Evening Edition - March 25

March 25, 2020

Stop the presses! The money printing presses, that is. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to fast-track the pandemic relief bill in the House, and Republican Senators Ben Sasse, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham say they’ve found a "massive drafting error" in it that will require it to be fixed and reconsidered, or else regulatory changes made by the Labor Department to prevent it from creating a bigger incentive to lay workers off than to keep them employed and to bar paying people more to be unemployed than to work.


This is what happens when Congress tries to create a massive bill and rush it through too fast. Speaking of that (ahem: “Obamacare!”), I saw a great observation online: Nancy Pelosi had to cave on her version of the bill that was stuffed with leftist wishlist items because she forgot that some people actually read bills to find out what’s in them BEFORE they pass them.


The latest reported victims of the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus are Prince Charles (tested positive with mild symptoms and a bad cough, this is as close to a coronation as he's ever likely to get); teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg (she claims it's "extremely likely" she had it but has "basically recovered," but then she claims a lot of things that haven't been scientifically verified); and the Democrat/media narrative that President Trump left America unprepared to deal with a pandemic. A study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security found that we were actually the best-prepared nation in the world to handle a pandemic.


Now, imagine what our score would be if the Democrats hadn’t been fighting Trump tooth-and-nail to open up our borders to anyone who wanted to come in?

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Ever since President Trump started holding daily briefings on the COVID-19 (Wuhan, China) coronavirus, the media have been treating them less as an opportunity to get the latest, most reliable information to the public than as a Roman Colosseum battle with themselves in the role of the lions. Every day, they pepper Trump with the type of aggressive, skeptical, disrespectful, accusatory questions that they should have aimed at Jeffrey Epstein. I guess they think that’s making Americans agree with them that Trump is a bad, bad man doing a bad, bad job. Wrong.

The American people aren’t stupid. What they have seen over the past few weeks is a President who seems to be putting boundless energy and yuuuuge levels of management experience into building the best team possible to handle each phase of the battle against the disease and to protect the economy while he does his part by slashing needless regulations, goosing production of resources, and striking deals with corporations and private industry to insure that both the federal government and the states have the tools they need. And they’ve seen him doing it despite the juvenile sniping and petty hindrances of his critics, who have been proven dead wrong about everything they’ve preached, from open borders to calling Trump a racist xenophobe for cutting off travel from China, to encouraging large gatherings and hugging Chinese strangers to show you’re not letting common sense avoidance of the virus make you a bigot.

Americans can tell who’s really working tirelessly to protect them, and that’s reflected in a flurry of new polls that show approval of his handling of the crisis rising by the day. The latest, from Gallop, puts it at 60% (dragged down from being much higher by 27% approval from Democrats, who are the last people still listening to the media wolf pack.) His overall approval rating is 49%, tied for highest ever and up 5 points in less than a month. And a Monmouth poll shows 55% approval of Trump’s handling of the crisis, while just 43% approve of the media’s coverage of it (I’m betting that was dragged way up by Democrats.)


It’s no wonder Rachel Maddow is begging for Trump’s press conferences to be taken off of TV. This is what happens when you let Americans see what Trump is actually saying and doing, rather than what Rachel Maddow and her ilk tell us he’s saying and doing.


If you’re as fed up with the TDS-afflicted media as I am, you might get a kick out of these no-holds-barred assessments of the job they’re doing, from Steven Kruiser at PJ Media:


...And from Andrew Klavan at the Daily Wire, who laments that there’s no vaccine for Trump Derangement Syndrome. This is a must-read for Klavan’s hilariously brutal turns of phrase, such as describing Bernie Sanders as looking “like an unindicted co-conspirator in the Rosenberg case.”


As a committed Christian, I have to say that I can’t agree with some of the comments about hating the rabidly biased and dishonest reporters. You shouldn’t “hate” anyone. But it is possible to love media members as your neighbor while hating the way that they are misleading, angering and dividing Americans at a time when we desperately need to be united and they should be acting professionally. We should love the sinner but hate the sin. In their case, I think the sin they’re committing is a form of hatred in itself. Hating hate seems justifiable.


I can’t believe this is still going on, so I guess I have to say this. Please listen up carefully:

THERE IS NO TOILET PAPER SHORTAGE!! There’s plenty of TP in the supply pipeline (so to speak), and the store shelves would all be restocked by now if some people would stop buying it by the carload and let their neighbors have a crack (sorry!) at buying some.

Like death and taxes, toilet paper is one of the few universal constants. Back during World War II, the allies used to put up posters shaming hoarders as unpatriotic. Okay, we’re now at that point. I understand the initial wave of panic buying, but there’s no longer any excuse. If you’re hoarding it for yourself, you’re being silly and selfish; and if you’re hoarding it to price-gouge, you’re being reprehensible (and in some places, you can get arrested for that.)

On that subject, Costco has started getting shipments back in, but people are still filling up carts and packing pickups and SUVs to bursting with rolls of Charmin. Granted, some Costco shoppers always buy toilet paper by the truckload, but not everyone at once.

