THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

By George Smith

The elephant in the room keeps getting bigger. And no one with any national status is talking about it…at least in any way, shape or form that is breaking through the constant clamor of “COVID-19”.

The elephant? National deficit and debt.

In the past decade, since the “fiscally conservative” Republican Party controlled  both houses of Congress from 2010 to 2018 and the presidency since 2017, the debt has increased exponentially.

The last time the federal government had a surplus was under President Bill Clinton. (Go ahead and check. I’ll wait.)

In February 2020, the public debt of the United States was around $23.4 trillion, more than $1.29 trillion more than a year earlier, when it was around $22.1 trillion. (Note: A trillion has 12 zeroes/- $1,000,000,000,000.

And, that does not include the $2.200,000,00,000 just approved in democratic socialist stimulus checks approved this week by a bipartisan vote in both houses.

And, a second round of bailouts for other needy entities, like non-profits will be rolled out soon.

The national debt now stands just shy of $26,000,000,000,000. (1,2,3….12 zeroes. That’s right..) so, I owe more than $69,000 for my share of the debt; my supreme spousal unit also owes that amount. So do our six kids and their kids and the baby born a few minutes ago.

The so-called tax cut in 2017 added $2-plus trillion the debt .. and few in power blinked an eye. 

The elephant in the room is sick with a disease with a worse disease than COVID-19. Our elected officials — all those who think the elephant is a “fig newton” of their imagination and will, somehow, some day, just magically vanish — are guilty of dereliction of duty and malignant neglect of their fiduciary responsibilities as gatekeepers of tax dollars.

Of course, in times like these, drastic actions must be taken to preserve the republic.

But when the debt burden becomes too heavy to bear — and it will — the resulting tumult will make the coronavirus pandemic look like a few people with bad allergies.

Count on it. The clock is ticking.


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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 3/28/2020

March 28, 2020

1. NYT CASE MAP—CONSTANTLY UPDATED
Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html

2. OXYGEN DELIVERY DEVICEs:

A. OXYGEN (O2) MASKS ALONE WITHOUT PRESSURE:
These may be tubes in the nostrils, a small mask over the nose and throat, or a shield over the face and perhaps the head — even a scuba mask. These simple systems are generally available and flow O2 without pressure for the patient to inhale. The patient must be able to breathe on his own. These O2 lines and be divided and can supply many patients at the same time without risk. In virtually all American hospitals, O2 is piped into each hospital room and service area. O2 can be delivered and used at home out of big green pressurized bottles.

B. O2 DELIVERY SYSTEMS with PRESSURIZED FLOW DIRECTLY INTO THE LUNGS WITH OR WITHOUT A TUBE INTO THE TRACHEA/LUNGS
These are the VENTILATORS that are in short supply. Oxygen is delivered even into stiff, sick lungs in the computerized and observed exact amounts needed for each individual patient based on their size, lung volumes, and needs. More basic ventilators without all the bells and whistles can be mass-produced without much trouble. The management of these devices requires training and experience and semi-sterile techniques. Ventilators force air with increased amounts of oxygen into the patient’s lungs. (From NYT: …a Medtronic ventilator has about 1,500 parts, supplied by 14 separate countries. More machines might, at best, be manufactured by the hundreds a month — but not by the thousands, as is needed right now).

3. COVID-19 Screening Tool
This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19.
https://www.apple.com/covid19

4. NEW COVID-19 TEST LATE NEXT WEEK WITH RESULTS IN ONLY A FEW HOURS. No details available at present.

5. FOLLOW THE MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER FOR AREA REPORTS SUCH AS:
[Marsews Messenger] Smith County issues two-week stay at home order
https://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/smith-county-issues-two-week-stay-at-home-order/article_a9644763-c3ae-57da-b9be-b5a69d807f9f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

][Marshall News Messenger Wiley College employee tested positive for COVID-19, the school says
https://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/wiley-college-employee-tested-positive-for-covid–school-says/article_07247cb6-7086-11ea-8abb-c394c7e9ccdd.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share
Christus COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-458-4559 to evaluate symptoms and get instructions on testing, if appropriate, and instructions on self-isolation.

6. COVID-19 cases in Northeast Texas by county*

Smith: 27 cases, 1 death   |   Gregg: 4 |    Angelina: 1   | Bowie: 1   |   Cass: 1   |   Cherokee: 1   |   Harrison: 1   |   Hopkins: 1   |   Morris: 1 |  Nacogdoches: 1   |   Rusk: 2 | Shelby: 1 | Upshur: 1 | Van Zandt: 1
As of afternoon on Friday, March 27, 2020.
From the Longview paper.


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