About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Covid-19 Quiz

Below is the subject quiz that shows the importance of protecting the elderly from contracting Covid-19. 
 
Please let me know how you work the problem.  I will post all correct answers or alternatively will send the solution privately to anyone who requests it if no one gets it right. 
 
Covid-19 Quiz
 
Through May 27 it has been estimated that upward of 50% of deaths due to Covid-19 have been people in nursing homes.  Another 30% have been people over 65 not in nursing homes & the other 20% is everyone else.  Source – John Delaney.
 
1)  Given the population in the U.S. of 331,100,000 & the confirmed death rate for the U.S. shown on the graphic below how many people over 65 not living in nursing homes died by May 27 due to Covid-19? 
 
2)  What is the % of total deaths due to Covid-19 in the U.S. population as of May 27?
 
  click on graphic to enlarge
 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Best Way To Destroy America

Even the least discerning among us must have noticed that the fundamental values they grew up with have vanished from our society without a trace in sight.
 
Blocks in downtown Seattle are taken over by thugs & people & businesses in this area are left to fend for themselves while the over her head Democrat mayor (Jenny Durkan) calls it a block party in the summer of love after ordering the police to vacate the premises; that is until the protesters marched outside her multi-million dollar home – a march organized by the Seattle Chapter of the Democrat Socialists of America.
 
A man in Brighton, CO was handcuffed for playing ball with his wife & six year old daughter in an empty field; a paddle boarder alone on the ocean in Malibu was arrested; the mayor of Louisville, KY prohibited drive-thru church services in which people never left their cars but did not prohibit a multitude of other non-religious drive-ins & drive-thrus like drive-thru liquor stores; the newly elected Democrat KY governor Andy Beshear sent state police out to record license plates of people attending mass church services on Easter Sunday so the people could be contacted & forced to self quarantine for two weeks; & members of a church in Greenville, MS sitting in their cars with windows closed in the church parking lot listening to a church service on the radio, were asked to leave by police, & those who didn't were each served with $500 tickets. 
 
Contrast these above violations of stay @ home orders, social distancing practices, & requirement to wear masks with the following photo that is representative of acceptable behavior in one Democrat controlled city after another under the pretense of protesting George Floyd's death – something these people had long ago forgotten all about.
 
 click on photo to enlarge
 
The hostile anti-American media are obsessed with isolated deaths of people resisting arrest being killed by police – you can count these deaths on the fingers of a hand or two – yet there is no outcry or coverage of the record number of murders in Chicago & Baltimore year after year.  Cities like New York, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Philadelphia, & Atlanta, to name a few, have joined in the violence.  NYC had 205 shootings in June & Chicago had 27 homicides the week ending July 5 – & not a peep of concern.  Who would want to go to NYC to see a Broadway play or one of the museums or sports teams under these conditions? 
 
But the most egregious example was NJ Governor Phil Murphy blatantly saying it was "above my pay grade" & that he "wasn't thinking of the Bill Of Rights when he implemented these bans" to work, assemble, associate, & worship.  Early on, on March 16 I heard Governor Murphy say if this pandemic wasn't as bad as forecast it was "on him" as if that meant anything tangible.
 
Studying the above examples you get the feeling not only that you cannot win but that you are going to lose thereby leaving you only one choice - to give up.
 
Doesn't that just seem wrong to you in America?
 
 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Independence Messages - July 4, 2020

"The United States was the first moral society in history.
 
"In its great era of capitalism, the United States was the freest country on earth - & the best refutation of racist theories.  Men of all races came here, some from obscure, culturally undistinguished countries, & accomplished feats of productive ability which would  have remained stillborn in their control-ridden native lands. Men of racial groups that had been slaughtering one another for centuries, learned to live together in harmony & peaceful cooperation.  America had been called "the melting pot," with good reason.  But few people realized that America did not melt men into the gray conformity of a collective: she united them by means of protecting their right to individuality." – Ayn Rand
 
"America is the best place on the planet to be Black, female, gay, trans . . ." – Ayaan Hirsi Ali in a tweet on June 9.
 
Oppression of all sorts has mostly been eliminated in America except for the sickening tyranny of human trafficking including that of children.  This post highlights this hidden form of slavery that exists all over the world today & presents a constructive mindset change regarding removing statues.
 
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Click here to hear Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn explain that there are more individuals on the face of the earth in slavery today than ever before & many of them are being transported & marketed as children online in human trafficking & sex trafficking operations – something most Americans have no idea about.
 
Human trafficking is mostly a hidden crime in that it involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act in which the victim is afraid of both the trafficker & the police.  Traffickers look for people who are psychologically or emotionally vulnerable suffering economic hardship – people who are ripe for labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
 
The arrest Thursday of Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of recruiting underage women & training them for sex as a facilitator in disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's years-long sex trafficking ring will bring this issue to national attention for a while.
 
But it can happen in any community & victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality.  It is estimated that up to 45 million people are trapped in some form of slavery today & whether it is called "Modern Day Slavery" or "Human Trafficking" it is @ all times slavery @ its core & people obsessed with the slavery that ended in America 155 years ago could much more positively & productively spend their time working on eliminating it.
 
The Department of Homeland Security provides telephone numbers to call to report suspected human trafficking or to get help from the national human trafficking hotline.  I called both of these numbers & they are useless.  If you need help go to your local police or a trusted friend or make a getaway & find such a friend.
 
A change of thinking or mindset change is required in the case of tearing down statues that represent our history.  Instead of looking for only bad or no good qualities whatsoever in the people represented by the statues, the previously oppressed could stand in front of statues or other representations of our history & explain to small children how far the oppressed have come – namely, because of America they are now free to make of their lives whatever they choose, something that never existed in the 6,000 years of human history before July 4, 1776 & that people from every corner of the world labor & yearn for a new life in America.  The formerly oppressed can stand in front of statues & teach the exact opposite lesson than what is being brainwashed today – namely, America gave everyone the freedom & opportunity for a life without oppression & that no other form of government, nation, or society had ever provided this to those previously oppressed in human history.
 
 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Balancing The Return To Economic Growth While Protecting Against Covid-19

“You may not like me but you have to vote for me or else your 401(k) will be destroyed by the Democrats”.  -  President Trump speaking @ a MAGA rally before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. 
 
Trump had thought the economy was the key to his winning re-election but China’s deceitful hiding of the Wuhan coronavirus & then promoting its spread around the world provided the excuse for state & local government officials to shut the economy down thereby taking the issue away unless Trump convinces voters he is best @ rebuilding the economy.
 
After the political judicial decisions this past week the importance of the President appointing judges & Supreme Court Justices, that require Senate approval, has also re-emerged as another key issue not only for the presidency but also Republicans retaining control of the Senate.


