(LFC Comments: We received this message from a local lobbyist, and wanted to pass it along to our readers.
We are having an increasingly difficult time believing this pandemic all started with some Chinese citizens eating “Bat Soup”. Nothing happens in this world without someone wanting it to happen. There may be multiple agendas going on behind the scenes. Never let a good crisis go to waste!)
Per my email last evening, as I have had been receiving info from clients and friends from New York to Chicago to California to Europe and updates about various forms of “lockdown”, shelter in place, etc…., I thought I would share as much as possible so better decisions can be made by you for you and your family as well as for the country!!
BTW, I do not write these for my own edification: I follow the dictum:
Speaking to members of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society that day, Wendell Phillips in 1852 said:
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.”
However for practical application today until we can get back to the above admonition: The best summary is from Governor Newson’s office in California of what shelter in place looks like since the country cannot just shut down 330M people indefinitely or constantly.
In New York it is a bit more draconian since Governor Cuomo’s attitude is” “….that I must stop you from hurting me and others” – more nonsense as usual.
My take: The shutdown hurts and will hurt with increase in anxiety, depression, suicide, increase in alcoholism, increase in opioid use, domestic violence, building to increases in burglary, robbery (which we have plenty of in Ohio City in “normal” times) leading to potential riots, looting, more mayhem in general, etc, etc..
With unemployment hitting staggering numbers since so many small companies will be killed off. ($1,000 per month per person backed with no productivity is also a recipe for disaster – inflation and more).
Also many of my clients have started to refuse to or not submit government payments e.g. sales tax, state withholding, etc, etc since they do not have the funds, cannot afford it, need it for working capital or are concluding that they may be out of business soon if the economic shutdown continues….so “the hell with it”………government revenues will drop precipitously?
A good chunk of the country’s economy is shut down for a “pandemic” of 26,000 cases and 364 deaths whereas flu season had 65 million cases with 400,000 hospitalized and 35,000 to 70,000 deaths, but we do not call that a pandemic since “flu season” is around “all the time” (compare the stats)….BUT call it a pandemic, give it a fancy name, tell us it is more contagious and bad on old people and people with compromised immune systems and rough on breathing and the lungs and 354 deaths = a shutdown. This is ‘doubled down” with the British study of up to 1 million+ deaths……………they literally make this up as did the fraudster known as our state medical director of 10% of the population being infected – whose interview you should have watched from my last email with her and Governor DeWine on Tucker Carlson – they came across as two buffoons and many see why government officials are so hard to trust, besides many other reasons, which is an essay for another day…………
Also Cleveland Clinic and Ohio Department of Health refuse to release stats on CV testing that shows negligible amounts of cases after the test is administered.
In Europe it includes travel ban and border lock down between EU member states with the Scandanavian states being more into “medical martial law” (to complex to get into at this point)
From others in government:
Here is article in Military Times from 3 days ago. Ohio isn’t in their list of states with description of current operations, but it is clear the governor can utilize them.
I have read in a couple local papers about the National Guard coming in starting this Monday. They say not to worry. They are not coming in with guns, per se, but are coming into Ohio to work at 12 food banks around Ohio. The local Lorain County Second Harvest Food Bank director is quoted in the newspaper [paraphrased], “We welcome them as part of food delivery service family”…