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| Doug's Rants | March 26, 2020

A Heavy Heart:

It is with regret for me to let you know the Gazette will NOT be publishing a print edition NEXT week. The huge loss of advertising revenue in the wake of the shut down makes it cost prohibitive to carry on in the immediate future. Our plan is to resume printing on April 10 and go forward every other week – God willing – and if the government powers that be come to their economic senses, we will be back weekly soon.

In the meantime, please check out www.santaclaritagazette.com for posting of outside contributor’s op-ed pieces you enjoy each week. As for this ranter, I’ll do my best to contribute also.

She Really Is!

Some weeks ago after The Speaker of the House tore up the State of the Union speech, I called her a name I shouldn’t have (I even disappointed some friends of mine) and regret it (sort of).  After the complete bull crap she pulled earlier this week with her last minute fly-in into the swamp and grabbing Chuck Schumer by his private parts, yanking him away from the deal he had almost struck with the other side of the aisle to help all Americans, it really solidified my belief that she really is a royal female dog, and a very selfish one at that!

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From what I’m reading today, the stuff she and her cowering boy (Schumer) are trying to cram into the relief bill have nothing to do with the economic damage related to the virus and is nothing short of sickening! Granted, I’m pounding the keyboard here a few days before you’re reading this, so I don’t know how this ends up, but needless to say, so far it’s been shameful beyond shameful.

Helicopter $ The Way To Go?             

As many await the money that should start dropping into our bank accounts or mail boxes like manna from heaven, I’m left wondering if this is the way to go. Sure, many folks need a helping hand right now and will welcome what comes in, but perhaps we should try some good old fashioned expense reduction to enable what funds we do have to go further.

For those fortunate businesses that will still have a payroll, how about eliminating the burden of payroll taxes and any sort of government fees many have to pay? For example; auto repair related shops and the like have to pay environmental fees; our  LLC has to pay $1,700 a year just to be in business. The feds and the state should eliminate taxes on the gas we buy, sales tax on food and all commodities should bite the dust for now, this would also help businesses sell more goods and services. Maybe the government should help cover banks and property owners so they can suspend all rent, mortgages, car loan payments etc.

The list could go on and on, but you get the picture.  In other words, instead of huge sums of bail out money being pushed out, let you, me and businesses keep the money we earn. It’s ours in the first place, and all of us need to stretch it much further than before during times like these.

Starve The Virus, Save The Economy?

In the last few rants I’ve written:

“I vaguely remember the swine flu from ten years ago, but if we had gone through the same rigmarole we are now, I bet I’d remember it very well and so would you. I saw a headline from February of 2010: ‘Swine Flu Has Killed up to 17,000, With 60 Million Infected in the U.S.’ I went on to read 300,000 folks were hospitalized with that flu.»

“Another confusing factor for me is if this virus doesn’t make us that sick and is affecting relatively few, why is it a big deal? If the main concern is to protect those who are vulnerable from serious complications from the virus, then absolutely, let’s do anything and everything necessary to protect them. But why turn the lives of 300 million plus Americans upside down for that fairly limited segment of our population?”

 “If I’m missing something here please let me know, because unless it’s the bubonic plague or one of those deadly virus’ we see in the movies, why should we panic and mess with day-to-day living, that can have negative financial impact for many folks?  I say get over it and go on with life, if you happen to get sick with any kind of virus deal with it, like we have our whole lives.”

I caught some guff for those remarks with “you shouldn’t care about money more than people’s lives.”  It’s not that I don’t care about people’s health; I just don’t think it’s worth ruining millions of folks’ financial lives for the risk of some of us getting sick. Again, I ask, and nobody has enlightened me, as to the question of why weren’t there the same extreme actions taken ten years ago during the swine flu epidemic?  Our world as we knew it then stayed intact and everyone I knew back then came through with flying colors.

Even back during the swine flu days, the CDC advised AGAINST school closures and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said “Shuttering schools will be considered a last resort, because it creates major disruptions and forces many parents to miss work and lose the money they need for example to put food on the table.” Hello?!

Could Common Sense Come Into Play?

Now we’re hearing common sense rumblings of:

“For the sake of American’s financial and mental health, this has to end soon, despite the risks.”

“Trump worries US will see ‘suicides by the thousands’ if coronavirus devastates economy.”

 “There are economic consequences in trying to save lives on a mass scale. We should try and manage this thing without the severe financial pain being inflicted upon millions of those at a lower risk with a mass shutdown. Open things up while urgently protecting the most vulnerable.”             

“Twelve weeks of this will do more damage to many more than the virus will.”

“Liberty University invites students back to campus requires faculty to report to work.”

“This was a medical problem; we shouldn’t let it turn into a long-lasting financial problem.”

The Lieutenant Governor of Texas said; “Let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living, let’s be smart about it, and those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.”

