Even the Australians see the stupidity of Biden being the Democrat candidate for president:
This is your guy Democrats.
Even the Australians see the stupidity of Biden being the Democrat candidate for president:
This is your guy Democrats.
If Biden were to be elected, no need to worry about his cognitive abilities. He’s just a puppet to be controlled by the powers behind the DNC. Because media never investigates anything regarding the Dems, Americans really have no idea who these people might be.
They’re not Chairman Tom Perez. They’re not even the Clintons. Barack Obama is not smart enough to master mind all of this, but he is in the loop, I believe. It’s got to be some globalist entity/entities who do not have the interests of the American citizen at heart.
Really scary stuff.
A new “Axios on HBO” column by Trump haters Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen gives us a peek into who these people behind Biden would put in control of our country. It also explains why so many of the other candidates gave up so easily and endorsed Biden.
Joe Biden confidants are privately discussing potential leaders and Cabinet members for his White House, including the need to name a woman or African American — perhaps both — as vice president, top sources tell “Axios on HBO.”
Why it matters: Biden advisers describe a Return to Normal plan — a reversal of President Trump’s unorthodox, improvisational style. Biden wants known, trusted people around him — many from the Obama years.
Several high-profile possibilities:
John Kerry would love to take a new Cabinet position devoted to climate change, or might even accept a curtain call to return as secretary of state.
Susan Rice, formerly President Obama’s national security adviser, is another option for State.
Mike Bloomberg, who swiftly endorsed Biden after the former mayor’s campaign collapsed, would be a top possibility to head the World Bank.
Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general under Obama who stood up to Trump and was fired, would be a leading contender for attorney general.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Treasury secretary could help unite the party.
Jamie Dimon — chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and mentioned over the years as a potential presidential candidate — would also be considered for Treasury.
Anne Finucane, vice chairman of Bank of America, is another possibility for Treasury.
Biden advisers expect Pete Buttigieg to get a prominent slot after his swift endorsement of Biden — perhaps as ambassador to the UN, or as U.S. trade representative.
Both would help credential Buttigieg for a future national campaign.
Behind the curtain: Campaign officials say the name game isn’t where Biden’s head is — he knows he has major primary and general-election fights ahead.
Officials point out they don’t yet have a transition — and haven’t run a process that would surface new talent, like Dr. Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize physicist who was Obama’s first secretary of energy.
But it’s a sign of the sudden optimism around his candidacy that some in his circle of trust are starting to think down the road, starting with the V.P. pick:
Some Biden advisers hope he could overcome hard feelings from the Obama years and pick Warren for V.P. to excite party progressives.
Also high on the list of potential Biden picks for #2 are several African Americans: Sen. Kamala Harris (first on many lists) and Sen. Cory Booker, both of whom ended their nomination fights before the voting began … former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who ended his presidential campaign after New Hampshire … and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who electrifies crowds.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in the mix, too.
Others who could bring diversity and relative youth to the ticket include Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Rep. Val Demings of Florida, who got high marks as a House impeachment manager.
One adviser told us when we asked who the V.P. pick would be: “Whoever Jim Clyburn wants it to be.”
Indeed, Biden feels Clyburn — the South Carolinian who is the highest ranking African American in Congress — helped raise him from the dead with his endorsement. Black voters on Super Tuesday sealed Biden’s political salvation.
Another swath of likely picks are comfort food — longtime loyalists who are integral to the campaign:
Tom Donilon, national security adviser under Obama, would be considered for CIA director, director of national intelligence, or secretary of state.
Tony Blinken, deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser under Obama, could go to State or become national security adviser.
The chief of staff would likely be Ron Klain, who held that job for him when he was veep.
Steve Ricchetti could be counselor, along with Mike Donilon, Biden’s longtime political guru.
Anita Dunn, who helped turn around the campaign and bring in more money, also might go inside.
Ditto Ambassador Cathy Russell, a top State Department official for Obama who earlier was chief of staff to Dr. Jill Biden.
