Americans are beginning to wonder if the prescribed cure for the COVID-19 outbreak may be more deadly than the virus itself, and President Donald Trump took to social media on Sunday to suggest that the possibility of relaxing restrictions is not off the table.
With countless businesses shut down, along with most public institutions, and more Americans out of work than can be counted at the moment, the country must look to a dysfunctional Congress for any hope of relief — a dismal prospect, given their track record of self-serving partisanship.
Tweeting in all caps, the president said: “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”
WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin joined with the president at a press briefing last week and assured hurting Americans that checks will be coming in a matter of days.
“We are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” Mnuchin announced. “What we heard from hardworking Americans, many companies are now shut down whether bars or restaurants, Americans need cash now and the president wants to get them cash now. I mean now in the next two weeks.”
Unfortunately, this vow is dependent on Congress setting aside personal agendas and coming together on behalf of the American people, which proves to be a bridge too far for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
On Sunday night, the speaker effectively threw a hand grenade at what was proving to be a bipartisan agreement on a massive $1.6 trillion emergency funding measure that would provide critically needed assistance to families and the economy.
Even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was sounding optimistic on a deal — until Pelosi entered the equation.
Schumer on coronavirus relief bill less than 24 hours ago:
“To my delight and surprise, there has been a great deal of bipartisan cooperation thus far.”
Schumer today: “We voted no on the McConnell-GOP bill…”
This is a game to them. I’m so pissed offpic.twitter.com/jZSTiNBJ9O
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 23, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell angrily ripped the last-minute obstruction as Pelosi declared the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will not support the emergency bill. Instead, Pelosi said she would create her own bill.
On Friday, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume shared a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the prospect of the “cure” for the Chinese virus COVID-19 being “worse than the disease because of economic devastation.”
Here’s a sampling of responses to Hume:
I can’t even imagine how many people are gonna be on unemployment after this. And our governor has us sitting at home doing nothing with quite marginal risk to normal people. Over-reaction is scary
— Pami Q (@Duckypam) March 20, 2020
We as a nation are way over the top on this prevention; the media is scaring the people, but it’s ok. Anything to make Trump look bad. Right?
— Stephen Szydlik (@SteveSzydlik) March 20, 2020
The vulnerable should be identified by now. We know the necessary precautions. OPEN THE COUNTRY!
— Tgo (@Tgo4Amercia) March 20, 2020
Blame the hysterical media who are driving local politicians to take steps they wouldn’t have otherwise thought were warranted.
Statewide “lockdowns” are a political reaction to media pressure.
— Lush 🗯 (@lush_cmte) March 20, 2020
The people simply have no belief in the media. We are jaded and cynical because of the destruction of journalism. We may look back and say we over or under reacted. But how are we to know the truth. MSM is dead and to the great detriment of the public good.
— Make Austin Great Again (@AustinMake) March 20, 2020
This article is spot on. The government is walking a fine line right now. We are at a tipping point between containing this virus and doing irreparable damage to the economy.
— JDC (@johnc286) March 20, 2020
They may be right. The poverty caused by an extended shut down might kill more people than the virus.
— Brad (@enjnir) March 20, 2020
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