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As the U.S. economy continues to falter and millions of Americans remain jobless due coronavirus-related shutdowns, one Republican lawmaker from Arizona believes the time has come to reopen the country.
What’s more, he believes that the advice on continuing lockdowns for a while longer President Trump is getting from his two top coronavirus task force experts is no longer relevant and should be discarded.
‘Quarantine’ Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, in other words, says Rep. Andy Biggs.
“Give them the gold watch and say thank you, exit stage left. It’s time for them to go out and be quarantined without a government paycheck and see how they like that,” Biggs told the “Fox Across America” program with Jimmy Failla. “We’ll see how they like that.”
He also noted that the vast majority of Americans do not have guaranteed incomes — say, from cushy government jobs — and thus, there are “two classes” competing now for the president’s (and state governors’) attention.
“You’ve got two classes of people in America today. You’ve got the people who are the bureaucrats. Their policies have produced the division in this country, that produced an economic depression in this country,” Biggs said.
“They’ve basically … created societal problems, everything from more suicides, more suicide hotline calls, domestic violence, child abuse, increased use of drugs, and alcohol. They’ve basically sanctioned elimination, and if it’s not full elimination, at least a curtailing of our rights,” he added.
In recent days, an increasing number of health experts have said the data now indicate that we can reopen the country safely and allow businesses to reopen and most people go back to work while still protecting the known vulnerable population — the elderly, the infirm, people with certain pre-existing conditions, and so on.
As to the additional health problems and deaths being created by perpetual lockdowns, Biggs is right.
Writing in the New York Post earlier this week, Dr. Daniel G. Murphy, a 30-year E.R. veteran at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, noted that irrational fear created by the media and others hyping the virus as a planet killer has led to increased co-morbidities and the exacerbation of medical conditions among those with preexisting problems because they’re afraid to venture out and seek care:
A large share of those staying home surely have emergency medical and surgical conditions not related to the novel coronavirus. The growing numbers dying at home during this crisis must include fatal myocardial infarctions, asthma exacerbations, bacterial infections and strokes.
Meanwhile, our pediatric volume in the ER has practically disappeared. Visits to primary-care pediatricians are also down, with vaccine schedules falling behind. Everyone seems to be avoiding the health system — an important and unfortunate consequence of the stay-at-home strategy.
Biggs notes that the president’s ‘experts’ have essentially “said we would rather commit economic suicide than have freedom and let people govern themselves and take the risk of freedom.
“[W]e could have put in reasonable policies to protect the most vulnerable,” Biggs continued. “We know who the most vulnerable was from the get-go. We knew it was the elderly. We knew that it was people with these types of morbidities and health problems. But instead they said, let’s quarantine the healthy as well. You have this quasi-martial law feel going on.”
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