The above graph was part of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) response to NY Senator Chuck Schumer’s request regarding the comparison of CBO’s May 2020 Interim Projections of Gross Domestic Product & Its January 2020 Baseline Projections.
 
In short, Schumer wanted to see CBO’s analysis of the damage done by the government’s shut down of the economy under the pretense of protecting people from Covid-19 – although he would not have expressed it exactly that way.
 
CBO projects that the economy will produce $7.9 trillion less growth in real inflation-adjusted GDP (2019 dollars) when comparing their January forecast of just before the government shut down to right after the results of curtailed consumer spending from business closings & re-openings, with social distancing, & the drop in U.S. investment in the energy sector could be estimated.  Mathematicians in the readership should test their ability to estimate the $7.9 trillion using the area under the curve on the above graph – a fun exercise.
 
Although the CBO projects growth it is not fast enough to catch the January baseline projection until the fourth quarter of 2029.
 
In a separate study, a week after the aforementioned CBO report, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that they had determined that the U.S. had entered a recession in February. 
 
The NBER’s recession dating committee does not go by the rule-of-thumb recession definition of two consecutive quarters of declining GPD but rather determines a recession start date using data for employment & production & incomes minus government benefits.  A recession begins when an economy reaches a peak of activity & ends when the economy reaches its trough.  Between trough & peak, the economy is in an expansion so this recession could turn around quickly & not exceed two consecutive quarters of declining GDP.
 
But regardless of economic statistics about how long a recession might last or when it started the damage done by the government’s shut down of the economy has been devastating as the shutdown sent the U-3 unemployment rate from a fifty year low of 3.5% in February to a post-World War II high of 14.7% in just two short months.  This means millions of people might not go back to their old job or even their old industry if demand is reduced for goods & services that social distancing precludes. The first quarter of 2020 contracted @ a 5.0% annual rate (2nd estimate – BEA) even though only the last two weeks of the quarter were directly affected by the government shut down orders.  The decline in payrolls shows that in one month all the jobs added in the past decade were wiped out.  The April jobs report showed U-6, the government’s broadest measure of unemployment & underemployment, climbed to 22.8%.  Many other workers took pay cuts – I have recommended a U-7 category be added which would include all of U-6 plus those employed full time who make a fraction of their former pay.
 
Another 1.5 million people filed new applications for unemployment benefits in the week ending June 13.  Over forty million Americans have lost their jobs in 2020.  Economists estimate that it will take one, two, or even three years to get back to pre-Covid levels because the entire globe is affected.  This is a different measure than the CBO calculation detailed above.
 
But there is a balance between quickly reviving the country’s economic activity from the depths shown above & having both workers & consumers willingly returning to the old normal - unafraid of infection by Covid-19.   A good place to start is the age profile from the following graphic.


Social distancing, wearing masks, & maneuvering around plexiglas shields can only add to the cost of doing business & is a constant reminder to both workers & consumers of the supposed danger that has been brainwashed into the unsuspecting American citizenry.  Robert Rosenkranz writes in the WSJ that in reality “it is extremely rare for people who are otherwise healthy to die of Covid-19.  Most of the people who die with Covid-19 – 98% in one study – have @ least two other major life-threatening conditions, such as diabetes & heart disease.  Surprisingly little data has been collected  to sort out these multiple causes”.  More on Mr. Rosenkranz’s last point below.
 
How we respond to hotspots or a second wave of infections will be very important to our freedom, standard of living, & economic future.  The evidence is clear that the government did almost nothing right on our first go round starting in March – shutting down schools where American children are virtually immune to the Wuhan coronavirus, transporting recovering Covid-19 patients to close contact with the most vulnerable elderly & aged people in nursing homes, & paying people more in unemployment benefits than they were earning while working have all been detriments to returning to normal life.  If there is a next time the government should butt out.  Everyone knows the common sense precautions for avoiding Covid-19, the seasonal flu, or the common cold (also caused by a coronavirus) & we will be quite capable of policing ourselves, much like we are doing now. 
 
If you encounter people who are reckless or foolish in this regard simply avoid them with no explanation, because they don’t deserve one, if they are that reckless & foolish to be so cavalier about a disease that people die from every day & doctors & nurses die from working their fingers to the bone in intensive-care-units.
 
We have learned that the Wuhan coronavirus spreads in close-up face-to-face interactions for extended indoor periods of @ least fifteen minutes especially in crowded events, poorly ventilated areas, & places where people talk, sing, or cheer loudly – & that it especially attacks Americans over 60 who are medically fragile.  About 80% of Covid-19 cases in America are mild, moderate, or asymptomatic.  The Wuhan coronavirus hits younger people harder in poor countries than in America because of demographics, a greater prevalence of underlying conditions @ an earlier age, & weaker if not precarious healthcare systems.  See graphic below of coronavirus deaths in Mexico & the U.S. 


The statistics show that Americans under 60 can resume a normal life using common sense to not go looking for trouble or infection while those 60 & older, especially the elderly who are medically fragile with serious underlying health conditions wait for a vaccine or other treatment to be developed before returning to a pre-Wuhan coronavirus life.  Sorry to those over 60 but the Wuhan coronavirus is a constant threat until a vaccine or other treatment becomes available.  This may not be easy for the elderly as a life of separation from loved ones could continue for some time before the all-clear is signaled.
 
People 65 & over make up 11% of the U.S. workforce thereby further complicating the trade off between working & staying safe.  Many of this 11% will have to be replaced.  It includes 15% of dentists, 13.3% of family doctors, 12.5% of surgeons, & 20.9% of school bus drivers.  These numbers increase when you add in people 60 to 65.
 
We need Johns Hopkins or other services to provide meaning data not just figures on the number of deaths.  Providing the percentage of infections & deaths as a function of the number of people tested is much better information than just the number of infections & deaths – i.e., of course the total numbers will go up as the number of tests increases.
 
Also, the Covid-19 statistics should be presented each day along with other statistics to put the danger in perspective.  How many deaths are recorded each day for Covid-19 (& the ages & whether or not there were underlying medical conditions), the seasonal flu, cancer, suicide, abortion, traffic accidents, drug overdoses, & communicable diseases would provide a much more complete picture & understanding than we currently have of the Covid-19 risk.
 
In summary, it looks like the economic recovery has started which is bad news for the opponents of President Trump.  For over two months the federal government (the swamp @ the CDC) deceptively & intentionally misrepresented warnings & recommendations for fighting the Wuhan coronavirus while blue state governors kept their states locked down with the belief that Trump would be blamed for the ensuing economic disaster.  And of course the hostile anti-American media plays right along with headlines such as “Virus Deaths Swell as Crisis Deepens” or “Millions More File Jobless Claims” – what did they expect with the mandatory shut downs?  Such headlines should have been written months before.
 
