Riddle News: Covid-19 April 2020

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10 23 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from April here:

01 April

  • President Trump spoke to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon about the need to procure gowns for hospitals.
  • President Trump spoke to military families whose relocation or reunion with loved ones was impacted by the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced that the construction & refurbishing of two additional hospital ships like the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort are being considered.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 1.2 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • The White House, HHS, and the FDA worked with Senator Rob Portman to acquire and authorize for use over two million gowns donated to the Strategic National Stockpile by Cardinal Health.
  • Dr. Birx announced that the White House issued a challenge to universities and states to develop ELISA, or Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays, tests to detect coronavirus antibodies in larger communities more quickly.
  • The Treasury Department released FAQs to help small and medium businesses understand the paid sick and family leave tax credits now offered under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • The Department of Labor posted a temporary rule to implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in order to provide paid sick and family leave.
  • The VA opened its East Orange, NJ medical center to serve non-veteran coronavirus patients to assist the state and FEMA in their response to coronavirus.
  • The Bureau of Prisons announced it was instituting a 14-day lockdown of all prison inmates. According to TIME, the order affected 22 facilities and 146,000 inmates.

02 April

  • President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to direct 3M to produce more N95 respirator masks.
  • President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to help 6 companies (General Electric, Hill-Rom Holdings, Medtronic, ResMed, eRoyal Philips, and Vyaire Medical) get the supplies they need to make ventilators.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for: Virginia, Tennessee, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • President Trump discussed the production of ventilators with GM CEO Mary Barra.
  • President Trump announced that The Javits Center temporary hospital will be converted into a coronavirus hospital.
  • President Trump announced that the Department of Defense will be establishing 48 more ICU beds in New York.
  • President Trump announced that the Federal Government will be establishing a coronavirus hospital in Louisiana and Texas.
  • President Trump took an additional coronavirus test and tested negative.
  • President Trump ordered the Federal Government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations in states with recently approved disaster declarations.
  • President Trump ordered the Federal Government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations in states with recently approved disaster declarations.
  • President Trump sent Senator Chuck Schumer a letter debunking false claims made against the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response.
  • Secretary Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that the Paycheck Protection Program, created by the CARES Act to provide $350 billion in loans to small businesses, will be launched tomorrow.
  • Secretary Mnuchin announced that the first relief payments will be dispersed within two weeks.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 1.3 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that all Blue Cross Blue Shield Members will be waiving out of pocket costs for coronavirus treatment.
  • Rear Adm. Polowczyk announced FEMA’s Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force has delivered: 27.1 million surgical masks, 19.5 N95 million respirator masks, 22.4 million surgical gloves, 5.2 million face shields, and over 7,600 ventilators.
  • First Lady Melania Trump had a phone call with Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada, who is recovering from the coronavirus.
  • The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $25 billion in federal funding to support public transportation systems in response to the coronavirus.
  • The Department of Justice and HHS distributed 192,000 N95 respirator masks confiscated from price gougers to health care workers in New York and New Jersey.
  • The FDA approved the first coronavirus antibody test, developed by Cellex.
  • The FDA issued new guidance to increase the supply of blood donations, reducing the deferral period for gay men from 12 months to 3 months.
  • The Department of Education donated 5,760 N95 respirator masks discovered in storage to aid the fight against the coronavirus.
  • Secretary Pompeo announced that the State Department has now brought home 30,000 Americans stranded overseas as a result of coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
  • HHS announced it was relaxing enforcement of HIPAA violations to encourage health care providers to share coronavirus data and information with federal and state health care officials.
  • The Administration issued recommendations to nursing homes to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
  • HUD announced it was immediately making $3 billion of CARES Act funding available to help America’s low-income families and most vulnerable citizens across the nation.
  • The Energy Department announced it would immediately make 30 million barrels of the strategic petroleum reserve’s (SPR’s) oil storage capacity available to struggling U.S. oil producers.

03 April

  • President Trump announced new voluntary CDC guidelines that all Americans wear non-medical, fabric or cloth face masks to prevent asymptomatic spread of coronavirus.
  • The President met with…Phillips 66, Devon Energy, Continental Resources, Hilcorp Energy, Occidental Petroleum, The American Petroleum Institute, The Energy Transfer Partners, Chevron, & Exxon Mobil to discuss coronavirus’ impact on the energy industry.
  • President Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss convening the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in an effort to defeat coronavirus and discuss impact on the world.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: New Hampshire, West Virginia, Indiana, Arkansas, and Oregon.
  • President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum blocking the export of N95 and other respirator masks, surgical masks, PPE gloves, and surgical gloves to ensure they are available in the U.S. – designating them as “scarce” under the Defense Production Act.
  • President Trump announced that Anthem will waive co-pays for coronavirus treatment for 60 days.
  • President Trump announced that uninsured Americans will have their coronavirus treatment covered, using funding from the CARES Act.
  • Trump Administration officials spoke to the directors of the two largest health care providers in Louisiana, Ochsner and LCMC Health, to discuss their need for medical supplies.
  • President Trump directed FEMA to send Ochsner Surgical Gowns.
  • President Trump announced that the DOJ and HHS have together secured: 200,000 N95 masks, 130,000 surgical masks, and 600,000 gloves from hoarders and have distributed the supplies to health care workers.
  • Vice President Pence announced 1.4 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • V.P. Pence announced that 18,000 machines are now available across the country to administer Abbott 15 Minute Coronavirus Tests, with another 1,200 soon to be distributed to states.
  • Vice President Pence announced that a Project Airbridge flight landed in Columbus, Ohio with medical supplies.
  • Secretary Azar announced a public-private partnership with Oracle to collect crowd-sourced data on coronavirus therapeutic treatments.
  • The SBA launched the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, issuing more than 17,500 loans valued at $5.4 billion.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is working with states to assess 750 requests for temporary hospital facilities, having completed 673 already.
  • The FDA announced it would coordinate the national effort to develop blood-related therapies for COVID-19.
  • The Defense Department’s Joint Acquisition Task Force launched a new portal giving the private sector the ability to submit information and solutions to the DoD.
  • The State Department announced that they have awarded contracts for 8 new medical facilities, totaling 9,693 new beds.
  • The Department of Labor issued guidance to help employers reduce use of N95 respirators, freeing up supply.
  • HUD announced it is making $200 million in Indian housing block grants for Indian Tribes under the CARES Act.
  • EPA Administrator Wheeler held a call with retailers and marketplace platforms to discuss ways to protect consumers from fake disinfectants.
  • First Lady Melania Trump held a phone call with Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France to discuss the coronavirus response.

