Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dumb Ron Johnson worries about COVID-19 Freeloaders, and "the costs of potentially going too far here." Dr. Fauci: " I don’t think with any moral conscience you can say, ‘Why don’t we just let it rip and happen and let ‘x’ percent of the people die.' I don’t understand that reasoning at all.”

BREAKING 3/20/2020: Dumb Ron Johnson in the story below is willing to hold up help to Americans because he fears many will freeload, and take advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak. Well, look who took advantage of the pandemic...

It doesn't matter when the sale process began, it's the time Johnson made sure that sale took place. Anyone else believing his bullsheet?
With two of his GOP colleagues, Republican Sens. Richard Burr and Kelly Loeffler, coming under fire for selling stock after getting a security briefing on the coronavirus Jan. 24, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on Friday defended selling his stake in his family's privately held company earlier this month. He said the actual bidding process took place late last summer.

Johnson said the deal had been in the works since 2018 … "Obviously, this had nothing to do with the coronavirus." He made between $5 million and $25 million on the March 2 sale of his share of Pacur LLC, Johnson headed the company before he was elected to the Senate in 2010.
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It's been bad week for Dumb Ron Johnson. But Johnson's not the only one. We're now looking into the darkest recesses of the entire GOP mindset. This is really how they think, and a COVID-19 pandemic ain't gonna change anything.

Johnson's sociopathic distrust of employees is brutal, even now, as many of them are sent home due to business closings. Imagine how strongly Republicans feel when times are normal. With businesses shuttered, Johnson actually said...
"People are going to have to work..." 
…whether they die or not? There are no words:

"(Worried about) incentivizing people to not show up for work either and don't necessarily want to do that. You have to think this thing through in terms of what are the unintended consequences of good intentions. People are going to have to work. People do need to recognize the fact that this is not Ebola. This is not MERS. It's not quite the seasonal flu. But we have to keep things in perspective and we got to keep our economy."
But when you thought Johnson couldn't get any darker than this, well, he did:
"One thing the press has not covered at all is the people who have really recovered. Right now, all people are hearing about are the deaths. I’m sure the deaths are horrific, but the flip side of this is the vast majority of people who get coronavirus do survive.” 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interview:
“I’m not denying what a nasty disease COVID-19 can be, and how it’s obviously devastating to somewhere between 1 and 3.4 percent of the population.

But that means 97 to 99 percent will get through this and develop immunities and will be able to move beyond this. But we don’t shut down our economy because tens of thousands of people die on the highways. It’s a risk we accept so we can move about. We don’t shut down our economies because tens of thousands of people die from the common flu… getting coronavirus is not a death sentence except for maybe no more than 3.4 percent of our population (and) I think probably far less.”

This Intelligencer saw it this way:
Johnson is comparing the virus to auto fatalities (around 37,000). But we might shut down the economy to prevent 100 times that many deaths. Joseph Stalin allegedly said, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” It’s not reassuring to hear this philosophy espoused by high-ranking national officials.

BREAKING 3/20/2020: Don't take my word for how bad Johnson's comments were... Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

'That's totally way out': Ron Johnson comments on coronavirus draw fire from Fauci at White House briefing


Johnson has from the beginning, never worked on solutions, but instead focused all his effort making sure we all understood the problem first, even if it takes years.

He must think we're all as slow as he is. 

Can't get enough of that Johnson deep thinking? Agonize over this...:
"But we also need to really understand the costs of potentially going too far here. But nobody knows what too far is, which is what’s so difficult about the situation.”

Radical Republican Wisconsin: Rabid Republicans, in the face of the total collapse of the economy, voted against helping Americans wait out the COVID-19 epidemic:

Republicans still making it hard to get Medicaid: While Arizona and Iowa loosen Medicaid requirements...
...two other Republican-led states, Oklahoma and Utah, are pushing ahead with Medicaid waiver changes intended to tighten eligibility for expanded coverage to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act, including work requirements.

Utah is proceeding with its plan to require Medicaid expansion enrollees report at least 48 job searches in the first 90 days of eligibility, as well as to complete an online job readiness survey. "At a time when the job market is collapsing, the absurdity of that requirement is even more apparent."

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