March 25, 2020
Prepare For More Coronavirus Crisis Exploitation
By Buck Sexton
Last week, the country seemed to be largely unified in the sacrifice needed to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 (the coronavirus’s official name) menace. Yes, we were going to be in for some tough weeks ahead, but there was a sense that this would be America’s moment to come together like Londoners during the 1940-1941 “blitz” of Nazi bombing in World War II.
The airwaves were full of praise for those on the front lines of this war against the virus like doctors, nurses, and first responders. Even some of the often underappreciated roles in our economy – truck drivers, grocery store clerks, food deliverers –were suddenly receiving outpourings of support.
There were GoFundMe accounts set up all over social media to raise funds for hourly workers, struggling businesses, and the victims of the coronavirus. Americans were trying to take care of each other, perhaps be a little kinder to one another, and there was one of those rare moments of recognition that this was more important than partisan squabbles and the political and cultural tribalism that has defined the last three years.
Then Nancy Pelosi showed up at the 11th hour over the weekend, scuttled a $1.8 trillion rescue package meant to bail out workers and businesses, and unveiled a list of outrageous demands.
The Speaker of the House, arguably the most powerful elected Democrat in the country, saw an opportunity for maximum leverage, and she couldn’t resist. The country is in the midst of a crisis, our economy is barreling toward a great depression, and Pelosi decided the time was ripe to demand some windmills.
What are some of the leftwing demands that, as I write this, were included in Pelosi’s hostage letter to America? Corporate board diversity, college debt relief, same-day voting, and requirements that airlines offset carbon emissions were all included, and that’s just a taste of what’s in the 1,192-page legislative sneak attack…
Millions of Americans are worried about paying their rent in a week because the government at all levels has mandated a shutdown of economic activity, but Nancy Pelosi wants to twist Senator Mitch McConnell’s arm to make sure that that her policy preferences are enshrined in law.
We are at the beginning of the expected spike in cases and hospitalizations here in NYC. The projections show that more than 130,000 hospital beds will be needed here for extreme cases. It’s the most tense, uncertain time I’ve ever seen in the city – including the weeks after 9/11.
At a moment when the petty politics of the beltway should be a distant thought, the Democrats on Capitol Hill shamelessly exploited the situation. This was the first major shot in what will now turn into a long, dragged-out partisan street fight, with the backdrop of a plummeting economy and possibly thousands (or far more) of lives lost to COVID-19. It was already going to be an ugly year in politics with a presidential election coming up this fall… Now we see that it will be much worse.
With a horrific pandemic sweeping over the nation, and the refusal in some quarters to rise above the political noise for this crucial moment, get ready for the ugliest political fight any of us have ever seen in the months ahead.
Now here are some of the stories we’re reading…
Democrats try to hijack coronavirus stimulus for liberal Christmas in March
Every time the country faces a crisis, real or perceived, there is a rush in Congress to pass massive bills that go far beyond responding to the matter at hand.
CDC says coronavirus survived in Princess Cruise ship cabins for up to 17 days after passengers left
New data show the virus can live far longer on surfaces than previous research has shown.
India’s prime minister orders lockdown of country of 1.3 billion people for 21 days
“If the county failed to manage the next 21 days, it would be set back by 21 years.”
Coronavirus reveals financial irresponsibility of Americans
It is not only low income and middle income earners who blow through their paychecks every month. Many high income earners also live above their means. Indeed, at least a quarter of households making $150,000 and above live paycheck to paycheck.
What It Was Like in Europe as the Coronavirus Spread
While reporting a story about skiing in Spain, Kade Krichko felt far away from the coronavirus, until he watched it take over…
And let us know what you’re reading at [email protected].
Executive Editor, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
March 25, 2020