04 April

  • President Trump spoke to commissioners of major league sports organizations including the MLB, NFL, & NBA, recognizing what the leagues, teams, and players are doing in their communities to combat coronavirus.
  • President Trump tweeted encouragement to children unable to start Little League baseball season on time due to coronavirus.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations…for the following states: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Maine, and Nevada.
  • President Trump announced that he was considering creating a second coronavirus task force focused on the economy.
  • President Trump urged PM Modi of India to allow Hydroxychloroquine to be shipped to the United States.
  • President Trump announced that the U.S. government has repatriated over 40,000 Americans from 75 countries.
  • Vice President Pence spoke to the Governors of the states of New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maryland.
  • FEMA obligated $44 million to Iowa under the state’s major disaster declaration to combat the coronavirus.

05 April

  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.
  • President Trump announced 3,000 military and medical personnel will deploy to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to assist in COVID-19 response effort.
  • President Trump announced that the Trump Administration will be sending New York 600,000 N95 masks tomorrow, including 200,000 to Suffolk County alone.
  • President Trump announced…will soon send 300 ventilators to Michigan, 200 ventilators to Louisiana, 600 ventilators to Illinois, 100 ventilators to Massachusetts, and 500 ventilators to New Jersey.
  • President Donald Trump announced the establishment of a federal coronavirus medical station in Washington D.C.
  • President Trump announced Washington has returned 400 ventilators to the strategic national stockpile.
  • President Trump announced that 1.67 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump announced that the government has stockpiled 29 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine.
  • Dr. Birx announced testing in the New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Washington has exceeded the testing rate of Spain and Italy.
  • Adm. Polowczyk reported Project Airbridge flights of medical supplies: 1m gowns, 2.8m surgical masks, and 11.8m gloves.
  • Adm. Polowczyk spoke to top health officials from states severely impacted by the coronavirus to discuss the supply chain.
  • Secretary Wilkie announced that the VA is making 1,500 beds available at VA hospitals to help states and localities across the country.
  • V.P. Pence spoke to governors from states severely impacted by the coronavirus, including Michigan, Louisiana, and Illinois.
  • FEMA and The Army Corps of Engineers completed renovations at the McCormick Place Pavilion in Chicago, providing an additional 500 hospital beds for the city.

06 April

  • President Trump announced agreement with 3M to produce and import 55.5 million N95 masks per month for the next three months.
  • President Trump held a call with CEOs from pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies to discuss potential coronavirus therapeutics.
  • President Trump had a “very friendly” phone call with former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced that 1.79 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump approved Governor Murphy’s request to allow New Jersey patients aboard the USNS Comfort.
  • President Trump approved Governor Cuomo’s request to allow the treatment of coronavirus patients on the USNS Comfort.
  • President Trump announced that CVS will open two new drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island. Both will use Abbott’s rapid coronavirus test.
  • The FDA has authorized Inovio’s potential coronavirus vaccine for a clinical trial, while 10 potential coronavirus therapeutic agents are in “active trials” and 15 potential therapeutics in plans for clinical trials.
  • President Trump praised the work of the private sector, including Apple and Salesforce, who’ve agreed to donate personal protective equipment to help defeat the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced The Army Corps of Engineers is building 22 field hospitals and alternative care sites in 18 states.
  • President Trump reported 8,450 hospital beds and 8,000 ventilators deployed across the country from federal stockpiles.
  • Vice President Pence announced that to date $4.1 billion has been allocated to states under federal disaster declarations.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 21,000 National Guard Servicemen have been activated across the country to assist in the fight against coronavirus.
  • VP Pence announced that thanks to California’s donation of 500 ventilators, the federal government will send 200 ventilators to MD, 100 ventilators to DE, 100 ventilators to NV, 50 ventilators to DC, and 50 ventilators to Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • The CDC began publishing a new, data-centered coronavirus surveillance report on coronavirus.gov.
  • HHS announced an additional $186 million in CDC funding for state and local jurisdictions combatting the coronavirus.
  • HHS announced it will be purchasing 15-minute coronavirus tests from Abbott for state, territorial, and tribal labs and for the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • The Department of Education announced a streamlined process making it easier for states to use federal education funding for distance learning.

07 April

  • President Trump participated in a conference call with bank execs…how to deliver financial aid and tech. assistance to small businesses.
  • President Trump announced the SBA has processed “more than $70 billion” in loans to help small businesses as part of the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Minnesota related to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump announced that in addition to the 8,675 ventilators in the strategic national stockpile, the federal government will be acquiring 110,000 ventilators in the next three months to be distributed to states in need.
  • President Trump announced that 1.87 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump announced his intent to ask Congress for … $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program … to small businesses.
  • V.P. Pence participated in a conference call with over 500 business owners to discuss their needs amid the coronavirus response effort.
  • CMS Administrator Verma announced that CMS will make available  additional $30 billion in grants this week for health care organizations with increased operating costs due to the coronavirus.
  • The State Department announced an additional $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus around the world.
  • As part of Project Airbridge, UPS and FEMA began shipments of 25 flights with more than three million pounds of medical supplies.
  • The DOT finalized a requirement that airlines who receive assistance under the CARES Act continue flights to destinations they were serving before the outbreak, ensuring commercial flights are available.
  • The EPA distributed over 1,100 N95 masks to the California Office of Emergency Services.

08 April

  • President Trump spoke to over 10,000 faith leaders & more than 3,000 state, local, and tribal officials to discuss the coronavirus response effort.
  • Secretary Pompeo announced that since January, over 50,000 Americans have been repatriated by 90 countries in over 480 flights.
  • Under the DPA, HHS announced a $646.7M contract with Philips to produce 2,500 ventilators for the Strategic National Stockpile by end of May, and 43,000 by December.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Vermont related to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump announced a Project Airbridge shipment of protective gowns landed in Dallas, Texas.
  • President Trump announced 10 drugs to … be used against coronavirus are currently in clinical trial.
  • President Trump thanked Indian PM Modi for allowing a shipment of the life-saving drug hydroxychloroquine to be released to the U.S.
  • V.P. Pence announced $98B in forgivable loans were disbursed through the Paycheck Protection Program, plus 27,000 National Guard service members were activated across country to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • The CDC issued new guidance for how essential and critical workers who have been exposed to the coronavirus can return to work, with precautions.
  • Four additional flights as part of Project Airbridge have landed across the country while delivering PPE and other medical supplies.
  • Customs and Borders Protection announced with FEMA that it will detain shipments of PPE in order to keep critical medical supplies within the U.S. for domestic use.
  • HHS announced an agreement with DuPont and FedEx to rapidly manufacture and deliver 2.25M new Tyvek Protective Suits to the Strategic National Stockpile over the next five weeks.
  • HHS expanded telehealth services for Native Americans through The Indian Health Service.
  • HHS authorized pharmacists to order and administer coronavirus tests, further expanding the availability of testing.
  • HHS awarded $1.3B from the CARES Act to 1,387 health centers in all 50 states, 8 territories, and the District of Columbia to fight coronavirus.
  • CMS issued updated guidance based on CDC guidelines to protect patients and health care workers in hospitals from the coronavirus.
  • The USDA announced approval of Arizona’s & California’s request for food stamp recipients to purchase food online, allowing these recipients to purchase groceries for delivery.
  • The VA announced that it has begun using funding from the CARES Act to pay overtime, hire new staff, and purchase supplies including PPE, beds, and pharmaceuticals.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a $500 million contract with General Motors to produce 30,000 ventilators under the Defense Production Act.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the number of deaths in the United States resulting from the coronavirus would be below his original projection of 100,000 to 200,000.

09 April

  • President Trump spoke with mental health advocates from across the country to discuss their work amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for Alaska and Idaho.
  • President Trump announced that 24 Project Airbridge flights have been completed to date, with an additional 49 flights scheduled.
  • President Trump announced that there are currently 19 potential coronavirus therapies being tested and another 26 potential therapies in active planning for clinical trials.
  • President Trump announced that, to date, over 2 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that $125B in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans has been approved to date.
  • Vice President Pence announced that a total of 29,000 National Guard service members have been activated across the country to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • Vice President Pence announced that to date 4,100 military medical personnel have been deployed to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • The Treasury Department announced that it extended over 300 tax filing, payment, and administrative deadlines to give relief to taxpayers.
  • Working with the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve announced new lending programs providing up to $2.3T in loans to businesses and state & local governments.
  • HHS announced it would relax enforcement of HIPPAA for pharmacies and other organizations that are working at coronavirus testing sites, helping these groups focus on testing.
  • Secretary of Education DeVos announced that $6.3B in CARES Act funding will be immediately distributed to colleges and universities to provide cash grants to students affected by the coronavirus.
  • The EPA announced that more than 11,500 pieces of PPE have been transferred to FEMA, which will be later transferred to state and local agencies across New England combating the coronavirus.
  • The USDA launched the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program in Michigan, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The USDA announced relief for farmers across the country by giving borrowers 12 months to repay marketing assistance loans (MAL), helping protect farmers from being forced to sell crops to make loan payments.
  • CMS temporarily suspended a number of regulations so that hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers can book the number of staff to confront the coronavirus.

10 April

  • President announced 60 mask sterilization systems, with ability to clean over 80,000 masks about 20 times, will be sent to 10 cities.
  • President spoke with Russian President Putin to discuss the global coronavirus response and the global energy market.
  • President Trump announced that a field hospital in Seattle will be leaving, as Washington State’s coronavirus outbreak becomes more manageable.
  • President Trump announced that his Administration is working to bring blood-based serology tests to market “as quickly as possible” so Americans can determine if they have had the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced that he will soon be establishing an “Opening Our Country Council” with more details to be released shortly.
  • President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to facilitate the supply of medical equipment and other humanitarian relief to Italy.
  • Dr. Fauci spoke to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon…coronavirus mitigation.
  • V.P.  Pence, CDC Director Redfield, & Surgeon General Adams spoke to over 400 leaders of the African American community, including Jesse Jackson, NAACP representatives, & the National Black Nurses Association to discuss the impact of the coronavirus.
  • Vice President Pence spoke to Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the specific needs of his state’s battle against the coronavirus.
  • VP Pence announced more than 2.1M coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 29,600 National Guard Troops have been activated, and 4,700 active duty medical personnel have been deployed to nine states.
  • Vice President Pence announced that to date, 26 Project Airbridge flights have landed in the U.S. with PPE, with four flights scheduled to land today with 250,000 gowns and 25M pairs of gloves.
  • HHS began delivering $30B in relief funding to health care providers, part of the $100B allocated to health care providers by the CARES Act.
  • The FDA approved an emergency authorization for a blood purification device to treat coronavirus patients.
  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced $1B for Amtrak to continue rail service and respond to the spread of the coronavirus.
  • The Treasury Department launched a web portal to help Americans who did not file tax returns receive their coronavirus relief payments under the CARES Act.
  • The Treasury Department announced it will launch a new “get my payment” app where Americans can enter their direct deposit information to get coronavirus relief payments quicker.
  • The VA deployed medical staffers to New Orleans to help “surge” personnel in the area, which is currently being heavily impacted by the coronavirus.

11 April

  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Wyoming related to the coronavirus outbreak, marking the first time in U.S. history a President has declared that a major disaster exists in all 50 states.
  • The DoD announced it is using The Defense Production Act to get the private sector to produce 39 million N95 masks within 90 days, a $133M investment.
  • Three Project Airbridge flights landed in Chicago, Illinois, delivering over 62 million gloves.
  • The Department of Justice announced it is monitoring state and local social distancing regulations to ensure religious organizations are not unfairly targeted. 
  • The USDA added Florida & Idaho to the food stamp online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.
  • CMS expanded the requirements that private health insurers provide free coronavirus testing, saying that this includes anti-body testing and costs related to coronavirus testing, like emergency room or urgent care visits.

