You must admire The Pew Research Center. Even in the midst of political, racial, and multiple other divisions, instead of highlighting on party’s agenda over the others, they take a step back back, gather up heaping cupfuls of objectivity, and correctly ascertain what We the American People want as a whole. Here’s the link to their full report.
Obviously, 2020 was a bust, but it certainly wasn’t Trump’s fault. He formed the Coronavirus task force on January 24, 2020. He kept things quiet for a few days to avoid panic, but by January 29, 2020, it was clear both the people of the United States, as well as the world, needed to know the preliminary results, that the COVID-19 threat presented by the rapidly increasing numbers of infections by the SARS-CoV-2 virus was both real and potentially deadly. Even today, on February 10, 2021, the current U.S. mortality rate is 3.8% for everyone who contracts COVID-19. It’s 41 times more deadly than the flu. Even simple, single-layer of cotton t-shirt cloth attenuates transmission by 50%, provided you seal those gaps. Stretchy gaiters, not so much. Bandanas, hanging down with a big opening hidden beneath your chin, not at all. Standard surgical masks provide 75% coverage. An N-95 or KN-95 mask blocks 95%. Is that good enough? Yes, provided you limit your exposure. It’s not about blocking every single virus, but it is about blocking the vast majority of them, particularly at the source, where virus-containing droplets are at their largest. Since a third of everyone who contracts COVID-19 never knows they have it but are still spreading it, it’s extremely important that everyone wears a mask, even those who’ve contracted COVID-19 and recovered, as well as those who’ve received the full vaccination.
Back to PRC’s report:
“As the United States faces twin crises of high unemployment…”
High unemployment was created by either ignorant or evil Democrat governors who responded in fear with, “SHUT IT OFF!” (Ghostbusters – Walter Peck). In fact, most Democrat governors cut their citizens off at the knees, whereas only one Republican governor engaged in shutdowns. As multiple studies have proven shutdowns to be largely ineffective, particularly alongside the far more effective measures of wearing masks while social distancing, clearly, those Democrat governors were wrong. Here are a few quotes from the most exhaustive, thorough, international and peer-reviewed study:
The most restrictive nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) for controlling the spread of COVID?19 are mandatory stay?at?home and business closures. Given the consequences of these policies, it is important to assess their effects. We evaluate the effects on epidemic case growth of more restrictive NPIs (mrNPIs), above and beyond those of less?restrictive NPIs (lrNPIs).
NOTE: lrNPIs include mask-wearing and social distancing. mrNPIs include both partial and full closure of organizations where people gather to work, shop, eat, drink and worship.
Because of the potential harmful health effects of mrNPI—including hunger, opioid?related overdoses, missed vaccinations, increase in non?COVID diseases from missed health services, domestic abuse, mental health and suicidality, and a host of economic consequences with health implications—it is increasingly recognized that their postulated benefits deserve careful study.
We first estimate COVID?19 case growth in relation to any NPI implementation in subnational regions of 10 countries: England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
Implementing any NPIs was associated with significant reductions in case growth in 9 out of 10 study countries, including South Korea and Sweden that implemented only lrNPIs (Spain had a nonsignificant effect).
After subtracting the epidemic and lrNPI effects, we find no clear, significant beneficial effect of mrNPIs on case growth in any country.
In summary, we fail to find strong evidence supporting a role for more restrictive NPIs in the control of COVID in early 2020. We do not question the role of all public health interventions, or of coordinated communications about the epidemic, but we fail to find an additional benefit of stay?at?home orders and business closures. The data cannot fully exclude the possibility of some benefits. However, even if they exist, these benefits may not match the numerous harms of these aggressive measures. More targeted public health interventions that more effectively reduce transmissions may be important for future epidemic control without the harms of highly restrictive measures.Bendavid, E, Oh, C, Bhattacharya, J, Ioannidis, JPA. Assessing mandatory stay?at?home and business closure effects on the spread of COVID?19. Eur J Clin Invest. 2020; 00:e13484. https://doi.org/10.1111/eci.13484
The American Institute for Economic Research published a similar, though far less comprehensive study on December 19, 2020, entitled, Lockdowns Do Not Control the Coronavirus: The Evidence.
Meanwhile, back to Pew Research Center’s findings:
“…and a global pandemic…”
COVID-19 is certainly not the world’s first or worst pandemic, nor will it be our last. That said, the heinous shutdown and closure actions taken by Democrat governors have magnified the economic impact of the virus by more than an order of magnitude. Yes, that is correct: The adverse economic impact to the people is more than ten times worse than it would have been had they simply implemented lrNPIs such as mask wearing, eye protection, hand sanitation, social distancing, and working from home whenever and wherever it was feasible. Yes, the virus itself has caused a lot of harm. However, the heinous actions taken by Democrat governors has caused our nation far more — many times more — harm than the virus itself.
