Healthcare

The Butcher’s Bill

We speak of pyrrhic victories when we discuss the COVID pandemic, of battles too costly to call victories, and of losses that should have never been. The war we are fighting shocks our sensibilities.

91,000 are dead, and the battle is not over. It slows down and we take a breath, but then it grows more deadly somewhere else. There are symptoms and there are the symptomless. The person next to you may look fine.

In defiance of rules, a Priest held mass in the traditional way. He died, and many of the faithful are ill. Why is that? How can some spread the disease like a fire, and others do not?

Was it Lord Nelson who coined the phrase butcher’s bill? We ask for the butcher’s bill every day. Every day it astounds us. We cannot even comprehend 100,000 dead, but we are going to see it.

It seems a rather callous statement, as if to reduce the casualties to a cost of doing the business of war. Is it any more callous when it is the cost of just doing business? Or the cost of being re-elected?

This pandemic vexes us. It appears without warning, It kills without mercy. Or not. Some people are afraid; others are convinced this is a hoax, because it feels like one. Until you get it. Weeks of illness followed by, what? Some never even notice they have it. Some end up with lung and heart damage.

No wonder some people shake off the fear and go about their business. It is as if we are dealing with a dozen different plagues at once. That makes it so easy for a person to believe they are not going to catch anything. They take off their masks and move on.

The virus does not. It grows and waits for a chance to grow again. In the next church, or bar, or barber shop. On the next factory floor. Anywhere it can.

The Final Stretch

April 8, 2020

This is a rough transcript of the stream of consciousness comments made by our President on this date. It is not verbatim.

Spoke with faith leaders. Many, many countries. Representatives of UK, PM is doing much better, going through tough time, our best to his family and friends, doing a great job, they love him.

11 Million N95 Masks LA doing much better than we thought.

Shipped 8000 ventilators Philipz making high quality ventilators. We will make them by ourselves. Our projections were right. Some states were wrong.

May – 300 million face masks. Total of 500 million. DuPont and Fedex high quality gowns. New treatments on the way. Near future. National stockpile of 30 million hydroxycloroquine pills. State rep saved by this. She did a great service. She is in great shape. Z-Pacs and Zinc. Had a lot of good stories. Thanks to Modi in India. He was terrific. WHO made a statement that was false in January, very powerful. Criticized me very badly. 

We pay hundreds of millions to WHO. China pays 40 million. Get priorities right. Study and determine what we are doing. So we are holding back. That’s not good. Not fair. Not fair at all. They got it wrong, got it very wrong. And they minimized the threat.

Thanks to responders and people in danger. We need to call them out. They work hard, not ideal conditions. Signs that it is working. Numbers changing rapidly. Wonderful days ahead. Some terrible days ahead. We are going to get it behind us. 

Hopefully heading toward final stretch. We have to get our country back. More successful and more productive than any one thought. National strength. We have tremendous stimulus. Rebuild tunnels. Infrastructure. Daring and determination. No matter how hard it gets. We will secure the glorious future. This nightmare, this evil beast. Hopefully it will end soon.

When did I know? Just prior to closing to China. 

We can open on the downside of the slope. Open with a big bang. We have the best testing systems. Very heavy. Our testings will become, other nations are asking us about our tests.

TVA head makes 8 or 9 million. Quasi public. Makes a lot of money. They are not there for us. Been bothering me for a long time.

Tiger King – Are you recommending a pardon? I’ll take a look.

COVID – number of deaths. We are doing much better than that. 

Everybody has done a great job.

Navarro memo. Were you ever briefed? Don’t remember that. WHO called it wrong. People were shocked I acted so quickly. But I have seen it since. (He said he had not yesterday)

Everything was china-centric. We made a decision against WHO. 450 million we gave them. China gives them 40 million.

I have not heard about a tracking system. Jared’s company. FISA abuse in which I was abused.

Small casinos not eligible due to number of employees. I will look at that.

We closed it up. Saved millions of lives. Can’t give date to reopen

This is a very unique thing. We will be able to sit next to each other at games and dinner.  We expect to be back like it was before.

Mail in voter fraud. There is a lot of evidence. CA. 1 million illegal voters. CA agreed. Judicial watch. In states owned by the Democrats. They have to be very careful. Thousands of votes are gathered and dumped by one party. Lot of fraudulent voting in this country. 

 

Big Talk Donny

Today’s presser was brief, as the President was in talks to raise the price of oil. Here are the notes:

 

Big talks with oil producers. Saudi Aeabia and Russia fighting each other. Too much oil. Not even enough room to store it. 

Opening up, opening, very very soon. Economy. Incredible Army Corps of Engineers, and FEMA. Building hospitals.

Medical System performs to our highest expectations. 

Testing is a model. Best testing system in the world. Some areas doing phenomenal. 

We are at the top of the hill, and now going downward.

Mental health. Big Factor.

Treatments and therapies. 19 therapies testing currently. Hydroxychloroquine. Zinc. Doctors use as they see fit. Millions and millions of doses. Just sent MI a lot. Two million tests now. 

Paycheck protection incredibly successful. Need both to get this completed. 

Education grants to assist students

Americans are moving forward with common purpose. 

We will probably be the leader of the pack. Economy will do very well. Low end of the curve on death. 120,000 to 220,000 at first. We are much lower, I hope. Never can do anything about those who lost loved ones. Tremendous stimulus. Big bounce rather than small bounce. Never replace people lost. Way below our minimum number. I think we are going to open up strong. 

Massive areas for storage of oil. We are opening them up. We are storing millions of barrels. Full tankers are sitting offshore. $23 a barrel now, we are energy independent. Long term. It’s gonna work out.

