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This op-ed is Tammy Duckworth’s audition for Nancy Pelosi’s role as lead Democrat bitch. Listen to Ms. Duckworth’s vitriol in her opening. That’s where she said “In the time it takes you to read this, dozens more Americans will probably have been diagnosed with COVID-19. By the time you finish it, there’s a good chance another American will have died from the disease.”

It isn’t clear whether she wants the role as the Democrats’ bitch or that of the grim reaper. In the next paragraph, Sen. Duckworth wrote “Many of those diagnoses will probably come in New York; some in California; others ranging from Louisiana to Florida. While we don’t know everything about this virus just yet, what we do know is that it is spreading exponentially. Young, old, rich, poor, black, white, Asian, Latino, you name it — every one of us is in danger. And if we don’t take immediate sweeping action many more Americans could die in a pandemic that’s already been made far worse by a president who has refused to take obvious measures that could be done with the stroke of a pen.”

You can’t be serious with that statement. President Trump has insisted that the FDA eliminate as many regulations as is possible to speed treatments as much as possible. President Trump has had the US Army Corps of Engineers build tent hospitals in NYC — in less than a week. BTW, these aren’t small town hospitals. They’ll hold almost 3,000 patients.

Speaking of treating patients, it took the Navy less than 2 weeks to stock the USNS Comfort and get it to New York Harbor. Originally, it was projected to take a full month to prepare for service.

As for the “pandemic that’s already been made far worse by a president” BS, let’s talk about the praise he’s received from such noted conservatives as Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo. When pressed by Jake Tapper to admit that he’s only being nice so President Trump won’t cut him off, Gov. Newsom refused to take the bait. He kept saying that President Trump helped and that the help was prompt:

The mean-spirited things that Sen. Duckworth said don’t match the kind things that Gov. Newsom said.

Calls are mounting for World Health Director-General Tedros to resign. Thus far, Senators Rick Scott, Martha McSally, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse have called for either investigations resignations. Ambassador Nikki Haley has been critical, too.

Last week, Sen. McSally appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s FBN show. That’s where she said that “she has ‘never trusted a communist’ and that the Chinese government’s ‘cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world… I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down.'” Later, Sen. McSally was quoted in this article as saying “Since the very beginning of this crisis, Tedros has parroted Chinese government talking points, even praising the communist party’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing that the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak.”

She finished with this quote:

“At the direction of Tedros, the WHO provided cover for China for months as it attempted to shirk accountability for its bungled efforts to contain this virus,” McSally added. “This deception cost lives.”

Here’s what Tedros said that got him in trouble:

“China is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has taken to contain the outbreak despite the severe social and economic impact that it is having on China,” Tedros said in February.

China has been as transparent as a rock. Their lies have cost lives.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the WHO should consider removing Tedros as its head.
“The World Health Organization has consistently bent to the will of the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of global health and of containing the spread of the coronavirus, from downplaying the extent of the virus to systematically excluding Taiwan,” a Cruz spokesperson told the publication. “Sen. Cruz believes that the WHO has lost the credibility necessary for it to be effective, and a reevaluation of its leadership is urgently called for.”

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., also told the Free Beacon that “we need to have a serious reckoning with the World Health Organization.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined in on calls for Tedros to face accountability for how his organization has performed during the pandemic. “Once this pandemic is under control, WHO leadership should be held to account. That includes Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has allowed Beijing to use the WHO to mislead the global community,” Rubio said. “At this moment, [Tedros] is either complicit or dangerously incompetent. Neither possibility bodes well for his future at the helm of this critical organization.”

The quote from Tedros is especially damning. It’s indefensible.

Is New York turning the best corner in its fight with the COVID-19 virus? That’s still to be determined. What’s been determined is that “New York state has seen its first drop in daily coronavirus deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.” While this is exciting news, it doesn’t mean NY is out of the woods yet. Still, any good news is a ray of sunshine from the badly battered state.

The article continues, saying “Cuomo said New York also experienced a slight drop in intensive care admissions and the number of patients who need breathing tubes inserted. The hospital discharge rate is ‘way up’ he said, calling it ‘great news.’ You could argue that you are seeing a plateauing,’ Cuomo told reporters on Sunday, as he revealed that the state had reported 594 new coronavirus deaths — down from the 630 reported on Saturday and the 562 on Friday. At least 4,159 people have died in the state so far, with approximately 122,000 total positive cases.”

