Trump’s Name Up In Lights

Donald of Orange wants to see his name on everything about virus….especially the give-a-ways…..he has it on the postal warnings (see below)……

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…and now he wants his signature on those free cash checks…….

President Trump has told people he wants Americans to see his signature on the stimulus checks that will be sent out after he signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package into law Friday, according to an administration official cited by The Wall Street Journal. Such checks would normally be signed by a disbursing officer, not the president. While signing the bill into law in the Oval Office on Friday, the president appeared to express awe at the price tag attached to the legislation, calling it a “great honor” and saying, “I never signed anything with a T on it.” Trump, who has faced criticism recently for what some see as overly optimistic assessments about the coronavirus pandemic, went on to predict a “rebound like we have never seen before” by the end of the year.  The legislation he signed includes expanded unemployment benefits, direct cash payments to every American earning less than $99,000 a year, and billions in job retention loans for small businesses. 

Read it at The Wall Street Journal

The quarantine breakers are being rounded up…….

New Yorkers seeking refuge in Rhode Island might want to think again. The state’s police and National Guard are pulling over drivers with New York plates, and knocking on doors for recent travelers from the Empire State—America’s epicenter for the coronavirus outbreak, NBC News reports. Such visitors are told to quarantine for two weeks, or face 90 days in prison and a $500 fine. “I know this is unusual,” says Gov. Gina Raimondo. “I know this is extreme. And I know some people don’t agree with it. It’s absolutely not a decision I make lightly.” Raimondo says her state isn’t ready for a major spike in COVID-19 cases: “We are not set up for that,” she explains. For more:

  • But she’s getting some pretty serious pushback, Fox News reports. “I don’t like it socially or culturally,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. “I don’t like what it says about us as one state, one family. Also, I don’t believe it’s medically justified.”
  • For its part, the ACLU calls Raimondo’s plan “ill-advised and unconstitutional” because the “under the Fourth Amendment, having a New York state license plate simply does not, and cannot, constitute ‘probable cause’ to allow police to stop a car.”
  • But consider the math: New York state has 52,000 cases, per CNN, and Rhode Island a little over 200. “Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Raimondo tells Bloomberg. “That risk is called New York City.”
  • Texas, Massachusetts, and Florida are also ordering quarantines for recent visitors, Politico reports. They vary in scope, but appear to be focused on the stream of residents flowing out of New Orleans and New York City.

Donald of Orange is thinking of a 3 state quarantine……

President Trump said he was considering a quarantine as early as Saturday for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, though it wasn’t clear whether he had the power to order state residents to stay put, the AP reports. Trump told reporters that he had spoken with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, among others, and that “a lot of the states that are infected but don’t have a big problem, they’ve asked me if I’ll look at it, so we’re going to look at it.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who criticized the federal government’s response as his state became the country’s virus epicenter, said the issue did not come up in a conversation he had with Trump earlier Saturday. “I don’t even know what that means,” the Democrat said in New York.

“I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable, and from a medical point of view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing. … I don’t like the sound of it,” Cuomo added. Trump made his remarks while on a trip to Norfolk, Virginia, to see off a US Navy hospital ship heading to New York City to help with the pandemic. At the event, he spoke to a sparse crowd and cautioned Americans to take virus protections. The federal government is empowered to take measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases between states, but it’s not clear that means Trump can ban people from leaving their state. It has never been tested in the modern era — and in rare cases when any quarantine was challenged, the courts generally sided with public health officials.

The president is still acting like an immature 7 year old…..now he wants to punish those that are “mean” to him……

Shortly after the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 1,500 on Friday, President Donald Trump took to the podium at a White House press briefing and complained that certain state’s governors  are not “appreciative” enough of the federal government’s help—so much so that he said he’d told Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the coronavirus task force, to skip calling governors of some hard-hit areas.  

Trump singled out the Democratic leaders of Washington and Michigan, noting that he had advised Pence not to call them as the healthcare crisis plagues their states and people fall sick and die. 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-says-he-told-mike-pence-to-ignore-governors-in-hard-hit-areas-if-they-are-not-appreciative

Finally, Donald of Orange is still pushing the “back to work” strategy to defeat this virus…..;a moronic belief….

