Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, The Golden Hammer
President Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America, not the dictator of a third-world nation. In America, we value individual liberty and the freedoms which our written Constitution guarantees, such as the right to assemble peaceably, the right to pray to God without government interference, the right of Free Speech, and the right to privacy under the Fourth Amendment from searches and seizures unless there is probable cause for the government to act otherwise.
As a result, when the alarms began – wrongly – to suggest that government needed to interfere with American economic activity and to mandate a public health response to the COVID-19 disease, which has clearly had far less public health impact than pro-Big-Government bureaucrats had predicted, President Trump had to respond to the panic while also protecting American liberty and American freedom. While the President of the United States does not plan, mandate, and control economic activity, his actions create important public perceptions, which directly impact markets and create expectations which drive economic activity.
President Trump’s current challenger, Joe Biden, seems to want an “all” response, meaning he would shut down economic activity, suspend the United States Constitution, and implement “command and control” nationwide in order to respond to bureaucrats’ public health fears.
Deaths, havoc, and destruction during the Chinese Coronavirus crisis, however, came from two directions. The virus did cause some deaths, although recent Centers for Disease Control statistics suggest that the true number of fatalities from the disease is far below the media depiction of those numbers. Some government leaders, such as Collin County (Texas) Judge Chris Hill and State Senator Brandon Creighton (Republican of Conroe), have challenged the validity of those numbers.
The other direction from whence deaths came, however, was from the response. When local politicians panicked in mid-March, deaths by suicide spiked in response to the economic collapse those politicians caused. The suicide rate is the secret set of statistics government has hidden when thinking people began to ask for a comparison between suicide death statistics and COVID-19 death statistics. Similarly, Montgomery County Hospital District Chair Georgette Whatley publicly admitted that deaths of people, who were too scared to use emergency medical services for fear of contracting COVID-19 in hospitals and other health care facilities, from strokes, heart attacks, and other major medical emergencies, have exceeded deaths from the Chinese Coronavirus disease. That doesn’t even include all of the misery from lost jobs, family violence, and the inability to meet financial obligations, which the government over-reaction to the virus caused. (Notice that government paychecks, including for elected officials, never stopped during the alleged crisis.)
Bob Woodward’s latest book, Rage, was a liberal media attempt to slam President Trump’s handling of the reaction to the Chinese Coronavirus right before the November 3 General Election. The media has mercilessly reprinted the following colloquy between President Trump and Woodward during one of the interviews for the book.
President Trump finally asked Woodward: “So you think the virus totally supersedes the economy?”“Oh sure. But they’re related, as you know,” Woodward responded.“A little bit, yeah,” Trump replied.“Oh, a little bit?” Woodward asked.“I mean, more than a little bit. But the economy is doing — look, we’re close to a new stock market record,” Trump said.