Ted Kaufman, former senator from Delaware, has been in Biden’s inner circle forever. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware also might get a big job.
The sources see Harris as a promising choice for attorney general if she’s not on the ticket.
Michèle Flournoy, an Obama undersecretary of defense, would be the favorite to run Biden’s Pentagon.
Morgan Stanley exec Tom Nides could get secretary of commerce, trade rep or some other top post.
The bottom line: Biden, a throw-back institutionalist, relishes an emphasis on governing, norms and restoring alliances.
That includes respect for experts, and for the art and science of governing.
This evolving plan is all in Biden’s comfort zone — all meant to send a public signal of stability.
The WaPo also notes that Biden has a new campaign strategy. They call it brevity, but in reality it is a plan to have Sleepy Joe speak as little as possible. No rallies (coronavirus to the rescue) and speeches of 7 to 14 minutes in an attempt to keep the gaffes under control.
If you thought Obama was bad, you would have to rethink that in an Biden administration. The Dems want to see to it that they never allow a pro American outsider to invade their world again. They will be even more ruthless second time around.
Whoever came up with this one did well.
Interestingly, the townhall Fox News had with President Trump Thursday in Scranton, Pa., was the most watched townhall ever.
That should tell you something about Trump support.
I admit I did not watch it live. I do not trust Martha MacCallum or Bret Baier. However, I heard it was decent so watched it on YouTube without commercials. Much better.
I was shocked when MacCallam called on David, an audience member, referrring to him as a typical voter, saying that he was a lifelong Democrat who crossed over and voted for Trump in 2016.
Who says that a Democrat who crosses over is a typical voter? What kind of assumption is that? From statistics I’ve seen, the typical voter is an independent. If Republicans aren’t currently ahead of Democrats in voter-ship, they are at least about equal. Where does MacCallum get this assumption?
Facts, reporters, facts please.
Stop trying to influence the voter base by having them think most Americans are Democrats. They aren’t. If anything, that party is splintering into a Dem/Socialist group.
Then MacCallum compounds her bias with this: “I’m curious, is there anything, or any issue that they could answer for you that would change your mind, do you think?”
Wishful thinking on her part was rewarded with this answer: “I’m focused on the economy and regulation and deregulation. And I like what’s happened in the country in the last 4 years.”
Trump interrupted to thank him. David added, “And I thank you for your efforts, sir. And I hope we can continue on that.”
“So, no. The answer would be no. Nothing could change your mind?” MacCallum asked. “No, nothing could change your mind,” she clarified.
Trying to the bitter end to score points for the Dems.
That’s why Fox News will eventually fall to the less biased, individual shows put up on YouTube. They may be the most trusted name in news, but that isn’t saying a lot in today’s media.
First, congratulations to Paul Boyd, our Republican front runner, who will now go against Joe Brown for General Sessions Court Clerk.
There is a plethora of analysis on the internet this morning analyzing Biden’s big Super Thursday, ahem, Tuesday, win.
Some good takeaways are at Breitbart, in particular, here: https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/03/03/nolte-13-reasons-bernie-sanders-is-a-tougher-trump-opponent-than-joe-biden/. Writer Nick Nolte makes a good case for why it is a good thing if Joe Biden is the one facing Trump in November.
The Conservative Treehouse also has good takeaways, especially here: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/03/04/takeaways-from-super-tuesday/#more-185445. It basically says that whoever controls the DNC forced Buttegieg and Klobuchar to parachute out in order to bump up Biden and kept Warren in to take away votes from Bernie. As the writer says, don’t expect Warren to go away in the near future as a normal candidate would. She’s there to scuttle Sanders.
Why would the honchos – and who are the puppet masters behind the DNC – settle on Biden, a guy who doesn’t know where he is or who he’s with? Last night in a victory speech he mistook his sister for his wife and wife for a sister. Who in his right mind does that?
He’s also been all over the map for most of his career on various issues. Trump will certainly call him out on his Iraq war stance, votes on criminal incarceration of minorities and dubious ethics.
The latter is why I think the DNC is backing him.
