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?
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.
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!