All of this hatred & obsession with Trump is so mindless that you can only complete the circle when you see it is deliberate. 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

One Big Covid-19 Happy Family - Against Trump

The last four posts that focused on the Wuhan coronavirus & the disease it causes, Covid-19, have produced two questions that I have been asked repeatedly:
 
1.  How did the mathematical models produced by Imperial College London have such an outsized influence on worldwide government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially when the College’s past forecasting record has been so poor?
 
2.  Is the worldwide lockdown, & subsequent destruction of commerce all over the world, part of the Democrats playbook to “get Trump”?
 
This post will show how the answers to these two questions are interrelated & make for one big Covid-19 happy family – against Trump. 
 
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The Imperial College London issued Report 9: Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID-19 mortality and healthcare demand on March 16, 2020 that called for social distancing of the entire population & home household quarantine of entire family members until the disease cleared the family, supplemented by school & university closings – all until a vaccine becomes available potentially 18 months from now, if ever.  The report predicted that transmission of Covid-19 would quickly rebound if interventions were relaxed.
 
The report went on to predict that 81% of the U.S. population would be infected over the course of the epidemic thereby resulting in 2.2 million deaths in the United States unless the above stated mitigation & isolation policies were implemented.
 
All of these Imperial College London points were believed & followed by governments all over the world despite the numerous examples highlighted on this blog over the past two months of them being wrong – such as the Diamond Princess cruise results, & Sweden never being shut down & not reaching catastrophic death rates forecast for such societies.  First we were told that masks were ineffective & not necessary – now we have to wear them or fear being arrested or fined $1,000.  We were told by local leaders in Democrat states there was a shortage of ventilators & after ventilators were delivered as requested many were not used & given away.  We were told to lockdown by sheltering in place in our homes only to find out that the Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted 18 times greater in homes among family members than @ the beach or parks.
 
The above is just the tip of the hypocrisies we have been fed.  Click here to hear Liz Wheeler of One America News Network give a more complete list.
 

Here is the graph from the Imperial College London’s report that illustrates the distribution of the 2.2 million deaths forecast in the U.S. – test your knowledge of the area under the blue curve to confirm the projected 2.2 million deaths for yourself.


The Imperial College London report went on to predict critical care bed capacity would be exceeded by the second week of April peaking @ 30 times greater than the maximum supply in the U.S.  Of course this too never happened as evidenced by the Navy hospital ship Comfort never being needed to anywhere near its full capacity for any healthcare reason after docking @ Pier 90 in Manhattan on emergency call.
 
The table below, from the report, is the one thing the Imperial College London got right & of course the American medical authorities from the CDC, who relied on the report, got exactly backwards.   The young showed no sign of contagion from Covid-19 & yet our officials shut down schools & universities while Governors like Andrew Cuomo committed the tragic mistake of doing everything but driving the bus that sent 4,300 NY recovering Covid-19 patients to nursing homes thereby contributing to the greatest number of deaths being to the elderly in nursing homes.  For that Cuomo should resign in disgrace never to be heard from again – except in the November presidential election he is the leading candidate to unseat the inept Biden as the Democrat nominee thereby making him the favorite to win the presidency even though he is not even running.


Fifty percent of the deaths in America caused by Covid-19 have been to people in nursing homes, another 30% have been people over 65 not in nursing homes, & the other 20% is everyone else.
 
All of these errors caused the U.S. to distance themselves from the original Imperial College London model. 
 
Dr. Deborah Birx, who has served as the U.S. Global Aids Coordinator for both BO & Trump since 2014, & currently serves as the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House explained that the White House model has changed & it now follows the Murray model of the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) – an independent global health research center @ the University of Washington.
 
It is telling that Birx never identified IHME correctly in two television appearances here & here.  The doctor in charge does not know who she is working with amplifies my belief that we should have no government official in charge @ all – we should all be in charge of our own lives.
 
So what is the connection for all of the above incompetence? - it is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. 
 
The Gates Foundation has ties to Imperial College London going back @ least to 2009 when the two institutions found they had similar goals fighting diseases especially in poor countries.  Gates awarded grants to several Imperial projects including a $14.5 million grant to help the college improve & expand healthcare access in developing countries.  Specifically, Neil Ferguson, producer of the model that called for 2.2 million deaths in the U.S. due to Covid-19, co-founded the Medical Research Council (MRC) Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, based @ Imperial College London, & has received tens of millions of dollars in annual funding from the Gates Foundation.  MRC works closely with the UK National Health Service, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), & is tasked with supplying the World Health Organization (WHO) with “rapid analysis of urgent infectious disease problems”.
 
But the Gates Foundation actually founded the University of Washington’s IHME that Dr. Birx tried to spit out in the videos above with a $105 million grant over 10 years ago.  This largest donation in UW’s history was surpassed by a $279 million grant to continue & expand pioneering programs in fields of interest to Bill Gates.  The Gates Foundation also funded a $210 million building to house IHME & the Department of Global Health.  Bill Gates had been impressed by the work of Dr. Christopher Murray, who Gates lured to IHME.  It is the Murray model that the CDC is using today to issue guidelines to protect your health.
 
The above shows a very cozy relationship between Bill Gates & Imperial College London, University of Washington – Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, World Health Organization, & the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  But there is more to this working relationship between these organizations & the world’s second richest man. 
 
The worldwide lockdown (question #2 above) starts with China, just like Democrats, wanting to get rid of Trump @ any cost with the end justifying the means – any means.  China has been preparing itself for world dominance for as long as I can remember & the tariffs Trump has levied on Chinese exports to the U.S. have been very costly to the Communist Chinese economy regardless of who pays for the tariffs.
 
So when a deadly novel coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan, Hubei province China, the last week of December, 2019, the Chinese government started a plan to protect the other parts of China & expose the new virus to the rest of the world & the U.S. in particular.  Travel from Wuhan to other parts of China, especially Beijing & Shanghai, was banned, but flights to the unsuspecting rest of the world were continued thereby spreading the virus.  It was no concern to the Communist Chinese that New Yorkers, Italians, Iranians, Brazilians & people in other hot spots were killed – they were all merely disposable pawns.  The target of the Communist Chinese deceit was America & Trump.
 
On January 31 Trump banned foreign nationals who had recently been in China from entering the U.S. when the prevalence of the Wuhan novel coronavirus was still being hidden & denied by Communist China – but the damage had already started.
 
Santa Clara County, California confirmed that the first death in the U.S. was on February 6 meaning that the virus was present in the U.S. @ least by mid-January.  Before social distancing was practiced & stay @ home orders were issued hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people had attended college & NBA basketball games, hockey games, the NFL playoffs, the Super Bowl, Super Bowl parties, Broadway plays, movies, & had gone to restaurants, work, schools, & universities.  In short, there was plenty of time & opportunity for people to have been exposed to the contagious virus before we knew what was happening.
 
