"There are no libertarians in a global pandemic." So goes the smug punchline of large-government advocates who point to the necessity of collective action in the face of an unprecedented global crisis. Without government, they say, we'd all be dead. Few libertarians would disagree. The hardcore libertarians at Reason magazine aren't spending their days fulminating over the evils of government-required lockdown orders in the face of a fast-spreading, deadly disease. That's because they, like all other sentient human beings, recognize that collective action is sometimes necessary.
I'm not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at current influenza illnesses. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 14, 2020, there have been 390,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations as a result of the flu, 38,000,000 to 54,000,000 flu illnesses and 23,000 to 59,000 flu deaths. That's compared with, as of March 27, a total of 85,356 cases of COVID-19 resulting in the deaths of 1,246 people.
Just a few weeks after declaring she was “happy” that the COVID-19 pandemic had America “embracing” socialism, The View host Sunny Hostin turned around and grilled Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders for touting socialism as an answer to this pandemic. As the 2020 presidential candidate called in to Wednesday’s show, he was given a mixed bag of questions. The only consistent questions in the interview were when the hosts invited him to bash President Trump.
On Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur hoped the United States would be reshaped into a socialist country following the coronavirus pandemic as she recited a wish list of left-wing agenda items for Democrats to pursue amid the crisis.
The New York Times economist blowhard Paul Krugman seems to think communist China is more adept at handling the coronavirus pandemic than the United States.Krugman took advantage of the ongoing coronavirus issue to plaster a lazy, highly-politicized tweet against President Donald Trump and the U.S., saying, “America's response to the coronavirus is the worst in the world, which is shocking and has a lot to do with a leader [Trump] who is completely unfit, temperamentally and intellectually, for the job,” Krugman tweeted March 29. The tweet included a graph showing the comparative virus case trajectories of different countries.
The liberal media seem to be ignoring coverage of communist China’s role in mishandling the coronavirus pandemic. But the media will sometimes praise China as a “global leader.” Prominent Twitter conservative personality, SpectatorUSA contributor, former Fox News contributor and podcast host Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) was having none of it.
It looks like one big-name businessman isn’t allowing the coronavirus to dim his hopes on America’s economic strength. The Hillary Clinton supporter, billionaire Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated in an economic-based interview on a Fox News podcast (Fox News Rundown ) that “We've had a taste of socialism right now ... giving money and redistributing wealth ... that's okay.” But Cuban didn’t put his stock in socialism:
There’s a conspiracy theory on the left that continues to be spread by the media this week, claiming President Trump only wants to reopen the economy because it would benefit his hotel business. This idea should puzzle any sane person, yet somehow it makes sense to those deranged by their hatred of the president. After The View’s Sunny Hostin, and MSNBC spread this theory Tuesday, Late Night host Seth Meyers continued spreading this dangerous idea on his Wednesday night show.
During a rare, exclusive interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday, NBC’s Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie couldn’t help taking a jab at President Trump, wondering if Powell had to “just ignore” Trump’s frequent criticism of the U.S. central bank’s monetary policy.
Having been a few days since there was even a noteworthy exchange between President Trump and a White House reporter, Wednesday’s Coronavirus Task Force daily briefing came through. This time, CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid was on the receiving end as the President called her reporting “fake news” and doubled down on a tweet insisting the liberal media want the economy to tank (due to the coronavirus) in order to further harm his reelection prospects.
This week, President Donald Trump began openly considering at what point the American government ought to take steps to reopen the American economy. He explained: "Our country wasn't built to be shut down. America will again and soon be open for business," suggesting that the timeline will be weeks instead of months.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough pleads with congressional leaders to strip out the provision in the coronavirus bailout bill that prohibits President Trump's companies from receiving relief. Scarborough argues that if the provision remains in the bill. Pres. Trump will have an incentive to make "rash" decisions to re-open the economy. In contrast, if the provision is taken out and his companies can receive relief, his only motivation will be to keep Americans healthy and safe.