Sen. Rand Paul reflects the prevailing view of the Tea Party “deficit hawks” on COVID. The government should do nothing about the virus. No one should get a helping hand from the government either. That’s even worse. The real tragedy is the budget deficit, not the death and suffering.
In China, which is where the pandemic started, there are a total of 4,634 reported deaths from COVID. The virus was contained in Wuhan and has been under control since February. There were only +12 reported new cases yesterday. In the United States, however, there were +254,680 reported new cases yesterday and +2,794 new deaths. The current death toll in the United States is now 321,117 deaths. We have by far the highest death toll in the world with developing countries like Brazil and India a distant second and third. By the time this is over, we are currently projected to clock in around 500,000 deaths, which would leave COVID as the third deadliest event in American history behind the Spanish Flu and Civil War.
In the United States, there has been a descent into retarded conspiracy theories and performative libertarianism because so many people are unable to process that our government is too dysfunctional and incompetent to handle a recurring problem. There were three influenza pandemics in the 20th century in 1917, 1957 and 1968. It is a natural phenomena that recurs approximately every fifty years or so. The government should have the capacity to handle the problem like floods or earthquakes.
Occasionally, I check the Chinese media to see what the United States looks like from their perspective. The official line in China is that the United States is a capitalist tyranny and a humanitarian disaster zone. The raging pandemic, death toll and economic misery in the United States is being touted as proof by China that their system is superior. America chose to “let it rip” and ended up worse off than any other country on earth. Wages are being subsidized in most other developed countries to fight COVID, but not in the United States because of “deficit hawks” like Rand Paul and Ron Johnson.
Here in the United States, the “deficit hawks” have held up COVID relief for six months and shot down twice yesterday the attempt to give working class families $600 more on Christmas than is currently being offered in the stimulus negotiations. Beijing must be laughing its ass off.
Note: Watch the Silent Invader video below to grasp how far the United States has declined in its public health response since the 1957 pandemic. We used to be a First World country.