This stuff makes liberal Dems and talking heads at CNN and MSNBC go bonkers. Sure it does, because none of them are concerned with how they’re going to put food on their families’ table or pay bills that are stacking up. So they sit there and squawk out there idealistic emotion-driven drivel without thought of the rest of us who are choking financially and want to get back to work and take our chances on getting the damn virus!

Common sense has got to come into play, but will it happen with many of the officials who made these decisions to lock us down having never worked a real job or owned a business?  I heard about long time Democrat Senator Ed Muskie, who bought a business after working in government for his whole adult life, saying “If I knew what it was like to own a business many of my votes in the Senate over the years would have been different.”  Well there you have it, a perfect example of what the life experience is of people who are running and ruining our lives today.

The Consequences? 

What are the possible consequences of the decisions these people are making for us today? Only time will tell, but how much time do we have before things really hit the fan? How long will it be until we see a leap in domestic violence within homes, other crimes going through the roof as many turn to desperate measures? What about a malaise settling in causing an epidemic of severe depression resulting in a steep and tragic rise of suicides that President Trump is concerned about?

We’ve already seen shoving matches in lines outside of grocery stores with law enforcement having to intervene; if this goes on too long, will we see anarchy in the streets as folks resort to measures that have never entered their minds in order to feed their families?

I know much of the preceding may seem farfetched, but let me ask you: Considering what we thought about this virus thing just a few short weeks ago, did we ever think it would come to what it has?

I firmly believe if you took a poll of millions of business owners and workers across our land, most would indicate they want to go back to life as we knew it and take our chances with getting ill. We did that ten years ago during the deadly swine flu epidemic that most folks barely remember, why can’t these lock downers see that?! Quips Quotes & Headlines:

“When Trump took office, we knew eventually America would pay a price for the incompetence of a reality show narcissist president. No one thought the price would be this high in dollars and lives.”  (Gary Horton)

*Don’t you just love how Dems are using this thing to shoot politically poisoned darts at Trump?  Funny, we didn’t see the same selfish politicizing against Obama when the swine flu infected 60 million Americans and he didn’t seem to do much of anything. (Me)

“Ostensibly, the panic-driven shutdown of the U.S. economy could plunge us into recession or worse, with dire consequences for the 2020 campaign. Some on the Left see COVID-19 in unapologetically political terms, as the magic solution to ending the Trump presidency and his supporters in a way that all the past hopes and dreams of doing so—from subverting the Electoral College after the November 2016 election to Mueller and impeachment, and all in between—utterly failed.”  (Victor Davis Hanson)

“Whatever the ultimate human and economic toll from the coronavirus, there is no doubt that Trump, as president, will be blamed for the economic slowdown of spring and perhaps even early summer. The media despises the president as does entertainment, academia, and the media, ensuring in popular culture and the news that he will be demonized in a way Obama was not, despite reacting far more slowly, to the swine flu threat of 2009.”   (Victor Davis Hanson)

*The incredible hypocrisy of the Trump presidency compared to Obama will go down in history as a pathetic chapter. (Me)

“He has done more than any other president in history to help bring American jobs back to our shores, strengthen our military, secure our borders, bring our troops out of needless conflicts, reform criminal justice and helping the wrongly accused and those given excessive sentences, and lower the unemployment rate across all demographics.”  (C. Norman Allen, from his column in the Signal on 3/21)

*How did Obama do with those issues? See what I mean about incredible hypocrisy? (Me)

“Americans need to know a certain date when this will end. The uncertainty for businesses, parents and kids is just not sustainable.”  (Laura Ingraham)

*Amen to that, sister!  (Me)

“What will this do to our long-term relationship with government? Already mayors and governors around the country are using this pandemic as an excuse to expand government’s control of our lives. Will that end when the virus ends? Perhaps, or perhaps they will tell us the risk of pandemics will be with us indefinitely and some of their controls need to remain in place permanently. After all, the history of lost liberty is marked by those who were foolish enough to trust the promises of their rulers.”  (Charlie Kirk)

*If that happens, I say “let the revolution begin,” because that could be the only way to unshackle the chains of government that would be preventing true freedom. (Me)

 

Letter to the Ranter:   

Doug

Trump and Cuomo are both now talking of about getting the economy going sooner rather than later.  Trump is thinking about the election and Cuomo is thinking about tax revenues.  Cuomo made his statement last Tuesday.  Another funny thing, MSNBC and CNN go after Trump for doing all the talking  and not letting his experts on the Coronavirus Task Force do all the talking at their news conferences, while not mentioning that Cuomo does all the talking at his daily news conferences.  Also, no reporting by the dynamic duo on Cuomo’s suggestion of early limited return to work, while blasting Trump’s similar idea.  Tom

 

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About Doug Sutton

Doug Sutton is the publisher of Santa Clarita Gazette, Canyon Country and Pet Me Magazine. Doug is active in Rotary Club of Santa Clarita, Heart of the Canyons Church, and a past board member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Doug and Jeannie have been married for 35 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

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