Both Bill Gates & the WHO made excuses for China’s behavior & shielded Beijing from calls for an investigation of China’s non-existent response to the emerging Wuhan coronavirus.
 
But the WHO’s record against the U.S. & world health safety is much greater. 
 
The WHO not only lied about Covid-19 on behalf of the Communist Chinese, they ignored Taiwan’s warnings about human to human transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus, they legitimized China's Wuhan coronavirus death statistics that cannot be believed even today, they failed to vote that the Wuhan coronavirus posed an emergency because the Communist Chinese told them to, & they condemned Trump’s January 31 Chinese travel ban.  Source Liz Wheeler – OANN.
 
But there is one other important thing the WHO never mentions & that is the part that inextricably links China with the WHO, Bill Gates, Imperial College London, University of Washington – Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, & the Democrat Party; namely that Peng Liyuan is a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador – a celebrity advocate of the World Health Organization who uses her talent & fame to advocate for health & well being.  Peng Liyuan’s talent is that she is a singer.  In fact she is a Major General in the Communist Chinese army who sang to soldiers after the Tiananmen Square massacre.  See below.


Peng Liyuan is also the wife of the President & General Secretary of the Communist Chinese Party Xi Jinping.



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Grading Our Governors - Report Of A Study To Reopen America


This post presents the results of the study entitled Reopen America – Grading Our Governors conducted by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity led by Art Laffer, Steve Moore, Phil Kerpen, & John Fund.  The report of the study was released on May 4. 
 
The report grades the nation’s governors on how they responded to the threat of Covid-19 taking into account the severity of the virus in each state.  The study examined the lockdown orders, business closures, the degree of punitive actions on enforcing these measures, & most importantly the start dates for reopening commerce in each state. 
 
With regard to the degree of punitive actions Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer leads the dictatorial pact pursuing politics & power when she allows people to launch their rowboats but not the same boat if it has a motor on it or when she allowed people to buy lottery tickets, liquor, & candy but not paint or vegetable seed that was cordoned off in the same store.  Whitmer generously received a “D” in these gradings since she ultimately rescinded the boat & paint mandates & reopened manufacturing including the automotive industry.
 

The emphasis of the subject study is on reopening the economy safely, smartly, & judiciously so as to end the economic destruction & despair from the lockdowns.  If the current course is not changed millions more will be pushed into unemployment, poverty, & loss of businesses forever.  The more you think about it, & see what is happening, the clearer it becomes that so much of our world is interconnected economically.  But it is interconnected from a public health standpoint also – the economic damage & adversity of financial ruin & deprivation that has been thrust upon people has led to suicides, depression, stress, heart attacks, spousal & child abuse cases, drug overdoses, & alcohol abuse.  See graphic below of examples of interconnection of unemployment & social problems included in the subject study.


An especially egregious example of a governor who was graded “F” in the report is Democrat Tony Evers of Wisconsin – the state Supreme Court had to strike down Evers’ order that shut down daily life in Wisconsin ostensibly to limit the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus despite so much evidence to the contrary, the April 7 primary election being the latest example @ the time.  More than 400,000 state residents voted in person on April 7 & about 67 of those who voted or worked the polls tested positive for Covid 19 thereafter, although some of the infections may have been the result of other exposures the Wisconsin Department of Health indicated.  It was not indicated how many of those who tested positive had mild or moderate symptoms or no symptoms @ all.  But using the numbers indicated means 1 out of every 5,970 people who participated in the election tested positive for the virus – the type of statistic that Evers & the other Democrat state governors are ignoring in their attempt to ruin the country for what they perceive as political gain over Trump in November.
 
The subject study revealed wide variations from state to state.  Some states, like Arkansas & Nebraska, never issued stay @ home orders or very modest ones, while others like California & NJ issued penalties, fines, & jail time for breaking curfews & lockdowns.
 
After considering all of the variables mentioned above the following nine states & governors received grades of A:  Colorado (Polis), Florida (DeSantis), Georgia (Kemp), Iowa (Reynolds), Nebraska (Ricketts), Oklahoma (Stitt), South Dakota (Noem), Tennessee (Lee), & Wyoming (Gordon). 
 
The following four states & governors received grades of F: New Jersey (Murphy), Pennsylvania (Wolf), Virginia (Northam), & Wisconsin (Evers).  Washington DC (Mayor Bowser) also was graded F.
 
The map below provides the grades for all the states.


The table below shows the percentage of deaths as a share of population by state (& DC).


The subject report says “The governors with A & B grades are already moving to restore freedom & opportunity & trusting individuals to follow best practices or isolate themselves based on their own risk assessments.  The D & F grade governors continue to arbitrarily ban activities without respect to any sensible risk versus benefit calculation & are therefore taking the largest risk of all – the risk of catastrophic economic collapse.”
 
What a terrible time for the country that we cannot come together even when a pandemic disease, economic collapse, & extinguishment of our liberties have simultaneously come upon us.
 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Government Response To Covid-19 Pertains To More Than Your Health

“. . . we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” – BO speaking in Missouri five days before the 2008 presidential election.  Judge for yourself how close the fundamental transformation that BO had in mind resembles the look of America in 2020.
 
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During the first week in March the Wuhan coronavirus had gotten everyone’s attention & people started to self-quarantine &/or distance themselves from others, much like they do when they know someone has the flu or a bad cold.  About one third of the states shut down before there was any evidence of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in their state.  By mid-March the governors of NY, NJ, & other hot spots had shut their states down. 
 
And people accepted this for several weeks.
 
But little by little people also started to ask questions – like why are perfectly healthy people still in quarantine weeks after the original 15 day shutdown period ended?  Quarantine is a process that restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease, or were thought to possibly have been exposed, to see if they become sick.  Normally, a medical quarantine is a procedure limited to infectious people, not to whole populations.
 
The original goal of not letting Covid-19 overwhelm the country’s healthcare system looked to be achieved to people paying attention when there were excess ICU beds available all across America.  NYC, the hottest of the hot spots, sent ventilators to other states who were in need & the Navy hospital ship Comfort was never needed to anywhere near its full capacity for any healthcare reason after docking @ Pier 90 in Manhattan.  The U.S.N.S. Mercy docked in Los Angeles was similarly underutilized. 
 
Governments around the world relied on mathematical models that predicted the spread of the virus & led government actions regarding altering the course of the outbreak.  This effort was led by Neil Ferguson, a mathematical epidemiologist @ Imperial College London.  Dr. Ferguson specializes in the patterns of the spread of infectious diseases in humans & animals.
 
Ferguson plugged his assumptions into his model & in mid-March projected that the UK would experience over 500,000 deaths & that the U.S. would experience 2.2 million deaths – if either, or both countries took no action to stop the spread of the virus.
 
