If you’ve read any newspapers, watch TV news (other than Fox), or watch the House investigation of the attempted coup, you justifiably are outraged.
We came very close to losing America we have known for more than two hundred years.
But, there is another outrage, that at any other time would be consistent front-page news, though in these criminal days, it largely has been forgotten.
It has cost more than a million American lives and sickened millions more.
It disrupted the economy like never before, and still, we have not recovered. We’re referring to the criminal fakery that prevented prompt action against COVID.
Trump team sought to suppress virus data to states, Birx testifies
Dr. Deborah Birx, President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, told a congressional committee investigating the federal pandemic response that Trump White House officials asked her to change or delete parts of the weekly guidance she sent to state and local health officials, in what she described as a consistent effort to stifle information as virus cases surged in the second half of 2020.
Birx, who publicly testified to the panel Thursday, also told the committee that Trump White House officials withheld the reports from states during a winter outbreak and refused to publicly release the documents, which featured data on the virus’ spread and recommendations for how to contain it.
Her account of White House interference came in a multiday interview the committee conducted in October 2021, which was released on Thursday with a set of emails Birx sent to colleagues in 2020 warning of the influence of a new White House pandemic adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, who she said downplayed the threat of the virus.
The emails provide fresh insight into how Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, grappled with what Birx called the misinformation spread by Atlas.
The push to downplay the threat was so pervasive, Birx told committee investigators, that she developed techniques to avoid attention from White House officials who might have objected to her public health recommendations.
In reports she prepared for local health officials, she said, she would sometimes put ideas at the ends of sentences so that colleagues skimming the text would not notice them.
In her testimony Thursday, she offered similarly withering assessments of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, suggesting that officials in 2020 had mistakenly viewed the coronavirus as akin to the flu even after seeing high COVID-19 death rates in Asia and Europe.
That, she said, had caused a “false sense of security in America” as well as a “sense among the American people that this was not going to be a serious pandemic.”
In summary, not only did Trump come very close to succeeding with a coup to destroy America’s government and the peaceful transfer of power — “the American miracle — but his intentional incompetence led to the COVID deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
No American, much less a President, has done more harm to America.
And the Republican party still supports him and his policies!
Remember in November.
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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.
The most important problems in economics involve:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps: Ten Steps To Prosperity:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9%
The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
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Settlement erases $6B in student loan debts
By Stacy Cowley The New York Times
Around 200,000 former students who attended schools that they said defrauded them will have $6 billion in federal loans canceled under a sweeping settlement announced Wednesday, the latest move by the Biden administration to address the student loan crisis by eliminating some debts.
Those who applied for relief — some as long as seven years ago — will have their loans wiped out if they attended one of over 150 schools named in the class-action settlement, nearly all of which are for-profit colleges and vocational programs.
The deal reverses 128,000 denial notices that were sent to relief applicants during the Trump administration.
Many of the schools included in the settlement are out of business. They include large chains like the Art Institutes and other campuses run by the Dream Center, whose operations collapsed in 2019, and those owned by Career Education Corp. The latter, at its peak, enrolled tens of thousands of students at more than 100 locations.
The deal also includes colleges still operating, including the University of Phoenix.
Trump is an historic demagogue…and asshole.
Please don’t demean assholes. Everybody has one. Trump is a murderer and a traitor. Much worse than an asshole.
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MediaMike has commented on your story “And while you rage about Trump’s attempted coup, don’t forget this tragedy.”:
The “virus data” in this case was PCR test results, which everyone now recognizes as 94% faulty.
Trump knew this and appropriately disregarded the data from strategic analysis.
There was no pandemic. There was the flu.
The rest was murder for money in the hospitals, and false reporting by every news station (including FOX).
The above comment contains 4 sentences. Each is based on false information and is 100% wrong. I post it here to demonstrate how Trumpian conspiracy theories have pervaded the Internet.
PCR test are highly accurate,
Trump knew nothing about PCR tests or any other medical tests. He is the ulitmate anti-science. He is the one who told America COVID would “simply disappear.”
Only the most ardent QAnon, conspiracy theorist thinks COVID is “just the flu.” The only similarity is they both are upper resperator diseases, but they are caused by different viruses. Saying COVID is the flu is like saying chicken pox is measles because they both affect the skin.