Why? America Deserves an Answer

Thom plus logo The Associated Press recently did a good roundup story about how the Trump administration procrastinated for months before acknowledging the gravity of the situation that we face as a nation. It answers a lot of the "what" questions, but answers none of the "why" questions.

Why did Trump procrastinate for two months? Was he trying to squeeze a few months extra revenue out of his hotels? Was it that he was watching Fox News and believing their spin, and then echoing it himself which caused Fox to pick it up and feed it back to him even more? Was he creating a deadly rightwing media feedback loop without even realizing it?

Was it so his billionaire buddies could unload all their stocks before things crashed? Was it because he knew that if hit, the economy would hurt his reelection chances and he thought maybe, just maybe he could just push his way through this? Why did Trump delay?

It's going to cost tens of thousands of lives, deaths that were completely unnecessary, and wreak massive damage to our healthcare system and the people who work in it.

Why did he decide to do that, when he could see other countries getting this thing under control at the same time that Italy failed to because they followed policies similar to his?

Why? America deserves an answer.

-Thom

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Legend 1 week 6 days ago
#1

This was mentioned in Thom's show a couple of days ago. Well worth watching. Too bad nobody listened. http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/

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deepspace 1 week 6 days ago
#2

Thom lays out the possible reasons and guesses as best as anyone can. It is reasonably all of the above. But without inhabiting the dark recesses inside Trump's skull (Oh, the horror!) for the innermost reasons that even he probably doesn't fully understand, we can only assess his outward actions and words that would strongly suggest what caused them to bubble up to the surface for all to suffer.

I would hazard a guess that it's more feeling than thought with Trump's lizard brain. Or lack of feeling. Because it sure seems that he just doesn't have the normal human emotional capacity that would preclude caring more about money than human life. And the omnipresent cloud of reptilian Wall Street whisperers swirling around his ear like hungry mosquitoes are typically taking full advantage of this ugly aspect of his already bizarre personality. The body of evidence that he has presented against himself openly after several news cycles seems pretty clear for that suspicion to bear weight.

In other words, we all know it because we can see it and hear it for ourselves in plain friggin daylight! No extra layer of punditry to explain further is really needed, is it? He's a blithering psychopath! And he has surrounded himself with shameless sycophants basking in the fleeting glory of his raw power eager to please or to manipulate.

And he's "in charge" of one of the worst pandemics in over a 100 years?!!! Good God Almighty, dear Lord, sweet Jesus, Mary, and Joesph! Put religious wacko Pence in charge; pray out the virus; put those troublemaker governors in charge; sprinkle a few experts and doctors around the podium but don't let 'em speak too much. "No, I'm not responsible!" Just playing "war president" in name only for the cameras.

But we will get the crowds of worker bees to fill up all those tight offices, schools, movie theatres, cruise ships, restaurants, and hotels. (Ahem, they say the Old Post Office hotel in DC is very nice, and you can order all you can eat à la carte influence.) What? Hospitals will need how many new workers when the pandemic rages out of control? That sounds like socialism, ya damn commie!

...And Jesus wept, as the Irish would say.

https://www.vox.com/2020/3/24/21192947/doctors-treating-coronavirus-twitter-thread

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/3/24/21192528/coronavirus-social-distancing-economy-deaths

Legend 1 week 6 days ago
#3

Trump wants all of this over by April 12th. Any idiot can see that we will be the worlds epicenter for this disease on April 12th. Where does he get his schedule? New Orleans schedule was Mardi Gras 2/25. No virus. First case was 2 weeks ago. Now around 1500. That is how it schedules. Taunt it with a crowd and you pay. You can look at the John Hopkins web site and we have been steadily climbing the ladder. We are number 3, soon to be #1. By percentage of population we are well past China. Trump can soon gloat that he is #1 in Covid-19 cases and growing.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-orleans-epicenter-coronavirus-mardi-gras-could-be-blame-doctors-n1167741

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

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deepspace 1 week 6 days ago
#4

If he gets away with convincing millions of good citizens to put their lives at risk to juice his economic numbers for the political season, he will be directly responsible in the history books for the hundreds of thousands, very possibly well over a million extra deaths as hospitals, medical staff, and suppliers are hopelessly overwhelmed. Those are genocidal numbers.

As gruesome as it is, we may need to repeatedly broadcast the powerful images of the bodies stacking up at hospitals, morgues, and graveyards to drive the point home, to strengthen the public's wavering will that is thanks to Trump and his obtuse propagandists.

Sometimes mortal fear is a good thing if the will to survive instinctively drives people to the ground despite what the Mad King decrees. At this point on the graph of the United State's pandemic trajectory, extreme social distancing is the only proven way to fight the spread of the virus effectively regardless of all the wishful thinking.

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Tinhip 1 week 6 days ago
#5

McConnell went off yesterday on the pork the democrats wanted in the stimulus plan.
Early voting?
Same day voter registration?
Solar Panels?

There is also 50 million for the national Endowments of the Arts & another 200 million for Infrastructure repairs to the Smithsonian.
The arts ?The Green New Deal ?

Legend 1 week 6 days ago
#6

Once again Tin(no facts)hat posts lies.