Well the action taken by the U.S. government – federal, state, & local as a result of Ferguson’s mathematical modeling – was to bring the American economy to its knees where it still resides.  Governors & mayors issued “Stay @ Home” orders mandating the shutting down of schools & businesses these officials did not deem essential.  This resulted in over 33 million people filing claims for unemployment insurance in the last seven weeks.  The first quarter 2020 GDP contracted @ a 4.8% annual rate even though only the last two weeks of the quarter were directly affected by the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus – & this is only the beginning of these kinds of numbers prompting many people to think the cure is worse than the disease.  A disease where 80% of cases tend to be mild or moderate or have no symptoms @ all.
 
In addition to the economic devastation described above there is the social side of the carnage that is taking its toll as the Stay @ Home orders are extended.  People are becoming lonely & depressed, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held only on the telephone, & suicide rates are increasing as are drug overdoses.  People previously scheduled for elective surgery like a mastectomy or a heart operation are becoming especially nervous as these procedures are put off indefinitely.  People cannot even make an appointment with their doctor for an office visit or annual physical in many cases.  CVS/Aetna has warned of an impending surge in non-virus medical problems based on the trends they see in their businesses.
 

The American Catholic Thinker provides the statistics for the following two tables. 


It is not like Covid-19 is the only illness taking lives.  Please consider the following table as of March 28:


Although cumulative worldwide Covid-19 deaths have increased from 28,240 on March 28 to 274,655 as of Friday please consider this number to the others on the above table & the fact that 150,000 people per day die on Earth.  Covid-19 is getting out-of proportion consideration in locking down our economy.
 
But western countries, including the U.S., relied on Ferguson’s Imperial College Of London models even though their projections had been inaccurate in 2009 when Ferguson’s projection of 65,000 deaths in the UK due to the swine flu was overstated by 64,543 people (i.e., 457 people died of the swine flu in the UK).
 
Before further analysis of the numbers it must be understood that the numbers themselves have serious questions.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provided the incentive for hospitals to collect an additional 20% on top of traditional Medicare rates for Covid-19 patients covered by Medicare during the pandemic emergency & to be reimbursed for treating uninsured patients with the disease @ the enhanced 20% Medicare rate.  The CARES Act created a $100 billion fund, a portion of which, will be used to reimburse healthcare providers for the uninsured – but it remains to be seen if this is enough money to cover the uninsured plus the purchase of medical supplies & the construction of temporary facilities.
 
In short, the reported number of deaths attributable to Covid-19 are overstated if only because of the incentive of the hospitals, who are losing money because of the deferments of elective surgery as described above, to code deaths to Covid-19 – such coding that triggers the additional revenue for the hospitals.
 
On February 5 the Carnival Cruise Line ship, the Diamond Princess, had 3,711 passengers & crew quarantined in Yokohama, Japan because the vessel had earlier on the cruise in January found one person with Covid-19.  The ship looked like an incubator growing microorganisms of the Wuhan coronavirus with the confined spaces, contact between travelers from many countries, & the number of elderly people on board (half the passengers were 69 to 73 years old & the other half were 62 to 69) - all ripe to contract Covid-19.  Half of the crew were between 36 & 43 & the other half were between 29 & 36.  By late February testing determined that 634 were infected but 328 of those infected had no symptoms.  Six people died but 83% of the 3711 total people in this floating petri dish were not infected & 92% were either not infected or had no symptoms of Covid-19.
 
The Diamond Princess data gave many analysts further reason to doubt Ferguson’s model of 2.2 million deaths in the U.S. if nothing was done to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.
 
But there is plenty of evidence that the Wuhan coronavirus is more widespread & has been with us longer in the U.S. than we were led to believe. 
 
It was originally believed that the first Covid-19 death in the U.S. was on February 29, later revised to two deaths on February 26.  But Santa Clara County, California found, as a result of autopsies, that two people who died on February 6 & 17 also were infected with the Wuhan coronavirus.  None of the aforementioned people who died in the U.S. in February had any known travel histories that would have exposed them to the virus meaning they are presumed to have contracted the virus in their communities. 
 
The first death in the U.S. on February 6 is indicative that the virus was present in the U.S. @ least by mid-January meaning that before social distancing was practiced & stay @ home orders were issued hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people had attended college & NBA basketball games, hockey games, the NFL playoffs, the Super Bowl, Super Bowl parties, Broadway plays, movies, & had gone to restaurants & work.  In short, there was plenty of time for people to have been exposed to the contagious virus before we knew what was happening.
 
In addition, the Grand Princess cruise ship that departed San Francisco on February 11 had passengers who contracted Covid-19 during the cruise.
 
Stanford University conducted an antibody study, led by Dr. Eran Bendavid, an infectious disease specialist & professor of medicine with Stanford Health Policy, to better understand how far the Wuhan coronavirus had spread in Santa Clara County.
 
Antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to an infection – no antibodies, no infection from the Wuhan coronavirus in this case.  Having antibodies in the blood is useful in determining how many people have already been infected.
 
The Stanford study showed the results of 3,330 people tested on April 3 & 4 @ three locations across Santa Clara County using the latest antibody tests available & found that 48,000 to 81,000 people in Santa Clara County may already have been infected by the Wuhan coronavirus - 50 to 85 times more than the number of official cases @ that date.  This study provided a snapshot of how many people in the county already had been infected but weren’t seriously sick & didn’t even realize they had previously contracted the disease.
 
Dr. T.J. Rodgers, ever the scientist, ran a study to find out if lockdowns work to fight the spread of Covid-19.  Rodgers’ work counted deaths per million population for a fixed 21-day period, measured from when the death rate first hit 1 per million (i.e., 3 deaths in Iowa & 19 in NY).
 
Rodgers’ work revealed that states that shut down early had vastly different results – Oregon had 20 deaths per million after 21 days of shutdown & NY had 360 meaning other variables like population density & subway use were more important than how early the states locked down.
 
These results led to the comparison of deaths in states that shut down early to deaths in Sweden that didn’t impose a mandatory national lockdown – although many Swedes went to work every day they then self-imposed stay @ home & social distancing practices on themselves – how much better than the American heavy handed authoritarian approach that jailed people for going to work. 
 
Swedish schools were not shut down.
 
By Rodgers’ measure Sweden had a lower death per million rate than the six American states that locked down in three days by his measure as indicated above – NY, NJ, MA, RI, CT, & MI – or LA that locked down in four days.  Astonishingly,  88% of Sweden’s deaths were people over 70 years old.  See graphic below that shows cumulative deaths in Sweden as of May 8.


Now the above graphic for Sweden is very similar to the corresponding one for the U.S. – see & compare below.


