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Friday, March 13, 2020

The corona virus panic is over



This morning, The Atlantic declared, "The Trump Presidency Is Over." Never Trumper Peter Wehner wrote, "Donald Trump is shrinking before our eyes.

"The corona virus is quite likely to be the Trump presidency’s inflection point, when everything changed, when the bluster and ignorance and shallowness of America’s 45th president became undeniable, an empirical reality, as indisputable as the laws of science or a mathematical equation.

"It has taken a good deal longer than it should have, but Americans have now seen the con man behind the curtain. The president, enraged for having been unmasked, will become more desperate, more embittered, more unhinged. He knows nothing will be the same. His administration may stagger on, but it will be only a hollow shell. The Trump presidency is over."

5 hours later, the only thing dead was the premise of the article.

President Donald John Trump this afternoon took ownership of corona virus at a press conference. In so doing, he restored America's faith in itself and its ability to conquer an illness.



The stock market, which had been upbeat all day ahead of his announcement of a payroll tax holiday, shot up.

He declared a national emergency, announced the plan for the tax holiday, and along with medical experts and CEOs answered all questions. It went on for over an hour.

United Press International reported, "The president said the declaration will release up to $50 billion for states to battle the disease, which has sickened more than 1,200 people and killed at least 33 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University figures as of noon Friday."

States and hospitals will prepare for the worst. The federal government will give them information and money.

UPI also reported, "He also announced broad new authority for Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, allowing him to waive certain regulations and requirements to allow 'all hospitals maximum flexibility to respond to the virus and care for patients.'

"Under this new authority, Azar will be able to waive requirements and allow doctors to practice at out-of-state hospitals, and allow hospitals to increase bed capacity and length of stay for patients.

"Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said the declaration will allow healthcare facilities to do everything they possibly can to contain and mitigate the virus."

This was the confidence builder Trump Nation expected. The Oval Office thing earlier this week did not work because it showed a salesman trying to close a deal. The public declined.

The press conference worked because it showed President Donald John Trump as large and in charge. He was ordering people around, and shoving back at the press. While salesmanship is important, a president must be a leader in times of crisis. President Trump led.

The reviews were positive. Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "Directionally, certainly a lot of good new initiatives in the president’s state of emergency."

David Axelrod tweeted, "But at least it can be said that the president, who as late as yesterday was minimizing the impact or the virus, reacted with appropriate seriousness today and laid out some meaningful steps."

The panic is worse than the pandemic (as the UN bureaucracy dubbed it). Corona virus will infect more people.

But the fever has broken on the panic, which was the worse of the two evils.

The Atlantic was wrong. The Trump presidency isn't over. The panic is.

33 comments:

  1. I am amazed at the panic, flames fanned by the media. I hope we are back to the normal level of insanity soon, along with baseball and hockey.

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    1. I agree completely Schlong, being in Florida with the Lighting and Ye olde Grapefruit League, these hit home. Golf though is really pissing me off!!! And what's up with the shortage of toilet paper and water? To make matters worse, Walmart had no Hanes tighty whitey underwear for my disabled brother-in-law, had to get Fruit of the Loom! When will the insanity end???

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    2. Fruit of the Loom is garbage. If you like him, get him the JCPenney (Stafford) brand ones. Those are good. I'm serious.

      CP

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    3. Definitely.

      Hanes is also good.

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  2. In the Rose Garden today, President Trump exposed Peter Wehner's shallow and ignorant writing.

    President Trump is at his best when he interacts with people and shows who is boss.

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    1. I agree. Those are the times when he really shines...like the boss he is.

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  3. The media, market and others have been in meltdown tantrum mode for weeks. Were all doomed. US fatalities .... <50. Picture Dr No ..."1 million dollars..." The numbers arent adding up, the market broke its madness today, and thank goodness we had DJT at the helm to guide us.

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  4. I have read that a human body makes one last, heroic effort to keep the head above water right before it gives up and drowns. Have a nice trip down, Peter...

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  5. Trumpenfrude list candidate?
    Nice to have a real Captain in the cockpit..

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  6. Foiled again! Oh well, maybe next time fer shur!

    TarsTarkas son of Westvirginianas

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  7. Okay, someone has to do it.

    From this morning's fun-and-games...

    "The market is poised to fall yet again."

    Actually, the pre-opening futures had it poised to rise. These people aren't good at facts, too much focus on their self-help propaganda outlets.

    "Why don't the markets think Donald Trump is up to managing this crisis?"

    Well, that aged about as well as Wehner's article.

    Meanwhile, apparently WHO figured out today that the epicenter is now in Europe, not east Asia. Little late there, guys.

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  8. This is outrageous!

    Don't you all realize that if I were President now, we could have had this terrible toilet paper shortage with having to have a disease epidemic to get it?

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    1. Make that WITHOUT having to have a disease epidemic.

      Maybe I have what Joe Biden has.

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  9. I read an Atlantic article every now and then just to make me feel so SANE! Wouldn't it be TRUMPIAN if the Atlantic folded right now?

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    1. Oh, no!!! Then David Frum would be out of a job!!!!!

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    2. Mrs. Steve Jobs owns The Atlantic--don't expect it to fold anytime soon.

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  10. I guess I just don't get it. At first I understood it to be a really bad flu, that was killing everyone that got it. Then I hear it is only killing the old and the infirm (which is totally bad as i turn 70 y.o. in 2 weeks) and many of the younger people who get it think it is a mild cold. This means when everyone is counting a death rate for this, they are not really counting ALL the people infected, just those who get really ill and tested for it. I think I'll just remain "un-panicked" and keep on plugging away towards 70 y.o. and beyond.

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    1. Keep on plugging away, John...head held high, back straight, eyes clear...and Kick A Snowflake In The Ass if you get the chance.

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  11. Another way to look at Pandemic: DEM PANIC.

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  12. "bluster and ignorance and shallowness of America’s 45th president"

    This fellow just described Obama to T.

    B.S.G.

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  13. Oh hell, I'm more worried about catching pre-diabetes. I also hear pre-death is pretty nasty too.

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    1. Really! The prospect of death doesn't bother me, it's that nasty pre-death stuff that scares me!

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  14. I just don't get the fevered coverage of something that, so far, hasn't killed even a tenth of the ordinary flu and affects, surprise! the same demographic as the flu. Sooooo...we are talking about the flu. And canceling sports and school and travel because of...the flu???? When we start seeing young, otherwise healthy people dying from the CCP Virus i will take notice. Until then it's media hype and political desperation.

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  15. Oh and if the feds are going to start throwing money around, let's fund an emergency program to stand up our own pharmaceutical industries to manufacture the medicines that China is currently threatening to withhold.

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  16. 1: I've read Trump was a little flat Wednesday. He's probably been working on this day and night and was just tired.

    And negotiating with Pelosi Galore would wear anybody out.

    Turns out all he needed was a good night's sleep (ahem).

    Now he's back to normal.

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  17. "The Atlantic was wrong." You should have added, "again!"

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  18. We are not seeing indecision. We are seeing action. And adaptation to lurking failures of the permanent bureaucracy.

    Admiral Nimitz:
    Indecision is a virus that can run through an army and destroy it's will to win. Or even to survive.

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  19. The Sniffer: “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.”

    This is why you don’t want a president who is taking $1.5 Billion payoffs from China through his son.

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