March 27, 2020

Count Me Out


In possibly the most insensitive comment of the past several years, a Texas official suggested that older Americans should be willing to sacrifice themselves to help the the economy through this period of shutdowns and closures.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick thinks the right thing to do is for people of grandparent age (which includes the 69 year old Patrick) to risk contracting and dying from Coronavirus if that means the country could get back to business. Forget the social distancing, forget the dangers of being near lots of other people. For the stock market's health, older folks should simply suck it up and take the risks as a matter of doing their part for the country's economy.

Are you kidding me? I couldn't have made this up. No one would believe me. Obama's fictional death panels would be back, but very, very real. Over 65? Don't even ask to be tested or for a ventilator. Stay away from the hospital where you might infect more productive (younger) people. Say goodbye to your adult children and grandkids now, so you don't waste time later.

Well, maybe the sickness police will be coming for me soon. But, count me out. Mr. Patrick can stand next to someone in line at the counter who has the disease, inhale the droplets, and then say goodbye to his wife and kids. He will have done his duty on the altar of economic sacrifice. But, I will be nowhere near him.

To be fair, if that is even possible with such a repugnant idea, Mr. Patrick would make the decision to risk catching the virus a voluntary one. Unless, not enough of us raised our wrinkled arms to join the parade. Then, who knows.



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Have you seen the 1973 movie, Soylent Green? Set in New York City (see the connection?), this charming little film is about a society that is running out of food. Then, someone decides that old people could be killed and processed into food, the aforementioned, Soylent Green. 

Probably tasting like WWII "C" rations, these little green blocks of protein would keep the younger people alive and serving the government. No one would miss the seniors and turning them into food would solve two problems at once.

Since the president is 73 (Turning 74 in 3 months), I assume Mr. Patrick is not including him, or more than half the members of Congress who are grandparent age. He is just suggesting that places where us oldsters congregate, like Sun City, or The Villages, or churches (the perfect place to congregate) and Walmart be the place where this exciting, one-way voyage should begin.

Is 1 million deaths enough to keep things humming? 2 million? I appreciate I am being quite snarky, maybe even disrespectful to an elected official of the great Lone Star State. Tough. Count me out of laying down my life for the lords of Wall Street. 

And, if that means a recession, then so be it. We will all be in it together, regardless of our age or "usefulness." When it is even suggested that human lives count less than the state of the economy we have lost whatever separates us from the animals. 


63 comments:

  1. There are no words to express the stupidity of Mr. Patrick's suggestion. It just fuels the animosity growing with some millenniums towards the baby boomer. My grandmother was buried in a mass grave during the 1918 Pandemic. If we don't get this virus under control, we'll see a return of that method of dealing with the dead and they won't all be over 65.

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    1. Well, we are #1...in virus cases surpassing evcn China and Italy at their peak. The absolutely inane comment by Mr. Patrick isn't the only seriously stupid thing to come out of Washington recently, and it won't be the last.

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    2. First of all, Dan Patrick’s comment doesn’t come out of Washington, it comes from Texas, so get your facts straight. Just because you don’t agree with him doesn’t make him inane or stupid. I bet he’s a lot smarter then you are. If you listened to his comments on Tucker Carlson’s show, he’s willing to sacrifice himself, his health and well-being for his and your grandchildren. That’s unselfish, not stupid. His theory is that if we shutdown our economy for months, then the accumulated debt of all these inevitable stimulus packages to keep everyone afloat, will not only potentially destroy our economy for years to come but it’ll also burden future generations, like your grandkids, with incredible amounts of debt... and Dan Patrick doesn’t want that. He says since he’s one of those most at risk at 69 years old, even though he still plans to take all of the necessary precautions like: washing his hands, social distancing and even quarantining if necessary, he’s willing to take the risk of potentially giving up his life for future generations like his and your grandchildren. That’s not stupid, it’s honorable.

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    3. I disagree with your assessment of his selflessness. He clearly said that one human's life is worth more than another strictly due to age and productivity. He is entitled to his opinion, as are you. But, being entitled to say something doesn't mean he is immune to being called out for such a thoughtless and unhelpful comment.

      Speaking of the $2 trillion dollar bill, one quarter of that goes to large corporations, many of whom receieved a bailout in 2009 and used most of that to buy back shares and raise CEO compensations. If Washington really cared about mitigating the damage, that money would go to individuals and small and medium businesses, not to those who are politically connected and have the power.

