to be held hostage by brutal dictators.

We can’t be held hostage by Joe Biden’s friends. This fall, when you enter the voting booth, remember who raised tariffs on China when China when they didn’t obey US laws. Remember who thinks that a brutal communist dictatorship are “not bad folks, folks.” Then ask which man’s beliefs align most with yours. I’m betting that most honest people will vote Trump if this is the most important question to them.

UPDATE: Roger Simon’s article pretty much agrees with my post that Joe Biden can’t be trusted with dealing with China:

Joe Biden is the last man who should be dealing with that. This isn’t only because it wasn’t long ago that Biden blithely dismissed the notion that China was an enemy (before walking that back following a barrage of criticism). Nor is it just because of the intimations of corruption with his son and others that involve China, as well as Ukraine, which should be reason enough by itself.

Sellout Joe knows too many of China’s dishonest leaders. What’s worst is that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) knows that Sellout Joe is spineless enough to push around. Sellout Joe might put up a brave front initially but that won’t last long before he caves.

Yesterday, I shared with you Pastor Max Lucado’s op-ed in this post. Pastor Lucado’s op-ed opened by saying “Anxiety is an out of control thought pattern. It settles over the mind like a severe weather system, spewing thunderclouds and casting lightning bolts. Life feels like an airplane in a tailspin. It feeds on what-ifs and worst-case scenarios. What if the coronavirus is unstoppable. What if a pandemic takes over? I’ll be quarantined for weeks! The economy is sliding into a bear market. I’ll lose my health. I’ll lose my job. I’ll lose it all. How will I survive on unemployment?

Thankfully, we don’t have to settle for panicked lives. As we learned from Pastor Lucado and especially from Brandon and Cameron Brundidge, we can opt for a better, healthier response. It’s the official response of Discovery Church, my church home. In this video, Paul Brenhaug and Pastor Art talk about how the church will adapt to President Trump’s ’15 days declaration’:

Early in the video, Paul explained how he was entering his home but decided to stop and pray for each of his neighbors. Taking that moment helped Paul pause for a moment, which doesn’t seem like a big deal initially. The first question that people might ask is this: how will pausing benefit me? The answer is simple, yet powerful. Pausing gives people the opportunity to regain perspective.

With the world seemingly spiraling out-of-control, wouldn’t a little perspective help? Imagine how much it might help if you added a simple prayer to that perspective-giving pause. It doesn’t have to be long to be effective. Try this the next time you pause for perspective and prayer: Heavenly Father, the world seems like it’s spinning out-of-control for me, my friends and my family. You are the God who gives peace and perspective. Lord, I pray that You give me, my family and my friends an additional helping of Your peace. Thank You, Lord. I pray these things in Jesus precious name. Amen.

How long did that take? Less than a minute, right? How much will it help unclutter your mind and relieve your stress? That’s up to you. It matters whether:

  1. you’re willing to take the time to pray;
  2. you’re willing to trust God;
  3. you’re willing to trust God’s solutions rather than trusting your own solutions.

It’s natural to get nervous. It’s virtuous to pause, pray and gain perspective. That’s the fastest path to sanity during these anxiety-riddled times.

President Trump’s leadership is becoming totally apparent. This AP article highlights the first test of a vaccine for the coronavirus virus. According to the article, “U.S. researchers gave the first shots in a first test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday, leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With careful jabs in the arms of four healthy volunteers, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle began an anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time after the new virus exploded out of China and fanned out across the globe.”

That doesn’t mean we’re in the clear. It simply means that the private sector is working its magic in record-setting fashion. Lives are at risk, which means it’s a job for the private sector to get involved.

Joe Biden has been badmouthing President Trump since he became the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee. Frankly, he’s a loudmouthed idiot with an over-sized ego. During his half-century in office, Biden has gotten tons of things wrong, especially on foreign policy. Biden’s badmouthing of President Trump’s handling of the virus crisis has played perfectly into China’s propaganda campaign.

Rather than putting nation first, the Democrats’ frontrunner put partisanship first. Unfortunately, that’s Biden’s history. If he hadn’t been Obama’s VP, he would’ve been an early drop-out. Pretending that he’s a legitimate presidential candidate is like thinking that Ehire Adrianza is a legitimate full-time DH. The only thing Biden’s gotten right about the pandemic is his blueprint. That’s only because he copied President Trump’s blueprint.

Slowing the spread of this virus was huge. Stopping flights with China prevented the spread of the virus while China lied about how it originated in Wuhan Province. Unfortunately, Biden isn’t bright enough to push back against the Chinese.

Dr. Debbie Birx just talked about her experience with the virus task force. While Sleepy Joe Biden, now the prohibitive favorite to be the Democrats’ presidential nominee, has ignorantly shot his mouth off like a attention-seeking school child, adults like Dr. Birx have gotten important work done. In that work, they’ve helped protect hundreds of lives.

In his attempt to score partisan points, Biden said “We should not ‘fall back on xenophobia. Labeling COVID-19 a foreign virus does not display accountability for the misjudgments that have taken thus far by the Trump administration.” Presumably, Sleepy Joe isn’t talking about shutting down travel with China or Europe. Unfortunately, the man who will be the Democrats’ nominee has made himself look like an idiot on those fronts:

What was Biden saying? Days before the Trump administration finalized the travel restrictions, in an editorial Biden warned against “reactionary” travel bans, claiming it “would only have made things worse” with Ebola. Biden then accused the president of “demonstrated failures of judgment.”

It’s apparent that Sleepy Joe, the Democrats’ soon-to-be-nominee, prefers the virus get to the United States unchecked so it can kill hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Buffoons think that way. Leaders like President Trump react when crises arise. Then medical experts like Dr. Fauci praise leaders like President Trump:;

“Clearly early on we made a travel ban with regards to China that was a very smart move right there because what that did was prevent a major influx from China,” Dr. Fauci added.

How has President Trump led? Let’s ask Dr. Birx for her opinion:

“I’ve been a lab person. I’ve been a vaccine developer. I’ve been a doctor. I’ve been all those things,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, another expert on the White House task force. “But I have never in my lifetime of government service worked with the CDC in a way that every time a state or local government calls and says, ‘I have this barrier, I need a modification to the regulations.’ That has happened almost daily.”

That’s what it means to work at ‘Trump speed.’ In other words, President Trump acts like a businessman, clearing obstacles and optimizing performance. That wouldn’t happen if a lifelong politician were running the show. Thank God we have a businessman at the helm, not Sleepy Joe. I’m thankful for experts like Dr. Birx, who is doing an outstanding job. Finally, let’s be thankful for Dr. Fauci:

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.