The Deep State will use Biden as a shield for their very own criminal enterprises. Whenever Republicans bring up Ukraine or China, for example, which the Deep State has been shown to be as deeply imbedded as a cancerous tumor, they will cry victim. They will say that Trump has unfairly targeted Biden because of his own Ukraine dealings.
Of course this is nonsense, but who plays the victim card better than the Democrats? It has served them well for decades. Consider what might happen if AG Barr starts indictments on Biden. They will rally the troops for Biden, aka themselves, and have the media’s help in proclaiming outrage.
Biden will protect all the Deep State players. He will be the target, not them. He is their puppet and he answers to the puppet masters behind the scenes.
And wouldn’t you like to know who’s behind the strategy of the DNC? Clearly, some big people are maneuvering.
Is it the Clintons? The Obama machine? George Soros? Probably the boss behind all this is unknown to us. Would we had some journalists willing to look into this!
Republicans have heavyweights who manage things, too, I think, but nothing like the Democrats. They are in the grasp of some big entity. If the GOP were similarly entangled, we would never have prevailed with Trump. They tried to bury him numerous times, but didn’t have the ability and long arm the Dems have.
Here’s one example of the Democrat plan. Remember how Nancy Pelosi shocked many people by saying it would be OK if Bernie was the nominee? In retrospect, she said that because she knew he wouldn’t be. Word had come down that the plan to oust him was working. Pelosi looked good to the Progressive wing and party unity when she made that remark. She didn’t mean it, I believe.
Also, Harry Reid of Nevada got the word. After the caucus vote there he came out for Biden. Notice he didn’t do it before the election. He didn’t want to tick off Bernie voters. Now he got the green light to fall in line with Biden.
Rush Limbaugh says the DNC is using Biden as a disposable loss to Trump. In other words, they know he will lose and they can not waste any future talent in a defeat.
This doesn’t contradict what I think.
It just all shows how the DNC cannot let its people decide elections. Just like they didn’t get to in 2016, they won’t get to in 2020.
So much for democracy.
Look at the audacious Mike Bloomberg picking at communal food and then licking his fingers before touching more things.
I guess if you’re billionaire Bloomberg you don’t care about spreading germs. And yet he criticizes Trump’s handling of the corona virus!
On twitter, a writer named Steve Guest had a thread in answer to this weekend’s news cluster bash of Trump and the Coronavirus.
Here’s the thread:
NBC’s Chuck Todd is misleading the American people.
It’s Democrats & the MSM who are politicizing coronavirus, not Republicans.
So @chucktodd, you asked for it, I’ll name some names of Democrats and the media who are trying to score political points with coronavirus.
From the beginning, @GOPChairwoman and @DonaldJTrumpJrhave been calling out the Democrats for politicizing coronavirus.
Example: Schumer & Warren have falsely accused the president of having no plan, despite CDC having a 52-page planned response.
Michael Bloomberg purchased 3 minutes of commercial air time on CBS and NBC to run an ad for his campaign about coronavirus.
Reminder: A month ago, President Trump issued travel restrictions for people coming from China.
That’s the preparedness @realDonaldTrump has brought.
Regarding the media, Politico is publishing false stories about President Trump.
Reminder: President Trump did not call coronavirus a hoax.
The New York Times published this bonkers headline: “Let’s Call It Trumpvirus.”
Not subtle at all in their attempt to link coronavirus to Trump.
The subhead: “If you’re feeling awful, you know who to blame.”
The New York Times also published this disgusting headline: “Trump Makes Us Ill.”
Not to be left out, The Washington Post has published this unhinged article.
Back to Democrat politicians…
Joe Biden is lying about the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus.
No officials were muzzled.
Joe Biden just touted the debunked talking point that President Trump had muzzled Doctor Fauci form discussing the coronavirus.
This is what Fauci had to say about that claim yesterday:
“I’ve never been muzzled ever and I’ve been doing this since…Reagan.”
Earlier this week, Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden were called out by the AP for lying about President Trump cutting funding to the CDC and NIH.