      GM was ordered to make ventilators. They said sure, but it will take several months, we want the government to pay all the retrofitting costs and we will charge top dollar for the product. Do they deserve part of the stimulus money. Not by a long shot.

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    4. I agree with you Bob. It's hard to believe there are folks like "unknown", but obviously there are, e.g, the President. How much kool aid can some drink. "Unknown" probably thinks coronavirus virus is fake news.

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  2. I am quite sure that the Orange Face will be happy to hear this suggestion. Stupid man.

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  3. I wondered if this was misreported, as was Trump's "hoax" statement, so I looked at his comments. He doesn't suggest withholding treatment from older people or denying them government assistance during this time. It is hard to know what he really is suggesting. But my husband and I recently had a "what if" conversation about the crisis. If this truly is a danger only for older people, what if we found a way to isolate older people and provide whatever assistance they needed during isolation as well as treatment if they do get the virus, of course. Then younger people could go about their business probably contracting a mild form of the virus and developing immunity. With immunity, proven by an antibody test, they would be in a better position to help older people and of course to keep the economy going which would help everybody. It was just a thought, and probably not a very good one. Everyone is thinking of all possible solutions. He may have been thinking the same way but he should have known better than to publicly express it. But then politicians are often not very smart!

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    1. If I can read behind the lines, it seems he was suggesting the economy reopen and rules of social distancing and interacting with others be abandoned. Obviously, that increases the odds that more people will get sick and potentially die. Since the elderly are most vulnerable, those of us of a certain age should be willing to run a much higher risk of having the virus spread if it means less damage to the economy of having most everything shut down.

      It is a dangerous fallacy that coronavirus only targets the old or that only older people die from it. While the death rate is higher for the elderly, people of any age with underlying health issues are at serious risk. Younger people will catch the virus, get sick, some seriously, and some will die. A news report from last week noted the unfortunate death of a 12 year old girl.

      So far, there are no reported deaths of those under 10, but there are rising death rates in all demographics groups above that, peaking with seniors.

      In any case, to suggest that a group of us should risk our health and possible death to keep the wheels of commerce turning is just plain dumb. If many of us agreed, we'd clog up the available hospital beds in a few days, meaning younger people with less serious cases would get no treatment. Or, is he suggesting we just stay home, get sick, and die?

      Actually, it is seriously depressing that his asinine comment was given any coverage at all.

      Hard to say what was going through his head.

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    2. I'm with you Bob. Dan Patrick is free to give himself to the virus but not me or anyone else. I tell ya, no empathy from Patrick and I'm glad he's not one of my state's elected officials. What a knucklehead!

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    3. Judy C, I think there is ALREADY a way to protect older people: Social isolation! For all of us. I think Dan's idea is to send OLD PEOLE out there to die, and make room for treatment of the wall street people who are busy taking care of our "economy."

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  4. There was no misreporting. Dan Patrick most assuredly told older Americans to take one for the team and lets get back to work. He is only one of many stupid politicians we have in Texas. As for Trump he has significantly downplayed this pandemic and delayed a proper response. Only a moron would not have cancelled all tariffs by now. Exactly how is raising the price on Chinese goods helping us right now? We need them more than they need us.
    Trump is the same person he has always been. He is willfully ignorant on almost all subjects and totally unwilling to listen to those that do know. Trump's management skills are abysmal. He has never in his life exhibited the skill set to run a large organization. Would anyone like to work for someone who is likely to stick a knife in your back at any moment and throw you under the bus. Trump looks at everything with the what is in it for me attitude. Someone that shoots from the hip with no understanding of the subject matter is dangerous to America.
    The issue of denial of care is already happening in places like NY. It is called triage. With limited supplies and personnel the younger and more likely to survive are getting more attention. One should not be surprised when our cities hospitals are overrun that a 75yr old that needs a respirator will be shoved aside to care for a 40yr old.
    The antibody test sounds like a good idea. With the governments total failure on adequate testing for covid19 it would be interesting to see how they handle antibody testing several hundred million people in a short period of time. How do I know the status of the person standing in front of me? Do they have a scarlet T, for tested, on their forehead.

