Let Medical Experts And Military Take Charge
At this time of national crisis, with the coronavirus spreading, it’s important that we all find ways to support one another and we also need Congress to pass emergency legislation to:
- to provide direct payments to all low-wage and part-time workers (a check to every family in the country is counterproductive and is a waste of taxpayer money as there are many who don’t need this help)
- institute health care and paid sick leave for all workers
- impose a moratorium on evictions, rent hikes and tax foreclosures during this difficult time
- prohibit water and utility cut-offs for the duration of this health crisis
- mobilize the Corps of Army Engineers to construct temporary hospitals and related facilities and to retrofit vacant buildings as needed
- authorize private labs to work 24/7 to provide a vaccine and fully fund this effort
- urge the president to utilize war-time powers (Defense Protection Act) to convert some factories to enable the production of medical equipment like ventilators and respirators and to redirect certain companies into making hospital and medical supplies like masks, gloves and protective suites.
We need a change in leadership to deal with this life-and-death crisis. Politicians need to step aside from decision-making and allow medical experts and the military to take charge. There is no problem with a president not having all the expertise needed to function effectively in all situations, but there is a huge problem with someone who doesn’t surround himself with the best minds so the country operates at its best. Cases in point are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. None of those presidents ever claimed to have all the answers and were astute enough to surround themselves with the best minds available. Donald Trump is all about Donald Trump, who thinks he has all the answers for all situations, which he doesn’t. If you’re not scared as yet, you should be.
COVID-19 Provides Great Learning Opportunity
Around the world governments, private industry, and individuals are making difficult decisions to reduce spreading COVID-19. One of the biggest issues facing policy makers regards training healthcare workers. Several healthcare educational programs have stopped face-to-face training.
Healthcare requires direct sometimes intimate human interaction. These programs were designed to provide students with real-world experience. Life is a learning lab. Experience is the best teacher. We haven’t had a learning experience like this in many decades. This is a perfect learning opportunity.
The goal of our current response is to slow the transmission rate. Preventing students from interacting with COVID-19 patients reduces chances they will transmit to family, friends, other students, and shoppers in the store. Temporarily, at least, students are superfluous transmitters with no immediate direct benefit. Long term, they are required to fill gaps in healthcare and replace retiring workers. The largest unknown is how long this will last. The projections are wide ranging.
How long will can we stop healthcare education? We could potentially have entire cohorts of healthcare professionals without required experience. Is it better to train a student now when they are directly mentored or throw an untrained graduate into a similar situation in a year when nobody is around?
Luckily, disease epidemics have decreased over the century. Thanks to antibiotics, many childhood diseases have been eradicated. We have forgotten how to respond appropriately. We lost institutional knowledge and sense of proportion. We shouldn’t prevent the next generation healthcare workers from learning these lessons. Between unknown emerging diseases and drug resistant organisms, this is an important learning opportunity. It is better they learn now than later.
Everything you listed has been put in place by this president and his administration. What more can you ask. Get off CNN, MSNBC and NBC nightly news and maybe you will learn something.
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LOL, i like your humor. I hate both CNN and Fox equally, they are both very biased.
The biased media will publish 2,000 articles based on anonymous sources that President Trump never said!
No one has all the answers. For example, what is the solution to the abortion controversy? What is the solution to the Middle East Mess? Answer: there ain’t none. Coronavirus? Read the CDC website. Stop whining and do your best. Americans are tough, we rise to the test.
President Trump is doing an outstanding job with the medical emergency which arose worldwide only a few weeks ago. There will always be naysayers looking for a chance to trash a President they don’t like. Especially this one who has had to fight the Swamp, the corrupt media and Socialists who wish to change our form of government. Ironically, nearly every measure the first letter to the editor writer alluded to has or is being done. Trump’s leadership should easily propel him to a victory in 2020.
Had President Trump not been elected, we would never have known just how evil and corrupt the Democrats in Congress really are!
Thank God for President Trump!
You mean Trump’s leadership by twitter? He has in no way proved even remotely capable , let alone Presidential. Not an ounce of dignity, promotes nepotism, doesn’t have any acumen, and to top it all, behaves like a spoilt 3 year old – quite the contrast to our last 2 presidents.
Here’s something to ponder. Notice that the Coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan. Notice also that Wuhan is in the heart of the Chinese Bible belt. Notice further the Chinese government’s proclivity for persecuting Christians and other religious minorities. Knowing how these commies operate, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to find out that this virus was fabricated and turned loose on the populace as a way of indirectly slaughtering as many Christians as possible. Just saying.
Bah-loney. Thump that Bible!
Thanks, Miller. You make me want to thump my Bible that much harder. I am an unapologetic slave to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Among the many thing HE taught us who follow HIM, one of these teachings is to love our enemies. Therefore I will be praying for you and all the other scoffers. I’ll even close this letter with a quote from HIM, made while HE was being executed on the cross. “Forgive them LORD, they know not what they do!”
Bob, quit smoking the joint the media is passing you to smoke. Trump has all the medical advisers which you whine about, and has mobilized all the economic and medical programs on your wish list.
If you actually watched his entire conferences instead of 10 second bs clips the media feeds you, you might know that. But I bet you don’t want to know that. You just want to “stop orange man” no matter what harm that would do to the country.
My suggestion is that before these relief checks go out to laid off workers, we need to SHUT DOWN THE LOTTERY, which is aimed at those who can least afford to waste what $$$ they have. Those checks are meant to feed families and pay the most urgent bills. We all know that if low income parents would spend their $$$ wisely, we’d have a lot fewer families on welfare, food stamps, free school lunches, etc. I’m not talking about those (especially single parents) who work hard and do all they can for their kids. I refer to those who spend their money on cigarettes, booze, drugs, tattoos, and lottery tickets , then expect the government to provide for their families. Closing down the “Education lottery” for a few weeks will remove some temptation, and maybe be a wake up call.
Lot of truth in this. The lottery is a voluntary tax. I spend $4/week just for fun. I don’t need the money. Many folks are poor because they make bad choices, and I do not wish to pay for that in terms of taxation. I am more than willing to give someone a “hands-up” if they will stop whining, get of their arse, and get to it.