12 April

  • A deal brokered by President Trump was announced between The OPEC countries, Russia, and the U.S. to cut production and stabilize the oil market amid dual disruptions from coronavirus and the price war between Saudi Arabia & Russia.
  • The FDA issued an emergency authorization to devices from Advanced Sterilization Products, which can decontaminate approximately 4 million N95 respirators each day.
  • The FBI uncovered an international fraud scheme related to the attempted purchase of 39 million N95 masks by a Service Employees International Union Affiliate.

13 April

  • President Trump announced that new coronavirus infection rates remained “flat” over the weekend across the country.
  • President Trump announced that HHS is signing five new contracts for ventilators with GE, Hillrom, Medtronic, ResMed, & Vyaire, which will be added to the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • President Trump reported nearly 3 million coronavirus tests have been completed, with roughly 150,000 new tests daily.
  • President Trump announced that multiple advisory committees, including a “faith leaders committee” will be formed to consult on the reopening of the country.
  • Trump announced the members of his Council to Re-Open America. Those members are Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Ivanka Trump, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Director of the United States National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
  • President Trump and Vice President Pence met with representatives from Abbott to discuss increasing the production of cartridges for Abbott’s rapid coronavirus test machines.
  • Vice President Pence and members of the Coronavirus Task Force led a conference call with 48 governors.
  • Vice President Pence announced that there are currently just under 7,000 ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile, and that no one has been denied a ventilator who needed one.
  • Dr. Fauci participated in a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the African American community.
  • Adm. Polowczyk announced that 37 Project Airbridge flights have been completed, with another 43 scheduled.
  • 5 flights landed across the country carrying shipments of PPE as part of Project Airbridge.
  • The U.S. government now has 28 million doses of hydroxychloroquine stockpiled.
  • Treasury Department announced 80 million Americans will receive economic impact payments in their bank accts within the week.
  • The Treasury Department launched a new web portal which will quickly deliver CARES Act funding to state, local, and tribal governments.
  • The Defense Department announced it was buying 60 Battelle decontamination systems which can sanitize 80,000 N95 respirators per day.
  • HUD announced new guidelines clarifying that borrowers of multifamily mortgages insured by HUD and FHA and renters have certain protections from eviction and foreclosure.
  • The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission announced that they will be enforcing antitrust laws against businesses that try to exploit the coronavirus outbreak to harm American workers.
  • The USDA released a “one-stop-shop” resource guide to help farmers, rural communities, and others know what resources and assistance are available to them as a response to the coronavirus.
  • USDA approved Rhode Island’s request to join Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Department of Commerce and Census Bureau announced adjustments to the 2020 Census operational schedule to protect census workers and the American people during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The VA announced a “dramatic” increase in virtual and tele-mental health appointments, a sign that veterans are still able to access care remotely during the coronavirus.

14 April

  • President announced halt in funding to the WHO while a review is conducted to assess its mistakes and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump announced the Dynamic Ventilator Reserve, a public-private partnership to help hospitals with surplus loan them to hospitals in need.
  • President Trump met with health care executives to discuss ventilator supply.
  • President Trump announced the members of the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups, who will advise the President on how to re-open the economy.
  • President Trump met with coronavirus survivors at the White House to discuss their treatment and condition.
  • President Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the global coronavirus response and the re-opening of the global economy.
  • President Trump extended an order for the federal government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations to states with recently approved disaster declarations.
  • HHS announced it was distributing the $3.5 billion in childcare and development block grant funding included in the CARES act.
  • FEMA confirmed it send out 19.1 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to cities across the country.
  • More than 30,000 National Guard troops total have been activated to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • Two flights landed carrying 16 million gloves, 698,590 gowns, and 690 thermometers as part of Project Airbridge.
  • The Treasury Department announced that many of the nation’s major airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and Southwest intend to participate in the Payroll Support Program, helping pay… worker’s salaries and benefits.
  • The Transportation Department announced $10 billion in relief for America’s airports from the Trump Administration’s newly created CARES Act airport grant program.
  • The Department of Energy announced it is negotiating crude oil storage contracts totaling 23 million barrels to help US energy producers affected by lower demand.
  • The EPA announced that it has temporarily waived certain approvals for manufacturers producing disinfectants for use against the coronavirus.
  • The Department of Education Announced $3 billion in education block grants for states to help schools, students, and educators at all levels.
  • The VA announced…1,500 hospital beds around the country available to FEMA.
  • GM began mass production on an order of 30,000 Ventec ventilators, 600 ventilators are expected to be shipped this month and the full order will be completed by August.

15 April

  • The U.S. Senate has taken up a $250B measure to help small business.
  • President Trump announced that new guidelines for re-opening the country will be announced tomorrow, in consultation with governors and lawmakers.
  • President Trump announced the completion of more than 3.3 million coronavirus tests.
  • President Trump announced that 44 Project Airbridge flights have delivered supplies to date.
  • HHS awarded $90 million to Ryan White HIV/AID Program recipients to combat coronavirus.
  • The Treasury Department launched the “Get My Payment” web app, allowing taxpayers to submit their direct deposit information online for their Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments.
  • The Treasury Department announced that supplemental security income recipients will receive coronavirus relief payments as they would their SSI benefits, directly into their bank accounts or by debit cards or by check.
  • CMS announced Medicare will nearly double payments for “high-throughput” coronavirus tests, incentivizing health care providers to increase the supply and speed of testing.
  • The Department of Labor awarded more than $131 million in dislocated worker grants to help workers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

16 April

  • President Trump held conference call with governors and laid out guidelines for them to follow. The plan is divided into three phases: Phase I allows restaurants to reopen with strict social distancing enforced; Phase II allows; and Phase III allows return.
  • President Trump participated in a video conference with leaders of the G7 to discuss a coordinated response to coronavirus, including pooling data and research, preparations to re-open their economies, and the WHO’s response to the coronavirus.
  • President Trump spoke with Republican and Democrat members of the Opening Up America Again Congressional Group on the coronavirus response and efforts to re-open the economy.
  • President Trump held a “Thank God for Truckers” ceremony on the South Lawn to thank truckers for moving goods and ensuring a stable supply of food, medical equipment, and other supplies during the pandemic.
  • President Trump announced that 3.5 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date, the most of any country worldwide.
  • President Trump reiterated his request for an additional $250 billion to replenish the paycheck protection program to help struggling small businesses.
  • President Trump announced that 4,000 community banks have participated in the paycheck protection program.
  • Under the DPA, HHS announced a $336 million contract with GE for 50,000 ventilators to be produced by July 13; in total, HHS has signed contracts for 41,000 ventilators by May and over 187,000 ventilators by end of the year.
  • Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza urged Congress to provide additional funds to the paycheck protection program to help small businesses.
  • USAID announced that it committed nearly $508 million in emergency health, humanitarian, and economic aid around the world to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The FDA encouraged Americans who have recovered from coronavirus to donate their plasma for the development of new treatments and therapies.
  • OSHA issued an alert listing safety tips that employers can follow to help keep manufacturing workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