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    1. I concur, I'm at a loss to explain the continued cult-like devotion to Trump, and believe, generally, most just don't follow the track record of all important DETAILS/FACTS. Rather, a wide angle view, fueled by State TV and far-right internet and social media. That ratings for this guy continue to climb in this crisis reveal we've got even deeper problems than Covid-19...

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    2. Trump's ratings are the highest they have been in his presidency. Apparently, the worse one does at the job, the more disconnected from reality, and the "I take no responsibility at all" attitude is just red meat to his base. I am pretty sure if a deeply red state starts to become overwhelmed by the virus, there will be those who claim a Democrat and the Deep State are responsible.

      A country can survive an epidemic, a recession, even a depression. Can it survive a perpetually ignorant segment of its population? That is the question.

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    3. I personally think everyone is doing a good job...Congress, government agencies, private sector, the public and yes, Trump. The only people I am disappointed in are those who constantly find fault either because they do not understand a situation or they simply want to turn something around to their partisan advantage. All the while saying how we must work together. If a Democrat were handling this, they would not expect perfection. They would understand that this is uncharted territory. I am not always in the Trump camp, but I am on this one. And no I do not think that half the country is "perpetually ignorant". Most Trump supporters are not wearing red hats and cheering at a rally. They are people who put policy over personality. I don't know many who approve of his style or especially his tweets. But they approve of what he does and the results he gets. And on some things I agree with them. Maybe you should spend some time in a red state. You might learn something about the people in this country. I've enjoyed this blog since its beginning. I do so wish it had not turned political.

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    4. Judy, regarding your correct comment of "If a Democrat were handling this, they would not expect perfection", I would like one of the people showing their hatred for our President on this board to explain to me why obama was given a complete pass (by both liberals and their mainstream news outlets) during the H1N1 virus outbreak that killed over 12K Americans. Until you can coherently explain to me why you feel one situation is different than the other (except for the fact that one had a "D" next to their name, which we all know is the real reason for it) than kindly sit down and let the adults manage the situation as best they can out of Washington.

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    5. ChuckyY, you are watching too much Fox News. This isn't about Obama, but Trump and his minions like to deflect.

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    6. Thank you, ChuckY. I am at a loss to explain the continued cult-like devotion to Trump bashing. It seems that no matter what the man does he should have done something else. I totally agree that Obama was given a pass in a way no other president seems to have been given. And Trump is given absolutely no pass in a way that no other president seems to have been given. People on one side seem to be constantly wondering why there is such division in this country. For myself, I do not wonder why.

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    7. All I see from some people is the blame game and the OMG, the sky if falling adage. Come on folks, we are all better than that. Many of us have survived many challenges and troubles in our lives to allow ourselves to fall into the victim mentality. This virus outbreak is not the fault of our elected officials, be it conservative or liberal or in the middle. It is not the fault of Lt Gov Dan Patrick, whom I am not related to but do share his name. He has the constitutionally given right to state his opinion whether you agree with his opinion or not. Get over it already. Harping on all this negativity and "chicken little" mentality is causing a collective mental meltdown of many people. I suggest that if you are living your life in fear of catching this virus but are not concerned about driving in major city traffic or on the open highway and having an accident and being either seriously hurt or killed, then you may want to rethink traveling anywhere by auto. We take risks every day we are alive, and many risks have a far greater chance of occurring than dying from this virus. It's the unknown that has many people panicking. We know that auto accidents cause thousands and thousands of deaths each year in the USA, yet we accept those risks and travel by auto every day from point A to point B. You have ZERO control over the other people driving and can only control your own actions. I could go on and on and on about all the areas in our lives that we take risks and don't think a second thought about those risks. I am by no means stating that you should not take appropriate precautions for your specific situation, but it you are living your lives in constant fear and are taking a negative view on every single challenge throw your way, then are you really living? Something to seriously ponder. I know I have pondered that thought many times over my life. I watched my net worth drop this past month which I prepared for in advance knowing that with good times come bad times. It's how I react to those events that determines my health, both physical and mental. If I were to fret all day long about something I have little to no control over (economy and stock market, viruses, auto transport, chance of getting cancer, having a heart attack, being killed or hurt by a tornado, etc), then I would be a miserable person and I feel I would not be living my life. When we have challenges like this virus outbreak, I suggest each of you look at the good coming from it and not harp on the bad. Worrying about what a politician thinks, what the CDC thinks, what your friends think, does nothing but drag one down and make them even more susceptible to all sorts of illnesses. I am grateful for the time I am getting with my wife at home. Sure we had travel we wanted to do, but now God has a different plan for us. This break from life as we know it is allowing us more time to improve our communications, to appreciate the simple things in like such as cooking together, preparing the house to sell, reassess our spending habits, and of course finding toilet paper (LOL). Who would have ever thought we would all be searching for toilet paper like many of us have to do. It's funny in a way. Lighten up everyone and if you continue to have anxiety issues, please seek out professional help. The risk of serious mental health issues is rising as people stay away from other people and focus on the negatives coming out of the media each and every day. Don't be a victim; be an optimist. Optimism is much healthier. I sincerely hope the best for each and every one of you.