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world. The total death toll globally is over 22,000. On Thursday, there were more than 6,000 new cases and 712 new deaths reported in Italy; 6,600 new cases and 500 new deaths in Spain; and 6,000 new cases and 56 deaths in Germany. The virus is only beginning to spread in Indonesia, Brazil, India and other countries in Asia and Latin America.

The center of the accelerating pandemic is the United States. It has now surpassed Italy and China with the largest number of confirmed cases, at more than 85,000. The US counted 17,000 new cases yesterday, almost three times that of any other country. The death toll has surged to nearly 1,300.

Amidst this escalating crisis, the Trump administration is intensifying its efforts to promote a speedy return to work.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/27/pers-m28.html

Just a few thoughts for this weekend…..

Be calm…..avoid crowds…..wash hands often….stay prepared

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Do I Get Free Money?

Closing Thought–27Mar20

The stim package has passed and us mere mortals will be getting some sort of check in an attempt to sooth the savage beast……if so then how much will I get is the most asked question?

Let’s go to the info…..

The Senate on Wednesday passed the biggest economic relief bill in US history—the AP gives a sense of scope by noting the $2.2 trillion price tag is equivalent to half the size of the entire $4 trillion-plus annual federal budget. Assuming the House passes it as expected on Friday, how much will end up in your pocket? The Washington Post has created a coronavirus stimulus check calculator where you can see for yourself (use it here), but in general, here’s how it will work:

  • The checks are expected to go out in April, and in most cases they won’t be checks. If you qualify for a check, the government will see if it has your direct deposit info on file from the filing of your 2018 or 2019 taxes. If it does, you’ll receive your payment that way.
  • If you earn no more than $75,000 a year you’ll qualify for the full $1,200. Married couples can get $2,400 so long as their adjusted gross income doesn’t exceed $150,000 a year.
  • Reduced checks will go to individuals making up to $99,000, with the total amount reduced by $5 for every $100 over $75,000. Married couples who make up to $198,000 will also get reduced checks.
  • Adults will also receive $500 per child under age 17. Forbes reports there is no limit on the number of kids, so the same thing applies whether you have one kid or six.
  • Based on these parameters, not every American will receive a check, but most will—about 83% of tax filers, per one estimate cited by the Post.
  • Your income level will be determined based on your 2019 taxes, or your 2018 taxes if you haven’t filed them yet. The checks won’t be taxed.
  • Another note on timeline: The Post notes that while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wants the first batch of checks to go out the week of April 6, “the last time the US government did anything like this, in 2008 … it took about eight weeks for the final people to receive their checks.”
  • CNN echoes that, with Howard Gleckman with the Tax Policy Center saying, “It is more realistic to expect them in a month or two

Does that answer your question?

This should be helpful for some….but I feel that it will fall short in most cases for the people that are suffering economically.

On the other side of this disaster…..after all it is an election and the president needs the economy to rebound, which it is doing thanks to the free cash for corporations…..and he needs some popular support and apparently his free money to the peons  has had its upside…

Despite a series of setbacks and snafus, a stunning new poll finds that 60 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Gallup poll released this week — and conducted during the week ending this past Sunday — shows nearly two-thirds of Americans approving of Trump’s handling of the crisis, buoyed by high marks from Republicans (94 percent) and independents (60 percent), with even just over a quarter of Democrats (27 percent) in favor as well.

Stunning Poll Finds 60 Percent of Americans Approve of Trump’s Coronavirus Response

Apparently we Americans can be bought.

My thought is if we could ask the 1000+ people dead would they agree and approve of Trump’s virus response?

I know I am a cynic….but I have been watching this scenario played out numerous times and little has changed and the people still have not learned that they are only an after thought most of the time.

Just wondering.

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2017 Women’s History Month–Badass Ladies

Women’s history month…..learn stuff….enjoy chuq

In Saner Thought

Women have always been at the center of any movement including revolutions……and very few get any recognition for their contributions….