17 April

  • Some governors resist the phased plan. One governor denied U.S. government support using the word “none” although the U.S. Navy and Army had provided direct support. Media treats it as if governors had a real complaint.
  • Jacksonville Florida partially reopens beaches. People flock to them, but pictures show them honoring social distancing. Other cities in Florida and elsewhere considering partial reopening of beaches. Meanwhile in Michigan a huge traffic jam occurs by people protesting Governor’s harsh social distancing clampdown.
  • President Trump and Secretary Perdue announced a $19 billion relief package for ranchers and farmers impacted by the coronavirus.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for American Samoa related to the coronavirus outbreak, meaning major disaster declarations have been approved in all 50 states and in all US territories for the first time in history.
  • President Trump participated in a conversation with faith leaders to discuss the coronavirus response and “express his eagerness to get” houses of worship reopened as soon as possible.
  • President Trump spoke to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico to discuss Mexico’s need for additional ventilators.
  • President Trump announced that 3.7 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • V. P. Pence announced that a total of 33,000 National Guard troops and 5,500 active duty servicemembers have been activated … to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • Dr. Fauci participated in a call with the Senate Democrat Caucus to discuss the US coronavirus testing capacity.
  • CDC Director Redfield announced that 500 CDC staff are now embedded in state, local, and tribal health agencies across the country.
  • Dr. Birx announced that 47 states have the ability to perform at least 30 tests per month per 1,000 residents.
  • The NIH announced a new public-private partnership with over a dozen leading biopharmaceutical companies to speed up the development of coronavirus vaccines and therapies.
  • At the director of FEMA, GM announced that they delivered the first GM-Ventec ventilators to Chicagoland hospitals.
  • To support FEMA’s Project Airbridge, UPS announced it would add over 200 flights in April.
  • The Treasury Department and VA announced that veterans who had not filed tax returns would automatically receive economic impact payments without additional paperwork.
  • The DOJ filed an injunction to halt the online sale of a supposed “miracle” treatment for the coronavirus which is “unapproved, unproven, and potentially dangerous”.
  • The DOI announced it will continue to allow public access to parks.
  • The USDA added Washington, DC, and North Carolina to the SNAP online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online and for delivery.
  • The USDA approved the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer for North Carolina and Massachusetts, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

18 April

  • President Trump announced that over 4 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date, double the number of tests done by any other country.
  • President Trump announced that 1.6 million small businesses have participated in the paycheck protection program and reiterated his request that Congress replenish funding for the program.
  • President Trump offered to send ventilators to Iran if the Iranian government accepted the assistance.
  • President Trump consulted with FEMA and military officials about the coronavirus response.
  • President Trump spoke to the leaders of Poland, South Korea, and Bahrain about the global response to the coronavirus.
  • The USDA added West Virginia to the SNAP online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online and for delivery.

19 April

  • President Trump announced that 4.18 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date – more tests than France, The U.K., South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Austria, Australia, Sweden, and Canada combined.
  • President Trump announced his Administration is working on using the DPA to increase the production of testing swabs.
  • President Trump participated in a call with Republican senators on opening up America again.
  • 64 Project Airbridge flights have been completed to date carrying over 600 million pieces of gloves, gowns, and other PPE, with 50 additional flights scheduled in the future.
  • CMS Administrator Verma announced new requirements for nursing homes to report outbreaks of coronavirus to patients, patients’ families, and the CDC.
  • President Trump held calls with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Archbishop Bartholomew I, Turkish President Erdogan, and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

20 April

  • President Trump announced that HHS has distributed the $30 billion in relief funding to health care providers under the CARES act.
  • President Trump announced that there are currently 72 active trials for coronavirus therapies, with 211 additional therapies in the planning stages for active trials.
  • Vice President Pence and members of the coronavirus task force spoke to all 50 state governors and provided each with a list of labs with additional testing capacity in their respective states.
  • Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers Gen. Todd Semonite announced that USACE has, to date, executed the construction of 32 facilities across the country, creating approximately 16,000 more beds.
  • The Trump Administration announced it’s helping increase testing swab production by 30M per month – assisting an Ohio manufacturer to convert production lines to produce 10M swabs a month & using the DPA to help Puritan Medical Products produce 20M testing swabs a month.
  • CMS Deputy Administrator and CMMI Director Brad Smith announced that 650,000 infrared thermometers have been secured by the federal government in anticipation of future demand for these devices as states re-open.
  • Vice President Pence and Dr. Birx visited FEMA HQ and thanked FEMA staff for their hard work.
  • Vice President Pence announced that all DoD and federal labs will be made available for states to use in order to increase testing capacity.
  • Vice President Pence and Adm. Giroir announced that current testing capacity means that all 50 states are “ready right now to enter phase one” if they meet other criteria of the President’s opening up America guidelines.
  • HHS announced a partnership with Oracle and their donation of a therapeutic learning system, an online platform designed for collecting crowd-sourced data on potential coronavirus therapies.
  • Vice President Pence announced that the CDC is deploying teams of 10-12 experts to all states and territories to assist in contact tracing.
  • HHS’ substance abuse and mental health services administration (SAMHSA) announced $110 million in emergency grants for those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Defense Department announced the hospital ship the USNS Comfort has started admitting patients from New Jersey.
  • The Defense Department announced the US will be providing humanitarian support and relief to Italy, including transportation, supplies, and telemedicine.
  • The EPA announced expanded research efforts into the coronavirus’ impact on the environment and human health.
  • The VA announced it acquired a 470,000 sq. ft. facility in Texas to help provide overflow bed capacity to treat coronavirus cases, which will eventually serve as an outpatients and specialty care clinic for veterans.
  • Acting DHS Secretary Wolf announced that US, Canada, and Mexico had extended non-essential travel restrictions for an additional 30 days.
  • The Justice Department announced it cleared antitrust barriers which could have blocked the drug distribution company AmerisourceBergen from distributing medicine and supplies as part of the coronavirus response, including hydroxychloroquine.
  • The USDA approved Arizona and Illinois to join the pandemic EBT program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs in these states who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • CMS announced it is incentivizing Medicare health care providers to report more coronavirus data to help treat and fight the spread of the disease.

