After the requisite grandstanding and obstruction that the Democratic Party’s hard left base demanded, a deal was finally struck for a Wuhan pandemic rescue bill. Some complexities in getting it done remain, but it looks like there will be vital government support for the most vulnerable in this bizarre disruption.
- Nobody is going to talk about it now, but this is why the irresponsible spending presided over by both parties throughout the past many administrations was spectacularly wrong. The nation will suffer for it too. The debt was already unsustainable; the reason political leadership has to address that problem when there isn’t a crisis is because it’s impossible to address it when there is one. The new “stimulus” bill now inflates that debt by 2 trillion dollars. It isn’t that the amount may not be worth it: sure it is, psychologically if for no other reason. The problem is that we can’t afford it. Nor will any party have the guts to raise taxes to pay for the bill any time soon.
Meanwhile, our roads, bridges, waterways, railroad tracks, sewer systems and water pipes need urgent repair and expansion that will also cost a couple of trillion dollars or so. Adding Medicare for All, college loan forgiveness and free tuition to that…well, it’s fiscal fantasy land, and wildly dishonest and irresponsible for any political leaders to imply it can be done without making a dire situation worse.
- While I was watching “The FBI”—the only place the FBI lives up to its hype and legend is on TV–CBS kept running ads with various series performers and TV news personalities saying, “We’re all in this together!”
That is a transparent lie, however. If we were all in this together, such a large component of the public, social media and mainstream media wouldn’t be deliberately attacking the elected leadership of the country and doing its best to undermine his credibility, support and level of trust among the public.
That’s not what being in “this” together means. Here, for example, is the CBS headine about the moron who swallowed the fish tank cleaner: “Arizona man dies, wife ill after taking drug touted as virus treatment: “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure”
Trump did NOT tell anyone to self-dose with fish medicine that contained a chemical still being tested, and only someone with a brain pan the depth of a finger tip would think so. How does deliberately making it sound like Trump was giving out deadly advice bring us “together”?
In an unusually harsh comment on this latest disgusting episode of news media incompetence and bias, Prof Reynolds wrote yesterday, “Press: Want people to stop thinking you’re garbage? Stop being garbage. And CBS, you’re garbage for running this story with this headline. Absolute garbage. And you don’t care, and we all know why.”
- Today the President said “I would love to have the country opened up and rarin’ to go by Easter.” Yes, that would be wonderful. The statement did not mean, however, that he would open the country up by Easter. (A description of the real process is here. Yes, that’s a link to Breitbart and I don’t usually cite Brietbart, but this is all quote, and I am too tired to go hunting for a source that has the same information. ) Nevertheless, that is how it was immediately spun on social media and by the vicious, anti-Trump media—he was just going to lift all restrictions and see what happens.
You see, this kind of statement by a President is called “keeping hope alive.” It’s called calming nerves, soothing the populace and counteracting doomsayers. Presidents have done this for centuries, but never before have large portions of the nation set out to sabotage these efforts. Saying that there are promising leads in finding cures and vaccines are part of the practice; so is suggesting that the end of the crisis is in sight.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was marvelous at this kind of soothing BS, and I say that with love and admiration. Despite his ability to lift the nation’s morale, the Great Depression was getting worse until World War II intervened, but the nation wasn’t in despair. Because it wasn’t in despair, the U.S. didn’t have a revolution on its hands, as it well might have under dour, pragmatic Herbert Hoover. FDR also had many tools at his disposal that President Trump, like poor Hoover, does not. Roosevalt was a hypnotic speaker; he radiated confidence, indeed cockiness, amidst natural charisma. He had an actor’s voice and was a master of language. Best of all, most journalists wanted him to succeed. Nobody wrote op-eds saying, “Who is the President kidding? We have lots of things to fear. He’s a con artist.”
- Make no mistake, however. While it is true that this President lacks many of the skills and tools that FDR did—and what President since Roosevelt was his equal?—the fact that so many want Trump to fail, even now, when there are many things to fear, and are choosing to feed despair and panic rather than support the only figure we have who can mitigate them, is a damning indictment of our society and politics. We can only hope it isn’t fatal as well.