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Coronavirus IS a political issue

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Coronavirus IS a political issue

Coronavirus IS a political issue
March 09
17:00 2020

Every left-wing talking-head on television seems to begin or end their opinion of the Coronavirus outbreak with: “it is not a political issue, but a medical issue.”  And almost every time, they address it as a partisan political issue.  Therefore, it IS a political issue as well as a medical issue.

The medical facts and advice are straightforward.  Coronavirus is a worldwide epidemic.  In terms of severity, it is in the range of the less severe epidemics and pandemics of the past. In fact, medical experts – not reporters – tell that 80 percent of those who contract the Coronavirus will have very mild cases – from showing no signs (asymptomatic) to mild symptoms that are not likely to need the intervention of doctors.  Generally, the medical professionals suggest the same level of cleanliness and caution that they recommend as a matter of general good habits – wash hands, cover your mouth for a sneeze and stay away from sick folks, if possible – and stay away from healthy folks if you are sick.

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The Coronavirus outbreak becomes politicized when the blame game starts.  The politics center on what a person thinks of President Trump.  Those who like him think the administration is doing a fairly good job of responding to the Coronavirus outbreak.  Those inclined not to like Trump generally push aside all the professional medical opinions and advice and point an accusatory finger at the President.

If you only listen to the Democrats, the anti-Trump media, non-medical “experts” and authors, you might believe that the White House, the entire administration and Republicans in Congress are ignoring a national crisis.  Some are even blaming Trump for causing the outbreak by convoluted theories about climate change, trade policies and inadequate funds of health services.  (Can Democrats ever address an issue without the first knee-jerk response being more funding?)

One of the innumerable examples politicizing the Coronavirus was found on MSNBC (of course).  In keeping with the network’s habit of only interviewing Trump critics, the nine o’clock morning host, Stephanie Ruhle, opened with an almost hysterical assessment of the spread of the virus and the impact on the economy – exaggerating the impact of the new cases and fanning the flames of economic panic.

Her first guest was Ron Klain, one-time chief-of-staff for Vice President Al Gore and a man of dubious medical authority.  Klain was the coordinator for the Ebola crisis during the Obama administration.  By most measures, that response was seen as too little too late.  So … a political operative with no medical background and a history of being ineffective in addressing the 2018 Ebola outbreak was offered up by MSNBC as their expert in addressing the Coronavirus.  But why undermine a good political narrative with pesky facts?

As might be expected, Klain offered no medical information or advice.  Rather, he immediately placed the blame game on Trump – saying that the White House response has been incompetent and undermines public confidence.  After spending his time politically –and dishonestly – lambasting Trump, Klain said that the issue should not be politicized.

Ruhle’s other guest was California Democrat Congressman Raul Ruiz.   Need I say more?

Ruhle & Co. criticized Trump for standing in the way of medical advice when, in fact, it was Trump who brought the top medical experts to the White House briefing room to directly address the public on the medical facts.  It was MSNBC that put two political operatives out in front – with no representation from leading medical authorities.

Trump was quick to limit immigration from affected areas, but Democrats like open borders no matter if it allows criminals or diseases to enter the country.  Trump put together a task force of the top medical authorities in the country to work on the issue – but the never Trumpers ignore the bigger picture to criticize the placing of Vice President Pence as the coordinator.

What Klain and Ruiz did do was again prove that Democrats see the federal government as a cashier without an accountant.  They argued that Uncle Sam needs to send money to those who are temporarily out of work; more money to increase the number of hospital beds; more money for medical staff; more money for students missing school; more money for … oh well, you get the idea.

Apparently, the $8 billion dollars appropriated by Congress was not sufficient.  As more often the case, the new money is probably more than is needed to address the situation – but it does feed the bureaucrats.  That is how politics works.

Let’s face it.  No matter how many times the Democrats say the Coronavirus should not be politicized, they will politicize it – even worse because it is an election year and they have an irrational and visceral hatred for Trump.

So, there ‘tis.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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