The facts from the Associated Press: Financing has increased to the CDC and the NIH.
Here are a couple examples of people wanting to infect @realDonaldTrump
and his supporters with coronavirus.
Here are Democrat Rep. John Garamendi’s threatening remarks about @DonaldJTrumpJr: “He shouldn’t be near… There would be a serious altercation… Don Jr. better not get any place close to me. It would not be a healthy situation.”
No pushback from MSNBC.
Back to my thread of naming names of Democrats who are politicizing coronavirus.
Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu perpetuated the false “hoax” narrative to the tune of 45,000 likes on Twitter.
Another example of Michael Bloomberg with a clear political motivation behind his coronavirus response.
Furthermore, on CNN, their coverage of coronavirus has been devoted to Trump bashing.
STUDY: Trump-Bashing Takes up Majority of CNN’s Coronavirus Coverage (Newsbusters)
Another example of Michael Bloomberg trying to score political points by repeating false info.
Michael Bloomberg repeated the false claim that President Trump referred to the coronavirus as a “hoax.”
CBS News’ Scott Pelley pointed out that President Trump actually said the media & Democrat hysteria about the government coronavirus response was a hoax, NOT the virus.
And here’s The New York Times’ Edward Wong at it too.
The @nytimes’s “Diplomatic Correspondent” just went on CBS’s Face The Nation and spread the blatantly false narrative that @realDonaldTrump called coronavirus a “new hoax by the Democrats.”
REMINDER: President Trump did not call coronavirus a hoax.
A Tennessee man, Regie Hamm, has written a must read concerning China and the coronavirus.
As I watched my neighbor put her dog’s poop in a single-use plastic baggy, I thought about split pants in China.
When my wife and I got off the plane, 18 years ago, to adopt our first daughter, we were taken aback by the split pants. Split pants are (or at least were, back then) pants the children wear that are open in the crotch area. That allows them to urinate or defecate unobstructed, onto the street or wherever they may be. The theory is that eventually they will learn to “aim it at the toilet” or something to that effect.
Either way, I distinctly remember my brand new Nike slip-ons (probably made not far from where I was standing) sloshing into a mix of urine and who knows what else, and continuing to do so for the next three weeks.
As I started feeling the cough coming on, I remember one of the women in our group saying, at one of the airports (as she too, stepped into urine) “The people in this country probably have built up antibodies inside them our bodies have never even thought about.”
I replayed that line in my head for the next three weeks, as I descended into night sweats, fevers and a cough like I’ve never experienced.
Over the next several days and weeks, we would experience the amazing culture of China, in several different cities. But some things stood out to this germophobic American. I watched a man hock up something from his chest and spit it on the floor, right next to us, in a restaurant. No oysters for me, thanks. I’ve suddenly lost my appetite.
We visited a Hutong (inner city – where the locals live) and saw raw chickens, skinned and bleeding, just laying on the floor, waiting to be thrown on a restaurant grill…for public consumption. No FDA or USDA or food inspectors or “codes” to comply with, here. But why? This is the last purely communist country on earth. You’d think there would be red tape everywhere. What was happening here?
Then, my wife and I had to rush our newly adopted, 8-month-old daughter to the public hospital…and suddenly it all started making sense.
As we stepped in more urine, took our number from the print-out machine, walked past the line of children whining and crying from the scalp IVs in their heads, then rushed to clean up blood and mucus (left by the last patient) on the plastic table they were now laying our baby on, then waited on the ONE overworked doctor (attending to no less than three hundred people) try to round up a basic anti-biotic to administer to my daughter (right there on site – no refills) it dawned on me what I was seeing and what I had been seeing this whole time. I wasn’t watching a “backward” culture or a third-world society. These people weren’t genetically inferior to first-worlders. They weren’t “less-evolved” than I was.
I was witnessing the kind of maximum, almost brutal efficiency a society must develop when the state is the master and the individual is merely a subject. Why would a Communist country not have an effective FDA? Because who are you going to complain to if you get tainted food? The government? They don’t answer to you. The press? They are owned by the government. And again, they don’t answer to you.
So what if you don’t like the conditions in the hospital? Where else are you going to go? This hospital is the last (and only) stop. You can’t opt for another place and then just pay out of your own pocket. The government has capped financial upward mobility. There is now “income equality.” And that means nobody has the means to buy their way into a different (or better) situation. And even if you could, one doesn’t exist. The state provides it all. You’re stuck.
In every one of those places I described (especially the hospital) there were uniformed guards posted everywhere. The government was literally on every corner. And yet it didn’t feel like help. It felt like surveliance.
“Yes, communism is bad, Regie. We get it,” I hear you saying, through your screen. But it is much deeper than surface ideology for me, personally. As our group was sloshing through the stuff on our shoes, we all speculated as to what new viruses we might be bringing back to the States with us. Well, even during SARS, none of us brought any viruses back. But my family did bring back one of the rarest genetic disorders on planet earth. My daughter was carrying, in her beautiful little self, a messed up sequence of genetic code. She was missing a piece of her 15th maternal chromosome. It brought with it dozens of different symptoms, one of which was seizures.
A month after getting her home, she went into a ten-minute seizure that could only be described as terrifying. And as the doctors and nurses ripped her from my my screaming wife’s arms and dragged us into the waiting room, I was incredibly thankful to be at one of the best children’s hospitals in the world. This hospital was clean and sanitary, with highly trained people everywhere. There were comfortable chairs and private rooms. There was any and every medicine we needed, readily available. And as horrible as that day was, and as expensive as it was (that day basically contributed to bankrupting us. Fortunately, I live in a place where I was able to earn all that money back and more), we were incredibly grateful we were in the United States and people were getting paid large sums of money to tend to our precious little soul. And she survived.
What we know, without a doubt, is that she would not have survived had she not gotten out of China; out of that system.
China is back in the news with yet another deadly virus we are all wringing (and washing) our hands over. And I’m certain we’re more freaked out about it in the United States than they are in the epicenter of it. Trust me on this one. I’ve lived it.
If ONE American were to die of this virus, the marches will begin and the public outcry will be never-ending. Why? Because we are oriented to the individual, in this country. We believe – whether we practice it in our politics or want to admit it to ourselves – that one person makes a difference. And our government answers to us. We don’t answer to them.
As this virus is doing whatever it’s doing, we are also having a heated debate over our own politics as a nation. We are literally discussing the merits of “democratic socialism” in the context of a Presidential election, in the United States, in 2020. I don’t think this is an accident.
I’m watching people (even good friends) on the left, basically throw their backs out, trying to contort and explain away why “some’ socialism is a good thing and how public services are all really “socialist” constructs anyway and how it really isn’t as bad as all that and how ‘this isn’t Communism – relax” and basically try to shoe-horn themselves into possibly having to take a deep breath and vote for a guy who sees the bright side of Fidel Castro but at least is not Donald Trump.
And he has ignited the debate over “single payer” healthcare. And that notion always seems to be reasonable on the surface. Why not just streamline the whole thing? Why not get the bloated insurance companies out of it? Why not eliminate the greed and corporate bureaucracy from our health?
That all sounds very reasonable.
But here’s the thing …
Single payer also means single buyer. That means the dynamics of the market get eliminated. One of the natural checks-and-balances of finding a hot-shot surgeon willing to do the risky procedure or even just seek a second opinion, get chopped away little by little. Because now we’re answering to the government. It isn’t answering to us. After all, where are we gonna go? They’ve got us. And our cancer treatment or skin graft surgery or kidney stone blast is up to their red tape. Sure, we can get in the door for free. But we might die in there, waiting on someone with no incentive and who faces no recourse, to change our plasma bag.
I am not a registered Democrat or Republican. But if you don’t like the state of healthcare in this country, just remember that not ONE Republican has their fingerprints on it. NOT. ONE. Your current state of healthcare was voted on unanimously and signed into law by DEMOCRATS only.
