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Quote of note, and a highly recommended read:

"This fiasco is so monumental that it makes our recent failed presidents — George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — Mount Rushmore material by comparison."

Via The worst president. Ever.

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
Gee, who didn't see this coming?

Health care insurers expected to raise premiums by as much as 40% to recoup coronavirus losses

"Private health insurers are expected to raise premiums by as much as 40% to recoup the costs of coronavirus testing and treatment, according to a new analysis from Covered California, the state's health care marketplace."

"Though it remains unclear how much the coronavirus crisis will ultimately cost in health care expenditures, insurers will be submitting their 2021 rates to state regulators next month. Analyzing a wide range of models, Covered California expects that this year's care associated with the virus will cost between $34 billion and $251 billion, or between 2% of premiums and 21% of premiums. The analysis estimates that insurers would price the costs at double the rate into their 2021 premiums, projecting increases that range from as little as 4% to more than 40% for the 170 million workers and individuals who have private plans."

#capitalism #greed #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
Fact:

U.S. 'Wasted' Months Before Preparing for Virus Pandemic

"As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment."

"A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
Quote of note:

"As the Pentagon ordered 100,000 body bags to store the corpses of Americans killed by the Coronavirus, Governor Brian Kemp dictated that Georgia beaches must reopen, and declared any decision makers who refused to follow these orders would face prison and/or fines."

Via Georgia GOP governor orders several beaches to reopen days after acknowledging he’s woefully uneducated on coronavirus spread

#Georgia #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
Georgia GOP governor orders several beaches to reopen days after acknowledging he’s woefully uneducated on coronavirus spread
 
Hallelujah!

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"Evangelical churches with a right-wing, Christian-nationalist political bent really want nothing more than to resist government orders to cease holding services during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The main drawback is that there’s the possibility of killing off their congregations."

Via Evangelical Churches Run Smack Into Coronavirus' Lethal Reality, But Some Continue To Resist

#GOP #religiosity #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation
 
Rest easy, everyone -- Jared Kushner, Boy Wonder, is on the case...

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"Early this year, Kushner reportedly advised Donald Trump that the coronavirus was not that dangerous – more a threat to public confidence, and the markets, than to public health. Trump stuck with that message for six tragic weeks, between the confirmation of the first US case and a belated federal decision to speed the development of test kits."

"And it was Kushner who helped write a disastrous Trump Oval Office speech on 12 March announcing a European travel ban that sent markets into a tailspin and travelers crowding into airports. It was Kushner who solicited help from the father of the fashion model Karlie Kloss, his sister-in-law, to ask a Facebook group of doctors what should be done about the virus."

"Pepper expressed concern that when a governor calls the White House, she has to talk to Kushner, who then decides, apparently unilaterally, what the state really needs."

Via Jared Kushner and his shadow corona unit: what is Trump's son-in-law up to?




#JaredKushner #Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
Trump Sent Them to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Health Care

"Thousands of National Guardsmen around the country are in contact with people who’ve contracted COVID-19. But while the federal government has called on them for frontline assistance in battling the pandemic, it’s not giving them what they need to protect themselves: access to the military’s health insurance."

"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
Random stuff.

#GOP #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #corruption #incompetence #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Conservatives are determined to ‘own the libs’ during the pandemic — even if it gets people killed: GOP pollster
 
Quote of note:

"During normal presidencies, you expect the commander in chief to have the best data, know the most about what is going on and have the most far-sighted vision. Instead, Trump seems to be the least-informed adult in America."

Via Trump is always the last to figure it out

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
Quote of note:

"They don’t have the supplies they need! So don’t give me the MyPillow guy doing a song and dance up here on a Monday afternoon, when people are dying in Queens! Get this stuff made, get this stuff where it needs to go, and get the boots on the ground. Treat this like the crisis it is!"

