Trump's Latest Failure Could Kill 6 million Americans

Thom plus logo Although they haven't yet publicly acknowledged it in such stark terms, it's clear now that the Trump administration has decided pursue a herd immunity strategy to deal with the coronavirus.

Trump's new White House advisor on coronavirus, Scott Atlas, has said it on numerous occasions in multiple venues, and now our Attorney General, Bill Barr, is trying to argue that lockdowns to prevent the spread of the virus are as bad as slavery. Trying to achieve herd immunity in the United States against the coronavirus, assuming it's even possible, would involve between two and 6 million Americans dying.

And that's just the deaths. People who survive coronavirus often have heart damage, strokes, dementia, severe chronic fatigue, and long-lasting damage to other organs. With a herd immunity strategy, tens of millions of Americans will be suffering these consequences, perhaps for the rest of their lives.

But if you'd rather play golf and watch Fox News than govern a country, herd immunity is the easiest way to get past a pandemic.

The CDC, apparently on the orders of Trump's political toadies like Dr. Atlas, has stopped advising states to have mask mandates when their infection rates spike. When its director, Dr. Robert Redfield, tried to tell America that we should all be wearing masks, Trump went out and contradicted him.

At the same time, Republicans in both the House and Senate are refusing to do anything that might help people affected by this crisis, in the bizarre belief that cutting off aid to people will force them back into the workplace.

For some baffling reason, the media is largely ignoring this story. Perhaps it's because it's so hard to believe that the President of the United States would think letting 6 million Americans die, and tens of millions of Americans suffer permanent disabilities, is the right thing to do.

But this is the same guy who brought us a failed steak company, a failed vodka company, a failed airline, a failed school, several failed casinos, and even a real estate empire that was failing so badly it had to be bailed out by foreign oligarchs multiple times.

Trump doesn't know how to run a business, so we shouldn't be surprised that he doesn't know how to run a country. His latest failure, tragically, is the United States of America.

But running a bunch of companies into the ground doesn't cause the death of millions of human beings. Now the stakes have been radically raised.

Trump's new "herd mentality" strategy for dealing with the coronavirus is beyond incompetent: it's evil.

-Thom

Comments

alis volat's picture
alis volat 5 weeks 4 days ago
#1

One person's sedition is another person's revolution. So when an evil lack of action by its leader and his cult hurt every American, it is time for them to rise-up. We have, we will, we are.

Hold fast to reality, goodness, and kindness. Remain steadfast in your belief we will get there. This revolution is a slow-roll till January, but then the proverbial stuff hits the fan one way or the other.

Trump sacrificed all those people, and he his psycho-sycophants should be held to account. Maybe they will be looking for a different kind of immunity soon. Some may have a new found respect for lawyers and prosecutors after this.

whatabout's picture
whatabout 5 weeks 4 days ago
#2

Headline;

"In full-tilt panic mode, Thom Hartmann outdoes Crazy Uncle Joe's declaration by 30X"

Thom's six million killed comment was immediately looked on with a bit of skepticism by those with more than one functioning brain cell.

On to the hair sniffer,

Biden says if Trump acted sooner on coronavirus 'all the people would still be alive'

September 18, 2020

Joe Biden indicated during a CNN town hall Thursday that President Trump is responsible for every single coronavirus death.

“If the president had done his job… had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive,” Biden told the audience in Pennsylvania. “All the people — I’m not making this up. Just look at the data. Look at the data.”

Critics on social media were quick to jump on Biden for his comments.

Just one single case? I think not.

Democrat Mayor of Nashville caught hiding coronavirus case data to justify shutdowns

Legend 5 weeks 4 days ago
#3

Thom had a guest on from NEI (Nuclear Energy Institute) discussing Exelons demanding subsidies for its money losing Nuclear Plants. The Nukes are all subsidized with the Anderson Act covering their Liability insurance and the Government paying for their long term temporary Spent Fuel Storage on site. On top of this the subsidy will subsidize CEO's and upper mangagements multi millon dollar salaries. 15 million for the CEO. There is nothing special about the CEO of Exelon or any other utility. They are hired hands or what is called "at will employees".

Hephaestus's picture
Hephaestus 5 weeks 3 days ago
#4

Sad! Destruction of labor unions allow "greed"

It's a mystery to me how 15 million bucks for a CEO can be justified

And, how a company can justify so called "bonuses" to those parasites who produce nothing falls into the same category

Barking mad!

deepspace's picture
deepspace 5 weeks 3 days ago
#5

...Then the taxpayers through our representatives and the democratic process should fire all predatory CEOs immediately and force every company operating in the U.S. (benefitting hugely from our spend-happy markets and modern, albeit crumbling, infrastructure) to reform their grossly lopsided governing boards by including fair and equal labor representation and consumer advocacy.

Or even better, taxpaying workers and citizens should facilitate a system of worker-owned co-ops that share the wealth in as many industries as possible, with all the benefits going to those who deserve them. And give Wall Street the serious competition it deserves.

Runaway Republican socialism for the filthy rich -- fascism -- must end now! The longer their thought viruses fester in society, the harder our inevitable collapse on all fronts. This is supposed to be a people's democracy, not a casino and a third-world amusement park for economic royalty and strongman wannabes.

Oh yeah, as long as we're building a better future for our children (?), let's get rid of all nuke plants, all fossil fuel polluters, and go 100% clean energy. If not now, when?

