Trump’s Rhetoric Belies His Policies on Containing COVID-19
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Throughout his tenure, Trump proved he’s a sworn enemy of world peace, equity, justice, and the rule of law — shown by serving special interests exclusively at the expense of ordinary people everywhere.
His Wednesday address to the nation was the latest example of his indifference to the public welfare — coming at a time when leadership the way it’s vitally needed is demanded.
His claim about an “unprecedented response (by his regime) to the coronavirus outbreak” was a bald-faced Big Lie.
His remarks came at a time he favors addressing it by tax cuts for the rich, cutting interest rates already near-rock bottom, and declaring a payroll tax holiday so months of revenues it provides to fund Social Security and Medicare will be lost.
His pro-business/anti-public welfare agenda is unrelated to addressing a potential public health emergency that may be coming because he’s failing to address the threat responsibly.
He lied claiming he’s “marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people (sic).”
His actions are polar opposite, saying one thing, doing something entirely different.
He falsely said “the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history” was undertaken (sic).
Steps his regime has taken amount to virtually no concrete actions to contain the spread of COVID-19, nothing to provide a safety net for all Americans, including testing and treatment for infected individuals.
He announced no vitally needed public health measures, no proposed federal funding to medical facilities nationwide, what should be prioritized over all else at this time.
Saying he “declared a public health emergency” is belied by his actions, wanting business interests served alone at the expense of ordinary Americans he proved time and again indifferent toward.
The outbreak in China spread to around two-thirds of world countries, perhaps the entire world community before things ebb.
The worst hasn’t yet arrived in the US and other Western countries other than Italy.
Trump lied claiming by “taking early intense action, we have seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are now present in Europe (sic).”
Because little testing has been done in the US, it’s unknown how widely the virus has spread nationwide.
Time and again, he downplayed what threatens to become a major problem because of inaction by his regime.
He ordered travel from Europe to the US halted for 30 days, effective midnight March 13, restrictions not applying to Britain.
A later clarification said the suspension applies to people transporting goods, trade to continue, cargo to be allowed in.
Saying health insurance officials agreed “to prevent surprise medical billing” raises suspicions about a sector that prioritizes delay and denial of expensive treatments when able to get away with operating this way.
No Big Pharma COVID-19 cures exist so far. It took decades to eradicate smallpox.
So-called SARS-CoV-2 may take many months or longer to control. Meanwhile, transmission is spreading, including in the US.
Though impossible to know to what extent, congressional physician Brian Monahan told lawmakers on Wednesday that he expects between 70 and 150 million cases in the US over time.
If the outbreak is widespread in the coming months, the US healthcare system will be overwhelmed in trying to treat and contain it — why as much federal funding as needed should be allocated to dealing with the disease.
That’s not how Trump and hardliners surrounding him are handling things.
Things proposed in his Wednesday address were woefully short of what’s needed — an all-out federal government program that includes healthcare as needed for everyone vulnerable to or falling ill from the disease, a full-court press to halt and contain its spread as best as humanly possible.
Trump mocked the potential seriousness of the disease, falsely saying for the “vast majority of Americans, the risk is very, very low (sic).”
Far more than “tak(ing) extra precautions and practic(ing) good hygiene” is needed — notably a government in Washington going all-out for the health and welfare of all its people.
It’s sorely lacking whether Republicans or undemocratic Dems run things.
That’s the disturbing state of the nation today, governance by both right wings of the one-party state serving privileged interests exclusively at the expense of most others.
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