And now, ten years later, we seem to need to fix it all over again. Why?
I personally believe it’s because we’re moving in the wrong direction when it comes to healthcare. We keep moving away from the free market toward a more controlled government system. Why not allow insurance companies to sell their products across state lines? Why not offer them tax incentives to keep high risk patients (like my daughter) on their actuaries? Why not put them in positions that force them to compete harder for the public dollar and become more competitive? In other words, why not make them more accountable to US?
Why not offer dollar-for-dollar tax incentives to individuals who pay for their own care out of pocket? Why not offer incentives to doctors who do pro-bono work?
If those ideas sound like decent ones to you, you may find it surprising that all of them are in a bill proposed by Marsha Blackburn (my long-time representative, now my senator) back in 2009. It’s 27 pages long and it would only take two weeks to implement. It never made it to the floor of the House for a vote.
What if there are answers in the free market?
There are companies like Weltrio, in Oregon, that provide comprehensive healthcare concierge services to corporations who provide insurance, and they lower costs by as much as 68%.
It seems like these ideas are right there for the trying.
The thing about free-market solutions when it comes to healthcare, is that if they don’t work, you can always trash them and go to a public option. But once you nationalize healthcare, there is no going back. And that terrifies me. I’ve seen the natural conclusion of what happens when only one buyer is purchasing gauze and morphine; when one source pays the doctors and nurses.
And I suppose my answer to all of it is: what have we got to lose by trying the easy thing first? What if the evil Capitalists are right and it kinda works?
Vladamir Lenin said, “Give me your four-year-olds and in a generation I will build a socialist state.”
He also said, “The goal of socialism is communism.”
Then, he said, “medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.”
We’re finding out – IN America – just how right he was about all of it. And some of us aren’t thinking twice about it.
When Ronald Reagan said, “One of the traditional ways of imposing statism or socialism has been through medicine,” many scoffed at him and joked about how stupid he was or (worse) how he just wanted the rich to have healthcare and didn’t care about everyone else.
But the truth is we all want the same things. We want our children to have access to affordable and GREAT healthcare (that last part if the key). We just have different ideas on how to get there.
As for me, I’ve seen what happens when the choices are taken away. And what happens ends up being a place where new viruses can spread too easily, to too many people, and aren’t contained quickly enough.
And that ultimately affects us all.
Those of us who are older have lived through countless scares midwifed by a very happy media.
Fear sells, maybe even better than blood.
The first hysteria I remember is the Cuban missile crisis. As a first or second grader (I don’t remember which) we were made to line up in the hallways to prepare for a possible bombing by the Russians aka Cubans.
Why a private, Catholic all girls school in Memphis, Tennessee, would be singled out by the Communists as a strategic target for the enemy, I don’t know. No one saw the absurdity in this. We were also given identity bracelets with our names and addresses in case a bombing happened when we were away from our parents. I still have it. Fortunately as a child more concerned with conquering the abacus than surviving nuclear warfare, I was blissfully unaware of the dire circumstances that could await me.
Aside from the doomsday clock at 11:55 throughout much of my childhood, I survived that and various flu pandemics – Hong Kong, swine, SARS and the lesser ones that pop up like measles. As for cancer, everything causes that.
But all that still did not satisfy the media appetite for scaremongering. They turned us against food, even. Apples with alar, coffee kills you, don’t eat eggs or butter and now just about anything you eat brings on some kind of objection.
Al Gore told us the climate would kill us by 2015. Last I looked we were all still here. Yet the climate alarmists persevere. We let a 16 year old home schooled Swedish girl tell us how to live.
I left out the threat of Islamic terrorism, but the media didn’t fancy that so much so it has died down. It’s probably the most important and likely of all the scare scenarios, but it doesn’t go with their diet of political correctness.
Now here comes the coronavirus, the latest bugaboo.
Ross Clark at the American Spectator wonders if we have a need for doom. In a society that no longer sees religion as viable, this is particularly troubling and maybe the point. Fake science has become our god.
