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Unemployment claims in Florida for the week ending March 21 jumped 1,045 percent from the previous week as employers and employees continue to feel the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor, initial unemployment claims in Florida for the week ending March 21 were 74,021, up 67,558 from the 6,463 claims filed the previous week.

 

The seasonally adjusted unemployment claims in the U.S. for the week were a record 3.3 million – up 3 million from the previous week. The total represents the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims ever. The previous high was 695,000 in October 1982.

"This large increase in unemployment claims was not unexpected, and results from the recognition by Americans across the country that we have had to temporarily halt certain activities in order to defeat the coronavirus," U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said.

 

Jason Schaumburg

The Center Square

Remember when Rahm Emanuel let the secret out of the bag, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” 

Just days ago, South Carolina Democrat Congressman James Clyburn repeated almost the exact same words to his Democrat colleagues. 

Clyburn said, “this is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” Meaning he wants to use a life and death Coronavirus pandemic to push through the extreme, radical, socialist agenda of Democrats, while everyone in Washington DC (including President Trump) is desperate and distracted. 

How disgusting and disgraceful. 

This latest 1400 page bill put together by Nancy Pelosi and Democrats is everything everyday Americans hate about government. It is the very definition of the worst of the DC Swamp. It is filled with totally unrelated pork to pay off Pelosi’s and Democrat’s deep-pocket supporters. It is filled with their socialist wish list that could neverpass under normal circumstances.  

But Pelosi and Democrats expect it to pass by holding you and me hostage. They know the US economy is about to collapse- literally. They know we are on the verge of a Great Depression. Actually, worse than a Great Depression. We are on the verge of 30% or higher unemployment. 

That’s higher than anything we saw in the depths of the Great Depression. 

Democrats know almost every small business in America is on the verge of bankruptcy. They must know many proud small business owners are thinking of suicide. This is a national disaster of epic proportions.

And all Democrats can think of is loading the bill to rescue the US economy with extreme, radical, ultra-liberal poison pills. If it passes, out of desperation and distraction, they get all the DC Swamp pork and payoffs they ever dreamed of. Plus, as a bonus, their socialist agenda. But if it doesn’t pass, they’ll blame President Trump and Republicans.

How cynical can you get?

What’s in Pelosi’s 1400 page bill? Arts funding; free Obamaphones; strict new affirmative action and diversity rules for corporate Boards; disgraceful giveaways to government employee unions; massive new draconian environmental rules; elimination of the Postal Service’s debt; and forcing government to favor banks owned by minorities. Add in nationwide “ballot harvesting” (ie Democrat voter fraud used to steal elections).

What does any of this have to do with a Coronavirus pandemic, or a health crisis, or an economic collapse?

In short, Pelosi’s version of a ”rescue bill” includes every extreme, radical, socialist and far left proposal Democrats have ever dreamed of. Smack dab in the middle of the worst crisis in US history.

Isn’t that called extortion? Democrats are putting a gun to the heads of President Trump, the GOP Senate and every American. Congratulations Ms. Pelosi. The Gambino Crime Family couldn’t have done a better job. 

Sadly, the Republicans are either wimps who will just roll-over in fear of the media saying something bad about them, or they are swamp creatures themselves who will add even more pork to the bill.

My advice to President Trump: Call it out. Read every offensive clause to the American people in an emergency national address to the nation. Recite the pork and payoffs. Call it what it is: mafia style extortion and fraud.

Don’t give in to extortion, Mr. President. Call them out by name with every tool and media outlet you’ve got available. Call Pelosi and Democrats exactly what they are: “Swamp Creatures who don’t care about the American people, who want to take advantage of the American people, in a life or death crisis of a lifetime.”  

Mr. President, let the American people know you will veto any bill that contains even one piece of pork- from Democrats or Republicans. Let them know that the only bill that is getting past you is one that directly helps the American people, the great American middle class, small business right NOW. Say it loud and say it often.

President Trump, the majority of people are behind you. We saw it during the trade talks when farmers were being hurt. Democrats accused President Trump of abandoning and destroying farmers. Did farmers leave the President? No, they stood strong and proudly supported him. Polls showed the highest support ever from farmers. 

The same will be the case now. 