“…large majorities of Americans want Joe Biden and Congress to prioritize strengthening the economy and addressing the coronavirus outbreak in the coming year.”
These are your marching orders, America, straight from the lips of those who OWN America – WE THE PEOPLE.
“Yet there are wide partisan gaps over most of the 19 items asked about in a new Pew Research Center survey – particularly addressing racial issues and dealing with global climate change, but also dealing with COVID-19 and reducing the budget deficit.”
Hey, here’s a thought! Let’s IGNORE the partisan gaps for once and conduct a COMBINED survey with COMBINED results and see what the final tally says.
PRC. (January 28, 2021). Economy and COVID-10 top the public’s policy agenda for 2021. U.S. Politics & Policy. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from: https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2021/01/28/economy-and-covid-19-top-the-publics-policy-agenda-for-2021/
Thankfully, Pew Research did just that, and here are those results:
“We picked up one excellent word,” wrote Mark Twain in Life on the Mississippi (1883), “a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word-‘lagniappe’…. It is Spanish-so they said.” Twain encapsulates the history of “lagniappe” quite nicely. English speakers learned the word from French-speaking Louisianians, but they in turn had adapted it from the American Spanish word la ñapa. Twain went on to describe how New Orleanians completed shop transactions by saying “Give me something for lagniappe,” to which the shopkeeper would respond with “a bit of liquorice-root, … a cheap cigar or a spool of thread.” It took a while for “lagniappe” to catch on throughout the country, but by the mid-20th century, New Yorkers and New Orleanians alike were familiar with this “excellent word.”lagniappe. (2021). Mark Twain’s thoughts on lagniappe. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lagniappe
Here’s my little gift for you, the culmination of 57 years of hard study, multiple advanced degrees and life-long experience: Suggestions as to how the U.S. Federal and State Governments can BEST address each and every one of these issues as identified by the Pew Research Center:
Strengthening the Economy: 80%. Cut taxes and reduce both federal and state footprints. Government programs are inherently less efficient at making good use of the money generated by the people of a nation than are the people themselves. Claims of an “optimal tax rate” of 72% (or thereabouts) are absolutely FALSE, lies perpetrated by socialists who’re inclined towards communism, God bless their ignorant and foolish little minds. The vast majority of humanity is inclined to work their hardest when they get to keep most of what they earn.
Dealing with the Coronavirus Outbreak: 78%. Skip the campaign speeches, Democrats. President Trump did all the work, orchestrating a rapid and highly effective nationwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccines? Trump did that. As noted rather well by the aforementioned studies, Democrat governors, along with Congressional Democrats, screwed things up something fierce, in part because their focus was anti-Trump, and in part because the vast majority of them are ignorant fools.
Improving the Job Situation: 67%. Again, as of President Trump’s third State of the Union Address in 2020, America her jobs was flying high with multiple lifetime records set by President Trump himself. He was THAT good. Don’t go blaming him for the problems caused by unnecessary Demoncrap shutdowns throughout 2020. That bad is on the Dems.
“That was a masterful speech by President Trump” – Molly Hemingway, Senior Editor of The Federalist
Defending Against Terrorism: 63%. Look, America, we are RIPE for another 9/11 event, and don’t think for one second that any or even all the “appeasement” in the world will stop it. Our enemies DO NOT CARE about butt-kissing. They’ll just every penny of monetary butt-kissing to fortify their attack in the hopes of wiping us off the face of the Earth. Certainly, both Russia and China remain potential threats. Their threats, however, are conventional, motivated by the usual things that start wars, including greed, land disputes, trade disputes, etc.
The overwhelming vast majority of terrorist threats, however, have been planned, threatened and perpetrated by Islam, which is fundamentally different. I’ll allow Bridget Gabriel, a very well-educated and highly knowledgeable former Muslim, provide you with an absolutely outstanding summary of what Islam is really all about.
My recommendations: Vastly reduce the vast footprint of the Department of Homeland security. What a waste! Turn it into a lean, mean fighting machine, while allowing both the CIA and the FBI to what they do best. If DHS needs help, tap local, state and federal law enforcement. If they’re still overwhelmed, activate the guard and reserves. That’s FAR cheaper than funding parasitic jobs “just in case.”
NOTE: Parasitic jobs are those which do nothing to create wealth. They rob Peter to pay Paul, and are almost always the result of BAD GOVERNMENT. Take
Reducing Healthcare Costs: 57%. The vast majority of government-run healthcare systems around the world are in shambles. Similarly, the vast majority of humanity is healthiest when the majority of their routine healthcare costs come out of their own pockets. Should the government provide a catastrophic cap so that a single or even multiple healthcare issues don’t wipe out their life savings? Absolutely, within reason. Parents must be empowered by the system to keep their kids home from school without being required to show a doctor’s note for a low-grade fever. That’s INSANE, people. Let’s wipe out the insanity.
Work in progress… I’ll try to get back to this soon.