A PAINFUL LESSON
Some of us have been sounding the alarm for a long time about the dangers of outsourcing American manufacturing to China. It’s not just due to the loss of American jobs, but also trusting one of our top adversaries with supplying us with needed materials of all sorts, not the least of which is medicines. There’s also another downside that many US companies didn’t foresee, and that’s the foolishness of trusting an authoritarian communist government to deal fairly with capitalist Americans.
Some of those companies are now learning a painful lesson. For instance, China imported nearly 2.5 billion epidemic prevention and control materials in January and February. But when 3M and Honeywell tried to export things like booties, gloves and N95 face masks from their factories in China to the US, China blocked them from doing it.
A senior White House official said this kind of attempt to hoard and corner the market on these materials during a worldwide pandemic (started by China, I might add, whether the US media like it or not) is tantamount to first-degree murder.
And while China claims that it’s doing everything possible to help fight the disease worldwide, a bit of laughable propaganda that the New York Times allowed to appear on its op-ed pages, where you will never find a positive word about our own President…
…the kind and benevolent Beijing government is reportedly forcing hard-hit Italy to pay to buy back (not even all, but some of) the personal protective equipment that Italy donated to China just months ago. This story also has some details about how much of the Chinese-made materials to fight the virus that were exported are being found to be faulty.
And like good leftists everywhere, the Chinese government never lets a crisis go to waste, as evidenced by the report that they tried to extort the French government to agree to give the Chinese company Huawei its 5G wireless market in exchange for medical supplies.
None of this should come as a surprise to anyone who’s watched China for the last 50 or so years. Putting aside the obvious examples, like the Tiananmen Square massacre and the crackdown on Hong Kong, I recall reading years ago about a small private company that learned the hard way. If I remember correctly, it made some sort of proprietary hair care appliance. Moving their factory to China saved money on labor…but in no time at all, the trademarked design of the product was stolen and cheap knockoffs were being cranked out in another factory at prices that undercut the real thing. Guess what the Chinese authorities did about that. The owner moved his factory back to Texas, poorer but wiser, but he still couldn’t do anything to stop the pirating of his product.
Too bad none of the reporters who daily attack and blame President Trump for the current Made-In-China crisis listened to what he was actually saying when he ran in 2016 on a platform of stopping China from lying, cheating and ripping us off. They were too busy scouring every word he said for “racist dog whistles” to notice that he was trying to warn them that a pit bull was mauling their backsides.
HOW SOME PEOPLE VIEW THIS CRISIS
Some people are so locked into a particular mindset that everything they see is filtered through it. The coronavirus scare is something that should be a great equalizer: while it is harder on the elderly, it can strike anyone of any age, race, gender or nationality. The virus doesn’t care about the color, shape or geographical location of your body. Yet people who obsess over those issues just can’t recognize that we’re all in this together and sharing equal risk.
We’ve seen people try to claim that it’s harder on certain races (AOC wants virus reparations), or that it’s a feminist issue because more women work in health care so they face greater risk of contracting it (even though more men die from it.) But this one really takes the cake, and I mean that literally:
Two professors whose obsession is fighting “fat phobia” are outraged that anyone would tell people to eat healthy when they’re cooped up inside and unable to get out and exercise. In their view, eating to cope with trauma is natural, and telling people that it’s dangerous to overeat and gain weight during self-quarantines feeds into fat phobia and is abusive and oppressive. Incidentally, If you catch COVID-19, you have a better chance of surviving it if you’re healthy and not obese, but I don’t want to oppress anyone by telling them the truth.
It’s astounding that even in the face of a worldwide threat to all humanity, some people can only see their own pet micro-aggressions. Sorry, professors, but to put it terms you can understand, the rest of us have bigger fish to fry at the moment.
HERE'S A STUNNER
The State Department has sided with Judicial Watch, agreeing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cannot dodge answering questions in a court deposition about the Benghazi attack by citing her previous office. I’m sure this is all predicated on purely legal grounds, and not on the fact that she acted above the law, broke the rules and gave the State Department a black eye. But I’ll bet that didn’t make them any more inclined to bend the rules to help her.
TUESDAY FAKE NEWS
Yes, CNN, the White House DOES have a plan for rapidly distributing ventilators and other medical equipment when they’re needed. As Matt Vespa at Townhall.com notes, if CNN’s anchors actually watched the daily press briefings instead of cutting away from them to bash Trump, maybe they would have known that.
On the other hand, here’s a fact-check that turned out to be true. President Trump asked a hostile reporter, “Who do you work for, China?” As it turns out, why, yes, she does.
1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 3:19 PM): 386,800 DEATHS: 12,021 RECOVERIES: 20,191 (Reported recoveries)
TESTS GIVEN: 1,945,441
Source: The Covid Tracking Project
3. MEDIA BIAS: On virus and politics, don't buy media's "truth" of the moment.
REMEMBER OUR SENIORS
One of the toughest things about all this self-isolating is the toll it takes on seniors, many of whom were already coping with feelings of loneliness and isolation that have only gotten worse. If you have elderly relatives or know of a local organization to help seniors, I hope you’ll consider volunteering. Even just calling on the phone to chat for a while can be the highlight of the day for someone who feels alone and forgotten.
And now, here’s a very sweet story about what a 92-year-old husband in Israel did to help make sheltering-in-place more tolerable for his wife of 67 years.
On the subject of people helping others through the current crisis, check out these inspiring photos. They’ll help wash away some of the scariness, divisiveness and negativity that the media thrive on.
TWEET OF THE DAY
WE NEED THIS
I think we could all use some laughs, especially in dark times. So here’s Dave Barry on avoiding the coronavirus.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE (KJV)
"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost."