Have We Change Our Minds Yet ?

With our national election drawing near and it looks like it will be President Trump and ex-vice president Joe Biden as our choices. I know the lines are drawn in the sand and I see no difference than 2016. President Trump is still the pro job growth and pro make in America and pro legal immigration. He has been pro-life and pro-Israel . Basically President Trump hasn’t changed his views or his principles. Okay fine and dandy. So has the Democrat side change to challenge President Trump to draw his voters to the Democrat point of view ? The Democrats continue to promote open borders with basically open immigration. Anti-Israel and pro-China.

The picture I get from the Democrats is they have either kept their issues the same or made them more radical . They have tried in everyway to get rid of President Trump . They have had the aid of the main line media and newspapers across this country. It’s been like a copy and paste media and there is no resemblance of journalism. Even without a chance at impeachment they have continued to put this country through a constant focus on unproven charges against President Trump. They have made any supporter of the President a target of their disdain for President Trump. Somehow they think that they are drawing pro-Trump people to their side with this continued unrelenting hate campaign for President Trump. Since the Covid-19 pandemic you have thought they’d drop their hate Trump thing for a while and rally around a campaign to get rid of this virus and help the American people. Yet it hasn’t been like that but like little children saying I can do better than you can to solve this problem. Where President Trump has been on the phone and encouraging every possible institution to develop a vaccine and medicines to relieve the effects of this corona virus. The media and the Democrats have done everything they can to create havoc in the group that President Trump and Vice President Pence have brought together to lead the fight against Covid-19. So with all President Trump bashing has the Democrats done anything to draw Trump supports to the Democrat side on voting day November 3rd 2020 ? Nothing that a Trump supporter can see to change our minds. We can go through the list of things which I suppose are suppose to have change our minds about President Trump. Let’s do that just for kicks. Number 1. the Mueller investigation a nothing burger no collusion. Number 2. Michael Flynn lying to the FBI another nothing burger a setup by the FBI . Number 3 Impeachment another nothing burger no proof everything President Trump did was legal . Number 4. Supposed affairs nothing burger no proof and even with proof not paid for with campaign money. Number 5. Covid- 19 mishandling only in the eyes of the Democrats another nothing burger. Between the Democrats and the media they have thrown everything at President Trump including the kitchen sink, bath tub and the toilet but has all bounced off and landed squarely on their heads.

In conclusion the Democrats have to provide NO good alternative to another four years of President Trumps solid leadership. I know you stern Trump haters are convinced he has not lead but your point of view comes out of partisan dislike that only a blind person couldn’t see but thank God they got ears to hear. The answer provided by the Democrats will not be Joe Biden and a platform of liberal policies. You’ll have to do better your broken record is about ready to shatter.

The Blame Game

Are you tired of the Blame Game yet? I’m only tired of it because it is one sided. I believe in giving credit where credit is due. An by that I mean either credit for the good they have done or the bad. The left and right political spectrum isn’t always right in their opinions but they think they are right because of their ideological points of view. Both sides are stubborn and both sides have that right to be just that way. Why would you compromise with someone when there is no middle ground to compromise too? I get that really if someone want you to go against everything you believe and say they are right and you are wrong it is political suicide or personal betrayal. I would like to know if there is one thing that President Trump has done that the left has given him credit for doing right. I can’t think of anything even when what he has done served the interest of both parties and they even help getting it through Congress. I can think of things that the Trump administration has given the Democrats credit for helping to get through Congress. That has been few and far between because 99% of what the President wants they want the opposite even if it hurts this country.

The latest Blame Game comes down to the economy under this pandemic of the Covid -19 virus. Before the Covid-19 virus came into nations midst. Our economy was purring along like perfectly tuned car. Even though the other side said it wasn’t or gave President Obama credit for it. Everything from day one of the Trump administration has been knocked, condemned or made fun of by the left. The left just isn’t the Democrats alone. The true picture of the left has to included the major media channel and even the major newspapers and magazines. Let me give you one example. For the last 5 administrations or at least in the campaigns to get to the White House candidates have all profess to move our embassy to Jerusalem in Israel. President Trump was no different in his campaign promises. The difference being President Trump actually did it and moved it. Yet in the media except for Fox, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity you have thought no other President hadn’t ever mentioned moving our embassy to Jerusalem. One thing that is very nice about the internet is that you can fact check most things. In this case you can literally go back in the archives and watch the videos of the candidate all promising to move the embassy if they where elected to the office of President. Anyone with a third of a brain would understand why our unemployment rate is high right now. An anyone with a third of a brain wouldn’t blame President Trump. But no because he took credit for a economy that was doing things in record numbers for the good , They want him to take the blame for the bad numbers now. In normal times with things looking so bad as the employment we say yea blame Trump or who ever the person leading the economy is. Yet in this case President Trump and his administration has done nothing to cause this high unemployment situation. We haven’t ever blamed a President for bad unemployment numbers when hurricanes caused them or Winter storms or earthquakes. The American people aren’t stupid and we understand that given a good choice President Trump would never have ask us to stay at home or social distance unless it was a choice between life or death. Facts are facts and when you have virus that is going to kill many people even though a lot of people may not get deathly sick. You error on the side that saves lives. In this case mainly grandma and grandpa lives but as we have seen many others too. Unless those trailers and coffins in New York are empty and it is all a lie then President Trump did what he thought was best for the common good of our country. In a normal flu season even though we do lose many people. The coffins aren’t stacked up in refrigerated trucks or mass graves. We may get as many deaths but they don’t come in theses numbers so fast but are scattered through out the year. They do not come like that because we have vaccines and vaccines work for the majority of people. I am tired of the blame game when it is one sided and unfair.

We be far worst off if our governments had done nothing. If we just went about our business and went saw grandma in the nursing homes and then went to ball games. The numbers would be more staggering that they are now. Even sixty some thousand is bad enough in this short a time here in the USA but left without anyone doing anything those numbers could easily be 10 times as many. Play your blame game media but I’ll say our governments have done a pretty good job. Has there been errors yes and has some of this gone to far yes but to do nothing would have been a real disaster.

Speed

A simple enough title but you know Speed is the key ingredient that counts in many things we do. Sometimes Speed works for us and other times against us. In racing it usually is a matter of Speed that wins the race. Seem like in this day of fast changing technologies we rely on Speed one heck of a lot. The emphasis on Speed in getting things done forces more errors and less correctness. Have you ever notice in newspapers , TV and radio the likeness in the same news story. It’s like they just copy and paste the stuff they print and say without doing any leg work or even any eye work. The emphasis on Speed and keeping that time line seem more important than the accuracy of what they are presenting. This is a story about Speed and it has two points. One there is good Speed and Two there is bad Speed.

Each year we have 1000’s of people die from the flu in this country and around the world. I’m not talking really about a small number and in this country it amounts to 40 to 60,000 deaths each year even with our vaccines . That isn’t a good thing and we should try to lower those numbers. Yet those deaths don’t overwhelm our health care system but the they don’t come like a waterfall of people but rather a few here and a few there, scattered through out our country. I know that most of us are fed up with staying home. Yet we aren’t the ones watching the patients wheeled into hospitals and seeing the dead being wheeled out at record Speed. Morgues and cemeteries that can’t keep up with the numbers to bury fast enough. I don’t think anyone could imagine the Speed of the Coronavirus or the swiftness of the death it has brought.

Sit back for a moment and imagine that the NCAA Tournament wasn’t cancel and colleges , schools and everything just continued on as normal. Visitations to hospitals , nursing home and daycares all just continued to go on with no interruptions. Airline kept bringing in foreign visitors and no one pulled that emergency cord to stop us from dragging this silent killer to all our businesses and through out our society. Just say to yourself what if no one step forward and said a word. Oh yes sooner or later someone would have seen the disaster coming. With people getting sick all over and hospitals filling up to over flowing. I just mention a few of the place we would have continued to go to go and to drag this silent virus too. If that would have happened in that way bad Speed would have caused complete chaos in our society.

We all know that isn’t the way things have played out. We had a President who got some information and analysis it and saw a potential for a great disaster. They were saying 2 to 4 million people could have died if what they have ordered hadn’t been done. Personally I think it could have been far worst than that if all the cancelations and stay at home orders hadn’t been made. It has cost everyone a lot. Businesses , government and individuals have all lost freedoms , money ,economy and probably a lot of sleep. We lost family members , friend , foes and this silent virus hasn’t skipped any race , color or creed. The Speed at which things were shut down and general obedient following of the shut downs rules has saved lives. I understand this being a election year coming up and I look at President Trump and the decisions he has made knowing that the economy was going to take a hit that makes 9/11 look like child’s play . Above all people in political power his willingness to do what he has done and still catching the political flake was courage’s . Whether he could have done things faster I don’t know . But if he had left the airlines running from China and the EUROPE our shortages of PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT or PPE would have been even worst that it was or is.

We are not through this Covid-19 virus thing yet and we all understand the calls to open up. Many of the small businesses are going to go broke unless something changes pretty soon. Flooding the streets with people and hand shaking , hugging our friends and neighbors isn’t a wise idea with this virus still killing so many people. Travel to places were the out break hasn’t receded is still weeks away. Our prayers to God should be traveling with the Speed of light . If people will turn from themselves and pray to God He will answer them and end this nightmare of these last few months. He answers those that are faithful to Him and acknowledge Him as God and His Son as Savior.

Just as usual your opinions are welcome and these are mine and directed by no one but a unseen Spirit that has touch my fingers and heart. I pray for your safety and the safety of all man kind because we are brothers and sisters in this small world God created for us.

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Oh Those Printing Press are Running

Don’t you hear those printing presses running ? I don’t mean your local news papers or Time , Life , Readers Digest or any other of your normal news print. I mean those printing presses at the Treasury Department. The Fed is feeding the banks and business community with a few Trillion dollars. All those checks that are being sent people that file a tax return in 2018 or 19. All the businesses that will be getting tax breaks , government forgivable loans. I don’t even know if I remembered or even touch on the tip of iceberg on the things the government is doing or printing money for. I have a problem with all of that but yet again. I’m not sure what all this printing of money does to the inflation rate but I can’t imagine it’s though. Don’t get me wrong that I’m not saying that everything the Federal government has done didn’t need to be done. Because the choices weren’t many other than to let this Covid-19 virus run wild with no cure or vaccine or make the choices they made. Maybe for you like me and most people all this Covid-19 virus thing is like something so surreal that is hard to believe it is happening and we are all wondering when it will end. There is another scary part State’s can’t print their own money.

State’s have budgets and they collect taxes to run state budgets. Some state’s have rainy day funds for down years when tax revenues aren’t enough to cover all parts of their budgets. Yet most state’s won’t have enough in their coffers to cover this big a hit without income taxes coming , limited gas taxes coming in and sales taxes coming in. All those taxes are taking a hit . The big question is how long can states stay shut down and operate with limited taxes coming in. So I ask myself which state is going to start to break the stay at home and all these directives first ? That is a very realistic question something most governor’s are thinking about. We know most doctors or medical scholars would want us to stay shut down until this Covid-19 thing has passed. Many scary factors are being tossed around by these medical experts on how we open states up and how soon. Will we all need to be tested for Covid-19 ? Will we just have to be checked for antibodies ? Will you need those things done before you can return to work ? So many things for our leaders to consider.

We may have many changes in the way we prepare for pandemics and disasters after all this Covid-19 virus experience finally comes to a end. I’m not a real fan of taxes and especially taxes that let some people escape them and others not. For instance people who ride buses don’t pay a fuel tax but they do use transportation. What I’m trying to say is preparedness is going to be a big subject and paying for that preparedness is going to be a big question. People are never happy with paying taxes but we aren’t happy with this Covid-19 situation either. But being prepared with more PPE on hand and ready to go is important. Perhaps having a cushion of money to help play for a pandemic or disaster relief.

So with the printing presses running at the Treasury full speed ahead and we thank God our government can do that. We just pray for the future and the planning for other disasters than come a long in our country and in our world. For this world has had many calamities and a little old Boy Scout ” Being Prepared ” is a good thing.

The What if Factor of the Covid-19 Pandemic Part 2

I’m reading my own writing on the What if Factor and I realize one great big what if I left out. The way this pandemic looks right now this pandemic in the United States isn’t going to turn out as bad as projected. That being said don’t rush to your doors and drive to you favorite pub.

There are so many what if that many things would be quite different without the things government has done . I thank God for the those few people who sounded the alarm in Wuhan , China and I ask myself what if no one had raise that alarm ? What if China just said we can afford to lose a few million people, after all we are over populated and it’s hard enough feeding all these people. Just what if President Trump never closed travel to China or Europe when he did ? You’d have people coming back going to all parts of the United States . You’d have people walking into nursing homes , hospital, sports arenas , visiting children and every place you can think of. This pandemic would be ten times as bad as it is now or worst. President Trump is going to take a lot of heat if this only cost America say 60,000 lives. Why ? Because a annual flu outbreak only cost that many lives and we take it as normal. Now the President had to think of this what if scene himself. We have this great economy going and every aspect of it is running like a fine tune car. What if I shut this economy down ? What’s going to happen ? Will I lose in the 2020 election ? Will people understand ? Can I make people understand that we have no vaccines , drugs to cure it and if you are around someone with it , all they have to do is breath on you.

In times past when we had no vaccines for Yellow Fever or any of the thing that nearly wipe out towns . What grew to be understood almost like seventh sense is the only way to avoid dying was to stay away. Basically what President Trump and his advisers decide on doing was that exact thing called mediation or stay at home and distancing. It is more than that but the basic hygiene thing as well has been plan A.

So the what if President Trump did this or that to combat Covid-19 is going to be debated for many years to come. But instead of throwing stones we should be thanking God for all the blessings He pours out upon the this world as a whole. He has bless this generation with a mass media , computers , advances in medicines and PPE. Instead of looking at what President Trump did wrong or right really . We should be looking at what we can do to make us ready for any future pandemics or disasters. The problem there is no one can tell if that will be next year or in 100 years . We as humans don’t like spending money on the unseen. This pandemic should be a lesson in being prepared for the unseen coming down the road of life . Stay safe out there and don’t jump the gun be patient this will end.

The What if factor of Covid-19

I know many of us are praying that the death total from the Covid-19 virus are going to be lower than the CDC is forecasting. There is always the what if factor that comes into play. What if it far exceeds the highest numbers in the forecast ? What if it is lower than the projected lowest number ? In the United States everything seems to be a political game especially with Donald J. Trump as President. The average person doesn’t want this to become a political issue . We just want it over and our lives back on track. Well let’s explore the what if factor of Covid-19 ?

We came out of the Impeachment Trial of President Trump in which he was found no guilty. Straight into the Corvid-19 pandemic set off in China. We were seeing the numbers of people dying in Wuhan China and the President shut down air travel to and from . Allowing for some returns of our citizens and theirs. But yet we knew that Covid -19 was probably already here because the secrecy of the China government. This was rather a no brainer that we were going to have a real problem on our hands. Maybe it could have been lessened but the Chinese are very proud people and don’t rely on outside help very often, It is sad because we would only like to have helped them stop this invisible killer and maybe help exploring early on how to defeat it. So here we are in our 3rd or 4th week in either a modified stay home orders or direct government order to stay home, I believe the numbers now are around 330,000 infected people and 12,000 deaths in the United States. That doesn’t seem like many but the testing is increasing with better test and number of cases keep growing. So the peak isn’t that near but we don’t know exactly how far away from that peak we are. With most state having closed most big gathering places and places people hang together like bar, restaurants , gyms , and almost any place where human to human contact can pass a long a cold or Covid-19. It’s almost to the time to say what if this turns out with either more deaths than forecast or less. Then what does the political climate look like. I believe this a no win situation if you are on the Republican side. Because if we see say less than 100,000 to 150,000 deaths you’ll see the liberal crying that President Trump shut our economy down for just a minor bump in the road or that he just should have had certain areas shut down and left others open . If those numbers climb say 200,000 to 260,000 deaths you’ll here the liberal say that Trump didn’t do enough or he didn’t care about grandma and grandpa and acted to slowly.

That is the way politics have worked from even before President Trump took his oath of office, At least that is what I expect and with the way the liberal media and Democrats have acted in the pandemic situation it looks like I’m right on the the money. While most of us just want this pandemic over with and to go back to work and make this country even better than before. There are those selfish people breeding on power and want control everything especially the money coming out of Washington D.C. and they can’t do that with President Trump in their way. And that my friends is a fact. But we will see if I’m right or wrong and what twist the Democrats put to their attacks on President Trump in the coming months.

In a Society of Instant Satisfaction

We live in a time when people expect to see almost instant change For answers to their problems as fast as technology grows. Things aren’t that simple and humans are more complex than the most sophisticated machines we have invented. Poverty is still here. And even more rampant than before technology growth. Where technology have blessed us in many ways it has isolated us in others. Our parent and grandparents saw gradual changes in technology and but with the 60’s and the space program our technology world has taken off at the same rocket speed. We now carry around in our hands smart phones which in the early days of computing would have taken up a room of equipment to do a little of the same thing. Now in a day of great technology growth we see it’s limits and question on what good is it in a world of pandemic.

In this day of instant satisfaction. We see a use of good old common sense. Yet getting that to sink in our heads might take a little time. We look around us and depending where you live you either see people not coming down with the Corona virus or we see deserted street and maybe portable hospitals with paramedics bringing covid-19 patience’s. A lot of us understand that our scientist are using all our technology to figure our treatments , quick test to tell you if you have it or not. More technology is being used develop a vaccine to prevent a recurring of this pandemic next year. We want answers and we want it now but it isn’t the way things really work in life.

Somethings just can’t be replace and somethings can’t be solved instantly. What has help even though some people will argue that it hasn’t but good old common sense. I think when our national scientist and medical society said the best way to slow this thing down would be to isolate yourself and family from other people and wash your hands , distant yourself from other is the best individual plans. I grant you it is to late for those who have been exposed but for the rest of us it isn’t to late to stop the spread by our self imposed isolation. You may not think you are strong enough but you see you have to be because it is the safest way and a proven way. Our forefathers ended their pandemic in that way and even though it might have taken years to come up with vaccines and successful treatments it worked. You can call President Trump anything you like but someone gave him the wisdom to do a lot of what he has done.

So in this day of instant satisfaction something else trumps it and that is good old common sense and prayer. The later you may not have any belief in or faith in, Yet through out history prayers have been answered in one way another but not always in a speedy time frame that we want.