Monday News & Comments 08 31 20

Today’s Issue: FEMA

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Earlier on August 8th President Trump signed an order authorizing FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), which was founded in 1979, to payout $300 per week to qualified unemployed workers. This is a result of the Democratic held House’s refusal to pass legislation that would have helped millions of unemployed voters. In following through on President Trump’s order FEMA has issued a press release. Here is an excerpt:

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Florida for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Florida to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to implement a system to make this funding available to Florida residents.

This is good news for the unemployed here in America. Speaking as a man who was laid off through no fault of his own when I was much younger man, I know what it is like to be unemployed. Yes, you get unemployment benefits, but they don’t really replace what you were making. So, $300 more per week means a lot to someone trying to survive.

When I went on unemployment, I had $2000 in my bank account. I thought I was in fine shape and figured it would only be for a short time, but by the time I got another job it was all gone. I was a single man back then but consider how devastating losing your income is for families.

It is interesting to note that Nancy Pelosi and the press emphasize this as only temporary relief and therefore not worthy to consider. Again, speaking as one who was unemployed for a time temporary relief is far better than no relief at all. In my case I was able to find a new job within the time frame I was unemployed. But my bank account was wiped out by that time.

Many people who are unemployed want to work, even eager to work, and this extra money will buy them some time to find work. I’m not talking about fast food jobs such as President Obama offered, but real jobs. The Liberals in and out of government want permanent relief which robs a person of self-esteem. Inevitably such programs fail because the individual involved literally loses the desire to work and stagnates. And the impact of this takes people out of the workforce.

I know this increase in unemployment benefits will add to our deficit, but sometimes it is necessary. Once this pandemic is over, the economy will take off and repayment of the deficit will begin. In fact, it is already apparent that the economy is coming alive once again. Unemployment has begun declining and jobs are rising, slowly but ongoing.

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Monday News & Comments 08 24 20

Today’s Issue: Epicenter of Covid-19

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This morning I read an article that was critical of the way Florida has been handling Covid-19. To read that article you would think that Florida is the Epicenter of Covid-19 in the United States. That is not true!

What is true is that Florida cases peaked higher than New York, but the real story is in the deaths. In New York you saw body bags being stacked and stored, but in Florida there’s been nothing like that.

In SE Florida you have what we call the epicenter for Florida. It includes Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach. That area leads the nation in cases per capita. Another area is the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area. And as mentioned above Florida surpassed New York in cases per capita. This has caused experts to label Florida the new epicenter of Covid-19. But let’s take a deeper look.

Florida has had 600,571 cases and 10,462 deaths for a Death Rate of 1.74%.

New York has had 460,460 cases and 32,967 deaths for a Death Rate of 7.16%.

Again, experts keep warning us that the numbers of deaths lag the case rise. Let’s assume they are correct, after all they are the experts. But New York’s numbers of deaths to cases has been extremely high from the beginning! Remember the body bags? They were hit early and hard.

In Florida’s situation the case load has been high for awhile now. There is no doubt the case load is much higher than New York’s, but it has not been nearly as deadly. When you compare the two states by death count you discover that Florida is less than 1/3 New York’s death count (10,462 / 32,967 = 31.7%) yet Florida’s cases are much higher (600,571-460,460 = 140,111 or 30.4% higher).

I contend that while cases per capita may be helpful to the experts, it is misleading to us average folks. It creates panic. It should raise concern because even 1 death is tragic, but the truth is that Florida is considerably safer than New York. You might get sicker down here, but your chances of survival are higher.

This throwing numbers around belongs in the lab not the newspaper or local news. It creates unnecessary panic. Getting sick (and they say for young adults it’s equivalent to a bad case of flu) is not to be feared. No one wants to get sick which is a good argument for wearing masks and practicing social distancing. But the death rate is encouraging news, especially since the time span now covers almost eight months!

But broadcasting these numbers on national TV is almost criminal. It creates a problem that is bigger than the facts, creates panic, keeps businesses shut down, and makes it hard for people to return to a more normal life.

We need more responsible reporting and less finger pointing.  

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