Via ‘People are dying in Queens!’: A Trump defender turns against the president over failed coronavirus response

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation
‘People are dying in Queens!’: A Trump defender turns against the president over failed coronavirus response
 
It was a disgusting & pathetic parade of corporate capitalist advertising in the face of a public health crisis.

Trump accused of using coronavirus briefing as corporate advertising spot

"Donald Trump was accused on Monday of turning his daily White House coronavirus briefing into an advertising spot for corporate allies, even as the number of US cases topped 160,000."

"The president paraded several company leaders in the White House Rose Garden, starting with Mike Lindell, the chief executive of MyPillow, who has become a regular cheerleader for Trump at his campaign rallies."

Trump uses White House coronavirus briefing to promote corporate allies

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation
 
Quote of note:

"What we all choose to do outside of our hospitals has a direct and significant impact on what happens inside them. The more strictly that we all follow social distancing guidelines to the maximum extent that we can, the easier it will be for our healthcare workers to do their jobs. It is the only way to counteract an appalling federal response that inspires a mixture of anger, bafflement and disgust."

Via John Oliver Blasts Conservatives Touting Markets Over Lives During COVID-19 Pandemic

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
John Oliver Blasts Conservatives Touting Markets Over Lives During COVID-19 Pandemic
 
Fauci Becomes Target of Pro-Trump Disinformation Op

"Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has come under fire from far-right and ultra-conservative groups supporting Trump for what they perceive as efforts to undermine the president on the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Times reports."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation
 
Please read the entire article. That is all.

"Fully Republican-controlled states have rejected the as-rewritten-by-John-Roberts Medicaid expansion not because it’s unpopular and doesn’t work, but because it’s popular and works. It’s a deeply revolting worldview, but it doesn’t suddenly vanish during a pandemic."

"And, of course, the next step is scapegoating."

Via Denialism as an ethos

#GOP #corruption #incompetence #cruelty #inequality #healthcare #election2020
Denialism as an ethos
 
Quote of note:

"We are witnessing in the United States one of the greatest failures of basic governance and basic leadership in modern times."

Via The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life




#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation
 
It's this kind of under-handed, purposeful criminality & malignancy that makes me angry... among a thousand other things....

Trump administration allows companies to break pollution laws during coronavirus pandemic

"The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended its enforcement of environmental laws during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, signaling to companies they will not face any sanction for polluting the air or water of Americans."

"In an extraordinary move that has stunned former EPA officials, the Trump administration said it will not expect compliance with the routine monitoring and reporting of pollution and won’t pursue penalties for breaking these rules."

"Polluters will be able to ignore environmental laws as long as they can claim in some way these violations were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the event of an imminent threat to public health, the EPA will defer to the states and “consider the circumstances” over whether it should intervene."

**"There is no end date set for this dropping of enforcement."*8

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#Trump #GOP #EPA #corruption #environment #pollution #ClimateCrisis
 
More GOP immoral complicity. Quote of note:

"But you know what else can kill you? Poverty. Hunger. Losing the entire economy."

"And we need to stop thinking about the next election and try to think a little more about the next generation and what we leave to them, which is going to be the little end of nothing if we let this economy collapse."

Via GOP senator: Just a 'small segment' of population at risk from virus

#GOP #corruption #exploitation #greed #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL
 
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Quote of note:

"The chart that tells you how all of today’s economic troubles are going to end is not the bar graph of new deaths from coronavirus in Italy versus deaths in the U.S. It’s the chart that shows the number of potential deaths among the banks and insurance companies that have gorged themselves on risky derivatives and serve as counterparties to each other in a daisy chain of financial contagion."

"The chart above is why the Federal Reserve is throwing unprecedented sums of money in all directions on Wall Street. Because despite being a primary regulator to these massive bank holding companies, the Fed has no idea who is actually in trouble on derivative trades, other than looking at a chart like the one above."

"The chart above also justifies the Democrats refusing to sign off on the fiscal stimulus legislation that would have given U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a $500 billion slush fund where the names of the recipients of bailouts could be withheld from the public."

