It is official. We are governed by a bunch of imbeciles. Last night Trump signaled that this social distancing thing has got to stop, lives be damned. It's simply not good for the economy.
“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” Mr. Trump tweeted in all capital letters shortly before midnight. “AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”He continued with the refrain today:
"We have to open our country because that (sic) causes problems that could be far bigger," he said. Doctors, he said, would shut down the whole world. "We can't let that happen to our country, we have the greatest country in the world, I'm not going to let that happen," he said.Here's Larry Kudlow today regarding the need to get people working again right away:
Well, we’re going to have to try to do that. We can’t shut in the economy. The economic cost to individuals is just too great. So, let’s see how this thing plays out. More testing is essential, and we’re loading up with tests now that’s going to be a big help. But 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.Difficult tradeoffs, Larry? You volunteering?
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is right there with him. Senior citizens should be prepared to die to help their grandkids and move the economy along.
I don’t pretend to be speaking for everyone 70-plus. But I think there are lots of grandparents out there who would agree with me that I want my grandchildren to live in the America I did. I want them to have a shot at the American Dream but right now there’s a virus which all the experts say that 98 percent of all people will survive... It is killing our country in another way. It could bring about a total economic collapse and potentially a collapse of our society. So I say let’s give this a few more days or weeks but after that, let’s go back to work and go back to living. Those we want to shelter in place can still do so but we can’t live with uncertainty.This is of course, completely irrational and a false choice. The victims of the pandemic are not going to all be over 70 if America goes back to work before it is safe, it is an equal opportunity disease. In my county currently, the most prevalent age group afflicted is 20 to 29. Many of the young lucky enough to survive are receiving grave injuries to their internal organs, including livers, kidneys, hearts and lungs. So spare me the false bravado, Patrick. You consistently rank up there as one of the biggest idiots in the country and you demonstrate the depths of your ignorance once again. Gohmert, Patrick, Abbott, your state is a murderer's row of stupidity.
“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?’” Patrick declared. “And if that is the exchange, I’m all in.”Hopefully clearer heads will prevail and Trump will get this ridiculous notion of relaxing safety standards and putting people back to work at close proximity out of his head. It's dangerous and asinine. Now is the time to listen to the doctors and scientists, not the economists.