There is No Return to Normal for the US Economy

According to a piece published on March 17 by Popular Science, when the COVID-19 Pandemic is over depends on our actions in the United States.

“Nobody knows what the coming months are going to hold. When asked when life might go back to normal by ABC News on March 15, Fauci stated that it will likely be ‘several weeks to a few months.’ So COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while.”

Today, March 25, we are about 7 months from the November 3, 2020 election, and President Trump has been talking about going back to the way it was to save the economy. In fact, since he made that announcement, the average of all the reputable polls, according to Real Clear Politics, Trump’s unpopularity dropped more than half from a minus 8.5% to a minus 3.5% in a couple of days.


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If Trump takes the advice he heard from Tucker Carlson Tonight (to be clear, this Fox show is not news, it is opinion) recently, and is also influenced by the biggest two-or-three day-improvement in his poll numbers, and he decides to go back to normal and let seniors sacrifice themselves as Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (a 69 years old Republican) suggests, then the United States will become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and by November the number of deaths in the United States could reach into the millions.


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How many Americans could die from COVID-19 if Trump decides to return to normal, thinking that will help him win the election in November 2020?

CEBM Research reports that the global prediction interval for deaths from COVID-19 is different for each country and the current death rate runs between 0.51% to 8.32%.

The United States has a population of 331 million. The death rate from COVID-19 depends on what each country is doing to protect its citizens. Until we know what Trump is going to do, we have no idea, how many will die in the US.

If Trump orders a return to normal, the death rate could reach as high as 27.5 million or more.

If Trump actually listens to the experts and takes every precaution possible to protect the population instead of the economy, the death rate could be 1.69 million or even less, a few hundred thousand.

If Trump returns to normal to save the economy, he won’t stand a chance of winning the election in November. And if Trump listens to the experts and keeps the death count down, he still might lose because Trump’s ignorant, super-biased supporters (most of them are told what to think from Fox News and similar misleading and biased media outlets) think it is possible to return to normal and will think he sold them out since they are the ones that improved his poll numbers in the last couple of days by a dramatic margin.

In other words, the odds of Trump winning the election are slim at best no matter what he does. In fact, if Trump orders a return to normal to save the economy and the U.S. becomes the epicenter of the pandemic, the rest of the world might blockade and boycott the U.S. so nothing gets in or out.

What do you think that would do to the U.S. economy before November?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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David Leonhardt: What Trump Has Said About Coronavirus

Did you know that since Trump’s lies have changed about COVID-19 from HOAX to “I’m doing a great job protecting the United States from the pandemic”, his popularity rating in the polls has actually improved?

Let’s never forget how Trump lied repeatedly for weeks about COVID-19 being a HOAC, not being a threat, and having it totally under control.

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The main reason that the U.S. was unprepared to respond promptly to the coronavirus was that Trump repeatedly told the public that it was not a problem, that it would disappear spontaneously, and that it was under control. None of this was true. Even now, almost half of Republicans do not believe that the virus is a genuine public health problem. Now, we are learning that there are real life-and-death consequences attached to electing a vain and ignorant narcissist the the presidency.

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt catalogued the evolution of Trump’s views and statements to the public.

He wrote:

President Trump made his first public comments about the coronavirus on Jan. 22, in a television interview from Davos with CNBC’s Joe Kernen. The first American case had been announced the day before, and Kernen asked Trump, “Are there worries about a pandemic at this point?”

The president responded:…

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Fareed Zakaria: Why Is the U.S. Response to the Crisis Inept?

Trump and the leader of North Korea have a lot in common. Both of these tyrants and liars do not care how many of their citizens die because of their brutal incompetence.

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Fareed Zakaria is a regular commentator on world affairs for CNN. This article appeared in the Washington Post on March 12:

The outbreak of an epidemic is something like a natural disaster — a spontaneous, accidental eruption that is no one’s fault. But that does not mean we can do little about it and just wait for it to run its deadly course. The evidence is now clear: The spread of the virus can be greatly reduced if governments act early, aggressively and intelligently. Unfortunately, that does not describe the response of the U.S. government to the coronavirus pandemic.

We can track the speed of the outbreak since January, by which time the virus had spread from China to other countries. In South Korea, after an initial spike, the number of new cases has slowed. Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan — despite lots of travelers from China — have kept…

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Teresa Hanafin on Trump’s Mercenary Bent

Fake President Donald Trump’s son Eric lies every time he says that the Trump Organization doesn’t charge the Secret Service to stay at the Trump resorts while they are protecting his father.

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Teresa Hanafin writes Fast Forward for the Boston Globe.

She writes:

Trump has canceled his planned trip to the CDC today, and I figured it was because the researchers there didn’t want him spreading his misinformation and pseudo-facts about the coronavirus while standing in a place that’s supposed to be all about science.

Turns out somebody there fell ill. White House aides worried it could be the virus, and Trump thought wearing a face mask might smudge his spray-on. Fortunately, the employee tested negative, and Trump says he’ll go another time.

He’s heading to Nashville to tour the tornado destruction, then on to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, his umpteeth visit to one of his own resorts at an astounding cost to taxpayers.

Trump, who continues to own his properties, has built quite the profitable pipeline from taxpayers’ wallets to his bank account, which is probably why he has spent 30…

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What’s missing in the “Why I Stand” for the flag video?

“In the 241-year history of the United States of America, there’s never been a commander in chief who has thought about loyalty and attempted to use it and enforce it quite like Trump.”

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When I joined the Marines in 1965, I wasn’t thinking of the flag or what freedom meant. I joined for another reason. I wanted to know if I had what it takes to become a U.S. Marine. Several years later in 1968, I left active duty with an honorable discharge and went to college with help from the G.I. Bill.

With all the injustice, dirty politics, and hate in our country, I’m still not sure what freedom means.

It took me decades to come to the realization that the real foundation of our country is the U.S. Constitution. Without the Constitution, the flag that Americans stand for has no meaning.

Without the U.S. Constitution defining and protecting our freedoms, that flag is just a tyrant’s rag.

In that video, not once did I hear the U.S. Constitution mentioned. I think defending the U.S. Constitution is more important than pledging allegiance…

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Jackie Goldberg: Lies the Billionaires Tell

If Multi-Millionaire Bloomfield pays for an ad or flyer claiming that a candidate for public office did something bad, that claim is almost always a LIE designed to deceive voters. Do Not trust any election propoganda that Bloomfield pays for.

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Jackie Goldberg is running for re-election to the Los Angeles Unified School Board. She is an experienced public official who has supported public schools for decades as a school board member and state legislator. A rightwing billionaire dumped nearly half a million into her low-budget race to try to stop her in the March 3 election (early voting has already started.)

Jackie was endorsed by the UTLA along with Scott Schmerelson, George McKenna, and Patricia Castellanos. Vote for them if they are candidates in your district.

Jackie sets the record straight here:

Dear Friends, Families, and Board District 5 Voters,

By now, you may have received a number of mailings telling you to “Vote ‘No’ on Jackie Goldberg”, all of which are being sent by a man named Bill Bloomfield, who lives in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Bloomfield is extremely wealthy and was a Republican until 2011 when he became an…

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Teresa Hanafin: Trump Reduces More Environmental Regulations, While Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Hides Trump’s Travel Expenses

Trump is gutting President Nixon’s 1970 National Environmental Policy ACT (NEPA) that was designed to clean our air, water, and soil. Because of the millions of people that will die from increased soil, air and water pollution, Donald Trump is more than just a war criminal (Iraq); he is also a mass murderer of the citizens he is supposed to serve and protect.

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I fear we are becoming insensitive to shock in the Trump era. And the very concept of “government ethics” seems to be an oxymoron in this era. Here are two shocking reports by Teresa Hanafin, who writes the Fast Forward commentary of the Boston Globe:

Trump holds another campaign rally tonight, this time in Toledo. Earlier in the day, he’s scheduled to announce some proposed National Environmental Policy Act regulations, and that’s never a good thing.

Trump is dramatically reducing the authority of the act, signed by Richard Nixon in 1970. The idea was that the federal government would protect the environment from excess by assessing the impacts of major projects — and include the public in the deliberations. Trump’s instinct is to protect private companies from any restrictions, nature be damned.

His action will make it easier to for companies to build pipelines, clear-cut forests, dig mines, drill for…

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