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    8. Good sense, as always, Dan P. Thank you.

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    9. ChuckY: By the end of this year, maybe even this summer 12k deaths is going to look like he was the real stable genius. You read it here first. When corona virus kills 10 times that here, will I hear you saying "Thank you Obama?" I doubt it.

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  5. Yep, we are all gonna be sharing the new Great Depression after we live to see the end of this crisis. For now, let's get through the ""AFTER WE LIVE THROUGH IT part!!!!!!!!"

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    1. We are much stronger than we give ourselves credit for, especially when we work together.

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  6. Agreed, Mr Patrick was way out of line. No excuse- but he did start the conversation in Texas fashion, didn't he?
    Einstein and Andrew Yang also had interesting ideas too early.....
    This is not Wall Street (that jerk made his money and ran), this is main street.
    There has to be a way to get people into their jobs and start producing. Social distancing can be figured out. As the doctor said last night 19 states have very few occurrences. Fly over states I am sure. It is turning out to be more of an urban situation- so far. (You can beat me up over that in six months).
    Yes, the truckers are trucking, but once the full halt closed places, the Amazon gift boxes and grub hub will have no more to deliver. The ports are shut. That means ships are not being unloaded. The Kraft plant is quiet here. Yes, farms are being tended, but there has to be packaging.
    Besides that, in general, people are not good at "just sitting around" in the US. Suicide IS an issue. Get creative. Move from anger to acceptance and changing the way we do things.
    I heard Bill Gates say 6-10 weeks more. A Chinese type thing---like locking people in their houses was his suggestion. Will he be locked in with his family in 1000 sq feet with what is in his pantry from last year? Hummmm- some how I think not. Heck, you can still get a hair cut in Phoenix.
    I, for one, think that anyone over 65 or a major underlying condition should just stay inside until we have a medical course that can help. But then, that is ageism....
    It is nice to be in the position of Zen as most bloggers are. Most of my adult nieces and nephews are out of their managerial work. Two of my brothers are struggling. Yes, they will get enough of their old tax money to sustain them- someday--but they would rather have their places of business open. Between them they have laid off over 600 people. They want to work.
    Eventually if they do not work, we do not eat. They pay into our Social Security (which has been put on the line with all of the loans going out). We need an economy!
    Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. We are different stages for sure!

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    1. Different parts of the country are certainly experiencing different levels of illness. That makes a single approach difficult since it is likely some less populated areas will not see as much disruption.

      I can't figure out how we can get some business operating without putting vulnerable people at risk. At the same time it isn't fair to expect grocery store workers, truckers, delivery people, hospital employees and other "essential" to stay on the job if they are concerned.

      Even during the Great Depression the majority of businesses were not shuttered. This is a situation we have never been through. That is what makes finding an answer so difficult.

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  7. The initial approach is isolation. That is the only thing that can possibly work at this point in time. There is nothing else. Flatten the curve so the hospitals can attempt to handle the work load. The second step is hope this is seasonal. If it is not we are screwed. If seasonality works we will get a break from this shortly. That will allow us to hopefully come up with therapies to help. Vaccine is off the table till next year, according to experts. So there is no need to worry about going back to work right now. We let it evolve naturally. We are either short term saved by the season change or it doesn't matter. We will go back to work in 4 to 8 weeks, one way or the other. During the summer get ready for the fall/winter. If it is seasonal we should have every expectation that it will return with a vengeance. Hopefully not but we should prepare. All possible resources should be directed towards medical supplies for the fall/winter.
    The last thing is if your children or grandchildren have been supportive of this is just a cold and we should all go back to work now then use this opportunity to change your will.
    The last statement was in jest, but only barely.