I try to repair that historical oversight whenever possible…..

For every Joan of Arc, there’s a Mongolian wrestler princess; for every Mata Hari, there’s a Colombian revolutionary spy; for every Ada Lovelace, there’s a pin-up Austrian telecoms……

The women who shaped our planet are too many to mention, so here are just a few of the most frankly badass females of all time.

Source: 7 of the most badass women who ever lived (who you’ve probably never heard of) | Public Radio International

Why is there a special course for women’s place in history…why can they not be taught along with those of men?

Any good reasons?

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Trump And His Base

This virus has shown the public who Trump really working to help…….https://lobotero.com/2020/03/25/congress-do-we-have-a-deal/

The MSM and its pundits tell us daily during this election season that the Trump base are those voters in the Rust Belt and Middle America……I disagree.

To me everything the president has done since entering into office has been designed for his real base……billionaires.

Don’t blame the Trump presidency on the white proletariat. The real responsibility for this epically transgressive administration—headed by an individual Noam Chomsky rightly describes as “the most dangerous criminal in human history”—lies with the billionaire class.

According to a mainstream media myth long believed by intellectuals who ought to know better, Donald Trump rode into the White House on a great upsurge of support from poor, white, working-class voters drawn to the Republican candidate’s populist anti-Wall Street pitch in key deindustrialized battleground states. This conventional Rust Belt rebellion wisdom was proclaimed on the front page of the nation’s newspaper of record, The New York Times, a day after the 2016 election. The Times called Trump’s victory “a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters.” That same day, Times political writer Nate Cohn wrote that “Donald J. Trump won the presidency by riding an enormous wave of support among working-class whites.

This storyline — repeated ad nauseam and taken for granted in the mainstream media and even in much of the progressive left—is flatly contradicted by credible data. There was no mass white working-class outpouring for Trump in 2016. Slate writers Konstantin Kilibarda and Daria Roithmayr noted weeks after the election: “Donald Trump didn’t flip working-class white voters,” they wrote. “Hillary Clinton lost them. … Relative to the 2012 election, Democratic support in the key Rust Belt states [Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin] collapsed as a huge number of Democrats stayed home or (to a lesser extent) voted for a third party.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/06/trumps-real-base-ruling-class

The media owned by billionaires is telling a tale that they want the voter to believe and trust……as usual they are lying to us!

This election like most election is just a battle of corporations for control…..while the corporations get the gravy and the people get the skim at the bottom of the pie.

One last question……why does a cruise ship get cash…..they sail under foreign flags…..and they will get American cash……why?

Death total from this virus has hit 1,000…..how many more must die to protect stupid?

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Politics Of Covid-19

We here in the US have been scrambling to decide just who is telling the truth about this virus……the president or the health professionals.

I know who I believe but that is just me.

I read a piece written by a South Korean professor that sheds some light on the situation as it pertains to politics.

The author is a political science and international relations professor at Seoul National University.

I am teaching my political theory course remotely this semester due to the new coronavirus outbreak. For the midterms, I told my students to submit essays discussing “the politics of Covid-19.” Using the basic concepts of politics they will learn in the first half of the course, my students will analyze the political situation surrounding the Covid-19 crisis. For reference, I uploaded about 50 news articles — including editorials and columns I found in the local and foreign press — onto our online bulletin board. The news clips have provocative headlines such as “corona-politics,” “self-serving politics,” “the political offensive of a contagion” and “the government’s self-praise.”


In real life, politics is not so negative. From a realist point of view, politics is about clashing with one another over self interest and competing to take and maintain their power. The American political scientist Harold Lasswell famously defined politics as a science of “who gets what, when and how.” When we look up the word “political” in the dictionary, we come across such words like “crafty” and “scheming.” That is what we mean when we say someone is “too political.”

Covid-19 has definitely laid bare the dark side of politics. With less than a month to go until the April 15 parliamentary elections, we see political groups bashing and fighting against one another to pursue their factional interests and gain power. Attention from the media tends to amplify such political strife, and they demonstrated conflicting views on whether the Korean government is doing a good job in tackling the virus. In that sense, media outlets are also engaged in the politics of the coronavirus. The Journalists Association of Korea even published an official column criticizing a conservative newspaper’s “political and biased” news coverage.

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx

Fascinating look……but all that aside the South Korean model of dealing with this virus should be held up as the only way to deal with it.

Have not hears this before now?

Then read and then tell me who has a better model….that idiot in the White House or South Korea?

“Test, test, test,” World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus implored countries fighting the novel coronavirus at a press conference on March 16. “You cannot fight this fire blindfolded.” The UK seems finally to have heeded this advice, announcing plans on March 19 to up test for Covid-19 to 25,000 every day.

As of March 20, the UK had only tested 64,621 people – more than any other European country apart from Italy but still far below the level needed to truly track the extent of the outbreak. But if the UK needs a role model for implementing these tests, it could do worse than look towards South Korea.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would quickly announce that 9,300 people attended the two Shincheonji church services alongside patient 31 and 1,200 were now complaining of flu-like symptoms. Hundreds would test positive in the coming days. During a 10-day period in late February, cases leapt above 5,000.

Yet South Korea, where the outbreak total stands, as of March 19, at 8,652 cases and 94 deaths, now has a case rate in relative decline. Just 93 new cases were reported on March 18 (though numbers rose again on 19, to 152.) During the worst periods of February, Korean officials were recording more than 900 a day.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/south-korea-coronavirus

Guess what?  Testing is the key….now someone needs to whisper that in the ear of Donald the Orange.

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A Few Virus Thoughts

We hear a lot about the plan/s that are being debated in DC to save this group or that……do you know what is being said?

The GOP is trying to give corporations a ll the help they need while not too damn concerned with Main Street…..

Let’s begin with the Senate and their push for a corporate bail-out…….

Progressives on Monday renewed their demand for #AJustStimulus to mitigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic as the GOP continues to push a vote on a measure critics say could amount to “another corporate handout.”

“Republicans under Mitch McConnell want to turn the coronavirus rescue bill into a slush fund that Trump can use for corporate handouts, and we have to stop them,” advocacy group People’s Action said in letter to supporters Monday morning.

The legislation in question is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES. Democrats late Sunday successfully blocked the bill from moving forward, as Common Dreams reported.

“We voted no on the McConnell-GOP bill because among other problems it includes huge bailouts without protections for people and workers and without accountability, and because it shortchanges our hospitals and healthcare workers who need our help,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)  “These changes need to be made.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/23/counter-corporate-handout-pushed-mcconnell-progressives-intensify-demand

Some would have us believe that Dems were holding it up and punishing the people….that is a lie.

Despite urgent demands from public health experts, frontline nurses and doctors, and Democratic lawmakers that President Donald Trump urgently utilize his authority under the Defense Production Act to order private companies to produce critically needed medical equipment to help stop the coronavirus crisis ravaging the nation, the president on Sunday explained that to do so would be akin to “nationalization” of industries and “socialism”—a claim he made even while suggesting that a taxpayer bailout of his personal hotel empire might be necessary.

“We’re a country not based on nationalizing our business,” Trump said at Sunday evening press conference when asked about his reluctance to more aggressively utilize the DPA, which he officially invoked last week. “Call a person over in Venezuela,” the president continued, “ask them how did nationalization of their businesses work out? Not too well.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/23/trump-taxpayer-bailout-my-hotels-capitalism-ordering-industries-produce-medical

You interested in what is really happening?

President Trump has refused to use a wartime law to require major manufacturers to make vital equipment to combat the new coronavirus, reportedly after corporations successfully lobbied his top adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

https://www.salon.com/2020/03/24/trump-wont-require-firms-to-help-fight-coronavirus–after-corporations-lobbied-jared-kushner/

Games as usual……

Now for some of the more STUPID among us when it comes to this virus…….