At this link, you’ll find some of the more amusing Internet memes protesting and shaming hoarders.


It also details how Costco is trying to curtail it. Not by telling people they can’t buy items by the truckload (it is Costco, after all, where Crisco comes in 50-gallon drums.) But they’ve gotten to the bottom (sorry again!) of the problem with a new store policy. Any purchases of toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, water, rice and Lysol bought during this period cannot be returned.

So anyone who bought 900 pounds of rice had better start eating it now, especially if they have an entire garage full of Charmin that they’ll have to use up all by themselves.

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One of the greatest things about the free enterprise system is the creative ways in which its practitioners swiftly react to new conditions, no matter how negative, and in much faster and more clever ways than government bureaucrats ever could. I’m not just talking about auto makers retooling to build ventilators or a distillery converting on a dime to making hand sanitizer. Even individual entrepreneurs and small businesses are coming up with genius ways to help us (and them) survive the pandemic while keeping a sense of humor and proportion about it.

For instance, restaurants banded together to declare March 24th the Great American Take-Out Day, asking every American to help their favorite eatery survive by ordering food to go (if you missed it, it’s not over: they’re encouraging people to continue supporting their restaurants with take-out and delivery business until this is over, to insure that your favorite places are still there when it’s over.)


Or Google “Pandemic T-shirts,” and you’ll see dozens of shirts for sale with messages that are inspiring, uniting, and even humorous (my favorite is a takeoff on the rap group NWA’s album title “Straight Outta Compton” that reads “Straight Outta Toilet Paper.”)

Possibly the most creative of all are the little bakeries all over America, like this one in New Orleans, that are selling cakes shaped like rolls of toilet paper.


These endangered small businesses are getting a much-needed sales boost because the TP cakes are flying off the shelves as fast as actual rolls of toilet paper. Let’s just hope the buyers don’t bring them back when they realize they aren’t actual rolls of toilet paper!

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  • Michael Conners

    03/25/2020 09:48 PM

    Governor, love your show! The facts support our President’s goal of getting our Nation back to work by Easter: 1) the at risk groups - the elderly, the immune compromised, those who have pre-existing conditions, continue to practice social distancing; 2) we all continue to wash our hands and do all the flu-avoidance things we should have been doing all along to avoid the regular flu, like self-quarantining (staying home!). Governor, I am 73 and at risk, but I love our Country and, while it is reasonable to take some time out to get a handle on the therapeutic modalities of treatment, shutting down the whole Country past Easter will cause greater mental anguish and physical harm to our capabilities.

  • William Taylor

    03/25/2020 09:45 PM

    I admit that I did not vote for Mr. Trump, however, I also did not vote for Ms. Clinton. I did vote however??. I say all that to put in context that, I think, President Trump has done some good things e.g. until the recent virus setback, we had a growing economy with low unemployment and high employment. He made America’s military might a palpable deterrent. He balanced, in my view, the Supreme Court with his appointees. But....

    He has left a lot of questions that, I think, make people question his every move e.g. 1) why can’t he release his income tax statements like every other President of recent times? 2) why has he been so complimentary of Mr. Putin of Russia and Mr. Kim in North Korea? I can accept a change in policy and even negotiation with these leaders but to compliment men these men and their authoritarian countries is a bit like Bernie Sanders complimenting Cuba. 3) he is NOT mistake free, can you name one time when he has apologized maybe it could have been for criticizing John McCain’s war record or Ted Cruz’s wife or numerous unnecessary name-calling.4) can we all recognize that factual errors are made and just correct them and move on .

  • David Arron

    03/25/2020 09:44 PM

    I am disgusted with the way that the "nose in the air" Democrats have hijacked this corona-virus bill and tried to jam it with a socialist wish list of items, using MY money. And now Communist Bernie wants to pay the unemployed more money on unemployment than they would get in their regular working job. That will do wonders to stimulate the economy! And what is more disgusting is I have Christian brothers and sisters that buy into this stuff!

  • Robert F. Dimlich

    03/25/2020 09:15 PM

    I am so grateful that I have a great and wonderful God in whom I can put my trust in. He is a faithful God who takes care of His own.

  • marina verdun

    03/25/2020 09:12 PM

    can you use your direct connection to the president not to sign the pork pelosi bill that 3 senators say is flwed and cause people to be paid not to work. and is loaded with perks, pork and nonsense...non corona stuff...encourage Trump not to sign til the pork is removed....and line item veto much of it thanks. Marina Verdun

  • Eleanor Early

    03/25/2020 09:02 PM

    As always I enjoy your messages, full of the “right” news & your keen witty sense of humor!
    I send them all to my “intelligent??” Demo friends with a jolly Hi,! & enjoy! Knowing I’m probably causing their tummy acids to corrupt!
    Keep on keeping on! Look forward to all you send!!

  • Mary H Arevalo

    03/25/2020 08:50 PM

    Enjoy your humor!

  • Elizabeth Johnston

    03/25/2020 08:40 PM

    Always appreciate your insights and comments... thank you Gov ??

