The pall hanging over us

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The stock market plunge shows how financial giants and stock analysts view the economic impact of a corona virus epidemic or pandemic.  Their collective projection is a bad omen.

Think about the epidemic in real terms, and how it’s contagion will affect the everyday life of all Americans.  Will people go to the workplace and risk infection? Will they travel in public transportation to get there? Will they lunch in their favorite crowded restaurant or delis?

If they stay home, what happens to the jobs on the buses, railroads, and airlines? Or those in restaurants?

What about doctors, nurses, hospitals who will care for us?   What about the 28 million Americans who have no health insurance?

What about the post office, UPS and FedEx deliveries?  What about the mechanics and cleaning people that serve these enterprises? What about school kids and teachers? What about janitors? What about supermarkets? What about our families and kids?

What about the military in barracks and on ships? What about the Pentagon, the Capitol, and the White House? And speaking of the White House, are we confident that the current resident is up to the task before us? Isn’t it daunting that he has shown not one scintillas of compassion for any group of Americans except homegrown oligarchs? What expertise does he offer? Pence?  Is he kidding?

We were a nation that could take a physics theory and turn it into practice in 3½ years. And put men on the moon in six years.

Now we are faced with an enormous task of protecting public health here at home. In 1918, some 670,000 Americans died in the Great Spanish Flu pandemic. We’ve been warned, but are we up to it? Can we turn our attention from killing people in faraway countries and concentrate on saving lives here at home?

Will the president slash the obscene, 0ver-the-top military budget and put it to work against the greatest threat we’ve ever faced as a nation?  Don’t hold your breath.

Scott Kimmich


11 responses to “The pall hanging over us”

  1. Bryan Meek

    Remember all the hysteria when 1000 Americans died of bird flu before President Obama declared it a national emergency? Remember the wild market swings and constant drum beat of the news media about how we were all going to die? Remember the ridiculing and constant barraging of how bad Obama was handling that? Yeah, me neither.

    The OP should stay inside forever. There is no cure for TDS.

  2. David Bayne

    Just what we need…more political fear mongering.

  3. John ONeill

    @Scott: It only took to your 5th sentence to go to the window and jump…Luckily, I was on the first floor. Is the Coronavirus a problem? It sure it. BUT, hyperbole like your is really not helpful. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the bubonic plague from the 14th century. It is my hope our elected officials (local/state/feds) execute a battle plan to combat this disease before too long. As you mentioned above this is the greatest country on the planet. I’m sure we’ll succeed.

  4. Babar S

    Nice twist at the end, didn’t realize it would end up being about military costs.

  5. Seth Kent

    Nancy, your website currently has advertisements for face masks. Seeing as medical professionals are pleading for the public to stop buying these, it makes sense for you to contact your advertiser and ask for these ads to be removed.

    1. Seth, you must be seeing a Google ad. If you clear your cookies you won’t see it anymore. Google tailors ads to what you’ve been showing interest in.

  6. John Miller

    Nothing surprising here. There is in fact no cure for TDS.

  7. Gareth Moody

    Bryan, to be clear, it was H1N1 – the Swine Flu – that killed 1000 Americans in 2009 before Obama declared an emergency.

    To be clearer, it also had a mortality rate of 0.02% compared to the current coranvirus’ 2% mortality rate.

  8. Claire schoen

    @Gareth and @Bryan –



    In both cases of flu epidemics, Obama declared a public health emergency pretty much immediately as has Trump.

  9. Gareth Moody

    Has Trump declared a public health emergency? I thought it was a hoax?

  10. JustaTaxpayer

    Is this a tongue in cheek letter? I hope so

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