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    1. Our eldest daughter doesn't even want us to leave the house to go food shopping. We give her a list, she fills it as well as she can, and delivers the bags to us. I doubt we will let her do this for too long. After all, we are just as worried about her picking up something and passing it on to her husband or teenaged sonn. But, she stays in the will!

      The retreat of the virus over the summer months and then a return in the fall is scary. But, at least with supplies people should be better prepared. You can be sure we will have several extra packs of toilet paper before the end of summer.

      Just, please do not postpone the election. And, assuming it happens like it should and the results are not what Mr. Trump wants, one can already hear the cries of a fix and declaring the election null and void. Then, the flu will be the least of our worries.

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  8. I'm just shaking my head. Speechless.

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    1. Humans are capable of the most outrageous cruelties and stupidity.

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  9. Sad fact: Nature rules and is utterly indifferent to us or any other life or material form on this planet. It unfolds according to basic laws and principles. We are no more than a medium for growth for this virus. It is not an "enemy." It is a marginal life form seeking to spread its genetic material and replicate.

    We have the intelligence to mitigate this pandemic. But egos, partisanship, tribalism and ignorance conspire to defeat those efforts. We used to celebrate and defer to the best and brightest among us. Now, anti-intellectualism and crack-pot conspiracies abound to an extent that I have not thought possible in an affluent, developed country.

    May God, if he exists, help us.

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    1. The cost of the dumbing down of our society is being felt. Among all forms of government, democracy is the least likely to survive if its citizens allow emotions and fears to dominate.

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    2. Isn't that exactly what is occurring with this post Bob? Emotions and fears are dominating? Something to ponder.

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    3. That's what it appears to me as well - emotions and fears are dominating in this post.

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  10. I am ready to die for the Dow and don't understand why more Booomers aren't.

    Do you realize how high our 401Ks will go?

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    1. Maybe because we have so much to contribute due to our vast experiences and maybe because our children and loved ones don't want us to die.

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    2. I must assume Goodly is being sarcastic.

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  11. I don't think Dan Patrick thought is comments all the way through. If we older Americans sacrifice ourselves and abandon self isolation, etc. what is he going to do with all the bodies?

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  12. The world is full of stupid people and this gentleman is near the head of the line. For the record I hate to use the word "stupid" but it seems appropriate here.

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    1. I can't stand that orange anus! He is the most ignorant piece of shit on the planet! His 'fans' are just as ignorant as he is, or maybe even more so. WAKE UP PEOPLE! This is very serious times for the World! Stop trying to convince yourself or anyone else that our pathetic president is such a genius!

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    2. I've reconsidered my position - maybe he does have a point something we can learn from. We should let him go first along with people that support his point of view and see what happens. having said that we can learn a lot from what we are going through. I believe there is a chance that we can come out of this better than we were going in. Think positive thoughts everyone and stay safe.

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    3. I am writing a post about that very fact...that failure at something can be a great motivator to change.

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    4. Hammondartbiz: do you think even that part gets sprayed every day?

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    5. I actually thought the people on this blog were better than the usual liberal, progressive, and Sky Screamer types I see out there. But then I read HammondDartBiz's post above and I realize nothing is any different here. If ANYONE posted something remotely akin to that here about obama that post would be removed in a heartbeat. But I suppose the folks here are just reinforcing the stereotypes that conservatives hold about leftists in this country, and how it is basically useless any more to even try to reason with them. Dan P and Jeannine tried to bring some reason to the discussion but it always has to go down to the same "I hate President Trump with every fiber in my being" types of comments.

      What will you all do when he is reelected in November to a second term? Mass suicide? Or are you holding out hope that the early onset Alzheimer's sufferer is going to get into office? The same person who women are finally getting a chance to be heard about his sexual assaults against them? And don't tell me they are lying. During the Judge Kavanaugh witch hunt we were told repeatedly by your side that "All women are to be believed". Well, I believe 100% that he attacked them and you should, too. Unless you are once again reserving your righteous indignation for only when someone has an "R" next to their name.

      Regardless of which side of the aisle you stand on, stay safe, keep your loved ones safe, and follow the President's guidelines for combating the China Virus.

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    6. Your beloved president was a friend and supporter of Roger Ailes, that speaks volumes. Your rhetoric is nothing but Trump speak. Enjoy your kool aid.

