Trump Is Working To ‘Flatten the curve’ Of Economic Slowdown

Ken Blackweld, April 2, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s early and aggressive response to the coronavirus pandemic helped Ohio minimize the damage from a public health perspective. Similarly, President Trump is preparing the entire country for a rapid post-COVID economic resurgence, even while he works to provide state and local leaders the resources they need to fight the virus.

By now, even the national press is recognizing that DeWine stuck his neck out when he became one of the first governors in the country to institute bans on large public gatherings, cancel sporting events, close schools, and institute a state of emergency. Our governor demanded serious changes from Ohioans — including postponing elections — even before the Buckeye State officially recorded its first case.

The result so far has been one of the lowest per capita rates of confirmed cases in the country. Hopefully, it will mean Ohio experiences significantly less death and suffering than places that moved more slowly.

The Trump administration has worked hard from the very beginning to ensure that leaders such as DeWine have the necessary resources to implement their coronavirus strategies. In addition to signing an $8.3 billion dollar bill to fund public health efforts at the beginning of March, the President also declared a national emergency, freeing up more than $40 billion in additional funding.

While state and local leaders are responsible for managing the front-line efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus, however, the nationwide economic carnage inflicted by the measures we’re taking to save lives requires a much greater remedy than any state can provide. Only the federal government can fund initiatives such as nationwide paid leave, emergency unemployment benefits for workers who lose their jobs, and stimulus checks to make sure all Americans have support during these trying times. Only the federal government can prevent small businesses and critical American industries from going belly up over an unforeseeable, catastrophic, but temporary crisis.

Even as he marshals the vast resources of the United States government to get state officials such as Governor DeWine the resources they need to combat COVID-19, President Trump is already looking ahead to the inevitable economic fallout of this fight. As he has said, we cannot let the cure become worse than the disease. If our efforts to save lives plunge survivors into years of poverty and destitution then our efforts will have been in vain.

That’s why the President’s economic team has been working around the clock with leaders of both parties in Congress to devise an effective fiscal response while Doctors Anthony Fauci andDeborah Birx and the rest of the experts on the White House coronavirus task force focus on fighting the coronavirus.

The massive $2.2 trillion relief bill is a bold and necessary response to the storm of economic uncertainty that has already left more than three million Americans jobless. Once the legislation takes effect, these workers will receive an additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits — along with a four-month eligibility extension — to ensure they can maintain themselves and their families during this period of crisis.

Unemployment isn’t the only hardship the coronavirus is causing, though, which is why most Americans will also receive substantial payments in the very near future. Individuals making less than $75,000 will get $1,200, and since parents qualify for an extra $500 per child, a married couple with two children will receive a total of $3,400. President Trump and his team understand that Americans must have both the ability and the confidence to re-engage in the economy once the danger has passed.

Industries that are especially impacted by coronavirus-related shutdowns — such as aerospace, airlines, and hospitality — will also need direct government support in order to survive weeks or months without revenue. It would be foolhardy, as well as cruel, to allow a virus that originated in China to destroy America’s economic potential and permanently destroy millions of American jobs.

Just as Governor DeWine took aggressive, forward-looking steps to protect public health in Ohio, President Trump is doing the same thing for the nation’s economy while simultaneously ensuring that effective local officials like DeWine are getting adequate federal support for their efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Is the Pandemic Killing Biden's Bid?

Pat Buchanan, April 2, 2020

"This is the question that is going to dominate the election: How did you perform in the great crisis?"

So says GOP Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma in today's New York Times.

GOP National Committeeman Henry Barbour of Mississippi calls the crisis "a defining moment... The more (Trump) reassures Americans, gives them the facts and delivers results, the harder it will be for Joe Biden."

Indeed, it is not a stretch to say Trump's presidency will stand or fall on the resolution of the coronavirus crisis and how Trump is perceived as having led us in that battle. Recent polls appear to confirm that.

Though daily baited by a hostile media for being late to recognize the severity of the crisis, in one Gallup poll a week ago, Trump was at 49% approval, the apogee of his presidency, with 60% of the nation awarding him high marks for his handling of the pandemic.

