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Let’s not Swat the Mosquito
but get Hit by the Train

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Posted By: Imright, 3/26/2020 7:07:27 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic is a legitimate crisis we should take seriously, but our response to this virus is putting us on course for a far worse disaster. The instructions from the CDC, the World Health Organization, and all government officials at the federal, state, and local levels are ringing out with one clear message. We’ve all heard it: Wash your hands with soap and water, don’t touch your face, and stay home. Two of these three are sound advice but instructing everyone to stay home instead of going to work is not going to end well if we attempt to do it for more

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Reply 1 - Posted by: La Dotta 3/26/2020 7:16:47 AM (No. 358316)
I agree with the opinion expressed in this article. That said, I believe free-market forces will cause this to happen naturally, when the time is right.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bur Oak 3/26/2020 7:34:26 AM (No. 358322)
There has be a big overreaction to the virus. Additionally the spread of the virus shows the incompetence of the CDC and WHO along with the bureaucracy that is supposed to protect us. Don't forget the open border politicians and the judges the blocked the enforcement of immigration laws.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici 3/26/2020 8:08:11 AM (No. 358361)
While I agree with most of his point, COVID-19 is more than a mosquito. A mosquito is just an annoyance, if you allow it to bite you you will itch for a few hours up to a day. On the other hand, if we had allowed COVID-19 to proceed unchecked it would have done major harm to our economy as well. Where we sit right now, I believe that, if the government had done nothing, the harm to the economy from COVID-19 would have exceeded what has resulted from government action. HOWEVER, if the government does not soon modify its restrictions on economic activity that will change. I am going to guess we have about two more weeks before government action starts to do more damage than the virus would.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Clinger 3/26/2020 8:30:01 AM (No. 358384)
We have had it so good for so long we forget that to get here great risks were accepted and taken on with courage. It is a testament to the bold risk takers courage that we have been afforded our risk aversion. If we don't step up in a very small way everything those before did facing astounding risks can be lost in a cowering whimper. Stepping onto a pile of wood powered by fabric catching the wind heading to a barely known land mass comes to mind. Challenging the Imperial power of a monarch and the greatest military force in the world at the time comes to mind. We didn't hand Europe over to Hitler because somebody might get hurt on the beaches of Normandy. We will invite those very same forces of the evil, the power lust of bad people to rule over other people if we don't summon a small dose of the courage of those who came before us. Of course that doesn't mean throw caution to the wind, but it does mean that if we attempt to avoid all risk of getting sick we will be swept up by the greatest risk of all.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: felixcat 3/26/2020 8:38:16 AM (No. 358397)
Good points Ryan but with Governors (mostly Dems) shutting down their states and forcing certain businesses to close, no one will listen to us citizens. And I want some specifics on why this ChiCom Corona virus is more deadly than any of the other virus, flus, etc that afflict the world? When he have millions of illegals crossing our borders year after year, I never seem to recall anyone complaining about our hospitals being overwhelmed. But all of a sudden - they're being overwhelmed. Fact of life is we are all going to die someday from something. When the next truly deadly pandemic attacks us, you think anyone is going to take it serious after this fiasco?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: RuckusTom 3/26/2020 9:20:34 AM (No. 358443)
"An economy is not a light switch. We can’t just turn it off for a few weeks then come back and expect to flip it back on. It’s more like muscle fiber -- use it or lose it." Just in time for November. It's almost as if this has been planned and timed to impact our upcoming elections.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 3/26/2020 9:37:18 AM (No. 358460)
If we can get the never-Trump crowd to stop ignoring the drug cocktail that knocks this virus back, we could stock up and cautiously ease back into life as we knew it.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: justavoter 3/26/2020 9:48:42 AM (No. 358471)
Not going to get a break until Easter. Already planted the seeds. The 15 days will be up Sunday and they will say, just one more week. Then that week will come and they will say, well, just one more week we are almost there.. Get ready.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: HotRod 3/26/2020 10:29:55 AM (No. 358518)
If this was not an election year I think the response would have been very different. The media has hyped the virus, in an attempt to harm President Trump. The democrats piled on. People responded with panic and irrational actions. Who could ever use a pickup truck full of toilet paper in a year? Who could use five cases of hand sanitizer? On and on... Politicians are very sensitive to public emotion. They are so sensitive that they, too, do irrational things. Fear of criticism and loss of voter support are just as bad a fear of having no toilet paper next December! A pox on them all. Especially hoarders!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: EQKimball 3/26/2020 11:35:36 AM (No. 358594)
The U.S. population is 330 million. Coronavirus cases to date number about 69,000, including approximately 1,000 deaths. That is equal to one death per 301,000 population, or a mortality rate of 1.4%. Meanwhile, since implementation of "shelter in place," 3.5 million American workers have filed unemployment claims. No wonder that 61% of poll respondents said this week they are more worried about losing their jobs than dying from coronavirus. I am among the so-called "vulnerable population." I face greater odds of other bad things happening than dying from this virus. America needs to get back to work now. The train of national economic ruin is indeed approaching. In future times, the question will not be how many people did you know personally who died of coronavirus, because most people won't be able to name anyone. The question will be how many of your friends and loved ones lost their jobs in the Great Fear Wave of 2020.
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