Via This Is the Fear Chart that the Smart Money on Wall Street Is Watching

#WallStreet #banksters #GOP #corruption #exploitation #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic
This Is the Fear Chart that the Smart Money on Wall Street Is Watching
 
Quote of note:

"Getting rid of Trump without also eventually destroying the Republican party in its present form is the equivalent of removing a primary tumor when the cancer itself has already become virulently metastatic. Any hope for survival requires a far more radical ongoing treatment of the disease itself."

Via We’re in this terrible situation because the government is in the hands of terrible people (Republicans)

#GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation
We’re in this terrible situation because the government is in the hands of terrible people (Republicans)
 
DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

"The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States."

"Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions."

"A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment on the documents."

"The move has tapped into a broader fear among civil liberties advocates and Donald Trump’s critics — that the president will use a moment of crisis to push for controversial policy changes. Already, he has cited the pandemic as a reason for heightening border restrictions and restricting asylum claims. He has also pushed for further tax cuts as the economy withers, arguing that it would soften the financial blow to Americans. And even without policy changes, Trump has vast emergency powers that he could legally deploy right now to try and slow the coronavirus outbreak."

#CivilLiberties #DoJ #Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation
 
Sen. Kelly Loeffler Dumped Millions in Stock After Coronavirus Briefing

"The Senate’s newest member sold off seven figures worth of stock holdings in the days and weeks after a private, all-senators meeting on the novel coronavirus that subsequently hammered U.S. equities."

"Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) reported the first sale of stock jointly owned by her and her husband on Jan. 24, the very day that her committee, the Senate Health Committee, hosted a private, all-senators briefing from administration officials, including the CDC director and Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institutes of Health of the United States, on the coronavirus."

#GOP #corruption #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #exploitation
 
Sen. Kelly Loeffler Dumped Millions in Stock After Coronavirus Briefing

"The Senate’s newest member sold off seven figures worth of stock holdings in the days and weeks after a private, all-senators meeting on the novel coronavirus that subsequently hammered U.S. equities."

"Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) reported the first sale of stock jointly owned by her and her husband on Jan. 24, the very day that her committee, the Senate Health Committee, hosted a private, all-senators briefing from administration officials, including the CDC director and Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institutes of Health of the United States, on the coronavirus."

#GOP #corruption #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #exploitation
 
Quote of note:

"We don't know why these eight GOP senators couldn't bring themselves to vote for a bill even Mitch McConnell was backing, to help Americans in need during a pull-the-fire-alarm global pandemic. Maybe we could Google it, but thing is, we don't fucking care. Whatever selfish ideological picky-ass pissant reasons they had why this bill just wasn't perfect, we don't want to hear them. These senators just told you what they care about, and it's not whether your Nana dies of coronavirus or you go bankrupt because of the disease. They've got theirs, after all."

Via Naming And Shaming The 8 GOP ​Senators Who Don't Really Give A F*ck What Coronavirus Does To Your Nana




#GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
You be the judge on the underlying meaning here.

#GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
Danger, Will Robinson.

"White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has seized on negotiations over how to handle the economic fallout of the coronavirus to push President Trump to use the crisis to bolster his “Buy American” agenda—starting with domestic production of key medical goods and equipment."

"His role, as described to The Daily Beast by several officials, has been aggressive enough to prompt serious pushback from other senior Trump officials, who are worried that Trump will be won over by the Buy American pitch, which will, in turn, have damaging consequences during the nation’s worst public-health and economic crises in years."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
Quote of note:

"Don’t just blame President Trump. Blame me — and all the other Republicans who aided and abetted and, yes, benefited from protecting a political party that has become dangerous to America. Some of us knew better."

"But we built this moment. And then we looked the other way."

"Many of us heard a warning sound we chose to ignore, like that rattle in your car you hear but figure will go away. Now we’re broken down, with plenty of time to think about what should have been done."

Via Republicans like me built this moment. Then we looked the other way.

