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When Should Trump Restart the Economy?

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Posted By: Imright, 4/7/2020 5:49:31 AM

As the world shudders into Easter and the death toll on the China virus continues to rise, the question is: should we quarantine or should we restart the economy before the shutdown kills us? Or, more exactly, when should President Trump brave the sneers of the White House press corpse and proclaim that America is Back? The answer, I think, is pretty clear. It will be midway between the point where only crazed libertarians propose a return to work and the point where Nancy Pelosi would announce that she is appointing a House Select Committee to investigate Trump’s criminal delay in restarting the economy.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MainelySane 4/7/2020 6:10:12 AM (No. 371158)
I think the American people will restart it on their own... Old businesses will reopen gradually as people demand services in the light of decreasing urgency caused by the "novel" disease. New businesses will come forth started by creative people with time on their hands... Some of the laws prohibiting congregation will become scofflaws as people get closer than 6 feet, then closer than 5 feet.. etc. Old people will concede that they're at risk of dying... is that something new? (I'm 70... just turned 70. My mental energy, to ME, doesn't feel different than when I was 30... my feeling, but when I turned 60, I started not doing some summer projects because I realized that I had about 20 summers left. In Maine, we live for June July August September... actually we dread winter.) Americans will just accept the new norm, hope for a "COVID-19 family" vaccine and get up and go to work. The government will watch and whine and, predictably, tax a new prosperity.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DCGIRL 4/7/2020 6:34:30 AM (No. 371167)
#1, I pray you are right. Here in PA the only thing open are the essential services and they have to be approved by the Governor. The Governors has threaten to take away the licenses and shut anyone's business down if you are in HIS approved category. However, in AK I ordered (called in to her local florist) an arrangement for my mother in law for Easter and they were open for business. Big difference, republican governor vs liberal governor.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Saryden 4/7/2020 6:55:05 AM (No. 371184)
It appears that the death numbers are similar to those for seasonal flu. I think it is time to get back to work ... and it sounds like the new, quick test will lead the way.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bur Oak 4/7/2020 7:23:55 AM (No. 371203)
Today, April 7, 2020 would be a good day to start.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: LtE126 4/7/2020 7:31:51 AM (No. 371213)
Easter. I also think as we get sick of this crap, the American people will start to tell these democrat dictator "elected" officials to "go blank themselves"...I know I'm doing what I want, even if that means listening to The Prez. That's my choice. But if you think I'm going to let Pritzker and Lightfoot order me around, not gonna happen.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 4/7/2020 7:39:43 AM (No. 371224)
Can Trump override these RAT governors?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Daisymay 4/7/2020 7:49:55 AM (No. 371236)
I think he should start at the end of this 30 day shutdown. It's time. Tell folks to put on a mask, pull their Big Boy Pants on and go back to work..We need to get this economy up and running before we lose what our President created for us. The Democrats would love to see our economy fall apart, but I don't think Trump is going to sit back and watch that happen. You can just see him, at that Podium, chomping at the bit to get back to something that resembles normal! I think May first would be a good time to say "Lets Move it"!!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: bpl40 4/7/2020 8:01:58 AM (No. 371251)
I have the same initial instinct as those who say "Right now'". But then PDT has the same instinct but a lot better information. Why is he pausing? I don't want to enter the debate of whether politics is a science or an art. It is perhaps an art and/or science of the possible. The damage to the economy is already done. The challenge now is to minimize the permanent portion. This is where the Democrats and the MSM are going to be working in direct opposition to the President. But, I have faith we are in good hands.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Trump'sCousin 4/7/2020 8:03:48 AM (No. 371255)
NOW! IMMEDIATELY!!!!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: LadyHen 4/7/2020 8:05:55 AM (No. 371258)
Here in Nashville our restaurants and bars have been closed since around March 18th. Our city has been on "safer at home" since March 22nd. Our state has been "safer at home" since March 30th. A week more and that is it for me. We as a people need to go back to work. HCQ + works. Let's stop dithering. The massive death tolls are not panning out for our local fear mongers, media, and Democrats. No mass graves in city parks, no overflowing hospitals, no bereaved weeping relatives on TV every night blaming President Trump for everything. I know the liberal progressives are disappointed. The media and the Democrats need to just get it through their stupid skulls this disease is not, I repeat, NOT going to destroy President Trump and then we can all get back to our lives.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum 4/7/2020 8:30:58 AM (No. 371280)