What was the public's assessment of how Trump's antagonists in the media have performed in America's great medical crisis?

Of 10 institutions, with hospitals first, at 88% approval, the media came in dead last, the only institution whose disapproval, at 55%, exceeded the number of Americans with a favorable opinion of their performance.

The media are paying a price in lost reputation with the nation they claim to represent by reassuming the role of "adversary press" in a social crisis where, whatever one's view of Donald Trump, the country wants the president to succeed.

If Biden begins to mimic a hostile media, baiting Trump at every turn, pointing out conflicts in his views, Joe will invite the same fate the media seem to have brought upon themselves.

Since that Gallup poll, Trump has been seen daily by millions in the role of commander in chief. He speaks from the podium in the White House briefing room or the Rose Garden just outside the Oval Office. He is invariably flanked by respected leaders in medicine, science, business and economics. All appear as Trump allies, and Trump treats them as his field commanders in the war on the virus.

And Joe Biden? He pops up infrequently in interviews out of the basement of his Delaware home where, sheltering in place, he reads short scripted speeches from a teleprompter.

And Biden's presence has been wholly eclipsed by daily televised appearances of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is at the epicenter of the crisis in New York. Cuomo is taking on the aspect of both rival and partner to Trump.

What Trump is doing calls to mind Richard Nixon's "Rose Garden strategy" in 1972. Though goaded by the press, Nixon avoided attacking his opponent, George McGovern, and declined to engage him on issues. Instead, Nixon used the Rose Garden to highlight popular initiatives.

Candidate Nixon's campaign strategy in 1972 was not to campaign.

But if Biden cannot gather crowds to hear him in a time of social distancing, how does he get his message out? How does he attack Trump without appearing to undermine the president in his role as a wartime commander in chief, where America wants Trump to succeed?

How does a basement-bound Biden compete with Trump in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, East Room and Rose Garden?

Whom does Biden call upon to rival Trump's instant access to respected leaders eager to come and stand beside the president in the most serious crisis since World War II?

How does Biden recapture the spotlight of Super Tuesday?

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Biden to come out and debate. But that seems a no-win proposition.

Moreover, when Biden appears on camera, he often seems confused and forgetful, loses his train of thought and doesn't remember what he came to say. The sense that Biden is losing it is taking hold, and not only on the Republican right.

Democrats have to be looking closely at Cuomo's success, as they wonder how Biden will stand up in the debates with Trump six months from now.

And what lies ahead for Democrats when spring turns into summer?

The Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to begin July 24, have been postponed until 2021. The Democratic National Convention, scheduled for Milwaukee even earlier in July, has yet to be postponed.

But if Tokyo recognizes it would be a terrible risk to the health of athletes and spectators to have people come from all over the world to Japan this summer, would it not also be an intolerable risk to have Americans from all 50 states and U.S. territories arrive for a week of mingling in midsummer in Milwaukee?

For Biden to win this election, Trump must lose it.

And the one way Trump can lose it is the perception on the part of a majority of Americans that he has proven an ineffectual president in America's worst pandemic since the Spanish flu of 1918.

If Trump is seen as the victor over the virus, Biden is toast.

Editors Corner 

As we continue to avoid the Coronavirus more and more actions seem to take place on a daily basis. Talking with my brother the Mayor of Elkin, NC he declared a State of Emergency in order to recover any monies that might flow into the small hamlets from the Federal Government. What he didn't realize was the number of people that had concerns about this action and the do's and don'ts with these restrictions. He even went on facebook and local press explaining his actions. Everything from walking the dog to riding bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, to checking on the elderly. The list of questions is to long to list. Do not gather in a crowd of 10 or more, Common sense is the best rule of thumb, ride anything from a horse to a motorcycle keeping the six foot rule in mind. That same rule should apply anywhere until this virus has run it's course. The problem seems occur when people stand inline waiting to enter into a business or other function. People don't bunch up give yourself six feet of clearance from the person in back of you and front of you. I would instruct that if you call 911 answer all questions and give them as much information as ask for. If you fill more information is needed tell them.