The Riddle Report 03 12 2021
Yesterday, 03 11 2021, President Joe Biden took to the airwaves for his first speech since taking office on January 20th. In his speech, he took full credit for the ongoing manufacturing and distribution of the vaccines. This is a lie.
But the speech was sort of a 50-day celebration I suppose. Prior to the speech he signed the latest Stimulus Package, which means money should be going out to deserving people this weekend. Although the package was passed without Republican support, the stimulus checks were supported by both parties.
So, he was celebrating the passage of a 1.9 Billion package that was loaded with pork.
News Item #1 “The Big Lie”
“A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked.
“Denials for days, weeks, then months that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.”
That was his opening line and it was the big lie.
Instead of silence look at the following timeline:
- January 3, 2020 – the United States offered to help China investigate the virus. Although later repeated, the offer was never really accepted.
- January 6, 2020 – the CDC issued a Level I travel notice for Wuhan, China.
- January 17, 2020 – CDC began screening 3 international airports.
- January 20, 2020 – Dr. Fauci announced the NIH was already working on developing a vaccine.
- January 31, 2020 – by the end of the month the administration had:
- Issued a Level III travel ban (widely criticized by Biden and other liberals as being paranoia)
- Organized White House Coronavirus Task Force
- Declared a public health emergency
- Announced Chinese travel restrictions
- Suspended entry into the U.S. by foreign nationals at risk of transmitting the virus.
Does that sound like silence to you? Denials? The only denials came from Biden and company. Trump did deny statements and accusations by liberals, but he and his administration were already engaged.
News Item #2 “The Implied Lie”
“You lost your job. You closed your business. Facing eviction, homelessness, hunger, a loss of control, and maybe worst of all, a loss of hope.
“Watching a generation of children who may be set back up to a year or more – because they’ve not been in school – because of their loss of learning.”
Was any of that untrue? No!
But the implied lie that it was Trump’s fault is demonstrably false.
Most of the above statements happened in states that were near or were in total lockdown. Most of those states were run by Democrats who ordered the shutdowns. But most Republican run states did only partial shutdowns and began reopening as soon as possible.
A case in point is Florida where the Governor began reopening the state despite liberal protests and media condemnation. New York, which totally shutdown, led the nation in deaths, and just about every other category.
As for the schools, this happened in virtually all states, but again the Republican led states began working to reopen the schools as quickly as possible. It hasn’t always been pretty, but it has been largely successful except for one problem.
The Teachers union.
Despite assurances from CDC and the Dr. Fauci, teachers have been opposed to reopening the schools. The result has been a shortage of teachers and children being robbed of their education. And now, parents are actively pushing for the reopening.
News Item #3 “The Vaccine”
“When I took office 50 days ago, only 8 percent of Americans after months…”
Another implied lie: that nothing had been done toward vaccinating people by the Trump Administration. Let’s look at some more facts:
- December 11, 2020 – Johnson and Johnson vaccine approved for use
- December 18, 2020 – Moderna’s vaccine approved
- January 20, 2021 – Trump’s last day in office; 1.5 million vaccinated
- March 11, 2021 – 1st 50 days of Biden Administration; 1.4 million vaccinated.
Do the math: Trump administration vaccinated 1.5 million people between 12/11/2020 and 01/20/2021 for approximately 27 days; Biden administration vaccinated 1.4 million people between 01/20/2021 and 03/11/2021. Or put another way, the Trump administration vaccinated 100,000 more people in 23 less days.
Lest I forget, the Trump administration partnered with Johnson and Johnson to increase capacity to manufacture more vaccine and in record time. Translate the word ‘capacity’ to build a factory and you get the kind of commitment made.
News Item #4 “What it Could Have Been”
It would have been a great time for President Biden to show his commitment to unity. All he had to do was acknowledge what the Trump administration had done and congratulate or thank them. Then he could have bragged about how he was continuing the work. Instead, he tried to take all the credit.
News Item #5 “the 25th “Getting the Truth”
If you want the truth, you have to get out there and find it. It isn’t really hard, but your local paper isn’t going to tell you, nor is your television. And you can’t trust the social media. Facebook, YouTube, and others only want you to talk about their agenda. Your traditional sources of information are no longer reliable.
But the good news is that there are newer resources such as Rumble, MeWe, DuckDuck, and others. Find out what works for you. But in the end, it is your responsibility to find the truth.
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