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Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:24

Must We Kill the Economy to Kill the Virus?

 

"We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself," tweeted the president on Sunday night, adding that, after the current 15-day shutdown, "we will make a decision as to which way we want to go."

President Trump is said to be privately expressing a deepening concern at the damage the coronavirus shutdown is doing to the U.S. economy and debating whether it can be safely reopened.

Though castigated for his remark, Trump has a point.

The U.S. is rightly using extreme measures to meet the threat and control the virus that threatens the lives of millions of Americans, with the elderly sick foremost among them. And we need to do so without killing the economy upon which scores of millions of other Americans depend.

Clearly, America was unprepared for this pandemic.

And there will be time enough to assess responsibility for the lack of surgical masks, medical gowns, rubber gloves, respirators, ventilators and hospital beds.

The immediate imperative is to produce those beds and that equipment and get it delivered to doctors, nurses and hospital staff, the front-line troops in the battle to control the virus.

However, during this shutdown, all "nonessential businesses" are being closed and their workers sent home to shelter in place and to keep "social distance" from friends and neighbors to minimize the risk of spreading this easily transmissible virus.

Unfortunately, what is "nonessential" to some -- bars, restaurants, hotels, stores, cruise ships, tourist sites, shops, malls -- are places of employment and indispensable sources of income for millions of other Americans.

Close the businesses where these Americans work and you terminate the paychecks on which they depend to pay the rent and buy the food and medicines they and their families need to shelter and live. And if the salaries and wages on which workers depend are cut off, how are these millions of newly unemployed supposed to live?

How do those who follow the instructions of the president and governors to remain in their homes get their prescriptions filled and buy the food to feed their families?

How long can the shutdown be sustained if the necessities of life for the unemployed and unpaid begin to run out? Is it necessary to create an economic and social crisis to solve the medical crisis?

"We had to destroy the village in order to save it," was a remark attributed to a U.S. Army officer in the Vietnam War. Must we cripple or destroy the economy to rescue the American nation from the coronavirus crisis of 2020?

Then there is the matter of time. Many Americans can survive on what they have on hand for two or four weeks. Far fewer can survive without income for two or four months.

If we shut down the economy, what will we have when the medical crisis passes, be that in May, June, July, August or September?

Will all those nonessential businesses we put to sleep come back to life?

The free market system that is the legacy of Hamilton and the Founding Fathers is the world's best design for the distribution of goods and services and ensuring prosperity. And in a population where life expectancy is decades beyond what it was in the early 20th century, there are government programs to provide the necessities of life for those who can no longer access or afford them.

But businesses are needed to deliver the goods.

And if, by government command, America's free economy is partly shut down as unessential in this medical crisis, the government could be responsible for imposing the conditions that lead to social disorder.

At some point, the country is going to have to open up the supply chains and take the risks to let the market work to provide food -- or people will engage in panic buying, hoarding and using any means to get what they need for themselves and their families.

Reports of folks in this heavily armed nation stocking up on guns and ammunition suggest a widespread apprehension of what may be coming.

If the medical crisis is allowed to induce an economic crisis that leads to a social crisis, the American political system, our democratic system, may itself be severely tested.

Lest we forget: In the greatest crisis in this nation's history, in which the issue was whether the American Union would be severed into two nations, Abraham Lincoln suspended the right of habeas corpus, shut down state legislatures, closed newspapers, jailed journalists and was prepared to arrest the chief justice. And for the dictatorial measures he took, and for waging the

bloodiest war in U.S. history, against fellow Americans, Lincoln is now regarded by many as our greatest president.

Patrick J. Buchanan

 

We’re in the middle of a highly charged 2020 presidential campaign and along comes the coronavirus health crisis. The idea of a “perfect storm” conveys a confluence of events and conditions which combine to become a powerful and dangerous situation. Our politics and the very real coronavirus threat are combining into a very real societal perfect storm.

It started on December 31, 2019. The world was alerted to the pneumonia-like COVID-19, but too much was going on for us to take much notice. In early January the CDC issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China, and on January 31 Trump declared a public health emergency and banned travel to and from China. The intrepid campaigner Joe Biden wasted no time before calling the President’s response “hysterical xenophobia,” and “fear-mongering.” This early political maneuvering added an early layer of energy to the developing “perfect storm.”

The impeachment proceedings left no room in the newsrooms, nor in our collective consciousness, to be on top of Trump’s dealings on the healthcare front. And Congress was too taken up with the impeachment proceedings to really be diligent about what was going on in Wuhan, China. Trump was acquitted on February 5th and gradually we let ourselves become aware of something dangerous happening, as the storm quietly gained momentum.

During February, Democrats accelerated charging Trump with racism, xenophobia, fumbling the virus situation, and failing as president. In March, the economic shut-down, and the ensuing tanking of the stock market really got our attention. A few days ago, we were close to bi-partisan agreement on financial relief legislation when democrat leadership shouted “STOP”! We began to understand that partisan politics ruled the day when House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) told Democrats: “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” You could feel the growing intensity of the gathering storm. Thankfully, it appears historic financial relief legislation will finally get done.

Other elements adding to this storm continue to pile on. Consider the following:

· Border control, a political hot potato, is important for stopping the spreading virus.

· After using the “China virus” tag for weeks, the mainstream press decided to stop and accuse Trump of racism for doing the same thing.

· Federal and state governments jockeyed for position on advancing a solution and are blaming one another for advancing the problem.

· Democrats falsely accused Trump of calling COVID-19 a hoax.

· We’re becoming aware of our country’s alarming reliance on China for pharmaceuticals.

· It’s becoming apparent that the push, during recent decades, for high density housing and mass transportation, increases the contagion of viruses.

· ACLU is pushing for mass release of prisoners, for their own protection.

· Hatred of Trump by his opposition does battle with his outrageous and hyperbolic, style.

These elements build and feed on each other, and we all react in different, sometimes unusual ways. While paging through a newspaper, I came across an ominous photo coming out of Afghanistan. There was a picture of two masked men, one standing rigidly as the other held a gun to the obviously nervous fellows head. I got a sinking feeling when I saw this obvious Islamist execution. Then I read the caption. It was an Afghan health official taking a citizen’s temperature. The “gun” was a temperature scanner device. We see things through our own filters, and things aren’t necessarily as they first appear.

For many of us, this crisis brings us face to face with our mortality, and we’re learning how much we hold life near and dear. People do unexpected things to provide comfort and safety for themselves and loved ones. You’ve certainly heard the term, “grasping for straws.” That’s what people are doing. In this case it’s toilet paper and hand sanitizer, not “straws.” I think I’m finally understanding this human reflex. Comfort is found in unexpected places. Humans want to have some sense of control, and to feel like they are contributing to their own safety and comfort.

In closing, I’ll quote from an editorial letter in the March 24th Waterloo, Iowa Courier: “To those who are filled with hate, please isolate yourselves so you don’t infect others. Find the cure and join the rest in love and hope!”

 

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Steve Bakke, Fort Myers

Great job, President Trump. You’ve done the impossible- you’ve turned perhaps worst crisis in USA history and one of darkest periods Americans have ever suffered, into a show of leadership.

The latest ABC News /IPSOS poll shows a dramatic turnaround. By 55%  Americans approve of President Trump’s handling of this crisis. That’s the complete reverse of only a week ago. Bravo. But I have some advice you need to hear. 

This is a terrible healthcare crisis and tragedy. 

But, did it have to be a terrible economic crisis and tragedy too? And who does that help exactly? If grandma or grandpa, or someone you love is sick, or critically ill, or God forbid at death’s door, does it help the situation that you’ve also lost your job, or your small business just closed? Does it help that you just lost your income or life savings? Do you feel better about a health tragedy, if you also have a personal economic tragedy to deal with?

The commonsense answer is, of course not.

That’s why we should follow the South Korean model, or at least as close to it as possible. They have had the most success in the world at fighting and surviving this Coronavirus pandemic. In a nation of 51 million (almost exactly the size of California), South Korea has had under 9000 cases and under 100 deaths. 

So why is the Governor of California Gavin Newsome predicting 25.5 million of his citizens will get the virus? What is he basing that number on? If he assumes a 3% mortality rate, he must expect 500,000 to 1 million deaths just in California. But based on what? 

And is it irresponsible to scare his citizens half to death with over-the-top, hysterical, worst-worst-worst case guesses modeled on computers?

Keep in mind the CDC predicted over 1,000,000 cases of Ebola in Africa just a few years back. The actual number? Under 30,000. These are guesses on a computer screen. And hysterical, worst-case guesses.

Two places the same size, yet the Governor of California is expecting a million deaths in California versus under 100 deaths in South Korea? And Governor Newsom is shutting down the state and California’s economy based on those wild, worst-case guesses?  

Even if, God willing, we beat this terrible virus, what’s the point if, after it’s all over, we face a ruined economy, no job, a bankrupt business, no assets, no way to pay bills? This is madness.

Or what if Covid19 turns to Covid20 through 30 and attacks us repeatedly over the next decade. Will we close down the economy every year, twice a year? 

Try that a few times and we’ll all be living in caves, using candles for light, newspapers for toilet paper and carrying our supplies home on donkey carts. America will be a combination of Venezuela and “Mad Max.”

My idea from day one was to put those already sick; the elderly; those with compromised immune systems; and those at highest risk, in quarantine for one to two months. 

But ask and encourage everyone else- the young, healthy, business owners and their employees, to carry on and live life. Those at least-risk should be asked to keep their businesses open, keep the economy going, go out to eat, keep your community’s small businesses, in business. So, the sick, elderly and at-risk population has something to come back to in 1 to 2 months.

That’s a Winston Churchill-like stiff, upper lip, response.

I dare you to ask all those now laid off, jobless or with shuttered businesses, if they’d be willing to risk getting sick, or even risk a small chance of dying, if they could get their business or job back. I’m betting the answer from a vast majority would be an emphatic YES! Let’s put the heroes of the American business world to work!

The healthy need to go on living. We need to keep commerce going. Because someone has to pay the bills and taxes, or our nation will be in ruins- even if we beat this monster.

Then I found out yesterday from Dr Oz, a brilliant breath-of-fresh-air guest on my national radio show, this is almost exactly the plan carried out in South Korea. The sick and at-risk were quarantined. Everyone else went to work. No businesses were closed. No economy was ever shut down. 

Now there’s under 100 dead in a country of 51 million. And they still have their economy and jobs.

So, Mr. President, please study the South Korean model. Let’s not ruin the greatest country and economy in world history. The business of America is business. Let’s get back to it- while we also protect the most vulnerable, and fight this terrible virus with everything we’ve got. 

Wayne Allyn Root

By the Numbers:

Corona Flu as of 8:22 am March 26th, 2020 ... there are 488,091 cases worldwide so far with 117,603 people that have had total recoveries and 22,058 deaths in the whole world!

In the USA there have been 68,594 total cases with 1,036 deaths and 428 complete recoveries. In the USA there are currently 67,130 active Corona Flu cases with only 1,455 out of  over 67,100 of those are in serious or critical condition! That is 0.0216 % in serious/critical condition that is down from 0.0217% yesterday, 0.0231 % 2 days ago! and 0.0268 % 3 days ago! That is a good sign!

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SWINE FLU:

In 2009, there were up to 1.4 billion worldwide cases of the Swine Flu in the one year it was a global pandemic with 575.000 deaths worldwide

In the United States, there were 61 million cases of confirmed swine flu, with 12,469 deaths.

President Obama waited until 1000 people had died from Swine Flu in the United States before declaring an emergency, because of his late response, the US had the most cases of Swine Flu and the most deaths of any country, here are some stats on the Swine Flu Death counts. While looking at these stats please remember the USA has 325 Million people, India and China have 1.4 Billion people each: India had 1035 Swine Flu deaths, China had 737 Swine Flu deaths,

Turkey had 458 Swine Flu deaths, United Kingdom had 457 Swine Flu deaths, Russia had 438 Swine Flu deaths, Spain 232, Thailand 192....................

As you can see even though India and China have 1.1 Billion people more than the US each.... no place can even compare to the 12,469 Swine Flu deaths we had in the US.

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We are in Florida, I have it on good authority that our state will be on full lockdown soon (shelter at home) as most states are or will be, travel will be restricted to essential travel only, you will still be able to go out for groceries so there is no need to hoard them! Be Smart, Be Safe, Wash your hands !

By the Numbers:

Corona Flu (Because that is what it is....... a flu virus) there are as of 11:17am March 24th, 2020 (WorldOmeter)

398,760 cases worldwide so far with 103,748 people that have had total recoveries and 17,259 deaths in the whole world!

In the USA there have been 48,720 total cases with 588 deaths and 295 complete recoveries. In the USA there are currently 47,835 active Corona Flu cases with only 1,040 out of  over 47,800 of those are in serious or critical condition! That is 0.0217 % in serious/critical condition that is down from 0.0231% yesterday and 0.0268 % 2 days ago! That is a good sign!

....................

SWINE FLU:

In 2009, there were up to 1.4 billion worldwide cases of the Swine Flu in the one year it was a global pandemic with 575.000 deaths worldwide

In the United States, there were 61 million cases of confirmed swine flu, with 12,469 deaths.

President Obama waited until 1000 people had died from Swine Flu in the United States before declaring an emergency, because of his late response, the US had the most cases of Swine Flu and the most deaths of any country, here are some stats on the Swine Flu Death counts. While looking at these stats please remember the USA has 325 Million people, India and China have 1.4 Billion people each: India had 1035 Swine Flu deaths, China had 737 Swine Flu deaths,

Turkey had 458 Swine Flu deaths, United Kingdom had 457 Swine Flu deaths, Russia had 438 Swine Flu deaths, Spain 232, Thailand 192....................

As you can see even though India and China have 1.1 Billion people more than the US each.... no place can even compare to the 12,469 Swine Flu deaths we had in the US.

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We are in Florida, Still waiting to see if our state will be on full lockdown soon as most states are expected to be soon, if so... travel will be restricted to essential travel only, you will still be able to walk your dog, go out for groceries so there is no need to hoard them! Be Smart, Be Safe, Wash your hands! 

By the Numbers:

Corona Flu (Because that is what it is....... a flu virus) there are as of 4:22 am March 23th, 2020

341,400 cases worldwide so far with 99,040 people that have had total recoveries and 14,746 deaths in the whole world!

In the USA there have been 35,070 total cases with 457 deaths and 178 complete recoveries. In the USA there are currently 34,435 active Corona Flu cases with only 795 out of  over 34,435 of those are in serious or critical condition! That is 0.0231% down from .0268 % yesterday

Remember... testing swab kits are here so we are testing a lot more people each day so the number or cases will go up quickly as we test more people!

....................

SWINE FLU:

In 2009, there were up to 1.4 billion worldwide cases of the Swine Flu in the one year it was a global pandemic with 575.000 deaths worldwide

In the United States, there were 61 million cases of confirmed swine flu, with 12,469 deaths.

President Obama waited until 1000 people had died from Swine Flu in the United States before declaring an emergency, because of his late response, the US had the most cases of Swine Flu and the most deaths of any country, here are some stats on the Swine Flu Death counts. While looking at these stats please remember the USA has 325 Million people, India and China have 1.4 Billion people each: India had 1035 Swine Flu deaths, China had 737 Swine Flu deaths,

Turkey had 458 Swine Flu deaths, United Kingdom had 457 Swine Flu deaths, Russia had 438 Swine Flu deaths, Spain 232, Thailand 192....................

As you can see even though India and China have 1.1 Billion people more than the US each.... no place can even compare to the 12,469 Swine Flu deaths we had in the US.

...........................................................

We are in Florida, I have it on good authority that our state will be on full lockdown soon as most states will, travel will be restricted to essential travel only, you will still be able to go out for groceries so there is no need to hoard them! Be Smart, Be Safe, Wash your hands and watch this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEFweZTXmUM

By the Numbers:

Corona Flu (Because that is what it is....... a flu virus) there are as of 4:00 pm March 21th, 2020

316,065 cases worldwide so far with 95,892 people that have had total recoveries and 13,598 deaths in the whole world!

In the USA there have been 26,905 total cases with 348 deaths and 178 complete recoveries in the USA and there are currently 26,379 active Corona Flu cases in the USA with only 708 out of  over 26,300 of those are in serious or critical condition! That is .0268 %  

Remember... testing swab kits are here so we are testing a lot more people each day so the number or cases will go up quickly as we test more people!

Now in places like China, Italy, Iran and S. Korea where the outbreak is running amuk, there is much greater concern but the reaction to this by our fellow Americans is really over the top!

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In 2009, there were up to 1.4 billion worldwide cases of the Swine Flu in the one year it was a global pandemic with 575.000 deatjs worldwide

In the United States, there were 61 million cases of confirmed swine flu, with 12,469 deaths.

President Obama waited until 1000 people had died from Swine Flu in the United States before declaring an emergency, because of his late response, the US had the most cases of Swine Flu and the most deaths of any country, here are some stats on the Swine Flu Death counts. While looking at these stats please remember the USA has 325 Million people, India and China have 1.4 Billion people each: India had 1035 Swine Flu deaths, China had 737 Swine Flu deaths,

Turkey had 458 Swine Flu deaths, United Kingdom had 457 Swine Flu deaths, Russia had 438 Swine Flu deaths, Spain 232, Thailand 192....................

As you can see even though India and China have 1.1 Billion people more than the US each.... no place can even compare to the 12,469 Swine Flu deaths we had in the US.

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If this is our reaction over this low risk (to most of the population) Flu Virus, I hate to think of what will happen if/when there was a real threat to be concerned with.

Here's a terrifying piece of news that we don't think has been reported on really by almost anyone out there other than the electronic frontier foundation.

We came across this story yesterday and when we came across it, it was already one week old, but here it is.

Right now the Senate is working on a bill called the 'Earn it' bill and I'll just read directly of what the electronic frontier foundation has written about this.

The so-called 'Earn it' bill sponsored by senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut will strip section 230 protections away from any website that doesn't follow a list of best practices, meaning those sites can be sued into bankruptcy.

The best practices list will be created by a government commission headed by Attorney General William Barr, who has made it very clear he would like to ban encryption and guarantee law enforcement legal access to any digital message.

In effect, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) here. What this 'Earn it' bill would do that, it has apparently bipartisan support in the Senate folks, would allow, the federal government, would allow law enforcement agencies access to any message sent digitally in this country, whether it's a Facebook DM, a Twitter DM, an email obviously, something on WhatsApp, any of these devices where you can send a message to another human being would be subject to law enforcement eyeballs, according to the 'Earn it' bill.

Now Blumenthal came out and he said, no, no, no. Listen folks, we didn't even include the word encryption in there. So of course, you know, if it's an encrypted message like with WhatsApp, we're not going to be able to get our hands on that.

Except that's not true whatsoever because the earn it bill doesn't have to mention encryption because it puts all of the authority to the Attorney General, which is William Barr and his 19 member advisory board, which will be made up of law enforcement officers throughout the country.

So if they determine that, yes, in fact we do need to get our hands on encrypted messages, that's immediately going to take effect. There is nothing we can do to stop that once they have passed this piece of legislation.

Now given the current pandemic happening here in the United States, the earn it bill has technically been put on a little bit of a hold, obviously.

But it is not dead and it is not going anywhere and as soon as the Senate is able to focus on this, again this is what they are going to do.

They are driving us directly into a full blown 1984 Orwell style police state and nobody's even talking about this.

This is an important story. This is a very real piece of legislation that if you are on any app or you use email does in fact apply to you.

People need to be aware of this and we need to stop it.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation actually has a call to action on their website. Find the link in the description below the linked video in this article, go to it and demand that your senators do not support this piece of legislation and they allow it to die in committee before it even ever comes out for a vote.

Because this is a significant violation of our privacy here in the United States.

here is the link to the accompanying video, check the description at the bottom for link to EFF call to action.

https://youtu.be/9ulSGXv6Hmo

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The US gov't is in full swing frontal attack on the Covid19. In Florida, our beaches, bars and nightclubs are closed and restaurants have been ordered/limited to takeout and deliveries only.

It almost appears that they are using the old saying of Rahm Emanuel "Never let a serious crisis go to waste!" It appears that they are trying to see how close they can get to martial law without actually declaring it! 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we shouldn't be concerned at all or that this shouldn't be taken seriously but President Trump's initial swift response with the travel ban and quarantine of cruise ship passengers is why we still have so few cases in the US and all the while the liberals and media called him xenophobe, paranoid, racist, and discriminatory and now are saying he didn't act quickly enough.... Well which is it?

By the Numbers:

Corona Flu (Because that is what it is....... a flu virus) there are as of 4:00 pm March 20th, 2020

278,560 cases worldwide so far with 92,906 people that have had total recoveries and 11,555 deaths in the whole world!

There have been 19,974 total cases with 275 deaths and 147 complete recoveries in the USA and there are currently 19,352 active Corona Flu cases in the USA with only 564 of those in serious or critical condition! 564 out of  over 19,300!

Remember... testing swab kits are here so we are testing a lot more people each day so the number or cases will go up quickly as we test more people!

Now in places like China, Italy, Iran and S. Korea where the outbreak is running amuk, there is much greater concern but the reaction to this by our fellow Americans is really over the top!

....................

In 2009, there were up to 1.4 billion worldwide cases of the Swine Flu in the one year it was a global pandemic with 575.000 deatjs worldwide

In the United States, there were 61 million cases of confirmed swine flu, with 12,469 deaths.

President Obama waited until 1000 people had died from Swine Flu in the United States before declaring an emergency, because of his late response, the US had the most cases of Swine Flu and the most deaths of any country, here are some stats on the Swine Flu Death counts. While looking at these stats please remember the USA has 325 Million people, India and China have 1.4 Billion people each: India had 1035 Swine Flu deaths, China had 737 Swine Flu deaths,

Turkey had 458 Swine Flu deaths, United Kingdom had 457 Swine Flu deaths, Russia had 438 Swine Flu deaths, Spain 232, Thailand 192....................

As you can see even though India and China have 1.1 Billion people more than the US each.... no place can even compare to the 12,469 Swine Flu deaths we had in the US.

.................................

If this is our reaction over this low risk (to most of the population) Flu Virus, I hate to think of what will happen if/when there was a real threat to be concerned with.

The US gov't is in full swing frontal attack on the Covid19. In Florida, our beaches, bars and nightclubs are closed and restaurants have been ordered/limited to takeout and deliveries only.

It almost appears that they are using the old saying of Rahm Emanuel "Never let a serious crisis go to waste!" It appears that they are trying to see how close they can get to martial law without actually declaring it! 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we shouldn't be concerned at all or that this shouldn't be taken seriously but President Trump's initial swift response with the travel ban and quarantine of cruise ship passengers is why we still have so few cases in the US and all the while the liberals and media called him xenophobe, paranoid, racist, and discriminatory and now are saying he didn't act quickly enough.... Well which is it?

By the Numbers:

Corona Flu (Because that is what it is....... a flu virus) there are as of 4:00 pm March 20th, 2020

2789,050 cases worldwide so far with 92,906 people that have had total recoveries and 11,555 deaths in the whole world!

There have been 19,9779 total cases with 275 deaths and 147 complete recoveries in the USA and there are currently 19,352 active Corona Flu cases in the USA with only 564 of those in serious or critical condition! 564 out of  over 19,300!

Remember... testing swab kits are here so we are testing a lot more people each day so the number or cases will go up quickly as we test more people!

Now in places like China, Italy, Iran and S. Korea where the outbreak is running amuk, there is much greater concern but the reaction to this by our fellow Americans is really over the top!

....................

In 2009, there were up to 1.4 billion worldwide cases of the Swine Flu in the one year it was a global pandemic with 575.000 deatjs worldwide

In the United States, there were 61 million cases of confirmed swine flu, with 12,469 deaths.

President Obama waited until 1000 people had died from Swine Flu in the United States before declaring an emergency, because of his late response, the US had the most cases of Swine Flu and the most deaths of any country, here are some stats on the Swine Flu Death counts. While looking at these stats please remember the USA has 325 Million people, India and China have 1.4 Billion people each: India had 1035 Swine Flu deaths, China had 737 Swine Flu deaths,

Turkey had 458 Swine Flu deaths, United Kingdom had 457 Swine Flu deaths, Russia had 438 Swine Flu deaths, Spain 232, Thailand 192....................

As you can see even though India and China have 1.1 Billion people more than the US each.... no place can even compare to the 12,469 Swine Flu deaths we had in the US.

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If this is our reaction over this low risk (to most of the population) Flu Virus, I hate to think of what will happen if/when there was a real threat to be concerned with.

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