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Divisive Pols Forget That Virus Kills Indiscriminately

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U.S. Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Claif.,  spoke to  the media on from Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. Speaker Pelosi was interviewed by CNN about the government response to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. (PhotoChip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Larry Bell By Monday, 06 April 2020 05:32 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., apparently views the pandemic crisis as just one more opportunity that's too important to waste. Last week, in a CNN appearance, she accused President Trump of "fiddling while people are dying."

The speaker also declared plans to appoint a new special committee with subpoena power to "examine all aspects of the federal response to the coronavirus."

Pelosi then raised the Watergate question of "What did the president know, and when did he know it?" 

The logical answer would be that he found out when the first American COVID-19 case was detected on Feb. 2.

That was less than two weeks before he boldly acted to shut down travel from China.

Incidentally, all that learning and rapid response occurred during a time when the attention of the entire Congress was distracted by forced participation in the speaker’s partisan impeachment charade.

Pelosi then later held up a $2 trillion emergency worker and business relief bill for days while attempting to cram it with unrelated partisan election and climate agendas.

Former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate front-runner Joe Biden hasn’t helped either our beleaguered country, or his aspirations to lead it, by bashing the president for "failing to prepare our nation for a pandemic."

And to be fair — or not — Trump has done more than his share of punching back at critics.

Nevertheless, he most recently has been reaching out to them across a wide and deep political divide as well.

The president wasted no vital moments extending federal aid to blue-state governors and praising the likes of California Gov. Gavin Newsom and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for their effective crisis leadership. Both of them have expressed appreciation for his support, and have returned the compliments.

As for passing around blame for imperfect pandemic preparedness following clear warnings, there are lots of opportunities for this too.

In 2006, citing the threat of avian flu, then- Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration sunk more than $200 million into a 600-bed mobile hospital program plus a massive stockpile of critical medicines and emergency supplies: 50 million N95 respirators, and 2,400 portable ventilators.

In 2011, a new Democratic Governor Jerry Brown cut off all money needed to store and maintain that equipment. Much of it was simply donated to various organizations.

Last month, Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom was warned that in a worst-case scenario, 25 million Californians could be infected with COVID-19 by mid-May. His state is now scrambling to replace and increase its lost inventory of ventilators and beds.

In response to Newsom’s request for aid, the U.S. Navy promptly dispatched the 1,000-bed USNS Mercy hospital ship to Los Angeles.

When goaded last week by CNN’s Jake Tapper to recant his previous praise for Trump’s help, Newsom didn’t bite. He responded, "I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has."

The governor added, "The fact is, every time I’ve called the president, he’s quickly got on the line. There’s just too many Americans — 40 million that live in this state — that deserve us to get together and get along."

A 2015 New York Department of Health task force predicted that if faced with a pandemic like the 1918 Spanish flu, New York would encounter a shortage of 15,000 ventilators. Their report warned," If the most severe forecast becomes a reality, New York State and the rest of the country will need to allocate ventilators and other scarce resources."

That didn’t happen.The Trump administration responded to New York’s coronavirus disaster by providing more than 4,000 ventilators, and by deploying Mercy’s medical sister ship USNS Comfort to New York Harbor.

Referring to the president, the governor said, "We’re in the same trench, and I have your back, you have my back, and we’re going to do everything we can for the people of the state of New York. His actions demonstrate that he [Trump] is doing that."

Governor Cuomo added, "His team is on it. They’ve been responsive. I want to say thank you." Cuomo chided partisans like Pelosi, "Not now," he said. "The virus doesn’t attack and kill red Americans or blue Americans — it attacks and kills all Americans."

Let’s all try to remember that.

Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of several books, including "Cyberwarfare: Targeting America, Our Infrastructure, and Our Future" (2020), "The Weaponization of AI and the Internet: How Global Networks of Infotech Overlords are Expanding Their Control Over Our Lives" (2019), "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful" (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2011). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The attention of the entire Congress was distracted by forced participation in the speaker’s partisan impeachment charade. Pelosi then later held up a $2 trillion emergency worker and business relief bill for days. Joe Biden hasn’t helped either.
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Monday, 06 April 2020 05:32 AM
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