Groupthink drove economy into gutter
In my previous letter, I predicted things would get worse for our economy. Well, it has.
On May 21, CNBC.com reported there were 2.4 million new jobless claims with about 38 million unemployed due to the state mandated shutdowns. Last month, the Courier Journal reported the pain is being felt in Kentucky as thousands have not been getting their unemployment checks. Nor are they able to get through to the unemployment office as those phones are unmanned.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andy Beshear holds his daily pep rally with the press and hasn’t missed a paycheck. Our governor loves to tell us how “We are all in this together” and his lockdown is based on science. Really?
Perhaps he should read the Real Clear Politics article May 21 by Yinon Weiss, “How Fear, Groupthink Drove Unnecessary Global Lockdowns.”
It seems the model used to predict this pandemic’s effects was faulty at best. The March 16 report by UK Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson predicted this virus would have a mortality rate of 2 to 5 percent which caused the U.S. and other nations to lockdown their economies.
Had anyone bothered to check out this self-proclaimed expert’s previous predictions, they might have guessed his claims were over the top. In 2005, he predicted 200 million would die worldwide from the bird flu – 455 actually did. In 2009, he said 65,000 would die in the UK from the swine flu. The actual count was 392. Is it surprising to find his estimates for COVID-19 of 2 million deaths for the U.S. and 500,000 for the UK to be overblown as well?
Meanwhile, Sweden has not shut down its economy. Rather than the 90,000 deaths predicted by that nation’s Uppsala University, there have been 3,500 to date.
Given what we have been told and what actually has happened, maybe it’s time to start thinking for ourselves.
Upset by efforts of progressive leaders
I’m ashamed of my country.
Not the honest, God-fearing conservatives fighting for our traditional values. It’s the “progressive” lunatics dominating Fake News stations. Perfect example: Nancy Pelosi. This self-centered pariah is a committed baby-killing compulsive liar, knowing no shame. She’s made a mockery of the House of Representatives.
The source of her derangement: Donald Trump. After 3½ years of failed attempts to discredit a fair election, she still can’t explain to her base how “Queen” Hillary Clinton didn’t ascend to the throne.
Pelosi let Adam Schiff destroy any credibility in the impeachment process. That was after the catastrophic Mueller Report bombed. She’s assigned the “Nepotism Queen,” Maxine Waters, in charge of distributing the COVID-19 stimulus funds – strangely akin to putting the fox in charge of the hen house. She’s presented a $3 trillion relief package so full of pork, it squeals when you pick it up.
Scary thought: This 80-year-old is third in line, behind Trump and Pence.
She’s discounted Tara Reids accusations against Biden, as apparently most liberals have, putting the #MeToo movement on ice. This after crucifying Brett Kavanaugh with no verifiable evidence.
Why am I picking on Pelosi? Simply because I believe she typifies the Democratic Party’s leadership – without ethics or a moral compass. They will lie, cheat and steal votes to win an election. Their thirst for power is ravenous. Why can’t their voters see that?
I’m reminded of a scene from the movie “A Time to Kill.” The attorney played by Matthew McConaughey reveals details of the rape of an 11-year-old-black girl by two white racists. He has the jury in tears, then flips the script, asking “what if she were white?” How would the Barack Obama lovers react if he was crucified 24/7 by the press with no verifiable crimes? I think we all can envision the resulting mayhem.
Do liberals want this country run by the likes of Pelosi, Schiff and Chuck Shumer? I think it’s past time for you to sniff the smelling salts and clear your heads.