Climate suicide, endless oil wars, extreme wealth disparity, spiraling social unrest, religious fundamentalism, ideological nonsense, lies, lies, and more lies are all part and parcel of wingnut dystopia. Unregulated capitalism -- unfettered greed -- had its heyday and, predictably, failed spectacularly. The world truly is on the Eve of Destruction.

It's past time to find a workable balance between "free enterprise" and "the commons," as the Founders intended, and to get big money out of politics so that normal citizens control the reins of power, as the Founders intended.

Legend 5 weeks 3 days ago
#6

This is comical. I received mine about a week ago. Maybe they are cancelling future ones.

USPS agrees to scrap confusing election mailers in Colorado
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/usps-election-mailer-terminated-colorado/index.html

Legend 5 weeks 3 days ago
#7

What is your inflation rate? The Fed says 1% and they may let it go to 2%. Social Security annual increases are based on that 1%. But, I am helping my son build a house and building materials are literally going through the roof. More like 16% in a few months. Restaurant to go orders (I no longer eat out) are hard to swallow. Cars prices will drive you crazy. You really get clipped for a haircut. Due to Covid my wife now cuts my hair, a huge sacrifice for me.

https://www.businessinsider.com/if-people-knew-the-actual-inflation-rate...

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts

https://www.birchgold.com/news/the-real-inflation-rate-may-signal-that-t...

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/09/how-high-is-real-inflation/

deepspace's picture
deepspace 5 weeks 3 days ago
#8

The price of good whiskey is sobering.

Legend 5 weeks 2 days ago
#9

Again, Whatabutt posting FAKE NEWS in #2. This time it started with Fox News but soon went to the others such as Breitbart. People like Whatabutt are comforted by listening to lies. It makes them feel better because it is what they want to hear. And they do not hesitate to post it and spead it. Whatabutt, The Republicans are a bunch of liars.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/media/nashville-coronavirus-fox17-right-w...

avn013's picture
avn013 5 weeks 1 day ago
#11

@deepspace Technology is a one-way strret. It needs to be used. Hi tech demands high care, high respect and high awareness. Nuclear stuff offers a "clean" source of electricity (in terms of CO2 emissions), unique medicinal therapies (for certain forms of cancer) and other minor uses (smoke detectors, accurate clocks for scientific applications etc)).

"Renewable" energy tecnologies are only partially renewable. As with other technologies there are pros and cons. I agree with promoting research in this direction because in the very long run they are going to be beneficial for humanity. But it is too early to enforce them as the only solution. This is, imo, one of the weak points (and possibly the only one) of Sanders, AOC and the likes.

The true "value" of technology is best left to true technocrats. Politicians, greedy corporations and "crusaders" of various beliefs are best left out, especially in times (like ours) that technology is advancing so fast that it seems to be "exploding". Going back to "the caves" is by evolution not feasible.

Apart from this (small? big?) point of yours I share (or should i write i cherish?) your opinion as to how we have reached this point of our history and how we should probably deal with it.

deepspace's picture
deepspace 5 weeks 23 hours ago
#12

It's what the climate scientists say; Bernie, AOC, "and the likes" are just repeating it and, more importantly, trying hard to act upon it.

The rapid pace of human-caused global warming and climate destruction renders hope of any technological breakthroughs saving our butts "in the very long run" a moot point. The crisis is already well underway. The research is already well documented. If Homo sapiens don't act now, the destruction will be insurmountable and irreversible very soon.

Sure, nuke tech is good for medicinal and other beneficial applications, but not for producing electricity at scale to satiate the insanity of exponentially expanding overconsumption by the masses, even as a bridge to renewables. Here are several reasons why: 1, 2.

By every measure, humankind's selfishness, violence, and misuse of technology have caused a self-inflicted crisis of staggering proportions, impacting and threatening all life on Earth. A "pale blue dot," lost in an immense and unforgiving vacuum, has miraculously harbored and evolved an intricate and interdependent tree of life for billions of years, resilient and proliferate enough to survive all that nature, a harsh mistress, could throw at it -- until the arrogance and stupidity of one species.

Because We Don't Have A Right to Vote...

Thom plus logo In America, the country that is supposed to be the world's premier democratic republic, citizens do not have an absolute right to vote.

Because we don't have a right to vote, red state governors can radically cut back on the number of polling places and voting machines so that working class people are forced to stand in line for five, six, in some cases 10 hours to vote.
From Screwed:
"Thom Hartmann’s book explains in simple language and with concrete research the details of the Neo-con’s war against the American middle class. It proves what many have intuited and serves to remind us that without a healthy, employed, and vital middle class, America is no more than the richest Third World country on the planet."
Peter Coyote, Actor and author of Sleeping Where I Fall
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"In an age rife with media-inspired confusion and political cowardice, we yearn for a decent, caring, deeply human soul whose grasp of the problems confronting us provides a light by which we can make our way through the quagmire of lies, distortions, pandering, and hollow self-puffery that strips the American Dream of its promise. How lucky we are, then, to have access to the wit, wisdom, and willingness of Thom Hartmann, who shares with us here that very light, grown out of his own life experience."
Mike Farrell, actor, political activist, and author of Just Call Me Mike and Of Mule and Man
From Screwed:
"The powers that be are running roughshod over the powers that OUGHT to be. Hartmann tells us what went wrong — and what you and I can do to help set American right again."
Jim Hightower, National Radio Commentator, Writer, Public Speaker, and author of the bestselling Thieves in High Places