21 April

  • U.S. health regulators OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to self-test at home. The test, developed by LabCorp will initially be available only for health care workers and first responders, however expected to expand to general population later. President Trump supports it.
  • After negotiations with the Trump Administration, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which includes an additional $382B for the PPP, $75B for hospitals, and $25B for coronavirus testing efforts.
  • [Author’s comment]: The previous aid package to help small businesses hit a snag. Many small businesses are thinking about returning the money because the aid comes with a stipulation that they rehire previous employees at 100%. But since Unemployment pays more than what they pay it is difficult to get employees back. Also, the 100% rehire comes at a time when people can only be expected to start shopping again at a slower pace. It will take time to get back to their normal business traffic and sales. They are hoping to get the 100% halved and maybe scaled to a more gradual rehire.
  • President Trump announced that 20 states announced plans to enter phase one of the opening up America again guidelines.
  • President Trump officially announced plans to suspend immigration, with certain exceptions, for 60 days.
  • President Trump met with Governor Cuomo at the White House to discuss coronavirus testing.
  • President Trump announced the FDA has authorized more than 50 coronavirus diagnostic tests and four antibody tests.
  • HHS announced $995 million in CARES Act grants for older adults and the disabled.
  • FEMA approved nearly $5 million for BiPAP breathing machines for Pennsylvania.
  • The State Department announced it is coordinating international humanitarian assistance with pacific nations including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Taiwan.
  • The USDA announced that states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas have been added to the SNAP online program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.
  • Education Secretary DeVos announced an additional $6.2 billion in grants is available for universities to continue providing educational services during the outbreak, such as distance and remote learning programs.
  • Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending the issuance of new green cards. The order only applies to those applying for a green card residing outside of the country at the time of the order.

22 April

  • Several large corporations are returning money received from the Paycheck Protection Program. That program is aimed at helping small businesses and never meant for the large corporations. Public backlash and government pressure were applied to encourage these paybacks.
  • President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation suspending immigration in the U.S. for 60 days due to “the impact of foreign workers on the United States labor market, particularly in an environment of high domestic unemployment’.
  • President Trump urged the House of Representatives to pass the Senate-backed Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act without delay.
  • President directed the Opportunity & Revitalization Council to focus on supporting underserved communities…including Black and Hispanic communities.
  • The President announced the Administration has to date directed more than $7 billion in funding towards coronavirus treatments, diagnostics, and therapies.
  • President Trump spoke to Governor Newsom about increasing testing capacity.
  • President talked with Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan and Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar…global coronavirus response.
  • Vice President Pence held a call with over 340 state legislators from 43 states to discuss the response to coronavirus.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 5,500 active duty military personnel are currently deployed to assist in the coronavirus response, including 964 medical personnel in 17 hospitals in 7 states.
  • Vice President Pence announced that the VA has been deploying teams of VA personnel to assist nursing homes in some states.
  • HHS awarded nearly $165 million in funding to fight the coronavirus in rural communities, providing CARES Act funding to 1,779 small rural hospitals and 14 HRSA-Funded telehealth resource centers.
  • HHS announced an additional $20 billion in CARES Act funding for health care providers would be disbursed this week.
  • FEMA Announced $36.5 million in expedited funding to the city and county of Denver, Colorado in response to the coronavirus.
  • FEMA published a final rule defining certain PPE as “scarce” to combat hoarding and price gouging of these materials.
  • The Justice Department announced federal law enforcement officials had successfully disrupted hundreds of online coronavirus scam websites.
  • The USDA announced it has successfully increased monthly SNAP benefits by 40% during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • USDA approved Alabama for the Pandemic EBT Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Secretary DeVos called on wealthy universities to reject taxpayer coronavirus funds and on Congress to change the eligibility put forth by the CARES Act.

23 April

  • Congress passed another relief bill of $484M to aid employers and hospitals. Most of the funding is for the Paycheck Protection Program enabling thousands of workers to remain on the job.
  • President Trump held calls with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Colombian President Ivan Duque about pandemic response.
  • President Trump announced that to date 750 million pieces of PPE have been delivered to the US through Project Airbridge.
  • VP Pence participated in a conference call with Secretary Carson to discuss refocusing White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council on the needs of Hispanic and Black communities impacted by the coronavirus.
  • Vice President Pence announced that since the release of the Trump Administration’s Opening Up America Again guidelines, 16 states have issued formal re-opening plans.
  • Acting DHS Undersecretary for Science & Technology William Bryan announced findings of a study indicating that heat, humidity, and UV rays can slow and kill the coronavirus.
  • HHS announced $631 million in CARES Act funding for public health departments across the country for testing, contact tracing, and containment of the coronavirus.
  • HHS awarded nearly $5 million to poison control centers across the country which are seeing increased calls during the outbreak.
  • CMS released a new telehealth toolkit to accelerate state us of telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The USDA approved Wisconsin for the Pandemic EBT Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The EPA announced that it blocked the importation of “a significant number of shipments” of illegal and untested “virus shut out” products that were being shipped into California airports.

24 April

  • President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law, providing $321B in new funding for PPP, $75B for health care providers, and $25B for coronavirus testing.
  • President Trump held calls with the Indonesian President, Ecuadorian President, El Salvadorian President, and Honduran President about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Vice President Pence announced to date 5.1 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that over 35,000 National Guard troops and 5,000 active duty military personnel in 10 states remain active to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • VP Pence & members of the coronavirus held a conference call with Governors discussing increasing testing capacity.
  • FDA Administrator Dr. Hahn announced FDA granted emergency approvals to 63 diagnostic and serological tests to date.
  • Administrator Carranza & Secretary Mnuchin announced that the FBA will resume accepting PPP loans on Monday, April 27.
  • Secretary of Labor Scalia participated in a virtual G20 Labor & Employment Ministers meeting to discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The VA announced that hiring has increased 37% during the first 2 weeks of April, as the agency surges staff to fight the coronavirus.
  • DOJ obtained an injunction prohibiting a Dallas health center from fraudulently promoting “ozone therapy” as a legitimate COVID-19 treatment.
  • USDA approved California & Connecticut for Pandemic EBT Program, helping feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are at home during outbreak.
  • The USDA announced Vermont was added to the SNAP online program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.
  • Maj Gen Lee Payne is designated as lead coordinator for DOD COVID-19 Task Force Laboratory Testing, focused on screening, surveillance, and diagnostic testing for critical national capabilities.

27 April

  • President announces blueprint for testing to help safely open up America again.

28 April

  • Trump signed an executive order aimed at keeping meat processing plants open throughout the country. Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to designate meat processing plants as critical infrastructure.

29 April

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about an existing drug Remdesivir that has shown a 31% improvement in helping people sick with COVID 19 to heal (11 days instead of 15 days). This drug is being tested and may soon be available.

30 April

  • USNS Comfort departs New York City after supporting DOD’s COVID-19 response efforts for one month. The Comfort will return to Norfolk, Va., prepared for future taskings in support of FEMA as relief efforts continue.
  • President Trump announces new initiatives aimed at protecting seniors from COVID-19.

[Some people call April a ‘LOST’ month because the government didn’t do what they wanted it to do. On the contrary, it was a very important month that saw the government begin a cautious reopening of America. At this time, the total cases were 1,033,157 and total deaths were 55,225 for a death rate of 5.3%]

Special Notice

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical.

I wrote a book, Trump an Outsider’s View, that covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.68%! That’s another 0.02% drop. And it is still going down. Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that action speaks louder than words. Both January and February were months of action that were wise and often.

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Truth on Trump

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09 28 2020

Welcome to News which is published every Monday and Friday.

Today’s news regards President Trump’s accomplishments and the facts regarding him, his administration, Covid-19, the economy, and more. If you didn’t watch the video please do so, it gives an overall view.

Soon the first debate will take place. I have no qualms about Trump vs. Biden but hiding in the reeds are network ‘bobbleheads’ and so-called factcheckers that will attempt to discredit anything the President says. Not that Trump will be clobbered, after all he did survive 2016 and won the presidency.

But the NeverTrumpers are not above using lies and distortions to discredit the President. That means that all of us have to be alert to the truth, which is one of the reasons I wrote Trump an Outsider’s View. Although conservative and a Trump supporter I have done my best to present the facts and let the reader decide what is truth and what is not.

There is an argument out there that this is not the most important election. I’ve read it and don’t buy into their argument. This election is critical because most of the gains that President Trump has achieved for our country are by decree. The next President can override them.

What Does That Mean?

It means that the next president can issue his own decrees which would supersede whatever President Trump has done. That covers a lot of ground including our economy, the wall, immigration, and more.

Are there other reasons it is critical?

Yes. The swamp still needs drained. The House Democrats in particular have shown that they are not fit for office. Good people elected them to do their job which is to legislate. Instead they have used government time, energy, and money to undermine and try to destroy a duly elected President. The American people see through all their actions and need to sweep them out of office!

In addition, while President Trump has accomplished much, he still has more to do. One thing is to rebuild the economy from the shutdown. He is already doing that, but he needs more time. Further, he also has more to accomplish both domestically and internationally.

The First Debate is About Taxes. What about them?

I expect to hear the same old Democratic arguments that are always made against Republicans without supporting facts. That is that the tax breaks are just for the rich. Tell that to the mom and pop businesses that were thriving in the Trump economy prior to Covid-19 and are beginning to get going again.

But this is a good time to take a critical look at the plan that Biden/Harris have put out there. We don’t have enough rich people to pay for that! Soak the rich historically hurts the middleclass and the lower-class workers. Why? Because just as profits trickle down the food chain so do taxes. Or the rich close up shop and leave the country which leaves us with fewer high paying jobs. It is a disaster waiting to happen.

Wouldn’t the Government Step In?

Of course, they would. It is what the liberals want. But how many governments have taken over the economy and prospered? Some have experimented and seemed to prosper for a while, but it never lasts. Eventually you run out of rich people’s money.

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News Covid-19

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09 18 2020

Welcome to News which is published every Monday and Friday.

Although my book Trump an Outsider’s View is already available for purchase or Pre-Order (today is last day), I continue to follow the stats. If you read the paper, you might get the picture that things are still bad and getting worse.

Not So!

But there are still new cases.

True, but the number of true cases is going down. That’s a good thing not a bad thing. But the true story lies in the death rate.

Death Rate?

Yes. I published my newest book Trump an Outsider’s View on September 11. The eBook is currently in Pre-Order and will be released tomorrow. In both versions I had the following stats:

Total cases: 6,438,739

Total deaths: 192,834

Death Rate: 2.99%

Compare those numbers to today’s (September 18, 2020):

Total cases: 6,670,496

Total deaths: 197,447

Death Rate: 2.96%

How do you determine Death Rate?

You divide the total deaths by the total cases. This gives you a running average. When viewed over a long period of time (say January to September 18) it mitigates the delay factor people talk about.

A Closer Look

When you run the numbers, you find that during that seven-day period new cases went up by a total of 231,757 and new deaths went up by 4,613. Convert that to daily, and you get an average of 33,108 new cases and 659 new deaths.

That is considerably below the numbers for the height of the pandemic.

What does that mean?

It means the pandemic is slowing down. Now that the cases are also on a downtrend, the Death Rate is no longer plunging as it was from June 1 through September 11, but it still is moving downward.

But the News Media has changed its focus.

Now the focus is on the economic damage done by the virus. But as with the death rate the media is behind on the economy. Although they state that Americans applying for jobless benefits fell last week to 860,000, the emphasis is on the historic highs that number represents.

Again, they report that jobless claims fell by 33,000 but the article emphasizes the high numbers in relation to last year. In other words, they can say they reported positive news which is true. But they wrapped it in negative news. The truth is that the economy is slowly (that is, slower than we want) ramping up.

Employment is rising and unemployment is sinking. And that is far more important news than the fact we have hit record breaking levels. Yes, we did but that primarily took place in months past. We are now seeing the American economy on an upward climb. It is slower than we want but there is no reason to believe it won’t speed up.

Speaking for myself, I expect the economy to be stronger by election day than it has been for a while now. I also expect the new cases and new deaths to be lower perhaps in the 1% Death Rate. That doesn’t change the tragedy of even one death, nor does it excuse the Democrats for first denying the Pandemic (and accusing Trump of racism) in the beginning nor their use of the pandemic to further political aims.

We will still see Democratic opportunism and negativism, but I am glad we have a President who is optimistic about America and its future.

The clouds of the pandemic are dispersing, and the sunlight is shining through. It is time to smile again!

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Reopening

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Reopening.

Florida is moving toward reopening for business. So far they’ve reopened beaches, parks, and restaurants. It looks like it will be a step by step approach. Take a step, evaluate the risks and the actual results, then if okay take another step.

Some people oppose any reopening of businesses until we’ve reached a certain level of testing that may not be achieved for months. I think that would be a disaster. I understand the fear, but we can’t let fear determine our future.

But the health experts say we should wait.

That is true and it is why you don’t put health experts in control of a nation, or a state, or a community. They have value, but they tend to be myopic, in my opinion. They only see the risk to physical and mental health. And that is what should be their concern.

Economic advisors, on the other hand, only see the economic risks. They would also be dangerous if put in command.

A better idea is to have a non-healthcare person, say a Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis, who is advised by health experts and economic experts, make the call. He balances the two out while understanding there is risk whichever way he goes. That is one reason he holds the office.

Tip of the Day : A guided, balanced approach to reopening is the best way to go.

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2020 Candidates & Issues

Every week I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. This week I am taking a look at2020 Candidates & Issues.

I am proud to announce that I have published my latest book. This non-fiction book is titled 2020 Candidates & Issues. The print version is available now at https://amzn.to/2ZozmYw. In a matter of days, the Ebook version will be available.

I have spent a lot of time working on this book. One reason is the sheer number of candidates. Second is the amount of research I had to do to gather their biographies and their career highlights. Even harder was learning where they stand on important issues.

To help you understand I’ve included a page from the book:

Note from the author . . .

I’m a relic.

That’s right. I grew up when Democrats and Republicans had civil disagreements that could be discussed without personal attacks or disparagement.

I believe the current state of uncivil discussion is not healthy for our nation we love. Whether you believe it started with the Democrats during Reagan’s Presidency (as I do) or with the Republicans under President George Bush (as Democrats seem to) it affects both parties and endangers the American Representative Democracy that has served us so well.

(Quick quiz: When were we a democracy and how long did it last?

Answer: We have never been a democracy. See Chapter Thirty-One.)

We are now approaching the 2020 election with stark contrasts between Democrats and Republicans. It comes at a time when America has moved further to the right.

Which way will America turn next? This book seeks to inform you about each candidate that is running. The author is himself a conservative, but I’ve tried to present a balanced picture concerning each candidate.

I’ve also included my own analysis plus Author Notes which admittedly comes from a conservative position. But I’ve drawn information from other sources to be as honest and forthright as possible.

But it remains every American citizen’s responsibility to determine the man or woman we want to lead this nation for the next four years. It’s not only important for us but for our children, grandchildren, and the world.

R. Frederick Riddle

That explains why I wrote the book. But that only touches on the peripheral. The truth is that this book is more than just an introduction to the candidates. Their ideas need to be examined in the light of American and world history. Their words seek to define America by the slavery that once existed, but that doesn’t come close to defining us. You the reader, and potential voter, need to first understand them and then understand America.

Unfortunately, America has been in the hands of the far left for so long that we are in danger of accepting their definitions and, ultimately, their solutions. As a counterbalance I have also included President Trump who is a legitimate candidate. His accomplishments are so many that I had to trim them down. It would have been easy to write one book just on him.

It is true that this election will be a landmark for our nation. It could well determine the direction this country goes in the next 100 years! If you compare the Presidency of Barack Obama and the Presidency of Donald Trump, you get a clearer picture. I only briefly touch on this in the book, but the comparison is remarkable!

Eight years under Obama saw the “end of the recession”. I say that with tongue in cheek. The economists will tell you it ended about 2009. Did you notice the end? Probably not. They based their opinion on data, not on people. Unemployment dipped to single digits primarily because people gave up looking for jobs. Whenever the unemployment figures were given, we often heard that the real figure was in the teens.

Men and women, some with degrees, lost their highly skilled jobs and worked in the fast food industry and other low-paying jobs, and still others lost much more. But the economists were more interested in their own numbers.

Based on observation rather than sheer numbers, I believe the recession ended after Trump took office. Now we have true unemployment in the low single digits! This is just one area of difference.

But we now have men and women telling us that America is a horrible place to live. We had Obama tell us to get used to no industrial jobs. Others are using the race card to promote their own political fortunes.

As a conservative, I have tried to be fair as I’ve discussed each candidate. I’ve even identified in a few cases ideas that I considered interesting. One such idea is making Election Day a national holiday. This has merit. I’d like to hear more about it. That is why I listed their stands on the issues. Issues are greater than the candidates. Sometimes we need to look at the issue itself and forget who promoted it.

I also addressed other topics that are related in some degree to the election. These topics include The Green New Deal, Immigration, the Squad, Sanctuary Cities, and more. They represent my view and you are entitled to agree or disagree. But one thing is for sure, these topics need to be examined calmly as we consider our country’s future.

Here are book details:

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (August 19, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1686577761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1686577765
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight:  12.3 ounces
  • Cost: $9.99 (paperback); $2.99 (Ebook)

As the election moves forward I will be watching closely. At the moment I am considering writing a follow-up right after Super Tuesday. In any case, I hope you find this book a valuable aid in understanding your choices, even if you aren’t a Democrat.

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ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews. Whether it is Perished The World That Was (Book One), World of Noah and the Ark (Book Two), World of Shem (Book Three), World of Abraham (Book Four) or Death Ship (Book One), Pauline A New Home (Book Two), Task Force Hunter (Book Three), Black Death (Book Four), or Rise of I.C.E.S. (Book Five), I value your reviews.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition he is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.