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Surprised Yet?

The Riddle Report 03 09 2021

Joe Biden has been President long enough for us to start evaluating his Presidency. I’ve titled this blog “Surprised Yet” because of actions he’s taken and because of Congressional efforts to remove War Powers from him. On the first day of taking office, Jan. 20th, President Biden issued numerous executive orders, proclamations, and more.

News Item #1 “Keystone XL Pipeline”

This is a devastating order! Taking into consideration the people building the pipeline along with those that would be involved in the construction of the pipeline, its maintenance, and the supply chain (providing food, lodging, transportation, and the like), the State Department estimated 26,100 employees altogether.

All of these were essentially lost. But don’t worry. The government says these workers can retrain for the Green Economy. Talk about a pipe dream!

If you are a worker in your 20s, then you might be able to be retrained. But if you are in your thirties and above, have married, and care for a family, then it becomes increasingly harder.

By the way, no mention is made as when to expect this windfall of jobs from a Green Economy that doesn’t exist as of yet.

News Item #2 “Reversed Travel Ban from Muslim Countries”

No one wants to profile other people, nor do we want to keep people out of America if they truly want to come and enjoy American freedoms. But the truth is that the terrorists out there who hate Americans are primarily Muslims.

Opening our doors to these terrorists is a major mistake that will probably cost American dollars and lives. So far, there are neither plans in place nor plans being considered to vet incoming Muslims.

A lot of real refugees will come to America prepared to dream and to work to bring that dream into reality. But along with them will come those with hatred in their hearts and a plan to destroy America. And without restrictions or a realistic vetting of immigrants, we have no way of stopping them!

News Item #3 “Pause New Oil and Gas Leasing”

Once again, we are causing people to lose their jobs. And the loss of these jobs will also impact far beyond just the men and women working on them. It will be widespread before it is over.

Think of it this way. You lose a few thousand workers and it is like a small drop of oil on your floor. But then there are other industries and their employees that are at least in part dependent on your job. Add some, not necessarily all, to the drop and it grows bigger.

As time goes on and the leak continues that drop grows into a small puddle, then a pool, and finally a pond or worse. Eventually it becomes a flood that cannot be contained or stopped. Additional jobs will be lost in other industries that are dependent industry. What started out as a manageable problem has become unmanageable and our country is dying from a return to double-digit unemployment and perhaps stagnation.

But don’t worry. The Green Economy is coming. You only have to wait 30 years!

News Item #4 “2021 Stimulus Package”

While at the writing of this blog the legislation hasn’t been passed yet, the stimulus package will provide relief to the common folk. But there is also a great deal of pork in the package. This undoubtedly will cause acute economic problems down the road.

President Biden is looking at the problem through myopic glasses. He sees a future of green grasses and people wiping away tears of joy. What he doesn’t realize is that such a future is a long way away and those tears are not of joy but of heart ache and sadness. You see, they are standing on the graves of loved ones sacrificed to bring this utopia about.

Historically speaking, liberals come up with these grandiose dreams and then conservatives come along, tinker with them, and make them work. But with the new “cancel culture” and the clamping down on conservative opinion there may not be any conservatives left to make the system work.

Just saying.

News Item #5 “the 25th Amendment”

In case, you’ve forgotten the 25th Amendment was added for the purpose of a smooth transfer of power in case the President was ‘unfit’ for office due to a number of factors, including mental illness.

I keep hearing talk of the 25th Amendment being invoked to unseat President Biden. The poor man is doing everything in his power to keep such an eventuality at bay. His problem, aside from signs of senility, is his Vice President. While he is not Left enough to please the extreme liberals, she is right in step with them.

While he fights to keep his job, Kamala Harris sits back and waits. Time is on her side. Sooner or later, his propensity to forget and make mental mistakes will force the issue. And she will be ready!

The question is, Will America be ready? The answer is probably not. We will be so distracted by his behavior, that we almost give a sigh of relief when it happens. And then we’ll discover how bad a President she will be!

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Riddle News: Covid-19 Feb 2020

10 21 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a special series reviewing 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 February here:

2 February

  • The CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation.

3 February

  • President Trump issues travel ban against China.
  • Presidential Candidate Joe Biden criticized the move as did other Democrats.
  • [Words were bandied around like ‘panic’ and ‘racism’. In other words, according to the liberals at the time his actions were unwarranted. Note: what if he’d initiated stronger actions?]
  • The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.

4 February

  • President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.

5 February

  • The Trump Administration and health officials briefed lawmakers on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response efforts.

6 February

  • The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.

7 February

  • President Trump told reporters that the CDC is working with China on the coronavirus. 

9 February

  • The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.

11 February

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.

12 February

  • The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.
  • The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.

14 February

  • The CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.

18 February

  • HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur…to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and…treatment

25 February

  • HHS Secretary Azar testified before the Senate HELP committee on the Administration’s coronavirus response efforts.

26 February

  • President Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to head it [task force] up. He also appointed Deborah Dix (U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator), Jerome Adams (Surgeon General), Larry Kudlow (Director of the National Economic Council), and Steven Mnuchin (Secretary of Treasury).
  • President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts with Indian PM Modi and updated the press on his Administration’s containment efforts in the U.S. during his state visit to India.

28 February

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.

29 February

  • The FDA changed its protocols and began allowing public health agencies, hospitals, and private companies to develop tests and perform testing, and by mid-March private companies were shipping hundreds of thousands of tests. The FDA initially had very restrictive guidelines on who was allowed to be tested (see the March 5 details for more on this).
  • The Trump Administration announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea. In addition, all travel to Iran was now banned and the entry of foreign citizens who had visited Iran in the previous 14 days were barred from entering the United States. 

[February would later come to be called a “LOST month” primarily because there wasn’t a great deal of action taking place or the actions critics wanted. However, critical decisions and arrangements were made during this time that would prove decisive in future months. Sometimes it’s the quality of action not the quantity that’s important.

Total cases 68, deaths 1, Death Rate 1.5%]

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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