Makes me wonder if we have gone about this all wrong.  Why were children with virtually no risk from Covid-19 sheltered @ home @ the great cost of their education – while seniors were not properly protected – or @ least protected way too late?
 
And even worse.  If the above information is known by you & me why haven’t our medical experts recognized this & changed direction?  The following graphic indicates, that based on data from 100 hospitals involving 1,000 patients, two thirds of Covid-19 hospitalizations in NY state have been people who stayed home under lockdown orders supporting Dr. Rodgers study described above.  And yet the lockdown orders continue.


Based on all of the above information there is no reason that people under 60 years old cannot resume a normal life while those 60 & older, especially the elderly that are medically fragile with serious underlying health conditions, wait for a vaccine or other treatment to be developed – that is unless the people who imposed the government lockdown of the economy, & are working to keep it locked down, are using the ensuing collapse of America’s free enterprise system as the latest contrived poor excuse to defeat President Trump in the November election as they continuously try to fundamentally transform the United States of America.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Too High Cost Of The Government's Lockdown Solution To The Covid-19 Pandemic

The purpose of this post is to explain how the government’s shutdown response to the Covid-19 pandemic has separated us from the country’s founding principles & to highlight the cost & potential cost to us all.


“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  - The Tenth Amendment. 
 
With the exception of banning travel to the United States from places like Communist China, where the Wuhan coronavirus originated, the President has no power or authority under the Constitution for health issues including no involvement in the current Covid-19 pandemic.  The national government has limited & enumerated powers under the Constitution & no general authority over state governments.  In 1944 Congress extended its authority to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations to the Executive Branch under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act by granting the Surgeon General the authority “to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the States or possessions” – hence, on January 31 Trump banned foreign nationals who had recently been in China from entering the U.S. when the prevalence of the Wuhan coronavirus was still being hidden & denied by Communist China.  Also, on March 11 Trump suspended travel to the U.S. for foreign nationals who had recently been in 26 European countries.
 
Our forefathers established a Republic based on a limited federal form of government whose only proper moral purpose is to preserve individual liberty including protecting man’s rights to his own life, his own liberty, & his own property while also protecting him from physical violence – all as described in the Constitution.  The national government’s functions do not include police powers – principally safety & health matters which are the responsibility of the states. 
 
But in accordance with the Tenth Amendment both the national government & state governments have been in violation of the Constitution in their pursuit of fighting the pandemic when they present guidelines or actually suspend, disregard, & ignore constitutional rights to liberty & property without due process of law, to freely exercise religion, to peacefully assemble, to fulfill contracts, to receive equal protection of the law, & to keep & bear arms – all violations to the Constitution that governments have done in locking down America under the semblance of flattening the Covid-19 curve so that the nation’s healthcare system would not be overwhelmed.
 
In short, the government suppressed 83% of our economy to ensure that we did not overwhelm the 17% represented by healthcare. 
 
 
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Coronaviruses mostly infect bats, pigs, & small mammals, but they mutate easily & can jump from animals to humans & from one human to another.  Four coronavirus strains cause common colds – from which we know there is no cure as we all have had to let common colds run their course no matter how much chicken noodle soup we ate. 
 
The Wuhan coronavirus is officially called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.  The disease it causes is Covid-19 with the “d” standing for disease & “19” standing for the year the disease emerged in Communist China – hence the identifying name Wuhan coronavirus.
 
The Wuhan coronavirus is believed to have originated in one or a combination of two ways: 1) the virus may have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology or its associate the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, or 2) the virus may have originated in one of Wuhan’s large wet animal & seafood markets.  See photos below – notice the masks.


Click here to see a video of the disgusting operation of sick wild animal slaughter for human consumption in Wuhan’s wet markets.   Upon looking @ the wet markets Paul McCartney said “Let’s face it, it is a little bit medieval eating bats.” 
 
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“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” - James Madison, Father of the Constitution, writing in 1794 regarding his intention that the federal government could only expend money for purposes specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
 
It is neither the purpose nor a right of Congress to “attend to what generosity & humanity require, but to what the Constitution & their duty require.” – Virginia Congressman William Branch Giles condemning a spending measure in 1796.  Giles also served as VA governor & VA senator for 11 years.
 
“We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.” - Congressman Davy Crockett speaking on the house floor in 1827
 
“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.”  To approve the measure “would be contrary to the letter & the spirit of the Constitution & subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” – President Franklin Pierce vetoing a popular measure in 1854.
 
“I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, & I do not believe that the power & duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.”  President Grover Cleveland vetoing a bill for relief charity – one of many vetoes during his two terms in office regarding bills that violated the Spending Claus of the Constitution in his opinion.
 
“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, & will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” – James Madison
 
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” - Thomas Jefferson’s letter to Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury 1801 to 1814.
 
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few & defined . . . to be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, & foreign commerce.”  The Federalist No. 45: Madison
 
“Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution.  And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes & dreams for a new & perfected tort law, but a carefully drafted text judges are charged with applying according to its original meaning.  If a party wishes to claim a constitutional right, it is incumbent on him to tell us where it lies, not assume or stipulate with the other side that it must be in there someplace.”  Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, writing in a concurring opinion in a 2016 case.
 
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Regarding the coronavirus hysteria in America that originated in Wuhan, Hubei province China, & with the above as background, you can see how disturbed I am about the federal government’s & several state governments’ assaults on our God given rights & liberties delineated in our glorious Constitution, including the unchecked unconstitutional spending plans to relieve economic hardships brought on by government’s ill-advised involvement concerning the spread of Covid-19 in America – economic hardships caused by these same governments imposing guidelines & mandates that not only are deliberately grinding commerce to a halt putting businesses out of business & people out of work but then telling the owners of these businesses that they must provide family leave & sick leave to discharged employees. 
 
America was founded on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, & free enterprise.  Government @ every level has trampled on these founding principles in trying to look like they are helping fight the Covid-19 pandemic summarized as follows:
 
Limited Government:  The Covid-19 pandemic is the largest pandemic since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 in which the federal government was little involved & the DJIA not only never went appreciably lower during the pandemic it was appreciably higher a year & a half after the peak of the U.S. infection.  Although the index of factory employment dipped in 1918 it too was higher by 1920.  The Spanish flu infected more than a quarter of the world’s population & 675,000 Americans died – source the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).  Although there was not as much social contact in the 1918 workplace as there is today few workers had sick leave & unemployment insurance didn’t exist.  Countries were preoccupied with World War I & governments had little formal roles in fighting infectious diseases – in fact progressive Democrat President Woodrow Wilson never publicly mentioned the Spanish flu epidemic.
 