Banks doing record numbers of dollars. Small business. I am hearing very successful rollout. Billions and billions of dollars on loans. We are doing great.

NAFTA worst deal we ever had. Now good for our farmers, great for our farmers. People are eating less, no restaurants open.

We are in very good shape. Hospitals are in good shape. We will have a lot of ventilators, will be helping out other countries. We have spent billion and billions for PPE. 

Tests per week. 750,000? We might hit that.

Rescue money for states and hospitals. That is in the next phase.

Numbers Don’t Lie

The daily White House presser has become Kabuki theater. Donny is in full costume as the central figure. Wakasu Donny. Drs. Fauci and Birx are common prostitutes, play bit parts, and watch the President in awe and wonder, and perhaps despair. 

The Press is the enemy, attacked for any reason if they dare attempt to ask a pertinent question. Why do the testing numbers sound high when doctors on the front line say they can’t test?

Are you Chinese? Do you work for the government? What? You worked for Obama! Sacrilege! It is all madness when the enemy attacks, demands numbers, not promises, does not adore the Kabuki master. It is all fake news when it is not adoration.

Then there are the front-line troops, beautiful, wonderful troops, except they whine and complain about not having masks, and they do, they do have masks, they are spoiled, and Democrats, and they are trying to ruin this great effort by this, the greatest administration ever conceived. 

And the Governors, who are doing a great job, but some of them are to blame here, for not having masks, and tests, and I never heard about tests until this week, and we have tested almost two million people, and they are still complaining, because it is their fault. Donny is without sin. It is Easter. He is risen. 

The Kabuki prostitutes all stare in wonder. They approach the mic in fear. Their voices are feeble. They dare not say anything that might offend, and yet there is little that they can say that will not.

The numbers don’t lie. 

370,000 have caught it that we know of.

20,000 recovered.

11,000 have died.

We lead the world in the number of cases, and it has yet to really impact Texas and Florida. Still, the theater that is our government goes on. 

We have to get back

We have to get back -Donald Trump

In today’s press conference, Donald Trump prepared the American people to return to work. And to hunker down for the peak of the virus. And the American people were doing a beautiful job. And soon hard choices will have to be made. Easter is coming. Easter is beautiful. But soon this will be over. And what are we going to do? People want to go back to work. And they have really enjoyed spending time with their families. And maybe not. And the brave doctors and nurses were doing a fantastic job. And some may be missing their supplies. And state governors are being greedy. And some have volunteered to help other states. And the press is not telling what a wonderful job is being done. And we can’t stay home forever. What are we going to do? Some hard choices will have to be made. And  we are all doing a great job of distancing. But what are you going to do? We have to get back…

It was madness.  He is panicking. The numbers are gnawing at him. He must have realized that his jobless claims rival the Great Depression. He hogs the microphone, and makes statements that contradict the statement he just made. We are doing great. This has to end. Long rambling statements with adjectives like wonderful and perfect. At one point he appeared astounded with the speed at which the economy collapsed. As quickly as it came, he was suddenly talking about beautiful easter, and everyone going to church, but no, what are we going to do? We have to make choices here, and soon. This is when bad leaders make bad decisions. 

Donald Trump is faced with an insurmountable  task, one he cannot accomplish. He wants to turn the clock back to January after the impeachment. He golfed. He held rallies. He sold himself.  He is every bit the salesman. Now he has nothing to sell. And he is scared.

Working Man Donny

He Finally Gets It

Donald Trump has never been a working man. He is beginning to understand that is what he does not understand. Donald Trump may not think about the working man very often, but when he does, it is surely about him, and in the conversations he has had with economists and other soothsayers, it has finally sunk in; this is an economic catastrophe, and in part, he is being blamed for it. Even the most optimistic projections for GPD are scary; others are downright frightening. Working folks are getting crushed. He finally gets that. This is his catastrophe, and they are going to blame him.

It Was Fun At First

Donny enjoyed looking Presidential and in charge at the White House press conferences, being the emcee for the likes of Pence and Fauci, at least for a while, until his ego demanded more screen time. For Donald Trump that means more comments full of words like ‘great’ and ‘beautiful’. But like everything in Donny’s life, the emcee gig is getting old. It is also getting dangerous. The more dire this becomes, the more his face is on screen, making promises about how things are in control, how we are banding together as a nation, and how the War Time Presidency of Donald J. Trump is fighting the good fight. It is not working. The master salesman is not closing the deal. People are doubting his word.

Now They Doubt Him

What works when you are selling the amenities of a condominium is not working in the battle with the unseen enemy. People are doubting his veracity. So, he doubles down, and the promises become more outrageous. Donny is used to throwing things on the wall to see what sticks. It does not work with a new virus, at least not the way he believes. So, he announces that anti-malarial drugs combined with a Z-pack cures the infection. No trials or proof, just a tweet, causing hospitals to place the same drugs on a list so that they are not to be prescribed willy-nilly, and for good reason. You don’t ever drink bleach. You don’t use a hair dryer to kill the virus. Drinking silver solution does not cure this. Don’t buy snake oil. It could kill you. Donny is just throwing things on a wall, things he could have heard anywhere.

And Don’t Go To Work

Now War Time Donny is making comments about the need for Americans to go back to work. I hope this is not just because he is bored. Perhaps, but it is more likely he realizes that he is presiding over a disaster, and figures that if everyone just shows up for work, the economy will right itself and everything will return to normal. It took some time before the President was even convinced this was a pandemic. Not true. This is a pandemic. The virus will not go away. If you go to work, you could hurt yourself, your loved ones, and your coworkers.

Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2020
 

Donny, who is going to protectively and lovingly care for millions of senior citizens when we all go back to work?