Let’s hope that this is the start of a trend. Let’s hope this isn’t an outlier or a momentary blip. We need to put this behind us ASAP so we can return to the best economy in our nation’s history.

“The number of beds doesn’t really matter anymore,” Cuomo went on. “We have the beds. It’s the ventilators, and then it’s the staff.”

The staff isn’t NY’s biggest problem, either:

Separately, the military said in a statement that the 1,000 personnel would work in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A total of 300 of these “uniformed medical providers will work from the Javits Center and the rest will deploy to other area locations to expand local medical capabilities in the war against COVID-19,” U.S. Northern Command, which is leading coronavirus efforts for the Department of Defense, said.

Simply put, NY would be devastated if not for all the help President Trump has delivered to NY.

Ordinary Death vs. Extra Ordinary Death
A Minnesota Perspective on the Covid-19 Outbreak
By John W. Palmer, Ph.D.
Death and taxes are often mentioned as the only things certain in life. Another common statement is that no one ever gets out of this life alive. Death is something people do not usually dwell upon and those who frequently dwell upon death are often considered unbalanced. These past two months, our state and nation have obsessed on a virus associated with death. While that has been going on the ordinary death that surrounds us has continued to happen. I do not write this to minimize the threat to people’s health that COVID-19 presents. I write this to put COVID-19 death into perspective with the leading cause of death that individually and in total kill many if not overwhelming people the covid-19.
In a typical year about 44,500 Minnesotans die. These deaths often can be prevented or delayed by engaging in specific behaviors. Unlike the current bug du jour, these ordinary causes of death do not receive much public attention and as a result they continue to cut lives short. One of the causes of death that does not get captured in our census of death is the role fear plays. Dr. Marc Siegel’s book False Alarm: The Truth About The Epidemic of Fear provides insights into how fear leads to health problems and often is used to manipulate behavior. For a glimpse into this excellent book go to ref=sr_1_3? crid=2SACHBGM8GKPW&dchild=1&keywords=false+alarm&qid=1585752693&s=books&spre? x=False%2Caps%2C177&sr=1-3 As I read the book during the last few days and experienced the COVID-19 phenomena, I couldn’t help but wonder if this is just another bug du jour to be added to Siegel’s narrative. Only time will tell the truths of the COVID-19 outbreak.
What will be true are the predictable side-effects of the stay-at-home and constant urging of social distancing and good personal hygiene since we know less travel will mean less vehicle crashes and less work-related injury. It is also known that increases in good personal hygiene will mean less spread of bacterial and viral infections. It is possible that more lives will be saved by the side effects of the COVID-19 public health efforts than the principal target of COVID -19 related death.
The following Death by Leading Causes table which follows summarizes death in Minnesota and the leading causes of death in Minnesota. The total Minnesota Coved-19 deaths will not be known until year end but based on the mid-point of the range of COVID -19 deaths in the USA currently projected (120,000), it is hard to believe Minnesota’s (1.7% of US population) share of these project deaths (2039) would place COVID -19 in the top five leading cause of death in Minnesota.
Another way to look at the relationship between covid-19 and leading causes of death is to examine covid-19 deaths occurring during the last two months (see table titled February and March) with the typical deaths in a 2-month time period. The typical deaths over a two-month time period exceed the COVID-19 deaths in the last two months by a factor of over 600. Each of the top four leading causes of death also exceed COVID-19 deaths. Cancer deaths exceed COVID-19 deaths by a factor over 130 with Heart Disease deaths exceeding COVID-19 by a factor of 115 and Alzheimer and unintentional injury death both exceed COVID-19 death by over 35.

Two final comparisons of COVID-19 deaths which are interesting are the comparison of February 2020 motor vehicles deaths and Influenza deaths. All three of these censuses of cause of death occurred over a period of one month so these comparisons are over a similar time frame and does not use an estimate of monthly death. A total of 56 Influenza deaths happened in March of 2020 and 21 motor vehicle fatalities happen in February of this year. Influenza deaths exceed COVID-19 deaths by a factor of 4 and motor vehicle deaths by a factor of 1.75 (see the next two tables). Since the mitigation strategies for COVID-19 also will impact on influenza (virus spread in the same way) and motor vehicle fatalities (less driving will lead to less fatalities) it will be interesting to see what happens to motor vehicle and influenza related death.

I set out to put COVID-19 death into perspective with the leading cause of death that individually and in total kill many if not overwhelming numbers of people than COVID-19.

My hope is that as we face the impact of COVID-19 we do not lose site of the need to address the leading causes of death. With rare exception these cause of death all have potential of significant reductions in the number of deaths each year. Just as COVID-19 can be mitigated by shifting human behavior, each of the leading causes of death can also be mitigated by changing human behavior. Things like wearing protective equipment, washing hands and doing sensible things like staying home when you are sick all can reduce the chance of bad things happening and enhance the quality of life if people learn the importance of primary prevention. Unfortunately, our society has ignored, to a great extent, things which cause ordinary death. Hopefully, a positive side effect of COVID-19 can be renewed interest in primary prevention of the leading causes of death. We can’t eliminate death but we can take actions to delay its appearance. Perhaps, if in addition to the daily posting of COVID-19 cases and death, everyone will start to post the ongoing count for the ordinary deaths.

This NY Times article represents a definite victory for optimism in the fight against the Wuhan Virus. The article opens by saying “The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helped to speed the recovery of a small number of patients who were mildly ill from the coronavirus, doctors in China reported this week. Cough, fever and pneumonia went away faster, and the disease seemed less likely to turn severe in people who received hydroxychloroquine than in a comparison group not given the drug.”

A paragraph later in the article, it quoted “Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University”, as saying “It’s going to send a ripple of excitement out through the treating community.” This isn’t a silver bullet treatment that will cure badly ill patients. This isn’t as important as prevention and mitigation strategies like social distancing and washing your hands.

What it represents is another bullet to use against this virus. That, in turn, represents another glimmer of optimism in this fight. We still need to fight this fight smart but optimism is important in keeping our spirits high during the fight.

On another front, it’s important that the FDA is cutting through tons of red tape to speed products to market:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took time in this article to compliment Sen. Tom Cotton, (R-AR), for spotting the first case of COVID-19. Later in the article, they highlight a tweet by John Ashbrook, who is described as a “former McConnell aide.” Specifically, the article said “Former McConnell aide John Ashbrook also pointed this out Tuesday, stating that the pandemic is believed to have hit the United States the same day that House Democrats marched articles of impeachment to the Senate after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held off on moving forward on impeachment for weeks.”

Whether Democrats like it or not, the truth is that the Democrats’ impeachment march happened on January 15,2020, the same date as the CDC’s confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in the US. The truth is that Democrats were focused on impeaching President Trump from the middle of November, 2019, through early February, 2020. That’s harsh but that’s reality.

That isn’t the harshest news, though. I wrote in this post that the House Homeland Security Committee held 3 hearings on the COVID-19 virus. The first hearing was on March 4, 2020. The third hearing was held on March 11. That means the committee of jurisdiction waited almost 2 months to hold a hearing on a deadly virus. It isn’t entirely the committee chairman’s fault.

The House and Senate stop in their tracks while trying a president for impeachment. That means we can only blame Chairman Thompson for wasting the second month to hold a hearing. Imagine what could’ve happened if we had serious people running the House and Senate. First, we wouldn’t have seen a tweet like this:

It’s time to return serious people to chairing committees. We can’t handle the partisan political hacks chairing House committees any longer. By comparison, Sen. Tom Cotton spoke out about the COVID-19 virus early:

On January 22, one day before the Chinese government began a quarantine of Wuhan to contain the spread of the virus, the Arkansas senator sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar encouraging the Trump administration to consider banning travel between China and the United States and warning that the Communist regime could be covering up how dangerous the disease really was. That same day, he amplified his warnings on Twitter and in an appearance on the radio program of Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade.

Not every politician was distracted. Sen. Cotton paid attention. Meanwhile, idiots like Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler battled to see who got more time in front of the camera.