Contrast the federal government’s correct hands off approach to the above described 1918 Spanish flu pandemic with today’s federal government initially issuing social distancing guidelines telling Americans to stay more than six feet apart, refrain from nonessential travel in airplanes, stop going out to dinner in restaurants, & avoid gatherings of more than ten people – like @ NBA games or church services.  These initial federal guidelines were followed shortly by “Stay @ Home” orders from governors & mayors mandating the shutting down of schools & businesses these officials did not deem essential – like gun stores, but liquor & marijuana stores that bring in large amounts of revenue to states were deemed essential.  Businesses previously deemed non-essential had been allowed to operate between 5 AM & 8 PM in some states such as NJ. 
 
Right out of the box, once the coronavirus was finally recognized as being in America, Congress did what it does best – on March 3 it threw $8.3 billion in emergency spending @ the problem to fund the development of a new vaccine, for health agencies & testing, & for small business loan subsidies – this step was taken as an emergency measure even though the coronavirus was generally known of since before Christmas & the first case has since been confirmed to have been in Wuhan, China on November 17 – eleven days before Thanksgiving.  Never mind that Swiss multinational healthcare company, Hoffmann-La Roche, has been working on a vaccine since mid-January, it was still an emergency to Congress & the health experts in the federal government in March. 
 
Congress followed by passing a second bill on March 18 that raised the stakes to $100 billion.  That bill provided free testing for Covid-19, tax credits for employers who offered paid sick leave, & increases to unemployment benefits & food assistance.
 
The third strike was the $2.2 trillion, 880 page Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act (CARES Act), that no Member of Congress read, as usual, that not only addressed repairing the economic damage caused by the government itself in its attempt to fend off the threat of Covid-19, but that also exploited the Wuhan coronavirus fear as Pelosi held up the CARES legislation to try to include non-virus related items pertaining to the Green New Deal, sanctuary cities, & the Kennedy Center opera house.  Finally the CARES Act passed into law on March 27, including direct cash payments to households, bailouts for airlines & other industries, & loans & grants for small businesses.
 
But even worse, the CARES Act allocates $510 billion to support loans to large businesses with $56 billion going to the airlines & $454 billion given to the Federal Reserve to absorb losses the Fed incurs in their uncharted lending to finance private businesses, states, & cities – as opposed to its open market operations exclusively in U.S. treasury securities (& more recently expanded to include mortgage securities).  CARES authorizes the Fed to buy cities’ & states’ debt of up to two years, & to open loans to 76 borrowers, including the 50 states & DC, counties of @ least 2 million residents & cities of @ least 1 million.  You can expect this criteria to expand to smaller cities & counties.  It is also expected that the Fed will extend loans to small & midsize businesses & nonprofit hospitals & universities.   
 
If the Fed leverages this money 10 to 1 following fractional reserve banking principles like your favorite local bank does every day of the year then $4.54 trillion will be available for lending meaning the CARES Act really expands the money supply by $6,286 billion ($2.200 T + $4.086 T).  You can see that the CARES Act results in way too many dollars provided freely by the government chasing too few goods caused by the government locking down commerce – which will result in the reduction in purchasing power of our dollars known as inflation.
 
Before the ink was dry on the signing into law of the Cares Act there was talk of relief Bill #4 & even #5.  The half measure, Bill #3.5 for $486 billion that focused on small businesses & hospitals was signed into law on Friday.  This funding may last only days before it is exhausted.
 
In the last few weeks $2.7 trillion has been added to the national debt based on unanimous consent or voice vote in the Senate – not an actual recorded vote.  The House passed Bill #3.5 by a margin of 388 to 5.
 
By the above actions Congress has violated both the Commerce & Spending clauses of the Constitution.  Congress has the responsibility to sustain the spirit of commerce by encouraging & simplifying it, not to participate in spending plans that are not for the common defense, or other general, national, not local, or state benefit.
 
Your tax money is no object or consideration to Congress.  Students of economics know that this type of deficit spending described above will only result in a lower standard of living for future generations who inherit a less robust economy than they otherwise would have realized.  We have debt only in an accounting sense – not an economic sense.  The budget is always balanced: Spending = Tax receipts + Borrowing.  As the share of the total resources available that is taken by the government increases the economy becomes less & less robust.
 
Now I have recommended the elimination of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for years but the tragic performance & lack of performance of this Department & specifically the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) & the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases – one of 27 institutes & centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within HHS – have failed miserably regarding Covid-19.  Their recommendations, like social distancing, reminded me of Doc Adams in the Gunsmoke TV show, cast in the 1870s, waiting for the latest medical opinion to come from St. Louis to Dodge as he sat by helplessly as people suffered & died.  Actually this is worse because Doc Adams did not shut down the entire frontier. 
 
Don’t we all social distance when we know someone has the flu or cold & our fear of contagion makes us avoid sick people?  Isn’t this just common sense?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
None of the above big government actions follow the Constitution & specifically are in violation of many sections & paragraphs of the Constitution as indicated above.  It is important to understand that the Constitution only secures a limited number of rights & the Bill of Rights does not grant anyone rights – all of the rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights are designed as limits on government & today, with the physical restrictions & outrageous spending employed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have no limits on government authority so all we can hope is that when the pandemic passes that government gives us our freedoms back.  The question is will the government give back what it has taken away?  If we keep moving in this government dependent socialist direction it is a leap of faith we will not clear one day.
 
So with the above refresher background, the current federal guidelines & state orders described above are in violation of the Constitution of We the People of the United States as follows: 1) the prohibition of the free exercise of religion & assembly violates the First Amendment; 2) the picking of winners & losers, as in providing money to some industries, like the airlines, but not others in the rescue bills, violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; 3) the impairing of the ability of people to fulfill contracts by forcing them to shelter in place is a violation of Article I, Section 10; 4) the threatening of seizure & jailing people, without a warrant or due process, for disregarding orders to not assemble is in violation of Amendments IV & XIV; 5) the deprivation of liberty & property without due process of law when ordered to shelter in place with no means of securing the necessities of life violates the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments; & 6) the shutting down of gun stores to prevent the sale of firearms or ammunition is a violation of the Second Amendment.
 
Here’s what the above constitutional violations have specifically meant to people all over the country: 1) members of a church in Greenville, MS sitting in their cars with windows closed in the church parking lot listening to a church service on the radio, were asked to leave by police, & those who didn’t were each served with $500 tickets; 2) a paddle boarder alone on the ocean in Malibu was arrested; 3) San Clemente officials ordered the filling in of a skateboarding park with 37 tons of sand; 4) a man in Brighton, CO was handcuffed for playing ball with his wife & six year old daughter in an empty field; 5) the mayor of Louisville, KY prohibited drive-thru church services in which people never left their cars but did not prohibit a multitude of other non-religious drive-ins & drive-thrus like drive-thru liquor stores; 6) the Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer micromanaged her constitutional violations by proclaiming which products stores could sell – people could stand ten feet away from cordoned off paint & vegetable seeds they could not buy after buying lottery tickets, liquor, & candy; 7) Whitmer also OKed boat rides for a man & his dog in the lake to go fishing as long as the boat did not have a motor; 8) the newly elected KY governor sent state police out to record license plates of people attending mass church services on Easter Sunday so the people could be contacted & forced to self quarantine for two weeks; 9) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned people they will be locked up for going to local parks – later violating her own stay @ home orders when she was caught getting her hair done saying she is in the public light & needs to look good (much like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio being driven to his gym, while other gyms are closed).
 