If you have just cancelled your trip to Venice and ordered your £19.99 surgical face mask from Amazon, how about this for a terrifying vision: by the time we get to April, 50,000 Britons will have succumbed to a combination of infectious disease and adverse weather. Frightened? If you are, don’t worry: you survived. It was two years ago. In 2017-18 the Office for National Statistics recorded 50,100 ‘excess winter deaths’. The explanation, according to the ONS, was probably ‘the predominant strain of flu, the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine, and below average winter temperatures’.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a pretty virulent virus all right, but not in the way you might imagine. It is less our respiratory tracts it has infected than our inner sense of angst. By last Monday there were 79,331 confirmed cases worldwide, all but 2,069 of which were in China. There have been 2,595 deaths in China and 23 elsewhere in the world. And seasonal flu? According to an estimate by the US-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it has caused between 291,000 and 646,000 deaths globally a year. To put it another way, if the number of deaths from coronavirus rises a hundredfold in the next few weeks or months, it will only have reached the lower bound of the estimate for existing strains of flu.
How many of us wear face masks because of winter flu? How many planes and trains are cancelled? Does the stock market slump? There is some justification for being more wary of Covid-19 than the flu. The former is an unknown quantity and we don’t yet have a vaccine. But we know more about it by the day. Its death rate is now around 1 per cent or less and it is mostly killing people with pre-existing health conditions; anyone else would be unlucky to die from it.
Coronavirus hysteria occurs because we confuse precaution with risk. We see Chinese cities being cut off, people being quarantined, factories closed, the streets emptying (save for a few people in face masks) and we interpret this as a sign of grave and imminent danger. If China had not taken such dramatic steps to stop the disease, we wouldn’t be half as worried.
There seems to be a distinct strain of Sino-phobia in our attitude towards infectious disease. Every novel disease that comes out of China instantly seems to gain the description ‘pandemic’ — even when diseases such as Sars and H5N1 avian flu hardly justify being called an ‘epidemic’. Covid-19 seems to fit neatly with our fears about Huawei spying on our phones and Chinese manufacturers stealing our jobs. Diseases from elsewhere don’t excite the imagination nearly so much. There was a brief flurry of concern in 2014 when Ebola, vastly more lethal than Covid-19, emerged in West Africa (it has since killed 11,310 people globally). But if we are going to worry about any infectious disease, it ought to be tuberculosis. The World Health Organization reports there were ten million new cases worldwide in 2018, 1.45 million deaths, and 4,672 cases in England. But no one ever bought a face mask because of that. How many people even know that the epicentre of tuberculosis is India, with 27 per cent of cases globally?
There is something more to the Covid-19 panic. It is the latest phenomenon to fulfill a weird and growing appetite for doom among the populations of developed countries. We are living in the healthiest, most peaceful time in history, yet we cannot seem to accept it. We constantly have to invent bogeymen, from climate alarmism, nuclear war and financial collapse to deadly diseases. Covid-19 has achieved such traction because it has emerged at just the right time. At the end of January, Brexit had just been completed without incident. The standoff between the US and Iran — which preposterously led the ‘Doomsday Clock’ to be advanced closer to midnight than during the Cuban missile crisis — fizzled into nothing. The Australian bush fires, which caused an explosion in climate doom-mongering (even though the global incidence of wildfires has fallen over the past two decades) had largely gone out. What more was there to worry about?
Then along came a novel strain of disease and the cycle of panic began again. But there are already strong signs that it has peaked. In the seven days before 24 February, the WHO recorded 6,398 new infections in China — down from 13,002 the previous week. On Monday it was 415. Very soon we are going to have to find another thing to agonise about. Asteroids? The next ‘freak’ weather incident, now the storms have died down? Who knows, but we will certainly find something.
The truth is that the things that are most likely to kill us are not covered by media.
At least Tom Steyer can’t, even after spending $250 million in his presidential campaign attempt.
Maybe he should have shelled out a little on dance lessons if he was going to humiliate himself so thoroughly.
It’s a ROFL video: