For a mid-week moment, it appeared Florida’s chief executive had accorded great regulatory and enforcement authority to local governments in issuing his statewide stay-at-home order.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decree allowed local governments to impose tighter restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic than levied by the state, other than those stipulated in the order.
The executive order bucked a decades-long trend in state Republican leadership’s use of “predatory preemption” to whittle away at home rule across the regulatory landscape.
DeSantis cleared away any confusion such a thing was to occur in a Thursday amendment memo that declared his order “shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”
The revised order reinterprets a line in the original decree allowing local governments to implement restrictive orders by erasing it.
Nevertheless, DeSantis assured reporters Thursday, the revised order ensures “the baseline” and local governments can impose stricter measures if they choose.
Local governments “can go beyond what I’ve done. What we’re doing is setting a floor,” he said. “And they can’t go below the floor.”
Except when it comes to religious services.
DeSantis’ order defines "religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship" as “essential” and, therefore, preempts local restrictions on religious gatherings. The original did not do so.
“I don’t know that they would have the authority, quite frankly, to close a religious ... the Constitution doesn’t get suspended here. There’s got to be ways where you can accommodate,” DeSantis said.
The governor met with religious leaders and agreed “their work is important” and should be classified as “essential.”
“There is no reason why you can’t do a church service 6 feet apart,” he said. “In times like this, I think the service that they are performing is going to be very important to people, particularly coming up in the Easter season.”
Michigan, New Mexico, Delaware, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia are among states with stay-at-home exemptions for religious services.
Virginia and Maryland require places of worship to limit in-person services to fewer than 10 people, which is the same as President Donald Trump’s administration’s 30-day guidelines and DeSantis’ stay-at-home order – except, apparently, for religious services.
Local officials are on edge as some pastors, such as Brandon megachurch preacher Rodney Howard-Browne, threaten to defy stay-at-home orders to open their churches for services Easter Sunday, a little more than a week away.
The Evangelical pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church was arrested on misdemeanor counts of unlawful assembly and violation of a county-wide order after he was warned to limit his congregation to fewer than 10 people in compliance with a county stay-at-home order.
Claiming the restriction violated his First Amendment rights, Howard-Browne staged two services Sunday at his megachurch south of Tampa, drawing up to 500 worshippers.
He has since hired Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver. Staver represented Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay people in 2015.
In a live streamed call-in Thursday, Browne said he had closed the church “to protect the congregation, not from the virus, but from a tyrannical government."
He said the church would remain closed through Sunday, Palm Sunday, but did not dismiss hosting services on Easter Sunday on April 12.
"At this time, I have not made any decision about Easter Sunday or services thereafter," he said. "Adonica (his wife) and I are praying and seeking the Lord for wisdom. I will say, however, that the church cannot be closed indefinitely."
Wake up America, we are in the midst of a war and have been attacked like we haven’t been since Pearl Harbor.
In case you haven’t noticed, our opponent is China. The only difference is they have caused mass crisis, chaos, death and destruction to America- without firing a bullet, or bomb.
Fellow Americans and citizens of the Free World, it’s time we wake up and prepare for battle. Once America mobilizes for all-out war, we never lose.
One positive result of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak is that we have clearly seen that China is not only not our friend, they are our bitter enemy. China may not have purposely released the coronavirus, however, their actions following its spread clearly shows their true colors.
Not only did they withhold critical information and refuse to cooperate to limit the virus’s spread, they supplied desperate countries with faulty masks, test kits and respirators. And rather than accept responsibility, China tried to place the blame on the US military- a despicable and disgraceful lie.
Perhaps even worse is the discovery that over the past decade or two here in America, deep-state, big-business crony capitalists; working with corrupt, swamp-dwelling politicians; allowed China to take control of most of our manufacturing and the supply chain of America’s essential medical and pharmaceutical products. For more details, study the Clinton Crime Family, Biden Crime Family, Kerry Crime Family and Obama Crime Family.
Even worse, rather than stepping up and joining the world in fighting this deadly outbreak, China is holding life-saving medical products hostage, even threatening to withhold them from the rest of the world. The only saving grace is, who wants their products? They’re mostly defective.
What was China’s goal? Perhaps world economic domination, or perhaps economic retaliation, or perhaps simply covering up communist incompetence on a grand scale.
Does it matter? Wake up America, this is our generation’s Pearl Harbor
It is almost impossible to explain how fortunate that at this time in history, America is led by a man like President Donald J. Trump. Unlike typical politicians who see a crisis only as a way to secure and increase government’s power, Trump is a businessman who sees a problem and solves it.
It is nothing short of amazing how President Trump is able to accomplish as much as he does, in the face of the withering fire he takes daily from the fake news media and head-on opposition from the D.C. swamp-dwelling politicians and deep state bureaucrats.
If President Trump were not in charge, this battle may have already been decided, the U.S. and free world’s economies decimated and destroyed, with China now a powerhouse on its way to domination and control.
Thank God for the leadership of President Trump. I am confident America is about to see real action to fight and win this war. I hope and pray it will be accomplished without bombs and guns; it will be done with economic policies. Here are some ideas to get started.
The obvious first step is regaining control over our medical and pharmaceutical supply chain by manufacturing here in the USA under the umbrella of a “national security emergency.” Whatever it costs the government to insure our medical supply chain is “Made in America.” please do it Mr. President.
But then, let me suggest a bold second blow in this economic war, aimed directly at the heart of the Chinese economy. President Trump, should immediately announce to the world that 90 days from today, any apparel product that says “Made in China” will be turned away at US ports. Not charged a tariff, but actually refused entry.
The ignorant liberals and fake news media will scream “You can’t do that. Prices will skyrocket and hurt Americans, especially the poor.” This will just show how ignorant they are about the way business works in today’s world.
Within hours of that announcement, a roar of approval will rise from U.S.-friendly countries including India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador. Why 90 days? I’ve spoken to my friends in the clothing business. That is the time required for apparel manufacturers operating in China to pack up their sewing machines, move them to one of these other low-cost countries, hire and train employees, and begin manufacturing, without missing a beat.
The result will be millions of unemployed Chinese workers very unhappy with their brutal communist government. And praise for the USA from governments of countries where millions of new jobs have been created. China’s economy will be devastated. All without firing a shot.
Then there’s shot number three shot across China’s bow. President Trump must ask the American people to help, whenever possible, by buying “Made-in-America” products. Make that a new national security priority.
And finally, here’s economic shot number four: President Trump should tell the American people, from now on if any product says, “Made in China,” just say no. Simply look for an equivalent from the USA, or any other country.
What has just happened to America is a catastrophe- both medical and economic. We may not recover for years, or decades to come. All because China refused to warn us quickly enough, and once they did, they refused to tell us the true scope of the unfolding disaster. This fraud and cover-up has led to thousands of American deaths, perhaps over 100,000 to come, millions of jobs lost, and trillions in economic damage.
Clearly these are only the first blows in what will be a long, and hard-fought war. But President Trump, know the vast majority of the American people are behind you; we realize just how blessed we are to have you as our President at this moment; and we trust you will lead us to victory.
God bless President Trump. And God Bless America.
Wayne Allyn Root
In the late 80's REM released a song called "It's the end of the world as we know it" well COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it.
While some have taken to panicking, hoarding toilet paper and groceries, others are trying to enjoy their normal lives as best we can while following procedures to keep themselves and those around them safe.
It’s looking like this may be a long road back to the lives that we were used to, so practices that can help keep your body active and mind at ease are key— In a recent Executive Order Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has issued guidelines for us to practice "safer at home" and in that order it mentions "recreational activities" as permissible... practices like riding a motorcycle fall under that guideline are allowed but we all need to be smart about it.
We have to be careful while riding not to appear that we are not following proper guidelines.
Here are some practical tips to help keep you safe on the road, and help avoid the further transmission of this virus.
Social distancing allows for groups of up to 10 people but let us go one better......... if you have a group of 10 or more... lets ride in smaller groups... so you designate a second ride captain who keeps his group a full car length behind the first group ... so if 10 you could ride in 2 groups of 5 or 6 and 4 if you like to ride in pairs... if you have more than 12 designate another ride captain.
Ride captains should maintain same distance from group in front of them when stopping at red lights or street corners and lead their group to a seperate parking area from previous group.
When you arrive at a destination, be sincere in keeping with 6 feet apart distancing from riders not in your immediate circle.
Helmet on, gloves on.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statewide safe-at-home order went into effect Friday at 12:01am, meaning only those engaged in essential activities or employed in essential occupations should venture out into public.
The list of activities and jobs deemed “essential” in the order is expansive and evolving.
Health-care workers, law-enforcement officers, utility technicians, journalists, pharmacists, gas-station clerks, plumbers, landscapers, weather forecasters, pet groomers and grocery store employees are among essential occupations under the order, modeled on classifications by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and those put into place by Miami-Dade County.
Grocery stores, produce stands, food banks, convenience stores, pet stores, mechanics’ garages all can remain open to varied degrees.
Construction is regarded as an essential occupation under the order, something DeSantis noted Wednesday in introducing a $2.1 billion initiative to accelerate highway projects while commerce and road traffic are slow this month.
“The good thing about the construction stuff, they’re going to be outside,” he said. “As long as they’re not on top of each other, I think that they’ll be good.”
Among those construction projects:
• Advance by four weeks an $802 million project involving I-395, I-95 and State Road 836 in Miami-Dade County;
• Advance by nearly four weeks an $864 million, eight-lane Howard Frankland Bridge to link Hillsborough and Pinellas counties;
• Advance by nearly three months the widening of Southern Boulevard in western Palm Beach County;
• Advance by four weeks Sand Lake Road improvements in Orlando.
Under the order, activities such as golfing also can continue – unless the statewide decree is augmented by local ordinances prohibiting golfing.
Clarifying that golfing is permitted was a matter of consternation in some communities, most notably The Villages in Sumter County.
DeSantis’ order allows “participating in recreational activities” and lists walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming as examples, but does not mention golf, prompting one resident to tell The Associated Press, “This is The Villages. There would be a riot if they stopped golf.”
Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold on Wednesday assured locals they could continue to hit the links – while practicing social distancing. The governor’s order “is not an exhaustive list of what is allowed but provides examples of those activities that would be consistent with social distancing as part of essential recreational activities,” he said in an email. (The key phrase is activities that would be consistent with social distancing, at this time that means groups smaller than 10, keeping 6 feet apart from anyone that you have not been with prior to that moment, ie... loved one or signifanct other etc etc..... so seperate yourselves when with others)
Farmworkers are exempt with farming and food processing deemed “critical infrastructure” in sustaining the supply chain.
It might be difficult for some employees in some areas to get to work, however, so Florida farmworkers and suppliers are getting permission slips from employers to ensure they get into the fields.
Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar said Wednesday “our employees, our farmers, contractors, suppliers, drivers and business partners” will carry letters explaining the essential designation ”to avoid problems with the state and local law enforcement officers charged with enforcing local stay-at-home orders.”
Under DeSantis’ order, “a social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity,” which would seem to mean church gatherings. But the order also specifically lists religious services as an “essential activity.”
That contradiction could be exploited by a Brandon megachurch pastor who defied Hillsborough County’s local stay-at-home order to stage Sunday services attended by 300 to 500 worshippers.
Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself into law enforcement in Tampa on Wednesday and was released on bond after Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and State's Attorney Andrew Warren on Tuesday issued warrants for his arrest for violating the local ordinance.
State, county and local officials are reviewing options should Howard-Browne call for church services this weekend.
The Center Square
Gov. Ron Desantis has issued a mandatory stay at home order for the entire State of Florida. The Florida Stay at Home order goes into effect on Thursday at Midnight, so just hours from now.
DeSantis made the announcement during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Facing more pressure from state legislators that he should shutdown the state, DeSantis said Wednesday that he made the move in accordance with the new guidance from the Trump Administration, which calls for people to practice social distancing through at least April 30.
The order mandates that Floridians stay at home and “limit movements and personal interactions outside the home” to essential services or activities. He says the order is in place for 30 days. DeSantis said the state would follow the guidelines outlined by the Department of Homeland Security.
Several other counties that have enacted their own stay at home orders defined essential activies as going to and from work, going to get food, going to the bank and going to the grocery store.
In many counties the boat ramps and marinas are closed, but fishing from shore in many spots was allowed as long as social distancing requirements were met.
I removed all the "where as" parts in the begining of the Ex Order... BUT you can find the whole order link at the bottom of the article.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitutioi;i Chapter 2 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:
Section 1. Safer At Home
A. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
B. In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Corona virus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
Section 2. Essential Services
A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential services" means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020) (attached) and any subsequent lists published.
B. Essential services also include those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders.
C. Other essential services may be added under this Order with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions. The online list shall be available on the Division of Emergency Management's website at www.floridadisaster.org and the Florida Department of Health's website at www.floridahealth.gov.
D. Nothing in this order prohibits individuals from working from home; indeed, this Order encourages individuals to work from home.
E. All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable.
Section 3. Essential Activities
A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential activities" means and encompasses the following:
4. Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
B. Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions.
C. A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.
Section 4. Local Orders in Response to COYID-19
This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COY ID-19 but only to the extent that such action or order allows essential services or essential activities prohibited by this Executive Order
Section 5. Previous Executive Orders
This Executive Order does not supersede any Executive Order related to COVID-19.
Section 6. Effective Date and Expiration Date
This Order is effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order. Executive Order 20-68 (bars, restaurants) and Executive Order 20-71 (alcohol sales, restaurants) shall remain in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed, at Tallahassee, this l st day of April, 2020
see full Ex Order here : https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91.pdf
By the Numbers:
Corona Flu as of 5:10am April 2nd, 2020 ... there are 938,348 cases worldwide so far with 195,371 people that have had total recoveries and 47,286 deaths in the whole world!
In the USA there have been 341 new cases since yesterday and 10 new deaths and we have 215,344 total cases with 5,112 deaths and 8,878 complete recoveries. In the USA there are currently 201,354 active Corona Flu cases with only 5,005 out of over 201,300 of those are in serious or critical condition! That is 0.0232 % ....................!!!
Comparison to the 2009-2010 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 roughly 1.4 Billion people each: India had 1035 Swine Flu deaths, China had 737 Swine Flu deaths.
We are in Florida, Our Governor DeSantis has issued an executive order to "Shelter In Place" which will go into affect at 12:01 am ... so tonight at midnight, toilet paper is plentiful at WalMart in the mornings most stores like Aldi's and Publix are also getting their shelves stocked up with essentials and cleaning products so there is no need to hoard them! Be Smart, Be Safe, Wash your hands !
I’m astounded at the extent progressives and never-Trumpers hate our President. Collectively, these people are part of a loosely organized group called “the resistance.” It’s made up of politicians, media personalities, organizations and individual activist progressives. The group quickly formed coming off the shock of Trump’s presidential election 2016 victory.
Resistance activities take many forms ranging from rallies to training sessions, publications, and beyond. For example, this widely distributed article appeared: “Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything” by Frances Fox Piven, social activist and CUNY political science professor.
President Obama has been a friendly but quiet supporter of the resistance, until this week when he severely criticized handling of the pandemic. And Hillary Clinton came out of her election loss professing publicly in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: “I’m now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance.”
The resistance is driven by hatred of Donald Trump, obsessively focused on their goal of removing the President from office, and it doesn’t seem to matter how it’s done. The foolish and “doomed-from-the-start” impeachment and Senate trial proceedings was part of this “resistance.”
On January 31, a few days after the first identified U.S. COVID-19 victim was diagnosed, Trump declared a public health emergency and banned travel to and from China. Joe Biden quickly called this action “hysterical xenophobia,” and “fear-mongering.” I can hardly believe that House democrats have attempted to permanently roll back Trump’s authority to enact that type of travel ban. That’s outrageous.
During January, right up until Trump’s acquittal on February 5th, you can be sure Congress was distracted from the developing “perfect storm,” and as columnist Henry Olsen admitted in the Washington Post, “let’s be honest, impeachment hurt Trump’s response to coronavirus.”
The President has been repeatedly accused of declaring the pandemic a hoax. That’s a blatant lie. He’s accused of racism for using references to the “China virus.” That charge came after weeks of the mainstream media’s weeks long, widespread usage of that reference. Someone must have issued a memo to stop using the reference and to use it only as evidence of Trump’s racism.
During late January and February, mainstream media outlets and state and local democrat politicians presented similar “expert” opinions poo-pooing Trump’s early concern, especially the travel bans. (I searched and found examples and can provide references on request.)
One example: “A lot of people are concerned about the coronavirus because you’re hearing a lot of news about it……but the reality is, comparing it to the flu for example, it’s not even close.” That from Dr. John Torres, NBC Nightly News on 1/25. Another example: “Who says it’s not safe to travel to China? The coronavirus travel ban is unjust and doesn’t work anyway.” That from Rosie Spinks in the New York Times on 2/5.
One horribly blatant example of the resistance movement tactics came when bipartisan legislation for coronavirus financial relief was near. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) told democrats: “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” Speaker Pelosi ended up halting all proceedings to introduce radical progressive legislation tied to the financial relief legislation. She failed on most of her proposals.
There’s absolutely nothing the President could do that would gain approval of the resistance, especially democrat politicians and the liberal news media. If he was seen walking on water, news reports would criticize him for not being able to swim. It seems like beating a dead horse to repeatedly make this argument, but it’s true.
Trump isn’t dealing with mere opposition. He’s dealing with obsessive hatred that I can’t explain but is very real. A person of whom I’m very fond recently posted (slightly paraphrased): “I’d crawl through a minefield of coronavirus to remove that f…..r from office.” To that otherwise wonderful person I say, “You’re a proud liberal democrat activist, but you’re obviously stuck in a dreadful place. How can we get you out?”
And this just in. Adam Schiff is introducing legislation to form a commission to investigate Trump’s coronavirus response. Schiff tweeted: “You cannot count on Donald Trump to do what’s right for this country.”
We’re all in this together….except, it seems, those dedicated to the resistance.
Well…I’m not quite as smart as I thought…close…but not quite! I did a little research and found that Nation-States are immune from the type of law suits I thought up…criminal negligence!
A well written article in Bloomberg Opinion on March 24, 2020 by Steven L Carter explains it with this single quote… “Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, known as FSIA, passed in 1976, a statute intended (in the words of one federal court) “to protect foreign sovereigns from the burdens of litigation, including the cost and aggravation of discovery.”
Many have tried to sue China and have failed because of the sovereignty that all the courts including ours, have agreed exists.
So …I have another brilliant idea; if “immunity from litigation” applies to China and the world, then it applies to the US! So let’s find a manner to “repay” China, the debt we have with China, that would be fraudulent but “immune from litigation” or if failure to re-pay a debt would be covered by the FSIA immunity law, just stop paying!
China has clearly demonstrated itself to be at the top of the “WORLD’S LIST OF MOST DESPICABLE NATIONS! That would include the MOST…deceitful, dishonest, unethical, corrupt, untrustworthy, ungrateful, inept and most arrogant countries the world has ever seen!
What makes them worse than the Roman Empire, the Turkish Huns, ISIS, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Raiding Vikings and the many plundering countries of ancient times, is that they can plunder and kill, silently, without their victims even knowing that their entire country has been plundered and raped, by cyber-attacks and their ability to produce power or defend themselves!
We owe China NOTHING…we have had it with China! We got along quite well without doing any business with China in any way for decades. We didn’t even have diplomatic contact with them EVER…until Nixon had to open the door to them …I have always believed that Nixon made a major mistake doing what he did!
Our relationship with China has been and will always be a “take and take”, rather than a “take and give” relationship…and that will NEVER change. How have we benefited from making China a world power?
I liken the relationship, between China and America, to two ships; one a “junk” and the other a sleek liner. The sleek liner, America, drilled holes in her hull…a perfectly good ship, so China could sell us drills… because they couldn’t make toilet paper without our help…we even built the factories! When their drill factories were up and running, we borrowed money from “them”, to buy more drills to puncture more holes so they could sell us bilge pumps and then helped them built the bilge pump factories. When we had too many holes to stop from sinking…China threatened to stop selling us Bilge pumps …but not drills.
Enough is enough! Our steel companies and other manufacturing jobs, that we gave China…must come back to the US! Those manufacturing facilities that are vital to our survival…like ammunition, drugs, power transformers, that are so vital to our power grid and we can’t build…MUST be brought back by force, if necessary.
How…? Build those factories that we know to be vital… here, with interest paying, repayable loans from the government to the companies. Build the plants, with US citizens and US materials, ONLY! Then gradually ban the import of those items from China, like steel, drugs and ammunition!
We need China’s help like we need another infectious disease! China makes the phrase, “WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT,WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?”, require capital lettering!
Although a Republican President Nixon, started our mistake with China…Democrat /Socialist Obama tried to drive the finishing stakes in America’s heart! Fortunately, we now have a President who is a Patriot, has a “magic wand”, like Obama said was required, and this one is not a greedy politician.
Face it! How many Presidents came into the Whitehouse relatively poor and left wealthy? How many came to the Presidency to improve America and how many to improve their pockets, either during or immediately after their Presidency?
Looking at the last 6 Presidents…I don’t have to mention net worth …only NAMES or just political affiliation…see if you notice a trend, as I have…
(R) Ronald Reagan, (R) George Bush 1, (D) Bill Clinton, (R) George Bush 2, (D/Soc) Hussein Obama, (R) Donald Trump…notice anything significant? Which ones do you think put America first and their own wealth 2nd or 3rd…Clinton or Obama…?
America smarten up…we NEED to keep this President and give him a Republican Senate with a super majority, a House with a super majority and a Speaker of the House who has an IQ higher than fish!
Imagine what this President could do without having to dodge bullets from Pelosi, Schiff Schumer, and the rest of the despicables!
J. Gary DiLaura
Obviously, we are a very badly divided nation: so divided we agree on virtually nothing; so divided we can't even talk to one another anymore; so divided one side doesn't believe in anything the other side says; so divided California, New York and Illinois might as well be on a different planet than Texas.
We can't even agree on how to respond to the novel coronavirus, and when to get back to business.
Check out the latest Rasmussen poll. Sixty-one percent of Republicans believe America will rise from the dead by Easter. Count me among them.
But only 41% of all likely voters somewhat believe the USA can get back to work by Easter. Among Democrats, the number must be in the teens.
In the past few days, President Donald Trump made it abundantly clear that Americans need to get back to work.
I have said repeatedly on my nationally syndicated radio show: "The business of America is business. It's time to get back to work because the deadly virus is temporary, but the economic disaster we're causing could last a lifetime and prove far more deadly in the long run."
Many conservatives such as myself have also pointed out that the mortality rates of the coronavirus have been greatly exaggerated. On Thursday, Dr. Deborah Birx, "America's Doctor," said the same thing in a press conference: There will not be millions dead in the USA. The math doesn't add up.
She reported how computer models predicting 500,000 dead in the U.K. have been downgraded to 20,000. She reported how the terrible death count in Italy just doesn't add up to millions of Americans dead, not even close.
President Trump and Republican businessmen like me remain steadfast and optimistic that we can start bringing this terrible pandemic to a close and be back to business (or at least a limited business rollout) by Easter.
It's not because we don't take this pandemic seriously but because we believe in our hearts that we can't allow the U.S. economy to die. We can't allow another Great Depression. We can't honor the sick or dying by losing our job, income and life savings.
Someone has to mind the store, keep the economy going, pay the bills and pay the taxes so that after we win this war -- and we will win -- there is something for the older, the weak and the vulnerable to come back to.
We believe in our hearts and souls there is a way to restart this economy, and to do it carefully, reasonably and responsibly while protecting the oldest, weakest and most vulnerable.
Meanwhile, Democratic politicians and liberal Hollywood activists scream about millions dying and about keeping the nation locked down for months. And they call Trump and Republicans all kinds of terrible names.
What accounts for this difference? I believe I've figured it out. It's all about personality.
Most every Republican I know is positive, outgoing and relentless, won't take no for an answer and has can-do spirit. That's why so many Republicans are successful in the business world. That's why we're proud to create the jobs and pay the taxes. We are the workers, makers and producers of America. We turn lemons into lemonade. We see the glass as half full, not half empty. We love working. We see it as our American way of life. We desperately want and need to get back to work.
Democrats are the polar opposite. They are cynical, negative and always finding fault with America, capitalism and business. That's why conservative talk radio is so successful whereas there is virtually no liberal talk radio. It's just too negative, too dark, too depressing. Liberals are always complaining, offering no solutions other than bigger government.
That explains the differences in how we see the coronavirus. Republicans have everything to lose if they don't get back to work. We see our business, career, job as our calling in life, our baby. It is who we are. Taking that away from us is like death.
Democrats are made up of groups who don't see anything to gain by rushing back to work. Some of them didn't work before this crisis. Some are protected by union contracts and union pensions. Some work for government -- and they have jobs for life. Some have lived on a welfare check for much of their life. Some want to be paid bigger checks for being unemployed than for working. In the end, they feel they can stay home, take no risk and have the government pay them.
It's a completely different mindset. Democrats depend on government. Republicans depend on God, prayer, self-reliance and personal responsibility. Our lives are wrapped up in our work. We're risk takers. We must get back to work or risk losing everything we've worked our whole lives to build. It's what makes us who we are.
Yes, we're a divided nation. It's like we're from different planets. I'm proud to be from the planet where the glass is always half full, where America, with the greatest health care system in the world and the strongest economy in the world, will always prove victorious.
Yes, it's true that "the business of America is business." Let the people who want to get back to it get back to it.
Wayne Allyn Root
Smithfield Farms, the largest pork producing farm in the USA was sold recently to China with the unanimous support of its stockholders!! The hogs will still be raised here, but slaughtered and packaged for sale there before being sent back here. This includes labels of Morrell, Eckrich, Krakus, Cudahy, Premium Hams, Cook's, Gwaltney, The same with many chickens. They can now be shipped there, but when they come back all that needs to be labeled is that they WERE RAISED IN THE USA. Not that they were processed in China!!! Our great FDA at work again. The chickens will be all processed and most sold to fast food restaurants for sandwiches, along with schools and supermarkets. The China slaughter and processing are not nearly equal to the requirements here.
We recently learned that Starkist Tuna is now owned by Korea , and is in big conflict with the U. S. concerning quality, safety, and records, which Korea refuses to produce.
Read several articles on Google about this, and even one that was defending the eating of tilapia said to avoid the fish that came from China Also,I had just returned home from buying Albertson's 4-day special of 4 bags of frozen tilapia for the price of one.? Sure enough, on the top of the bags, it read "farm raised", and on the bottom in small print it said, " China "read all the way down...
Recently a Food inspector on TV... said he had lived overseas and he had seen the filthy conditions their foods are raised and processed in. It is enough to make you throw up. Some foreign workers have to wear masks as they work in these places, because the food is so rotten and filthy, it makes them want to throw up. Many of their fish on Fish Farms are fed raw sewage daily. He said he has seen so much filth throughout their food growing and processing that he would "never" eat any of it. They raise this filth, put some food coloring and some flavorings on it, then they ship it to the USA & Canada for YOU to consume and feed to YOUR families. They have no Food & Safety Inspectors. They ship it to you to buy and poison your families and friends .
Imported food we eat and the junk we buy: Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China, and so are most of Europe 's Best.
Arctic Gardens are Okay. So is Birdseye.
Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked from USA or Canada, the other stuff is grown in people poop (even worse than chicken droppings). China is the largest producer of garlic in the world; U. S. is next.
Buy only local honey *, much honey is shipped in huge containers from China and re-packed here.
Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal bacteria. Doesn't work anyway, big scam.
If the country of origin is not clearly marked beware. If produce, ask an employee.
Watch out for packages which state "prepared for", "packed by" or "imported by". We don't understand the lack of mandatory labeling, especially the produce.
The country of origin should be clearly shown on the item in the store.
Go to the local farmers' markets in season and keep a wary eye open the rest of the year.
Please read this very carefully, and read to the very bottom. It's important for all of us.
How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper than having it produced in the U. S. or Canada?
FOR EXAMPLE THE "OUR FAMILY" BRAND OF MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN 'FROM CHINA '. SO, FOR A FEW MORE CENTS, BUY THE LIBERTY BRAND.
GOLD BRAND OR THE DOLE IS FROM CALIFORNIA.
Beware, Costco sells canned peaches and pears in a plastic jar that come from China.
ALL "HIGH LINER" AND MOST OTHER FROZEN FISH PRODUCTS COME FROM CHINA OR INDONESIA . THE PACKAGE MAY SAY "PACIFIC SALMON" ON THE FRONT, BUT LOOK FOR THE SMALL PRINT. MOST OF THESE PRODUCTS COME FROM FISH FARMS IN THE ORIENT WHERE THERE ARE NO REGULATIONS ON WHAT IS FED TO THESE FISH.
Recently The Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Government on how Chinese feed the fish: They suspend chicken wire crates over the fish ponds, and the fish feed on chicken droppings.
If you search the internet about what the Chinese feed their fish, you'll be alarmed; e. g, growth hormones, expired anti-biotic from humans.? Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries: Vietnam, China, Philippines.
Check this out personally. Steinfeld's Pickles are made in India - just as bad! Another example is in canned mushrooms. No-Name brand came from Indonesia .
Also, check those little fruit cups. They used to be made in Canada in the Niagara region until about 2 years ago. They are now packaged in China. Most sold in Aldi stores.
While the Chinese export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous toys, and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings its hands! Yet, 70% of North Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.
Well, duh! Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?
SIMPLY DO IT YOURSELF, CANADA AND THE U. S.
Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China ' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor...fast! The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory.
Just one month of trading losses will hit the Chinese for 8% of their North American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness are worth it.
START NOW and don't stop and tell your friends.
Send this to everybody you know. Let's show them that we are intelligent, and NOBODY can take us for granted. Start reading labels more closely and buy something else even if it cost a few cents more.*