But the most egregious example was NJ Governor Phil Murphy blatantly saying it was “above my pay grade” & that he “wasn’t thinking of the Bill Of Rights when he implemented these bans” to work, assemble, associate, & worship.  Early on, on March 16 I heard Governor Murphy say if this pandemic wasn’t as bad as forecast it was “on him” as if that meant anything tangible.
 
We are currently a long way from the limited government principles the country was founded on.
 
Personal Responsibility:   As presented above the government has provided a social safety net that gets larger every day even without the Covid-19 pandemic excuse to expand government’s reach.  In order to not need the government’s social safety net members of my generation did not consider themselves personally responsible until they had saved an amount equal to one years’ living expenses in a rainy day fund.  And a company would do the same managing its working capital & current assets to maintain the short term liquidity to cover projected liabilities for the next year (less employee wages because employees had covered that themselves).  Had this scenario happened nobody would be happy but everyone would be personally responsible & the three & a half spending binges described above would not be necessary.
 
Contrast this with 40% of the population saying they could not readily afford an unexpected expense of $400 – i.e., four in ten would have to either borrow, sell something, or not be able to pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense.  Source – Federal Reserve report dated May 2018 on well-being of U.S. households in 2017.  In addition the report found that one in five adults cannot cover their current month’s bills, & one in four skipped a medical treatment in the past year due to an inability to pay.
 
Putting the emergency expense situation in perspective for many readers – in the spring of 1970 today’s $400 emergency expense would equate to $58.74.
 
Now this Wuhan coronavirus may have suddenly been upon us but there is another financial catastrophe that has been known for years.  Namely, page two of your personalized Social Security statement, available to anyone online or by mail after age 60, reads “Your current benefits are based on current law.  Congress has made changes to the law in the past & can do so @ any time.  The law governing benefit amounts may change because, by 2035, the payroll taxes collected will be enough to pay only about 80% of scheduled benefits.”
 
I have never met one person @ my FairTax seminars or anyone who has participated in radio or TV programs I have been on, including elected representatives, who was aware of this warning that plainly says that Social Security benefits will be reduced by 20% in the not too distant future unless changes are made to the Social Security entitlement program.  The current loss of jobs & the closing of businesses only exacerbates the matter, shortening the time to society’s day of reckoning as the deceitfully named Social Security Trust Fund runs out of IOUs all the faster & the payroll taxes are not enough to pay scheduled benefits.
 
There is no personal responsibility in this regard @ all & the elected temporary politicians are just hoping that in their game of musical chairs they are not standing (i.e., out of office) when the music stops.
 
Free Enterprise:  At America’s founding there were only limited government & personal responsibility so the natural attraction of people was not to non-existent welfare programs but rather to free enterprise – or capitalism - an economic & political system in which a country's trade & industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state. 
 
The indispensible foundation of a free society is individual rights & capitalism is the only system that can uphold & protect individual rights. 
 
The Constitution was conceived in liberty with the purpose of protecting our God-given individual rights to life & liberty from which flows the pursuit of happiness & property rights.
 
Ayn Rand put it this way – “If one wishes to advocate a free society - that is, capitalism - one must realize that its indispensable foundation is the principle of individual rights. If one wishes to uphold individual rights, one must realize that capitalism is the only system that can uphold & protect them.”
 
As America’s first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton implemented his vision where the South’s products were sent to the North as raw materials for incorporation into final products thereby linking & maximizing the synergy of both regions on the country.  Hamilton’s idea was that the agrarian interests of the South would be advanced by the Northern manufacturers & that both would be equally productive.   
 
In making a realty of his vision, Hamilton, supported by Robert Morris & Albert Gallatin, became the founder of the nation’s financial system.  In essence he gave us capitalism – a word that did not yet exist in his time.  See graph below.

 
It is the free enterprise capitalistic system from which the nation’s unsurpassed wealth & standard of living are derived.
 
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Now I am painfully aware of how far America has departed from my vision of its capabilities.  Instead of having a year, or better yet two years, of living expenses for a rainy day to weather a financial storm, 40% of Americans can’t afford a $58.74 emergency expense in 1970 dollars.  This lack of personal responsibility precludes a government dependent person from seeing the benefits of limited government & free enterprise.  It does not even consider the loss of liberty we are endangered with.
 
We descended to this point by government schools providing poor educations & then the hostile anti-American media telling the poorly educated people what the news is & they believe it with no critical thinking whatsoever.
 
And of course none of this poor education devotes any teaching to the meaning of the Constitution including the Originalist view that the Constitution should remain the same until it is properly changed by Amendment.  Georgetown Professor Randy Barnett recently explained to Mark Levin that the Constitution is not the law that governs us, it is the law that governs those who govern us.  These temporary politicians should not be able to change the meaning of the law that governs them without going through the Amendment process any more than you & I can change the laws that they make that govern us without going through the legislative process.
 
But our Constitution is not being amended for some other vision of the country – rather, it is being trashed right before our eyes.  NJ’s Governor Murphy is not the only elected representative whose pay grade is below understanding or considering the Constitution.  In addition to violating all the other sections of the Constitution delineated above Governors Cuomo (NY) & Newsome (CA) have also violated the Compact Clause (Article I, Section 10, Clause 3) when they entered into agreements with governors of their respective neighboring states to end the lockdowns previously ordered by these very same governors.
 
The money supply has expanded more in the past few weeks than any time other than right after the Revolutionary War.  Money has flowed like water & the disincentives to work like providing $600 per week extra unemployment compensation has resulted in people making more to stay home than to work.  States like California, New York, New Jersey, & Illinois are calling for federal bailouts that have nothing to do with Covid-19 & everything to do with mismanaged & underfunded state government pension plans.  And the claims that all this is being financed by near zero interest rates once again ignores the need of senior citizens to draw interest income meaning that seniors are subsidizing the government spending spree.
 
All of the financial costs listed throughout this post are very expensive – the government’s approach & response to the Covid-19 pandemic has ruined our economy & people’s lives for years to come.  But it is the loss of liberty resulting from the lockdown of the American society in response to the Covid-19 pandemic that is much too high – a price we can’t afford.