Mr. President, go directly to the American people. Ignore the fake news mainstream media, as most Americans already do. Name names, shoot from the hip, let it fly, tell raw truth, take no prisoners. Call this what it is- mafia style extortion and fraud by the DC Swamp. Compare Peolisi and Democrats to the Gambino Crime Family. I know, my apologies for insulting the Gambinos.

The American people will stand behind you, Mr. President.

DRAIN THE SWAMP!

Wayne Allyn Root

Friday, 27 March 2020 13:53

Railing Against the Fox Virus?

 

The extra-large pack of journalists who equate liberalism and professionalism in their work cannot stand that Fox News exists. They believe everything elected Republicans do should be "fact-checked" and routinely punished. For Democrats, the elite media offer damage control; for Republicans, only damage.

The onset of the novel coronavirus is simply another occasion for the usual routine. The liberal media are prosecuting Fox for supposedly shoving Americans off a coronavirus cliff with misinformation. They're also equating misinformation with the argument that the pandemic gave them a new rationale to cripple President Donald Trump politically.

The latter is not misinformation. It's rock-solid, bank-on-it information.

Yes, the president and the conservative media were suspicious of all the worst-case scenarios and expressed skepticism about the threat. Many of us were initially reluctant to be dragged into a massive government intervention. Then Italy happened.

Ben Smith, the brand-new media columnist for The New York Times, is openly prosecuting Fox for deaths caused by the coronavirus. Smith asked Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Public Health Institute, whether he "believes people will die because of Fox's coverage." Jha said yes. "Some commentators in the right-wing media spread a very specific type of misinformation that I think has been very harmful," he said.

Then Smith noted that Fox has been compared to a virus, quoting Bill Kristol, who was on Fox until 2012. "People act like Fox is a virus -- beyond our control," said Kristol. "There are people who run it, who have responsibility for it, and they could be held accountable."

Kristol is a gentleman compared to Eric Boehlert, a leftist regular on the badly named program "AM Joy." He shamelessly claimed: "Fox News has been getting people killed for years. I mean just look at their crusade against affordable health care, their crusade against expanding Medicaid. This is not unusual for them. ... (T)hey are a cancer on this country." No one is "fact-checking" that statement.

So where do we go from here? Trump suggested that perhaps the country could ease up on the social distancing restrictions by Easter Sunday. That caused another wave of rage aimed at Trump and his Fox "feedback loop."

But the media recognize, even at The New York Times, the reality that federal and state governments have to balance the nation's overall health with the nation's economy. They don't trust Trump. They trust Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose coronavirus briefings are hailed by The Times as "communal therapy sessions." Whenever Cuomo thinks we can relax, the media will declare relaxation is the responsible, nonpartisan solution.

Cuomo has said: "I take total responsibility for shutting off the economy in terms of essential workers. But, we also have to start to plan the pivot back to economic functionality, right? You can't stop the economy forever. So we have to start to think about, 'Does everyone stay out of work?'"

On The Times podcast, "The Daily," reporter Maggie Haberman discussed at length how Fox News is warping Trump's response to the coronavirus. She admitted, "in fairness to him, Gov. Cuomo has openly voiced the same moral dilemma that he is wrestling with." But Haberman implied that Cuomo's moral stand is superior: "It's just that Gov. Cuomo came down on the other side of it, which was that there is no cost that can be put on human life."

Liberal scribes love the noble-sounding ideological extreme "no cost can be put on human life." It's like they've never observed the way a socialist health care system mercilessly rations care and decides some lives aren't worth extending. But they'll just keep lamenting that the country's well of information is poisoned by the news channel they pretend is the only ideologically polarized one.

                Tim Graham

To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq.

When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of the pandemic, Russia reciprocated. Moscow announced it would cancel its war games along NATO's border.

Nations seem to be recognizing and responding to the grim new geostrategic reality of March 2020: The pandemic is the real enemy of us all, and while we fight it, each in his own national corner, we are in this together.

Never allow a serious crisis to go to waste, said Barack Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel during the financial crisis.

Emanuel was echoed this month by House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D), who called the coronavirus crisis "a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision."

What Clyburn had in mind is what Democrats advanced as their alternative to the $2.2 trillion emergency bill. It was designed to force President Trump either to swallow it whole or to take responsibility for vetoing a critical transfusion of federal funds to keep the economy alive.

Among the items stuffed in the Democrats' proposal:

A $15-an-hour minimum wage imposed on companies receiving funds. Blanket loan forgiveness of $10,000 for students. New tax credits for solar and wind energy. Full funding of Planned Parenthood. Federal dollars for fetal tissue research.

$300 million for PBS, which has been promoting the LBGT agenda to school kids. Mandating "diversity" on corporate boards as a condition of companies receiving funds. Election "reforms" to increase Democratic turnout. Insistence that airlines, to get a bailout, offset carbon emissions from jet engines. $35 million for the Kennedy Center.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and congressional Republicans ash-canned almost the leftist wish list.

But Trump should go further, turn the tables, and seize this crisis to do what he was elected to do -- impose a new foreign policy.

Isolate America, not from the world, but from the world's wars.

The New York Times and Washington Post editorialized Thursday for an easing of the economic sanctions we have imposed on Iran.

This would be a humanitarian gesture when Iran is suffering more than any country in the Middle East from the virus. More than that, it would be a statement that America is not at war with the Iranian people.

This unilateral gesture by Trump, asking nothing in return except negotiations, would put the onus for Iran's isolation squarely with the ayatollah and his regime.

As for Vladimir Putin's cancellation of war games in response to NATO's cancellation, Trump could seize upon this as an opening to engage Russia as candidate Trump promised to do.

Does anyone believe Putin wants a war with NATO?

Should he do so, does anyone think Italy and Spain, two of the largest NATO allies, but both suffering greatly in the coronavirus crisis, would invoke Article V and declare war on Russia?

When Hitler was our foe, America created a wartime alliance with Stalin in the common cause of crushing the Axis powers. Liberals and leftists yet defend the Popular Front between the democracies and Stalin. If we could unite with Bolsheviks to defeat Nazis, surely we can join with Iran's rulers to cope with and crush the coronavirus.

When, if ever, will there be a better time to make good on Trump's campaign pledge to extricate America from the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan?

Consider also the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Jong Un has been testing rockets again over the Sea of Japan.

Transfixed by the coronavirus crisis, however, the world is paying him no attention. We should make a final offer to Kim Jong Un to pull our U.S. forces from South Korea and lift sanctions for verifiable reductions and restraints on his nuclear arsenal.

We are ready for a deal. But If Pyongyang refuses to talk, we should tell him we are going home and are allowing South Korea and Japan to develop their own nuclear weapons. And let Kim deal with them.

The coronavirus pandemic is the greatest crisis since the Cuban missile confrontation of 1962. After that crisis, John F. Kennedy sought to use the world's brush with Armageddon to establish a detente with the Soviet Union of the Communist dictator who had put the missiles in Cuba.

Following our Cold War victory, we have not done that. Instead, we plunged into wars that were none of our business to deal with imagined threats and advance utopian causes like establishing Jeffersonian democracy in lands where tribalism and dogmatism are rooted in the very soil.

The coronavirus is the enemy Saddam Hussein never was. And the ayatollahs never had tens of millions of Americans "sheltering in place."

What the coronavirus crisis tells us is not that we should turn our backs on the world but that, in engaging with the world, we should put our own interests first, as every nation in the world is doing now.

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Patrick J. Buchanan

 

                Congress and the Trump administration must act swiftly to send a lifeline to citizens and an economy reeling from the ravages of the coronavirus. The aid will come as welcome relief to many Americans, but lawmakers can't allow this unprecedented spending all to sit on the nation's credit card.

                The $2 trillion stimulus package -- the third round of virus aid from the federal government and by far the largest -- as of late Wednesday was on hold but passage is expected and would further add to America's huge deficit. We've already reached a $1 trillion budget shortfall. And our national debt is rushing toward the $24 trillion mark. The Congressional Budget Office in 2019 warned that unless major tax and spending changes are made, that federal debt was on an "unsustainable" course.

                That reality isn't going away.

                The latest 1,000-page aid deal reached in the Senate is slightly better than a House version that included a host of unrelated, pet spending projects.

                More than anything, Democrats have taken their most egregious requests and toned them down. Still included is funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; loans for the U.S. Postal Service; and tax provisions that encourage employers to offer employees student debt relief. About $150 billion will head to state and local governments, which will likely go toward bailing out underfunded employee pensions.

                It's a far cry from the targeted and temporary legislation lawmakers should have pursued.

                "This is a less bad version, and it's reduced in scope, but the nature of the policies is still in there," says Romina Boccia, a fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation. "It's so full of pork-barrel spending it's appalling."

                The final version will offer the following relief:

                --Payments to lower- and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult, as well as $500 for each child.

                --About $500 billion, including $50 billion for U.S. airlines, to back loans and assistance to companies, in addition to state and local governments.

                --More than $350 billion to small businesses.

                --$150 billion for hospitals and other health-care providers for equipment and supplies.

                --Unemployment insurance extension to four months, at a higher rate.

                The federal government has a vital role to play during emergencies like we're facing now.

                But it should always be mindful of the debt. The gross national debt already exceeds the size of the U.S. economy. A crisis demands discipline and sacrifice. Congress and the president should commit to getting at least half of the stimulus funds from spending cuts.

                "Unless Congress acts to reform what's driving this growing spending, the resulting economic decline, as well as legislative fiscal measures to mitigate the economic damage, will heighten the risks of a public debt crisis," Boccia recently observed.

                These dangerous levels of debt will create uncertainty and have a damaging effect on future growth.

                Congress must also learn from this crisis and keep the country prepared for such a pandemic or other wide-scale emergency in the future by leaving space in the budget for these national needs -- and not using the funding for more enticing, politically advantageous projects.

                Taxpayers should demand it.

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Do this for every debt you are sending more than the minimum montly payment to.....

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:02

In the Dog House! It's Business As Usual

One of the regular take out stands on Fort Myers Beach; The Dog House is still open for business and though not as busy as they would normally be this time of year they are staying consistent with customers coming and going.

Now us locals have known about this island gem for a long time, I love a good Cuban and personally, their Cuban Sandwich is in a class all by itself. It is absolutely the best!

They also have great breakfast menu and all kinds of sandwiches and other stuff for the rest of the day, they are currently open from 11am til 7pm and you can't eat on property during this social distancing period.

If you are hungry and don't want to cook, go check them out at 1207 Estero Blvd. Ft Myers Beach Fl 33931

or call ahead at 239-940-1043

tell them Bobby sent you!

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Former Vice President and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has joined a mostly-Democrat chorus of critics in demanding Gov. Ron DeSantis issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Florida.

Biden called on DeSantis to “explain why” he is going against “science-based” advice from public health experts who say a statewide stay-at-home order would temper coronavirus spread and to “let the experts speak to the public."

DeSantis has resisted calls to order a blanket stay-at-home order, repeatedly explaining a more targeted approach is better-suited to containing geographically isolated outbreaks. There are no reported cases across a third of the state and only light reports of COVID-19 in another third, he said, while the outbreak is severe in south Florida.

 

DeSantis has closed bars, gyms, state parks, the Lottery and south Florida beaches. He's restricted restaurants to take-out or delivery and ordered arrivals from New York and several other hot spots to remain in self-isolation for at least two weeks. The governor, however, has left shelter-in-place decisions to local governments.

Several Florida cities and counties have done so. Broward and Miami-Dade counties have closed all nonessential businesses. Orange County’s stay-at-home order goes into effect Thursday night for 1.3 million people.

“You simply cannot lock down our society with no end in sight,’’ DeSantis said Tuesday.

Biden on Tuesday night, however, called on DeSantis to “let the experts speak to the public” so they can understand how dangerous not imposing a shutdown could be.

“In this moment of growing uncertainty and anxiety, Floridians want – and deserve – to hear from the public health officials leading the charge,” Biden said. “To get through this, we need our leaders to listen to the public-health experts and their guidance.”

 

Ten of Florida’s 13 Congressional Democrats also dispatched a letter to DeSantis on Tuesday, urging him to order a statewide shutdown the way governors have in other states, noting of the 10 states with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases, only Florida and Georgia do not have statewide stay-at-home orders.

“Without an FDA-approved vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, our already-strained health-care system could be overwhelmed,” the Democrats wrote. “That is why we need a statewide order as soon as possible.”

The Congressional Democrats’ letter came a day after Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the state’s lone statewide-elected Democrat, called on DeSantis to issue a stay-at-home order.

Florida Director of Emergency Management Jared Moskowitz, a former south Florida Democratic state representative, said DeSantis was analyzing options that include limiting open business to “essential businesses,” instituting curfews and issuing a shelter-in-place order.

A New York-based commercial analytics company that tracks GPS movement on mobile phones and other devices is offering DeSantis and other decision-makers access to a free “real-world graphing” tool that could provide a treasure trove of data in analyzing what works and what doesn’t.

Unacast unrolled its Social Distancing Scoreboard on Tuesday. It gives Florida a B grade overall in its coronavirus response, based on a 39 percent reduction in travel. States and places that topped 40 percent earned A grades.

According to Unacast, daily travel since March 10 is down 56 percent in Palm Beach County, with mobility down by at least 50 percent in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange and Osceola counties. They all received A grades, as did Seminole County with a 43 percent reduction in mobility.

Pinellas, Hillsborough, Lee, Duval and Alachua were among counties with B grades. Eight counties – mostly rural – received F grades, including Sumter, which includes The Villages, where daily movement is down only 6 percent from normal.

John Haughey

The Center Square

President Donald Trump has declared Florida a major federal disaster, granting Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administrative request to grease the rails in delivering federal aid under a massive COVID-19 relief package agreed to in the U.S. Senate early Wednesday.

Florida joins at least five other states that Trump has classified as major federal disasters. Also Wednesday, he declared Texas a major disaster after doing so for Louisiana on Tuesday. California and New York were declared disasters last week.

While Florida continues its fight against the spread of COVID-19, a national bipartisan coalition of criminal justice groups is calling on state officials to not overlook prisons and jails during the coronavirus pandemic after a state Department of Corrections employee tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The state’s DOC operates the nation’s third-largest state prison system, housing 95,000 inmates at more than 140 sites – including 43 prisons – and employs about 23,000 Floridians, including about 17,000 as corrections officers.

On Tuesday, an employee at the state Marion Correctional Institution’s Work Camp in Ocala tested positive for coronavirus, spurring Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) to urge DeSantis to call a special session on prison safety.

“COVID-19 poses a grave threat to prisoners and corrections professionals,” FAMM Florida Director Greg Newburn wrote. “Minimizing that threat requires giving the Department of Corrections important tools they currently lack. Giving the department these tools requires legislative action, and legislative action requires a special session.”

Prisons can be locked down relatively easily, but inmates are communally penned up for days, weeks and months and then released into the general public from the state’s 67 county and dozens of metro city jails, warns the REFORM Alliance.

The coalition, which includes the American Conservative Union, Americans for Prosperity, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Justice Action Network, National Urban League, R Street Institute and Right on Crime, issued a call to Florida officials Monday to adopt a five-point plan to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus within Florida’s jails and prisons under the acronym “SAFER”:

• Suspend jail for technical violations; suspend probation office visits and payment of fines;

 

• Adopt smart alternatives to incarceration and contact visitation;

• Free medical visits and treatment, hand sanitizer, soap and protective gear;

• Extra precautions for guards and staff;

• Release elderly and vulnerable to home confinement.

“People in prisons, jails, or under community supervision are more at risk of contracting and spreading the virus, given their age, underlying health conditions, and close contact to each other,” REFORM Chief Advocacy Officer Jessica Jackson said. “Protecting these individuals from coronavirus is not just a moral obligation, but necessary to preserve the health and safety of our communities.”

There have not been reports of widespread COVID-19 outbreaks in the nation’s prisons, but the transitory, yet compressed, nature of jails make them viral swish buckets, criminal justice advocates said.

On Saturday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases at Rikers Island City Jail in New York City jumped from eight to 38 – 21 detainees, 12 jail employees and five correctional health workers.

New Jersey on Tuesday announced it will release up to 1,000 people from county jails – those jailed for probation violations, convicted in municipal courts or sentenced for low-level crimes in Superior Court – making it the first state to begin sending some inmates home to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

President Trump said Sunday he was considering issuing an executive order to free older, nonviolent offenders from federal prisons.

John Haughey

The Center Square

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