I agree with my fellow LDotters. We cannot go on like this indefinitely. If this is war, we cannot cower in our homes. We must resume our lives with the knowledge that there is a threat out there and to take precautions until a drug or vaccine proves it is able to combat this illness. The hydro chloroquine is very promising and just may be the ticket we need. The democrats will squeal when the President gives the go ahead to go back to work and I can see some stubborn governors digging in their heels, but the American people for the most part will welcome it. Mine is one of those stubborn ones. There is risk by opening the economy but I believe the risk is worth it. I know as a person in an at risk group I will definitely be very cautious but I also want to live a normal life. Life is full of risks, but sometimes we must weigh the risk against the reward. Be prepared though that the democrats and media will begin a count of the dead each and every night on the news and blame the President. It is what they do. He will be accused of putting the economy over lives. We must be reasonable. We cannot quarantine forever. Just pray that this scourge will not rear its ugly head again in the fall during flu season. I don’t want to sound crazy, but I would not put it past the democrats to try and foment panic over something similar closer to the election. Yes, they are that vile.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MDConservative 4/7/2020 8:55:06 AM (No. 371316)
Crazed libertarians? I have seen no proof of any of this “epidemic”, even after a trip of 1500 miles from MD to Texas. Bodies are not stacked like cordwood, hospital and clinic parking lots not overflowing, and people are out and about trying to do normal things. We have been saved from the COVID bogeyman by all the sacrifices made and the efforts of politicians, experts, medical scientists, media, check-out clerks and truckers...add your own to this list of heroes. And wait for the next round of “emergency government”. It’s coming.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 4/7/2020 9:24:57 AM (No. 371351)
Agree with #1 about this being up to the people. Before social distancing and stay at home were announced, many people had stopped going out in public. They need to feel that it is safe to go out before they will return to normal. Hopefully the Trump administration has established some criteria for re-opening the country. Its doubtful that everything will happen at once. The overseas travel bans will be enforced alot longer than other restrictions. The New York City area will likely be the last place to reopen since it has been hit the hardest. The social distancing and stay at home orders have to be removed as soon as possible. They are way too disruptive. The one thing likely to stay are face masks. It is voluntary. They help people from spreading disease and contracting it. We will likely see more people wearing them in public from now on.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: globalwarmer 4/7/2020 9:33:30 AM (No. 371365)
The pent up demand is busting at the seams and there will be a boom when suddenly released, probably by the end of April.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Strike3 4/7/2020 9:37:31 AM (No. 371370)
#2, I also live under the inept leadership of Governor Wolf. Just like his knee-jerk closure of the Interstate rest stops that was rejected by the people within two days, his other business-killing nanny-state rules are being ignored in places that have single-digit numbers of cases. I take the kayak out on a lonely lake, ride my bicycle everywhere and keep my distance from all people. We can fight this virus through common sense, not the senseless rules imagined by a mother hen who probably ignores his own edicts. He can stay at home as long as he likes but the rest of us have lives to live.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Chuzzles 4/7/2020 9:46:44 AM (No. 371383)
I have to wonder as many others have, if the Easter tie that Trump has been wearing recently is a subliminal message to the nation that he has not forgotten that target date. It better be sooner rather than later. Only ones who cannot take care of themselves are the snowflakes on the Left. Let them hide if they want to do so, while the rest of us go back to work.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: planetgeo 4/7/2020 9:49:22 AM (No. 371389)
Can we restart immediately? Yes. Should we? No. Why? Since this was a coordinated, manipulated crisis from the start, and piled on as fast as the Democrat would-be dictator governors could virtue signal, it is extremely important that President Trump let this play out a little bit longer. He has thus far acted very prudently, following the guidance of his medical advisors, even though I personally believe they have been excessively cautious. No reasonable person can claim he has been dictatorial or more concerned for the economy than for peoples' lives. And the polls show that, despite the frantic efforts of the enemedia /Democrats. Since I have been carefully following the daily epidemic stats, I believe they will soon not just taper off but even plummet everywhere except for...Democrat run blue cities...confirming not only that the national lockdown was unnecessary, but also that it shows that Democrat policies and beliefs are a dangerous combination (open borders, congested urban centers and transportation, funds misused for bogus environmental issues instead of hospital preparedness, etc.). And most of all, that this was an "intervention" to show everyone what "socialism" really looks like. All private businesses shut down, empty supermarket shelves, hoarding, people waiting in lines everywhere. No. Wait a couple more weeks. This was a necessary "demo" of what a "Demo"crat America would look like. God works in wondrous ways.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 4/7/2020 10:05:23 AM (No. 371406)
Mr. President, if your team supports it, announce a phased re-start of the economy soonest. Right now in my town, Grand Junction, Colorado, the only businesses that are open include grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stores, gun and ammo shops, a few pot shops, and an abortion clinic. Construction and services contractors seem to be going about their business with little change throughout all of this. Everyone is being careful and taking the proper precautions even though we have only 25 cases county-wide. This number of confirmed infections appears to have leveled off. Seems to me that this entire affair seems to be no worse than another bad cold and flu season. I'd like to get a real haircut.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: NorthernDog 4/7/2020 10:49:54 AM (No. 371467)
I have noticed a change in the local news already. At first they always found some small business owners who cheerfully agreed with the shutdown. Now they cannot find anyone so cheerful.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 4/7/2020 11:04:52 AM (No. 371487)
Yesterday.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: MaxWedge 4/7/2020 11:16:58 AM (No. 371510)
I was wondering the same thing #6.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: DVC 4/7/2020 11:27:47 AM (No. 371534)
Soon in areas where the infection is low. Later in more badly infected areas.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: vinegrower 4/7/2020 11:38:23 AM (No. 371547)
Here in California the predicted numbers have been way off. But yesterday the Dem governor, Newsom, said we will not hit peak until Mid May. So he is obviously getting ready to lock us down for another month. I think he's concerned because the wildly over hyped numbers for the state never materialized. I am anxious to see if people balk. This is just his way of not starting the economic engine of CA, he figures that will hurt Trump.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: NotaBene 4/7/2020 11:46:29 AM (No. 371560)
The government forgets this is a cold virus that was blown out of proportion. Influenza deaths are being counted together with Chinese Coronavirus by our dreadful CDC, this is a bad case of pneumonia with Ane effective treatment Hydroxychloroquine + ZPac + Zn. Easter is when it gets warmer and the CCP Virus will burn itself out until Fall. Just wear a mask outside and rejoin life. Open restaurants with tables 6 feet apart. There is no evidence you catch this from eating out, we are consuming tons of take-out right now. Construction workers can keep distancing. Industrial workers can do too. Fly out all detained Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans to where they belong to encourage the others. No more stimulus, just get back to work. Infrastructure projects would only kick in 5 years from now. Spending more money is not the solution. We must create wealth. Happy Easter, everyone.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: DVC 4/7/2020 12:05:44 PM (No. 371584)
NY and NJ have over half of all the Wuhan flu deaths in the country. Keep those people from traveling, and let the rest of us go back to some semblance of normalcy in a couple of weeks, end of April at the latest. NYC and NJ, let them figure it out, but keep them from leaving that area. They are the ones causing this.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: BillW. 4/7/2020 12:14:21 PM (No. 371594)
Rush is making great points today about this virus not spreading in China as it's spread here. And I'd say it should get started again ASAP. --Vets for Trump 2020
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Reply 27 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 4/7/2020 12:51:50 PM (No. 371633)
Yesterday I went to Walmart Then to Costco Then to wash my car Then to the bank Then to Best Buy In and Out line is too long So I went to Dominos pizza I wore a bandana on my face I washed my hands with sanitizer I AM NOT THE PROBLEM Open up my country! And don’t let any Chinese back in! Veterans for truth not lies Veterans for Trump 2020...and beyond!
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Reply 28 - Posted by: JHHolliday 4/7/2020 4:23:37 PM (No. 371851)
Easter Sunday would be a great day to start....Resurrection Day.....significant in so many ways.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: red1066 4/7/2020 5:22:17 PM (No. 371899)
How about tomorrow. I just came from the grocery store. My only comparison to what I saw were old pictures of stores from the old Soviet Union. I've never encountered more empty shelves in my life. The highways are loaded with tractor trailers going in every direction, but apparently they're not carrying food or other items for the grocery store.
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threat to defund agency
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Posted by JunkYardDog 4/8/2020 12:38:37 PM Post Reply
The head of the World Health Organization took aim at President Trump’s criticism of the agency on Wednesday, telling him and other world leaders not to politicize the coronavirus crisis “if you don’t want many more body bags.” “If you don’t want many more body bags you refrain from politicizing it – please quarantine politicizing COVID,” WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters when asked about Trump’s criticism. Trump has accused the U.N. agency of being "very China centric" and claimed they "really blew it" in their initial response to the pandemic -- including the agency's criticism of his ban on foreign national from China.
Pelosi Urges Colleagues: ‘During This Holy
Season for People of Many Faiths,
Let Us Pray…’
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Posted by Imright 4/8/2020 10:48:45 AM Post Reply
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) sent a letter to her colleagues in the House of Representatives on Monday that explained a new system for submitting official documents by email and then urged members to pray for those suffering from and combating the COVID-19 pandemic.“Beginning Tuesday, staff must electronically submit all Floor documents—including bills, resolutions, co-sponsors and extensions of remarks—to a dedicated and secure email system, rather than to deliver these materials by hand to staff in the Speaker’s Lobby or Cloakrooms,” Pelosi said in her letter. She closed her letter with these words:
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