These are times in which we may all have to make some sacrifices, but in the Texas lieutenant governor’s mind, senior citizens in the US should be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. NBC News reports that Dan Patrick appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Monday night, not long after a presser in which President Trump signaled he wants businesses reopened sooner rather than later—which would flout the advice of health experts, per CBS DFW. The 69-year-old grandfather of six agrees with Trump, and apparently thinks older Americans should be OK with risking their lives in this effort. “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?'” he said to Carlson. “If that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”

Patrick added: “Let’s get back to work. Let’s get back to living. … Those of us who are 70-plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.” Tucker double-checked that he was understanding Patrick correctly, asking: “You’re basically saying that this disease could take your life but that’s not the scariest thing to you? There’s something that would be worse than dying?” Patrick’s reply: “Yeah. If I get sick, I’ll go and try to get better, but if I don’t, I don’t.” CBS News notes the immediate backlash that came Patrick’s way, with the terms “death panel” and “Logan’s Run” (a movie in which anyone over 30 is eliminated) getting a lot of traction. “I’m 73, pretty active, and I’m not willing to sacrifice myself for the economy,” one commenter noted on Twitter. From another: “Sacrificing the elderly on the altar of the economy? This Texan will vote for someone with a moral compass next time.”

This one just makes one ask….SERIOUSLY?

And I hear the idiot of the Right Glen Beck echoes the feeling of the Lt. Gov…..

On Tuesday, right-wing shock jock Glenn Beck followed Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s lead, and suggested that older people should risk their lives and potentially expose themselves to coronavirus for the sake of the economy.

“I sincerely hope that we are not at a place, as Americans, where we are going to let the Democrats jam down the Green New Deal because we’re at home panicked,” said Beck. “I want to have a frank conversation with you and ask you where you stand. I mean, I’m in the danger zone. I’m right at the edge, I’m 56. In Italy they’re saying if you’re sick and your 60, don’t even come in. So I’m in the danger zone.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/id-rather-die-glenn-beck-joins-the-gop-call-for-old-people-to-sacrifice-themselves/

I could add something truly disgusting about Beck….but I will save that for others.

President Trump warned that the number of suicides could increase if he does not lift restrictions due to the coronavirus on daily life.

His administration is mulling whether to lift social distancing measures at the end of a 15-day period, and he has repeatedly said that the “cure should not be worse than the problem.”

(washingtonexaminer.com)

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Against All Advice

Most of the wrong info that the public is given has come from the mouth of the Donald of Orange in his daily briefings.

Like all can get a test….wrong there are NOT enough test kits……this virus will be gone by April……wrong again…….

New polling shows public trust is eroding regarding the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as news outlets attempt to catalogue President Donald Trump’s lies about the crisis.

Yahoo! News and YouGov surveyed 1,635 adults across the country this week, finding that 53% of Americans do not trust the president to tell the truth about the virus, officially known as COVID-19. 

Seventy-nine percent of Democrats surveyed said they agreed that Trump can’t be trusted, while just 16% of Republicans agreed. 

The poll revealed lopsided levels of trust along partisan lines, with 79% of Democrats saying they believe Trump is lying to the U.S. public about the crisis and just 16% of Republicans reporting the same.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/13/endangering-public-trump-lies-mount-coronavirus-spreads-across-united-states

He tries to sideline Dr. Fauci and Birx and continues to go against the best advice from medical professionals……..

President Trump said Monday that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months, and he claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the coronavirus pandemic. “We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump told reporters at a press briefing, echoing a midnight Sunday tweet. “We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems.” Trump acknowledged there were trade-offs, “there’s no question about that,” but claimed that, if closures stretch on for months, there would be “probably more death from that than anything that we’re talking about with respect to the virus.” The comments were further evidence that Trump has grown impatient with the pandemic, reports the AP, even before it has reached its expected peak.

“I’m not looking at months, I can tell you right now,” Trump said Monday, adding that America will soon be back open for business. He said, though, that states could continue to enforce stricter measures. In recent days, tensions have been rising between those who argue the country needs to get back up and running to prevent a deep economic depression, and medical experts who warn that, unless more extreme action is taken, the human cost will be catastrophic. “We can’t shut in the economy. The economic cost to individuals is just too great,” Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, said in an interview Monday on Fox News Channel. “The president is right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease, and we’re going to have to make some difficult trade-offs.”

