Tuesday on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh gave an update on his cancer treatment. At the link are his comments, including his belief that all the prayers for him are having an effect, so please keep praying.
GLOOM AND DOOM
Two commodities that there’s no shortage of these days are gloom and doom. We went from the strongest economy in history to 30 million unemployed in just a couple of months, and there are a lot of people who are putting their political interests ahead of the public good and hoping that stretches out until November. A few who are in power actually seem to be trying to stretch it out until November, perhaps hoping the voters will be dumb enough to blame the President who’s pushing to reopen the states instead of the Democratic officials who are keeping them clamped down. As Kurt Schlichter put it, voters will have a choice of whether to put the job of rebuilding the economy into the hands of a man who has a three-year record of success at that or the one who has a 40-year record of failure. I like to think that the people aren’t that easily bamboozled.
Still, we continue to hear from every liberal politician, media talking head and half the commercials on TV that we are in a somber new era, that things will never be the same as they were, that we could be facing a great depression longer and deeper than the first one, and that the good times are really over for good (wait, that was what Merle Haggard sang in 1981, before Reaganomics kicked in.) Bear in mind, these are the same people who told us that millions of Americans would die of the coronavirus and that we wouldn’t have enough ventilators or hospital beds or mortuaries to deal with all the carnage.
So as an antidote to all this talking down of the economy, and to cheer you up a bit, here’s a column by Herman Cain, a man who knows quite a bit about business success, listing four reasons why the economy is likely to come back faster than all these self-proclaimed “experts” (who previously told us that 1% growth was the “new normal”) predict. This is what President Trump meant by a “V-shaped recovery,” a sharp decline followed by a sharp rebound.
To cap that off, here’s a story about a Harvard professor and top Obama Administration economist who recently told a bipartisan gathering of political leaders in Washington that the months just prior to the November election could see the best economic data in history, with “explosive” employment and GDP growth numbers.
Of course, these are just predictions, and as the virus panic proved, the future is impossible to predict with absolute certainty. But as you’re deciding who to vote for in that election, note that the Democrats present in this meeting are reportedly worried and panicked by this optimistic prediction because, as one political strategist put it, “Their strategy for November is to keep the country closed. Their interests are served by hurting as many Americans as possible.”
This is one reason why Democrats always hide what they really believe when they’re running for election. If they told the voters, “Vote for us and we’ll hurt as many of you as possible,” they’d only get the masochist vote. In fact, some would argue that that’s what they’re really getting now.
NOT THE SAME
If you need ammunition to argue with people who claim the two Parties are all the same, just compare the coronavirus relief proposals put forward by the House Democrats and the Senate Republicans. The House bill adds $3 trillion more to the debt, and some prominent Democrats are still complaining that it’s not nearly enough. It’s also stuffed with leftist wish list items that are unrelated to the virus, like paying off everyone’s college loans, bailing out blue states with hefty debts run up by their crazy leftist policies and a national vote-by-mail scheme that would insure widespread fraud (sorry, Twitter, but it's true) and a permanent Democratic majority.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there will only be another relief bill if it’s really needed because the national debt is already so big that it’s a concern. And any bill will be narrowly focused – for instance, keeping the unemployment insurance fund solvent – because “we can’t keep propping up the economy forever.”
If you still think there’s no difference between the Parties, then imagine that you’ve lost your credit card. Who would you rather have find it: a responsible adult or a thirteen-year-old at the mall?
GOOD TO SEE
I’m glad to see that my “modest proposal” that public officials who impose lockdowns on others should receive no pay until those lockdowns are lifted, is starting to catch on.
I’m especially gratified to see that a reporter actually asked New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio about this and forced him to go on record as saying there are no plans to make any city officials take a pay cut.
Good, they shouldn’t take a pay cut. They should take a complete absence of pay, just like the people who are suffering under them. I believe that will give them an instant empathy injection, light a fire under reopening efforts, and put a swift end to all the bullying and unconstitutional fines and arrests of people for just trying to earn a living.
In dealing with the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus, we must always “follow the science” and do what the experts tell us. And this week, the experts tell us…(spins wheel)…you CAN get it from touching surfaces!
Last week, the CDC contradicted its previous advisory by saying that the virus does not transmit easily by touching surfaces or objects. But they decided that went too far and was misleading, so this week, they say that might not be the main way that it spreads, but it may be possible.
I’m giving them the business a little, but to be fair, a CDC spokesperson explained, “We are still learning more about how this virus spreads.” I’ve repeatedly pointed out the same thing when advising people not to ascribe nefarious motives to people who say something that later turns out to be wrong. Besides, being careful about touching possibly infected surfaces and washing your hands often is just common sense.
So I’m not writing this to razz the CDC, just to remind all those busybodies who get their kicks from scolding people for not following all the “expert” advice that if the CDC isn’t certain their advice is right, then why are you so sure you’re right?
ATTENTION MSM: WE SEE YOU
It’s been obvious since the start of the pandemic that many reporters were more interested in making President Trump look bad, denigrating his efforts to deal with the disease, blaming him for deaths from it, accusing him of downplaying its seriousness and hyping worst-case predictions than they were in conveying the latest information to the public. If the idea was to harm Trump’s image with the public, once again, it’s blown up in their faces like one of Wile E. Coyote’s Acme bombs.
According to a new Gallup poll, the vast majority of Americans believe that the media botched its coverage of COVID-19. Democrats are more likely to think media outlets harmed public health by downplaying it, while Republicans are more likely to think they caused unnecessary harm by exaggerating it. But either way, both positions were held by about 75% of adults.
So congratulations to the media. In this horribly divisive age, they finally managed to bring Americans on both sides of the political divide together in agreeing on one thing: the media blew it.
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FUNNIEST FAILED VIRTUE-SIGNALING YOU'LL SEE TODAY
Funniest Failed Virtue-Signaling You’ll See Today! A mask-wearing MSNBC reporter was outside at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, shaming all the people who weren’t wearing masks when a passerby pointed out – loudly, live and on the air – that neither was his cameraman or half his crew.
Must-Read: Clay County, Illinois, Judge Michael McHaney was the judge in a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s inexplicable and unfair shutdown rules. He issued a blistering ruling you have to read. He not only did a masterful job of highlighting the irrational bias and self-serving decisions of the Governor, but he also provided a remedial lesson in the difference between governing by laws and ruling by royal decrees. Here’s a quote to serve as an appetizer:
“The last time I checked, Illinois citizens are also Americans, and Americans don’t get ruled.”
Pritzker dismissed all that “constitutional rights” nonsense as “political” and had the case moved to federal court, where the DOJ is weighing in against him. I suggest that President Trump take a cue from Pritzker and move Judge McHaney from the Clay County court to the federal courts. And maybe consider a position on his SCOTUS shortlist.
The latest example of a Democratic Governor singling out a small business owner for punishment for trying not to go bankrupt suffering under unreasonable lockdown rules. Bonus: this page has a graph on it that allows you to choose any state and see the daily number of new coronavirus cases and a rolling average of new cases. If you look at states that reopened earlier, like Georgia and Florida – where the Republican Governors were accused of creating an upcoming deluge of mass death – you’ll see no major spikes in new cases.