Reopening Our Economy? Not Really
Here in Maryland, Governor Hogan announced a gradual reopening of the economy starting on Friday, May 15. But at the same time, he said he would defer to county leaders to decide for each of their own counties. Of course, all the Democrat leaders have determined to keep us shutdown indefinitely. Memorial Day events were shut down, and many have announced the cancellation of Independence Day celebrations. Can you imagine?
Many of us are fighting back. We have taken to the streets and engaged in other forms of protest to indicate our unwillingness to tolerate this situation any longer. Hundreds of people showed up at the gates of Fort McHenry on Memorial Day to attend the event and defy Baltimore Mayor Jack Young's threats to arrest us. President Trump made sure we knew that he knew we were there, flying directly over the crowd at a snail's pace on the way in, and circling the crowd twice on the way out. We cheered wildly.
It is truly outrageous. Despite President Trump's announcement that church services should be considered essential, governors and local leaders are ordering churches to remain closed. Pastor Stacey Shiflett of Calvary Baptist Church in Dundalk, was threatened with a $5,000 fine for holding a live, in-person service. In defiance, he tore up the cease and desist order at the live service. He was on last night with Laura Ingraham to discuss it. Watch the brave pastor's segment with Laura HERE. What he said summarizes it all:
When a man can take his daughter to an abortion clinic but he can't take her to church; when a woman can take her son to the liquor store but can't take him to church; when the marijuana dispensaries are flourishing and churches are shuttered, it's time for somebody to say something...
What follows is my compilation of information that urges us to reopen the economy fully, NOW.
Finally reopening our economy - in stages, which is really stupid! I know, I know, we are just being prudent. And yes, it is very dangerous for some people, and those people and their families should take extra precautions. But we can manage this without the heavy hand of government telling us what to do. Let's review the facts. The shutdown to "flatten the curve" was not intended to stop infections, but to slow the rate of infection so hospitals would not be overwhelmed. Well, the most overwhelmed state, New York, was never overwhelmed. Samaritan's Purse, which opened a field hospital in Central Park, and was spat upon by ungrateful New Yorkers, was never needed anyway. So they packed up and went home. The hospital ship Comfort also left after a short time. Not needed. Javitz Center? Not needed. Meanwhile New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is responsible for many deaths by forcing sick elderly to return to their nursing homes where they infected everyone else. And then they LIED about it. Reportedly, NY only had 13.8% of deaths in nursing homes, but a revised estimate puts it at 47%. Whoops! I'd call that a little more than a slight revision. But unfortunately, that was the case in most states, although the policy of deliberately forcing Covid sick people back to nursing homes was limited to Democrat-run states. Ignoring the bad data from New York, the following graphic shows how people in nursing homes fared through out the U.S. Overall, more than 42% died in nursing homes. This is a catastrophe that is the direct result of abysmal management by political leaders. What a tragedy.
Destroying Our Economy - Destroying Our Lives
Maybe they "flattened the curve", maybe not. But nobody talked about shutting down the economy at first. So where are we today? Well, for starters, about 150,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every month. How many diagnoses have we missed because such checkups were "elective"? There was a huge drop in hospital admittances for heart attacks and stroke. Did those people suffer and die at home? What about suicides? One California doctor reported "A year's worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks." How about domestic violence, or crime? We already know of instances where men released from jail to protect them from getting COVID, have gone on to rape and murder once released. But elderly folks get locked into nursing homes to infect everyone. Does the word "insanity" even begin to capture the height of this lunacy? At the end of April, I held a webinar with five experts to talk about the negative impacts of the shutdown. We had Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) to discuss the unconstitutional nature of the shutdown, Frederick County, MD Sheriff Chuck Jenkins to discuss law enforcement issues, our friend Clare Lopez, career CIA officer and bioweapons expert, to explain that COVID-19 was indeed a bioweapon, Wyoming rancher Mike Elmore to talk about the critical food supply issues, and Benjamin Nieuwsma, creator of RestartNOW.io, a computer model that assessed the risk of opening vs the cost of the shutdown by county within each state. Nieuwsma's model showed that in some counties there were already more suicides than there were COVID-19 cases. You were invited to this webinar, which we also live-streamed on Facebook. If you missed it, you can watch it on YouTube, HERE. Now to top it off, the CDC has come out with some realistic estimates of the disease's fatality rate: 0.26 percent. This is more virulent than the flu, but magnitudes less than the much higher rates described earlier. And of course the Swedish example -- where there was no shutdown -- has higher death rates than its neighboring Scandinavian countries, but about average for the rest of the world. Compared to Maryland, for example, as of May 22, there were 38 deaths per 100,000 population in Sweden, and 35 deaths per 100,000 in Maryland. What never seems to be counted though, are the lives saved by keeping the economy open. Sweden's suicide rate, cancer, heart attacks, etc. are likely much better than those nations which shut down. But no one pays any attention to that! Believe it or not, the shutdown and "social distancing" ideas were dreamed up years ago by, are you ready, a 14-year-old high school kid, who did a research project on the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. The President, who we can always rely on for having good instincts, is now demanding we reopen, and has said, "We're not going to close the country," even if there is a second wave of the disease in the fall. Thank God. Can you imagine if Hillary were in charge? And now, even Dr. Fauci, aka Dr. No, has said we can't remain shutdown for long. Fauci even said on CBS 60 Minutes that masks were largely a placebo. But if you don't wear one and practice "social distancing" you will be arrested! WTH!?! My favorite story of outrageous leftist behavior was delivered by Michigan Governor Whitmer, who declared that gay sex clubs could open up (without any hint of "social distancing") while at the same time, fining a barber and issuing him a cease and desist order for being open. Fortunately, a judge ruled that the state could not shut down the establishment. Governor Whitmer's repulsive Stalinist impulses seem to be reflected among Democrat Pols (and a few Republicans), wherever you look. The best article I have read yet on the entire shutdown fiasco is here: How Fear, Groupthink Drove Unnecessary Global Shutdowns. But it was also politics. Hydroxychloroquine, which shows so much promise according to the experts, is being attacked by the Left, as is anyone who prescribes it. If you had any doubts about how vicious and self-serving the Left is, their behavior over this should be enough to convince you. The following video by Orange County Dr. Jeff Barke really puts it all in perspective. It's really good -- about 21 minutes. He talks a lot about Hydroxychloroquine too. You should watch and share this.