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
Quote of note:

"Misinformation can be fatal, and that’s why Americans need to be more vigilant and shrewd about the media that they consume, especially now. That is the lesson that we all should be conveying, particularly those of us in the press. We cannot rely upon the visceral danger this pandemic presents to encourage people to make smarter choices about citizenship, let alone what and who they allow to influence their thinking. And that starts with thinking critically about oneself, which too many Americans fail or refuse to do."

"Fox News and Fox Business are winning the information war at the worst time, all by embracing the worst in us. They’ll tell you that nothing is wrong when there clearly is —— and then imply that if you get sick, blame the Chinese. When you’re a Fox News viewer, it’s never your fault. But when the public heat rises, the Fox cable networks leap at the chance to appear civil. And too often, we waste time laughing at them or give them credit for trying. It isn’t difficult to look like you’re stepping up when you’re already at rock bottom."

Via Fox News, Still a Danger to Public Health

#FoxNews #disinformation #propaganda #GOP #corruption
Fox News, Still a Danger to Public Health
 
Inside the Pro-Trump Facebook Group Where First Responders Call Coronavirus a Hoax

"The private Facebook group was formed last year to protest the IAFF’s official endorsement of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. Trump encouraged his followers to join the Facebook group in May 2019."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
While Trump and the GOP play politics, people will die.

Trump World and Senate GOPers Want to Jam Pelosi on Coronavirus Stimulus

"As Congress works to pass a coronavirus relief bill authored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Republicans are approaching the next round of response to the outbreak—a possibly trillion-dollar-plus stimulus bill—with a blunt message to Democrats: This one’s ours."

"Both privately and publicly, Senate Republicans have groused in recent days about having been sidelined during negotiations over what has become known as the Phase 2 deal to address the coronavirus pandemic. That bill, which passed by an overwhelming bipartisan margin last week in the House, focused on expanding paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, and food security for those affected by the outbreak, plus increasing testing capability for the virus."

"Republican leadership told members on Tuesday to swallow their gripes and pass the bill, citing the harsh demands of addressing a national crisis. Those members have found solace in the possibility of turning the tables on Pelosi and House Democrats when the next phase of coronavirus response is soon considered. That bill, known as Phase 3, is set to be a sweeping response to a cratering economy. And with the House of Representatives on recess and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowing to keep the Senate in session until a stimulus is approved, the GOP will almost certainly have the first shot."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team

#Trump #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team
 
Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team

#Trump #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team
 
How convenient. I am sure Putin is pleased.

U.S. Justice Dept. abandons prosecution of Russian firm indicted in Mueller election interference probe

"The U.S. Justice Department moved Monday to drop its two-year-long prosecution of a Russian company charged with orchestrating a social media campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election."

"The stunning reversal came weeks before the case — a spin off of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe — was to go to trial."

"Assistants to U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea of Washington D.C., and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers cited an unspecified 'change in the balance of the government’s proof due to a classification determination', according to a nine-page filing accompanied by facts under seal."

"Prosecutors also cited the failure of the company, Concord Management and Consulting, to comply with trial subpoenas and providing a 'misleading' affidavit by Yevgeniy #Prigozhin, a co-defendant and the company’s founder. Prigozhin is a catering magnate and military contractor known as 'Putin’s chef' because of his ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin."

#Trump #Russia #DoJ #GOP #corruption #conspiracy #election2016
 
Trump tells Governors: "You're on you're own..."

"President Trump told a group of governors Monday morning that they should not wait for the federal government to fill the growing demand for respirators needed to help people diagnosed with coronavirus."

"'Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves', Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times."

"'We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself'."

"The suggestion surprised some of the governors, who have been scrambling to contain the outbreak and are increasingly looking to the federal government for help with equipment, personnel and financial aid."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
News Flash: Devin Nunes is a still a shit stain.

#GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL
 
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There's train wrecks, and then there's train wrecks.

This is the mother of all train wrecks.

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation
 
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