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    7. ChuckY: "but it always has to go down to the same "I hate President Trump with every fiber in my being" types of comments."

      Not always. In fact, not often. Read more carefully. A reasoned discussion is more fruitful than an emotional one.
      Read your post. And think about how you could have expressed your position with less vitriol. Even if others do so.

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  13. "The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members"
    - Mahatma Gandhi

    An interesting article that I saw a couple of days ago on this outragous suggestion...
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/coronavirus-covid-economy-seniors-1.5510079

    By-the-way, here in Canada where we've had a country wide lockdown for almost 2 weeks there are encouraging signs that the Covid-19 curve is beginning to flatten. It's still too early to say definitively but officials are hopeful. (As I write this currently Canada has 4327 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 47 presumptive, 353 recovered, 55 deaths.)

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  14. Obama declared a public health emergency early in the outbreak unlike Trump. 12k people died. The current outbreak isn't over so how can you compare?

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  15. Bob..
    After all these years is this really what you want your blog to become?

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    1. Being silent in the face of evil is the same as condoning it.

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    2. As a moderate independent, I'm with you, Bob. I'd be equally as outraged by the actions of an unstable leftist leader. Currently, this is indeed a matter of life and death, and time for truth-talk.

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    3. Absolutely agree. Being dangerously unqualified is not the domain of any single political persuasion. It is our duty to call out fiction and misinformation regardless of the source.

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  16. Wow! I loved this post. I'm staying in place in a city in the South that can't decide what to do except hate on NY. Had to stop reading a lot of local publications because "the New Yorkers are coming, the New Yorkers are coming." It's scary. And maybe unnecessary--if we had begun planning earlier as Dr. Anthony Fauci was screaming for months. And if we had a president who didn't "hate" instead of try to bring people together as most presidents would have. The list of hateful things trump has said is growing all the time. This was going to be my summer as I'm turning 70. Had it all planned. Now even if this is over I probably won't have the money. I'm divorced, no children or grandchildren so I guess I'm the perfect person to sacrifice my life for my country. Only I can't figure out what that would do. Plus, selfishly, I have a lot of living to do. Yes I am that selfish

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    1. The fear warps people's sense of the dangers and the perceived safety of building walls. New York City is having a rough go of it because of the population density. To blame them or keep them out is really not helpful.

      You stay safe and resist any calls for the ultimate sacrifice.

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  17. As a Texan whose family came to that territory in the covered wagons, I'm appalled and outraged at the current leadership in the state. The place is a very selfish, pig-headed-run white supremecist mecca (except for my beloved Austin and a few other sane pockets). Patrick is just emblematic of the whole Repuglican ethic of survival of the fittest, most privileged and richest. The only hope I have is that my young nephews have a very different attitude toward life and the social safety net, race, politics. If the world doesn't implode before their generation has time to take over, I have high hopes for the young people eventually turning things around.

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    1. Texas is so large that I hope Mr. Patrick and his fellow office holders don't speak for the entire state. We loved the area around Fredericksburg, San Antonio, and parts of the gulf coast. Back in the day I had clients in several cities in Texas so I spent a lot of time in the state. I always found it welcoming and as varied as any place in the country.

      Of course that was 35 years ago and I didn't pay attention to its politics at that point. Every generations hopes the one that follows is smarter than its own. We will keep our fingers crossed.

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  18. I don't evaluate political leaders' responses to this situation by the leader's party affiliation, but by whether those responses make sense. So far, Trump's responses have not made sense to me, and I think they are very often dangerous. I have found myself turning more and more to the daily briefings of NY governor Andrew Cuomo. I have not previously been a big fan of his, but his communications are so clear and his policy proposals so logical. His explanation of the steps needed to get the economy moving again made particularly good sense.

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    1. Exactly. In a case like this I don't care about the political party, rather whether the information is credible and helpful. Mr.Trump remains more concerned with the impact on his election and fealty to his power.

      He happens to be Republican (now), but that label has zero to do with his unfitness. Unfortunately his more ardent followers will never believe that any questions are not politically motivated.

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  19. Wow, this blog reinforces the notion that this country is too politically divided. Really sad we can't focus on the issue without touting our Red and Blue colors. Didn't your mothers teach you to avoid expressing your opinions on religion and politics in public?

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    1. Actually, she taught me to stand up for my opinions on subjects that matter.

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