July 2, 2020 9:59:53 AM
Continues to be concerned to national responses
Now that the U.S. has recorded its first day with over 50,000 new Covid-19 cases added (July 1), it seems appropriate to revisit comments made by myself and Raymond Gross back in late March and early April. Gross's March 26th letter attacked the Obama-Biden administration's response to the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic as a way of highlighting a key Biden deficiency as presidential candidate.
I agreed in my April 1 letter that the Obama-Biden response could have been improved, that the H1N1 death toll might well have been lower; over 12,000 deaths in a 12-month period is regrettable no matter the details. But I also argued that Covid-19 deaths would soon surpass those from H1N1 and that the Trump administration's slow response was part of the reason why. I suggested that Gross' raising this issue was probably not a winning political tactic.
I am even more convinced of that now. The July 1 number is the fifth day in the past eight in which a new record high was set, obviously a very disturbing trend. Total Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. have passed 128,000 and are projected to reach 175,000 by October 1, nearly 15 times the H1N1 death toll in less than half the time. Dr. Fauci has even suggested recently that we could reach 100,000 new cases per day if we are not careful.
How did our President spend his early morning to address this alarming news?
Among the items receiving the President's tweeting attention that day was how poorly the second quarter TV ratings of CNN and MSNBC's Morning Joe were compared to those of Fox News.
Then there is the news that Russia has been paying bounties, possibly as high as $100,000 per soldier, to Taliban fighters for several months and possibly longer -- which the President found time to label as a hoax. This report, however, has been independently verified by at least five separate news organizations. Worse, two separate sources disclosed it was in the President's daily briefing on February 27th. He either declined to read that briefing, or the report was withheld from him for some reason. I don't know which is worse.
The President's suggestion that these bounties are a hoax is, however, eerily similar to his abdication of leadership on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Perhaps the states can individually handle that one, too.
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