Tuesday Fake News: New York Times “reporter” Mara Gay (the woman who thought Mike Bloomberg spent over a million dollars for every American citizen on his campaign), claimed that President Trump told state Governors that they “are on their own” with the coronavirus. She quoted him as saying, “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment – try getting it yourselves.”
After the usual firestorm of spit-flecked outrage at Trump online, it was revealed that Gay had quoted only half of what Trump said. Here’s the rest of that quote that she left out:
"…We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
It’s kind of like the way the media protest that Trump calls them the “enemy of the people,” conveniently leaving out the part where he says it’s because they never stop lying about him. Ms Gay seems to be shooting for the Emily Litella Award for Journalism: "Well, that's quite different! Never mind!"
Possible good news on the COVID-19 coronavirus: Australian researchers report good early results on curing it using two common anti-viral medications that have been around for years and are cheap, safe and plentiful. Laura Ingraham also had a segment about this on her Fox News show Monday night. Further tests are being fast tracked, so pray for the best.
It’s funny: if you listen to Democratic politicians, you’ll hear that America is filled with racists just itching to attack Chinese people over the coronavirus. If you listen to much of the media, you’ll hear that America is filled with panicked, every-man-for-himself survivalists, hoarding all the toilet paper and buying up guns and ammo.
But in the America where I live, I see a lot of people worried and doing their best to prepare for the unknown, but for the most part, getting along fine, helping each other and not letting “social distancing” turn into social Darwinism. I see people working around the clock, from truckers to store clerks, to restock shelves so that their fellow Americans have everything they need (or think they need, even if it’s a boxcar full of toilet paper.) I see people volunteering to help elderly people who are shut-in and need someone to check on them, run errands or just talk to them for a while. I see people leaving big tips to help out waiters and waitresses who are worried they won’t have income for a month or more. I see people upping their donations to their churches, food banks, homeless shelters and animal shelters to help them stock up for possible shortfalls ahead. In short, I see stories like these…
If you’re tired of the media trying to frighten and panic you, read this and be assured that America will be just fine.
Excellent article by Dennis Prager, warning that some proposed solutions for dealing with the coronavirus might be worse than the disease.
I already mentioned that by a weird coincidence, the “solution” to every crisis is always to do what the left was already pushing to do. And we’ve all heard the leftist maxim, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” So it’s no surprise that some people are exploiting the current coronavirus scare to push massive spending bills, a big expansion of government power, a government takeover of health care, and ruinous federal mandates on businesses. Coincidentally, all things they were pushing long before anyone knew that COVID-19 wasn’t a new diet pill.
Prager reminds us, as did Ben Franklin long ago, that those who trade liberty for security soon have neither.
Best Line of the Week! Socialists on the Internet are tweeting photos of empty store shelves and declaring, “This is what stores look like in a capitalist country when there’s a pandemic.” The widespread response: “They look like stores in socialist countries do every day?”
For those who like to keep track of things in handy list form, here are “10 Ways the Left has Poliiticized the Coronavirus Pandemic.”
There are a lot of stories encapsulated here, from Biden plagiarizing Trump’s plan (plagiarism seems to be Joe’s virus) to Nancy Pelosi trying to sneak a lot of liberal wish list items like taxpayer-paid abortion into the emergency relief bill.
To expand on that, the phrase “40 Republicans” started trending on Twitter when 40 House Republicans voted against the initial coronavirus emergency relief bill. Naturally, they were vilified as heartless monsters. One commenter even asked what they would do next, vote to kill Santa Claus? Well, in a manner of speaking, that’s sort of what this bill was: liberals trying to use a disease like Santa Claus.
As Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert (who is taking tremendous heat for his opposition) explained it, this bill didn’t just cynically get loaded with leftist pork spending. It also contained the type of measures leftists love who’ve spent their lives in politics and academia but have never run a business or met a payroll. For instance, instead of providing shorterm, immediate relief to workers who can't work, it created an endless mandate for small businesses to provide unaffordable paid medical leave to all employees. They got a tax credit in return, but by the time they collected the refund, many of them would be out of business. I've never understood why liberals think they're helping workers by waging war on the people who create their jobs.
As is her wont, Nancy Pelosi made sure House members got the 89-page bill with only 15 minutes to read it, in a ploy to use a health emergency to demand that Congress pass a massive bill first, and then find out what was in it. Fortunately, this time around, we have a GOP Senate that refused to fall for that scam. At this writing, a replacement bill is still being hammered out. Let’s hope it passes quickly, it deals with the current problem, and it gets help to those who need it fast without causing more problems than it solves.
On a side note, I doubt that it will include Mitt Romney’s proposal just to give everyone $1,000, although that will probably help complete his transition to being an honorary Democrat.
A Huck’s Hero salute to an anonymous regular customer at Coaches Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio. Sunday, the Governor ordered all restaurants to close their dining rooms until further notice, leaving the employees frightened about how they will survive. So the regular decided to help by leaving a tip with instructions that it be split “equally between Tara, Nicky, Jim, Liz, and Arrun.” The tip was for $2500.
If you can’t afford that much, I hope you’ll remember that if you do order restaurant food to-go for pickup or delivery, maybe tip a little extra if you can. It will be greatly appreciated and might help keep your favorite place in business so it’s still there when this is over.
In Case You Missed It: The media aren’t the only ones trying to actively undermine President Trump’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus.