I am seeing effects of the lockdown that are quite troubling. The US is starting to look like the old USSR when life was really bad there. We have
massive empty shelves in grocery stores. The resupply food chain is badly broken and the grocery stores look like something out of an old movie about
Eastern block countries with starvation problems. Forget basic necessities like toilet paper, I haven't been able to buy any for months now.
Unthinkable in the past that this could happen in the US.
I think the "experts" bamboozled Trump into destroying the very fabric of the nation using models that predicted hundreds of thousands of deaths in
the US. Which hasn't happened. All the experts based projections on New York City. NYC is NOT representative of the rest of the country. They cram
thousands if not millions into little boxes, called subways everyday. I've been on the filthy, nasty, disgusting subways of NYC and they are petri
dishes for pandemics. The streets of NYC are nearly as packed as the subways and nearly as dirty. One can not move in NYC without breathing nasty
breath from someone inches away from your face. This is not how the rest of the country is and should NOT be the standard by which we shut down the
I also lived in Nebraska for a few years where my nearest neighbor was over a mile away and the nearest grocery 40 miles away. Places like this exist
all over the US and places like this are on ridiculous lockdown orders because the largest city in the state has cases.
Many, many hospitals have lots of empty beds. In my own small city, the hospitals are underwhelmed. Nurses and Doctors are being furloughed because
there are no elective surgeries allowed.
What the he-double-toothpicks are we doing shutting down an entire nation because of a handful of major cities whose residents live in petri dishes of
filth on a regular basis. I was in Seattle recently and was disgusted at the filth and trash and broken down condition of the airport as I entered
it. Trash in heaps and mounds line the city streets, especially under highways and under bridges, it is disgusting and filthy everywhere, replete
with poo and pee all over the city streets. How many more of the cities badly affected are simply disgusting petri dishes waiting to pass disease to
Why punish smaller cities and rural areas and take away their jobs and livelihoods. This makes no sense. Lockdowns should NOT be at the federal
level, they should not be at the Governor level, they should be at the local county and mayoral level. Because even Governors ignore the havoc and
poverty they are sending the entire state into because of one nasty, dirty, filthy major city in their state.
A New York Times former reporter wrote an excellent article about this:
Alex Berenson has been analyzing the data on the crisis on a daily basis for weeks and has come to the conclusion that the strategy of shutting down
entire sectors of the economy is based on modeling that doesn’t line up with the realities of the virus. "The response we have taken has caused
enormous societal devastation, I don't think that's too strong a word," he told Fox News in an interview Thursday.
In February I was worried about the virus. By mid-March I was more scared about the economy. But now I’m starting to get genuinely nervous," he
tweeted this week. "This isn’t complicated. The models don’t work. The hospitals are empty. WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT INDEFINITE
Hospitals, of course, are not empty in places like hard-hit New York City, and tales are widespread of overburdened doctors and emergency rooms.
Berenson acknowledged as much in the interview Thursday.
There are measures I am ok with, like keeping little petri dishes we call children out of school until fall. I am ok with medicare/social security
recipients being told to self-isolate for their own safety since they are most at risk and the rest of the nation is footing their healthcare bills.
I am ok with social distancing recommendations (but not drones patrolling and fines and jail for being closer to another person than 6 feet).
But shutting down the entire economy and allowing people to live like they did when the the old worst of communist dictators ruled Russia and the
Eastern block countries? Really?
The media is making things worse and putting Cuomo on TV everyday to convince people in the smallest towns that this WILL happen to them. They
purposely create fear and panic because it is good for ratings and they make more money.
The Democrats are salivating at all of this, openly hoping things will be worse so their guy gets elected. They complain Trump hasn't done enough.
Done enough, he has shut down the country. What more do they want? House by house surveillance to spy on everyone and threaten to send them to jail
or fine them for not obeying the government dictates? This is the sort of thing hard line socialists and communists do to intimidate the population
into submission to the government and to prevent any independent thinking and submission to the elite politicians running the collective. Democrats
have done as much as they could to destroy every effort the President has made, every step of the way. Complaining when he does something and
complaining when he does the opposite they demanded earlier - just making things worse and further dividing an already divided nation.
Trump is doing the best he can, I truly believe that. I also believe he is being given worst case scenario advice by pandemics experts who get off on
pandemics as they have been waiting for something like this to happen and practicing for it to happen.
Trump has been hindered at every step by a hostile media and Democrats who have refused to do anything positive to help the situation, just griped and
tried to make things worse so they can defeat Trump in the next election, not caring at all about the people in the nation. The offered no good
advice one on one that I have heard of at all, or done anything positive to help the nation or the people - except pass a bill when the pressure was
so steep they could not refuse - and then packed in as much pork as they could manage.
I believe Trump needs to empower localities to decide for themselves whether or not to lockdown all commerce and movement, based on what is happening
in their county or town or city. ONLY when the coronavirus exceeds normal flu levels in their locality. Governors should not even be doing it
because they look at their most filthy, disease ridden city and force everyone else to behave like they do in these hell holes of cities that are
being overrun because they were always a pandemic waiting to happen.
edit on 4/9/20 by The2Billies because: addition grammar
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