It’s time to run both of these idiots out of Congress. They’re a total waste of time.

After reading this article, it’s easy to figure out why Democrats lose national elections. They lose because their true colors shine through. At yesterday afternoon’s virus press conference, President Trump called several companies’ CEOs up to speak about how their companies are helping with the fight against COVID-19. The first of those CEOs was Mike Lindell, the CEO and founder of My Pillow.

While the punks in the press mocked Lindell, others maintained their professionalism. Here’s one example of that professionalism:

Liberal ‘correspondents’ couldn’t maintain their professionalism. Here’s a few of those examples:

Thank God for Greg Gutfeld:

While the MSDNC gang (don’t take it literally) sneers down its liberal noses, Greg Gutfeld highlights the fact that Mike Lindell is a patriot helping his nation through a crisis. The MSDNC gang can’t point to anything like that in their resume. God bless all of the Mike Lindell-like heroes who put country ahead of self. Thank God for Greg Gutfeld, too, for criticizing these snobs while providing us with humor.

PS- Democrats lose elections because blue collar people notice how anti-faith Democrats are.

The Met Council’s battle vs. COVID-19 represents the Met Council’s worst nightmare. Take, for instance, the complexities of living close together vs. fighting viruses. The Met Council’s 2040 Housing Plan is essentially obsolete. How can you have people living virtually on top of each other but maintain proper social distancing? The obvious answer is that it’s impossible.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. What happens when a truly infectious virus (like COVID-19) visits? Next, what happens if that virus is stronger and hits people of all ages? The people hardest hit by COVID-19 have compromised immune systems and the elderly. What happens if the next virus hits children the hardest and it’s twice as deadly?

The fatalities from NYC might look like the good old days compared to that epidemic. Do we really want to plan for that type of epidemic? Will the savings in transportation costs be worth the potential loss of life from epidemics?

I’m still not into the heart of the matter of what’s wrong with the Met Council in terms of how the Met Council’s planning threatens the health of communities. A little under 5 minutes into this video, you’ll see where the problems start:

The pages’ bullet points say:

  1. Urban planners know better than citizens.
  2. Raises vital question.
  3. Thrive MSP 2040

These bullet points are found under the heading of “Consequences of failing to check the Council’s power.” Think about this frightening thought. Think about an omnipotent central planner telling your family the settings your family will have to live in. The Met Council is already distant from We The People because it’s appointed. Distance equals unaccountability. Think of the Met Council’s ability to quarantine people in such a situation. The transportation system is light rail. If the Met Council shuts down light rail, activity within the neighborhood stops immediately.

During a pandemic, do you really want government bureaucrats who only answer to an autocrat in charge? Imagine that happening while Gov. Dayton’s administration. Frightened already? I’m frightened. I want to be in charge, not some partisan appointee. It’s my responsibility to protect my family.

Kathy Kersten said it perfectly when she quoted Forbes columnist Joel Kotkin. Kotkin, according to the quote, said “The people designing your city don’t care what you want.” Think about that a minute. The statement is true. Just ask city councils in the South Metro.

The truth is that central planners aren’t flexible enough to make adjustments to things like pandemics. They’re Point-A-To-Point-B thinkers. That’s the worst type of person to deal with in a crisis.

Ed Morrissey’s post about Nancy Pelosi’s statements on CNN’s State of the Union is, as always, spot on. Predictably, Pelosi’s statements ignore reality. She’s totally oblivious to reality with regard to the coronavirus. I wrote in this post about what House Democrats didn’t do when the virus was first taking off. Specifically, I focused on the House Homeland Security Committee’s activities.

According to their website, House Democrats held 12 hearings after President Trump’s two-way travel ban with China. Of those 12 hearings, 4 were on the subject of the coronavirus. If Ms. Pelosi wants to talk about people fiddling and people dying, she should look into the mirror.

House Democrats’ first hearing on the coronavirus was on March 4, over a month after President Trump’s China travel ban. Why didn’t House Democrats pay attention sooner? In my opinion, it’s because they were focused on impeaching President Trump. Let the record show that the Democrats’ impeachment didn’t include an article that mentioned a crime, much less a high crime, which is constitutionally required for impeachment.

All that Democrats have to offer is panic itself. Ed opened his post with this paragraph:

Say what? Isn’t this the same woman who held up the coronavirus relief package for days to get Green New Deal funding as part of the rescue? Nancy Pelosi told Jake Tapper yesterday morning that Donald Trump still isn’t taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously enough, just a few days after Pelosi spent a week back home rather than in Washington dealing with the crisis, only to fly back and derail Senate negotiations for several days in providing a response to it.

It’s impossible to take Pelosi seriously when she’s vacationing in her million-dollar San Francisco mansion for a week while bipartisan Senate working groups are putting things together. At the last minute, Pelosi flew back from vacation and nixed the entire deal, insisting that major parts of AOC’s Green New Deal be included in the emergency coronavirus relief bill. Pelosi also wanted additional protections for sanctuary cities, same-day voting registration and millions of dollars for the arts and the Kennedy Center.

Pelosi fiddled while first responders needed PPEs, ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment. What’s required is a voice of sanity. That voice belongs to Dr. Drew Pinsky. Check it out, then implement his wisdom into your life:

Last week, Nancy Pelosi got caught lying. If you’re saying to yourself ‘I didn’t see anything in the NY Times or on CNN, ask yourself when the last time was that you saw a negative headline against a Democrat legislator. Notice that I didn’t say a Democrat. The NY Times and CNN run negative headlines all the time against Democrat candidates. That’s entirely different. But I digress.

Pelosi got caught trying to put Democrat policy initiatives into the coronavirus bill. This happened while doctors and other medical personnel didn’t have enough ventilators or personal protective equipment, aka PPE. This is how Pelosi defended herself:

It wasn’t pretty. Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones laid it out perfectly. Nothing in the article above helps Pelosi, either:

“His denial at the beginning was deadly, his delaying of getting equipment … to where it is needed is deadly, and now the best thing would be to do is to prevent more loss of life, rather than open things up so that, because we just don’t know,” Pelosi said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Pelosi held up the relief bill and she’s got the chutzpah to insist that President Trump’s delays, whatever they are, have killed people? She can’t be serious. Pelosi insisted on changes to election laws as part of this emergency bill. We have federal elections, not national elections. The elections are for federal positions but they’re administered by state and local governments.

President Clinton frequently said that states were the laboratories of democracy. He’s right about that. Apparently, Pelosi isn’t interested in perfecting democracies. She simply wants total control. This November, thoughtful people should throw her out of her position of prominence. Kevin McCarthy is the right fit for Speaker because he actually listens to his constituents. The last time Pelosi listened to her constituents happened when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Pelosi’s agenda isn’t America’s agenda. In 2009-10, Pelosi’s agenda included 2 things: first, passing the ACA, next, passing Cap & Trade. Democrats lost 63 seats in the House that year. This time as Speaker-in-name-only, Pelosi’s agenda has been impeachment and resistance. The odds of her holding the Speaker’s Gavel are between slim and none and slim just left town. Rather than pushing a positive agenda that the American people approve of, Pelosi has pushed one anti-Trump initiative after another.

She hasn’t done a thing to fix the health care system. She’s pushed impeachment while the coronavirus pandemic broke out. Then, she tried playing chicken with Mitch McConnell while the COVID-19 pandemic spread. After the Senate acquitted President Trump, Pelosi, AOC and the rest of the Democrats did nothing to prepare us for COVID-19. The first hearing Democrats held on the COVID-19 virus was on March 4 in the Homeland Security Committee:

That’s over a month after President Trump issued his travel ban with China. Pelosi’s Democrats have been asleep at the switch when it comes to protecting us from pandemics. That’s because they’ve focused their time on frivolous impeachment hearings. PS- The House Homeland Security Committee has held 3 hearings on COVID-19. The last hearing was March 11. That’s pathetic.

While people die in New York, California, Illinois and Louisiana, Homeland Security did virtually nothing. I won’t say that the blood of the victims is on their hands. That’s clearly on China’s hands. What I’m totally confident in saying, though, is that House Democrats didn’t pay attention to COVID-19. They spent their attention on impeaching President Trump without mentioning a crime.

If that isn’t the definition of do-nothing Democrats, then it doesn’t exist.