The Virus

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

There are presidential primaries coming, but who’s going to stand in line to vote, risking the virus?
Isn’t this a clear case of foreign interference in the presidential election?  Since it harms Democrats by lowering turnout and complicating the race, Trump benefits.  Isn’t that an emolument, or collusion, or something impeachable? 
Joe Doakes

Reality is what the media says it is.

17 thoughts on “The Virus

  1. Trump’s political calculus is transparent. A strong economy is critical to his re-election. He won’t have one, however, and he knows responsible governors (unlike an irresponsible president) won’t allow a premature relaxation of social distancing. So, his strategy is to shift the blame for economic disruption onto the shoulders of others.

  2. Where are these “responsible governors”, Emery? Are they the same ones that didn’t prepare their states for situations like this and are now blaming the feds and the CDC, because their state’s health departments spent their money on stupid things like disease spreading choo-choo trains?
    You also might want to take a look at Trump’s approval numbers.
    60% on corona virus response, 49% overall.

  3. I also want to know how Walz’ considers the media to be essential? He’s allowing possibly infected reporters to roam around spewing the virus in public. This is not responsible. It’s stupid!

  4. The Democrats’ political calculus is transparent. A strong economy is critical to Trump’s re-election. Democrats can’t allow him to have one, however, and they know responsible governors (i.e. Democrat governors) won’t allow a premature relaxation of social distancing. So, their strategy is to shift the blame for economic disruption they cause onto the shoulders of others who are trying to save the nation, not win the election.

    There – fixed it for you.

  5. From Sean Davis:
    The fear pornographers whose garbage predictions were used to incite mass global hysteria, putting millions out of work, have now retracted their claims of global apocalypse. But don’t worry: they still have their jobs, so it’s all good.

  6. You also might want to take a look at Trump’s approval numbers.
    60% on corona virus response, 49% overall.

    Crap! Quick Emery…DRINK IT!

  7. Worst case scenarios may provide for the “best” way to protect public health & reduce fatalities, but it’s pretty clear that those measures will tank the American economy. That will also have a negative impact on the US economy.
    When we get through the other side of this the markets will emerge stronger than ever, because we will know how our institutions will react to a global pandemic.

  8. he knows responsible governors (unlike an irresponsible president) won’t allow a premature relaxation of social distancing. So, his strategy is to shift the blame for economic disruption onto the shoulders of others.

    There goes Emery with his alleged mind-reading abilities.

  9. Emery likes to make predictions that can be proven wrong. And he always is.
    He seems to think that this is a universal human attribute, that everyone else runs their life by rules that say “I am going to bet that occurrence x happens by time y”
    Most people don’t work that way, instead they kind of push things along in a general direction over time.
    Betting real money that the market will recover all of its losses by Easter would be foolish. By next Easter? Not so foolish.
    The trick isn’t to guess when the market has reached a high point or a low point, it is to avoid having to sell in a down market.
    There is (or used to be) a cliche of investors jumping from windows in a big downturn. Those were the folks who couldn’t make their margin calls.
    FYI, do you know what it means to be “ruined,” financially? It means that you have lost all of your capital. With no capital, you are reduced to living off of your labor, like 99% of humanity.

  10. I’m old enough to remember when we were told we’d have 1 million tests by March 6th.
    It’s now March 27th.

  11. Minnesota only has 235 ICU beds. That’s why we need martial law-lite: to ‘flatten the curve’ so we don’t overwhelm the hospitals.

    What nobody is asking: is “ICU bed” a technological term; a medical treatment definition; or a billing code to justify higher reimbursement from the insurance company?

    When the 236th patient shows up and all the ICU beds are full, what then? Leave her in the parking lot to die? Are we Bed Nazis: No ICU for You! Couldn’t we just put her in an ordinary hospital bed with a ventilator and nurse to monitor her, just to keep her alive until a real ICU bed opened up?

    What would it take to double, or triple the number of hospital beds capable of treating Corona virus patients? What would Hawkeye Pierce do on MASH? What would McGiver do? What would any red-blooded American do?

    Why is lock down the only possible solution?

  12. Minnesota only has 235 ICU beds. That’s why we need martial law-lite: to ‘flatten the curve’ so we don’t overwhelm the hospitals.

    What nobody is asking: is “ICU bed” a technological term; a medical treatment definition; or a billing code to justify higher reimbursement from the insurance company?

    When the 236th patient shows up and all the ICU beds are full, what then? Leave her in the parking lot to die? Are we Bed National Socialists: No ICU for You! Couldn’t we just put her in an ordinary hospital bed with a ventilator and nurse to monitor her, just to keep her alive until a real ICU bed opened up?

    What would it take to double, or triple the number of hospital beds capable of treating Corona virus patients? What would Hawkeye Pierce do on MASH? What would McGiver do? What would any red-blooded American do?

    Why is lock down the only possible solution?

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