  • Michael

    03/25/2020 08:28 PM

    Will We the People ever actually get to see what is in the massive Coronovirus rapid relief bill? I remain suspicious that the Democrats may have still received things on their wishlist that will have nothing to do with Coronovirus, but will enhance their socialist agenda. On a side note I have noticed for several weeks that when I get to the end of people's comments on your newsletter and go to "Next" it goes right back to the first comment. I do enjoy reading all the comments and hopefully if the glitch is on your end it can be worked out. Thanks!

  • Gladys Hizer

    03/25/2020 08:24 PM

    We really need a good laugh today and every day and you provided one with the "sorry" and "sorry again". I bet you really aren't sorry. I love a good play on words. Love the creative Americans who have a great voice and can entertain out of windows and the bakery that makes little cakes in the shape of toilet paper. Just wish the hateful faced leftists had a smidgen of a sense of humor. Robots!!!

  • Linda C. Furlong

    03/25/2020 08:24 PM

    President Trump is probably the smartest President we've ever had.

  • Jennie Zeitler

    03/25/2020 08:20 PM

    What is your issue with Prince Charles?

  • Sharon Smith

    03/25/2020 08:11 PM

    Thank you again for always setting the record straight. I am wondering what happened with the combo drug that NYC was going to try on patients . I haven’t heard anything. Also why can’t the Presidents updates be on all channels. And last, I totally agree with you about the questions the news people are asking President Trump at these updates. Stick to the topic.

  • Jimmy Humphrey

    03/25/2020 08:07 PM

    With the facts and people cured of this Chinese virus?WHY is Trump’s team stalling. Have patients sigh a waiver or whatever and distribute the malaria cocktail? I wish I knew “the rest of the story”

  • Laura L. Grisham

    03/25/2020 07:58 PM

    I am always amazed at the way you tell us just the things that are important and no more bull. I’ve been reading your emails for a long time and love your show. So...keep me informed and laughing with you about everything that’s going on in these end times.

  • Philip Tepley

    03/25/2020 07:58 PM

    Trump is just a clown is the rodeo being led by the dens, and doing nothing to drain the swamp. Americans are stupid,. and always will be.

  • James Brookins

    03/25/2020 07:56 PM

    Ok Mike, I'm out of the loop on this Rachel Maddow person because I don't watch the media. What kind of clout does she have to order the POTUS briefing t be removed? In y opinion, I hope she hoarded up on beans but missed the "run" on toilet paper because she is full of raw dry bean stuff.

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/25/2020 07:55 PM

    Amen Brother.....oh....and yes... we went to Costco today and they had toilet paper ?? in stock! Of course I did purchase a pack but just one (it really helps that their packs hold 5 or 6 hundred rolls). Again...Amen Brother.

  • Mike Scoggins

    03/25/2020 07:52 PM

    Mike I have a daughter who works at Children’s Hospital as a RN in KC. She has repeatedly told me that the leadership here has been implementing the “Lean Mgmt Process” in the hospital over the last 3 years. She states she is constantly in short supply of key items masks, etc due to this. I wonder how many if any other hospitals have done this yet blame the feds for not meeting their needs?? As you well know, when one business implements a process the others follow??!

  • Janet Dyer

    03/25/2020 07:48 PM

    Thank you.

  • Linda Hudson

    03/25/2020 07:23 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I trust your opinion so I would ask that you answer what is a concerning article that I read or is it fake news. The article said that the new stimulus bill included the hows of getting the money to the American people which would be a data base with all bank accounts and the cooperation of the postal service finding people without bank accounts. In other words the information would lead to a world bank. Another thing that was mentioned was legally using vaccines to implant the American people with micro chips, What is this about passing the bill with consensus rather than an actual vote which is mandated in the Constitution? Also talk of a 4th and 5th bill is unbelievable. Mandate "Stay at home isolation" for the elderly and people at risk and isolate states that are hot spots. Get Americans back to work instead of giving people money with no accountability. To me it all is going forward to Socialism. The American people need to wake up. I am very afraid of what is coming with the rulers of the Democratic-Socialist party.

  • Allen Mork

    03/25/2020 05:16 PM

    Mr. Huckabee - Please stop using the term Wuhan or Chinese virus. It is derogatory, racist and unscientific and it does not reflect well on you or any one else who uses this term.
    Also, please visit a hospital ICU or ER in New York City or then ask them what they think about our President and others calling the coronavirus a hoax. Ask a patient on a ventilator (or more appropriately their family members) what they think about that terminology or Rush Limbaugh's comments comparing it to the common cold.
    As to comments about how well prepared we are - what a joke. South Korea last week did more tests in one day than we had done during the entire outbreak. In Minnesota, at the hospital I work at, we are still not able to do any tests on patients we are concerned about unless you are in such dire straits you are being admitted for respiratory support.
    Your unwavering support of President Trump despite all the mistakes he has made during this crisis does not look good now and will look even worse years from now as we study and ponder this point in our country's history.
    Allen Mork, MD