This “man” is protecting the corporations and their cash….he cares NOTHING for the peons like you and me…..proof is his total moronic babblings about getting the country back to work….

President Trump has put a date on his desire to have the US running at normal speed: Easter, which is a little less three weeks away. Trump made the comments at the White House while participating in a virtual town hall for Fox News, reports CNBC. “We’re opening up this incredible country,” he said. “Because we have to do that. I would love to have it open by Easter.” Trump has said in recent days he’s worried that a prolonged shutdown would cause more damage to the US than the coronavirus itself. Critics fear that easing up on travel restrictions will worsen the pandemic in the US, but Trump argued the alternative is worse. “We’re going to lose more people by putting a country into a massive recession or depression,” he said. “The other people, you’re going to have suicide by the thousands, you’re going to have all sorts of things happen.”

Easter this year falls on April 12. “I would love to have that,” said Trump. “It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’d love to make it an important day for this. I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go by Easter.” Earlier this month, Trump laid out a 15-day plan to slow the spread of the virus, and that period ends on March 30. “We’ll assess at that time,” said Trump, per the Washington Post. His comments come amid a continued rise in cases. Earlier Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned that the US is poised to become the new “epicenter” of the pandemic, reports Reuters. In the last 24 hours, 40% of the world’s new cases came from the US, says a WHO spokesperson. The current US total is just shy of 50,000, per the New York Times. The US death toll is 615.

Every presser that he strolls out and lies does nothing to save the markets and is nailing is defeat in November down.

Thoughts about what all this early return to work is all about…..

  • Trump’s view: The president’s mantra is that he doesn’t want the cure to be worse than the ailment. “Trump and a chorus of conservative voices have begun to suggest that the shock to the economy could hurt the country more than deaths from the virus,” per the New York Times.
  • Echoing that: Former Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein is in Trump’s camp here. “Extreme measures to flatten the virus ‘curve’ is sensible—for a time—to stretch out the strain on health infrastructure,” he tweets. “But crushing the economy, jobs and morale is also a health issue-and beyond. Within a very few weeks let those with a lower risk to the disease return to work.”
  • Opposing view: No, no, no, argues Jordan Weissmann at Slate. “This is an extremely dangerous line of thinking, and not just because it will likely lead to more casualties,” he writes. “Encouraging Americans back to work before the virus is contained will not save the economy from catastrophe. Rather, it will set the country up to limp along, half-functioning as the pandemic spreads further.” It’s the worst of both worlds, he fears. Instead, he advocates a national lockdown for at least three weeks.
  • Phased return: Any return to normalcy would likely be phased in once the 15-day period Trump initially laid out ends on March 30. For example, the elderly or those with underlying health issues could be asked to remain in isolation, while healthier people would be encouraged to return to work. The guidelines could vary geographically, per CNN. More specifically, the White House could lift federal guidelines but allow states to act on their own.
  • Quarantine lite: At the Week, Joel Mathis thinks a “quasi-quarantine”—somewhere in the middle of the two opposing camps—is in our future. In reality, “shelter in place” orders can’t last too long, he writes. But “it is still possible to maintain some level of social distancing and other healthy practices under such circumstances,” he adds, citing a friend’s Shanghai photos of a rooftop dinner party in which everyone was wearing safety masks.
  • Key advisers: “Remember that Trump has no public health professionals in his circle of informal advisers,” writes Jonathan Swan at Axios. “Those are not his go-to calls when he’s in the residence late at night. They’re all business or media folks.”
  • 2 voices: Reaction to the idea isn’t breaking down the way you might expect. Trump supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham, for example, tweeted that Trump should listen to health experts, not economic ones. “There is no functioning economy unless we control the virus,” he warned. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a frequent Trump critic, sounded closer to Trump’s line of thinking. “You can’t stop the economy forever,” he said Monday. “So we have to start to think about does everyone stay out of work? Should young people go back to work sooner? Can we test for those who had the virus, resolved, and are now immune and can they start to go back to work?”

We should be very afraid of this man as much as this virus…..

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