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deepspace 1 week 5 days ago
#9

>>>TROLL ALERT<<<

Yup, Tinhip did it again, listing cherrypicked ...ah... "facts" free of reliable sources. This time, it looks like he plagiarized verbatim passages directly from some extremely biased right-wing thread over at Political Forum.com, which in turn was citing similarly biased articles where Republicans were squealing like stuck pigs.

It suddenly dawned on the stooges à la teabaggers in the reinvented "Freedom Caucus" that they'd be forced to do the right thing for once and provide more assistance for the financial and physical health (Yes, children, climate destruction does lead to more deadly diseases and financial ruin.) of the little people and slightly less for the fat-cat moneybaggers adept at legal political bribery. Not surprisingly, we're the only Western democracy that makes corruption more legal than illegal. Go figure.

Nancy dared to exercise her mandated duties, as she is wont to do, and introduced her own legislation when Moscow Mitch's lopsided bill failed the laugh test. After all, the House, which is the closest political body to the People due to elections every two years instead of four, is still in charge of spending. You can bet yer ass that Senate Republicans absolutely hate that central role in the constitutional balance of power. Simply put: Pelosi is a better poker player than McTurtle.

BTW, voting provisions were inserted to make it easier and safer for more people to cast their votes without having to physically bunch up in long lines during a pandemic inside and outside of different buildings scattered throughout communities -- the best possible environment for a highly contagious virus millions of years in the making that isn't really alive but kinda pretends to be.

Okay, that could sound a little Republican, I suppose, but these non-digital virus bots aren't really too political even though it's in character for Hannity, Limbaugh, Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, et al. to entertain the paranoid thought. Nothing should surprise anyone this late in America's modern incarnation of the Great Game.

Wait a damn minute! Make voting easier? OMG, we can't have more people voting; that would "rig" the election in favor of Democrats! Except maybe a monkey in a swamp (Sorry, just a cool gif.), pretty much any person paying the least bit of attention, recognizes that Republicans' chances go way down if more people vote and that they could never win a majority of the electorate in a fair fight for all voters. Facts are stubborn things.

While cruisin' the Swampnet like a happy dog off his leash (Pardon again.), Tinhip also neglected (on purpose?) to list Republican largesse for their pet socialistic bailouts of their largest donors atop America's great bubble machine.

Here are a few examples to get you started on your own list, gentle reader:

  • $425 billion socialism loan and loan-guarantee program that Trump initially wanted ($500 billion) as his own personal, freewheeling super slush fund to reward his tax-wasting, tax-cheating, big-monopoly buddies and compliant, Trump-friendly cult members who happen to be right-wing governors and mayors. Maybe even some for his own hotels and golf courses. Who knows, wink, wink? (Democrats inserted heavy oversight much to his chagrin.)
  • $50 billion socialism for passenger airlines who blew their previous socialistic tax breaks on stock buybacks for their top-dogs instead of on sound business practices.
  • $8 billion socialism for cargo airlines who blew their previous socialistic tax breaks on stock buybacks for their top-dogs instead of on sound business practices.
  • $17 billion socialism for war-mongering defense contractors who blew their previous socialistic tax breaks on stock buybacks for their top-dogs instead of on sound business practices.
  • $367 billion socialism for all small businesses -- deservedly -- with six months free of loan payments.
  • $50 billion socialism to bail out farmers ...again! Remember Trump's disastrous trade war that screwed over American farmers "bigly" and still is? How so very patriotic of the little dirt people, along with every sap who is paying import taxes tacked onto the price of goods, to sacrifice themselves for megalomaniacal ego and idiocy. Trump to this day still does not fully comprehend or accept just how badly his dumb trade war impacts U.S. consumers as well as U.S. family farmers. (Will they still vote for him next time? Do they hate Democrats that much to go bankrupt under Trump again?)
  • Oh yeah, and here's this not-so-little, in-your-face factoid of Trump's unadulterated, knee-jerk corruption, pure and simple: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/24/massive-scandal-trump-fda-grants-drug-company-exclusive-claim-promising-coronavirus

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-white-house-reach-dollar2-trillion-stimulus-deal-to-blunt-coronavirus-fallout/ar-BB11Dj7d

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/488334-democratic-senators-introduce-bill-to-promote-mail-in-voting-during

Legend 1 week 5 days ago
#10

Great research deepspace. 1 small correction Paragraph 3. Senators are 6 years not 4. The Senate has become the cesspool of our Government. It takes 22 smaller states to add up to the population of California. They get 44 Senators, California gets 2.

Tin(no facts)hat really stoops low. Cutting and pasting from a forum. What research. It is really sad that our country is full of his type. Probably a trailer park Republican.

I really wish that the SEC would investigate the stock investing of the Trump Crime Family and friends. You can bet they own Gilead Pharma. There is a drug that was used in Japan and China to treat patients that proved highly effective. Wonder why our Government cannot find it. I have written Senators and Congressman but get no response. You can Google Avigan. here are just a couple of the hits.

https://www.thepharmaletter.com/article/chinese-doctors-say-avigan-clearly-effective-in-covid-19

https://www.livescience.com/flu-drug-could-treat-coronavirus.html

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deepspace 1 week 5 days ago
#11

Good eye, Legend. Thanks for the correction. Those long posts get a little unwieldy.

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