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Trump Will End Coronavirus Crisis with Tax Cuts for the Rich

May 8, 2020

Trump Will End Coronavirus Crisis with Tax Cuts for the Rich

“We’ve all hoped and prayed for something to save us from this pandemic. Will it be a vaccine? A therapeutic drug? Large-scale testing and tracing? An antibodies-rich llama or pack of virus-sniffing dogs?

Nope. According to the White House, the real coronavirus cure is even more magical: tax cuts.”

— The White House’s coronavirus cure is even more magical than we could have imagined,” Catherine Rampell, Washington Post
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Coronavirus Task Force Disbanding

May 6, 2020

Coronavirus Task Force Disbanding

The day after President Trump admitted that 100,000 Americans will die in the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, he announced that his Coronavirus Task Force will disband:

“Mike Pence and the task force have done a great job, but we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form, and that form is safety and opening. And we’ll have a different group probably set up for that.”

Mr. Trump has decided that restarting the economy is worth sacrificing the lives of workers, first responders, and their friends, families, and neighbors. But the president is also thinking about safety measures — for corporations. Republicans want to shield employers against COVID-19 damage claims by workers and consumers.

More:

“Administration to Phase Out Coronavirus Task Force,” Noah Weiland, Maggie Haberman and David E. Sanger, New York Times

“White House plots breakup of coronavirus task force,” Gabby Orr, Nancy Cook, and Brianna Ehley, Politico

“Trump gives up on virus fight to focus on economic recovery – and re-election,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Trump Admits ‘There’ll Be More Death’ After Economy Reopens,” Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

“‘Death Is Not An Economic Motivator’: Pelosi Emphasizes Dangers Of Reopening Economy,” Cristina Cabrera, TalkingPointsMemo

“Trump Says Nation Needs to Accept More Deaths: ‘We Have to Be Warriors,” Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

Updates:

“Trump reverses course and says White House coronavirus taskforce will stay,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Trump: COVID-19 task force not dismantling, just refocusing,” Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin, and Darlene Superville, Associated Press

Related:

“New projection puts U.S. COVID-19 deaths at nearly 135,000 by August,” Rich McKay, Reuters

“Meatpacking Crisis Shows Limits of Human Sacrifice As Recovery Plan,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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John Oliver to Jared Kushner: ‘It’s a success story for the coronavirus’

May 5, 2020

Last week  Trump son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner called the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response “a great success story.” John Oliver disagrees.

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“Jared Kushner: Trump Coronavirus Policy a ‘Great Success,’” NotionsCapital

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Jared Kushner: Trump Coronavirus Policy a ‘Great Success’

April 30, 2020

Jared Kushner: Trump Coronavirus Policy a 'Great Success'

Secretary of Slim Suits, Trump son-in-law, and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, fresh from bringing peace to the Middle East, is now running a shadow task force on COVID-19. Yesterday, the day when U.S. coronavirus deaths exceeded the number of Americans killed during the entire Vietnam Conflict, he called the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response “a great success story” on MAGA-friendly Fox & Friends.

“I think that we’ve achieved all the different milestones that are needed. So the government, federal government, rose to the challenge and this is a great success story. I think that’s really what needs to be told.”

Mr. Kushner, whose shadow task force is composed of fellow coronavirus profiteers, was the genius who told President Trump that COVID-19 was nothing to worry about, resulting in federal government inaction during January and February, when intervention would have saved thousands of lives.

More:

“Kushner calls the coronavirus response in US ‘a great success story,'” Savannah Behrmann, USA Today

“Trump and Kushner Engage in Revisionist History in Boasting of Success Over Virus,” Peter Baker, New York Times

“Insiders describe Kushner as ‘de facto president’ who played key role in delaying coronavirus closures: report,” Morgan Gstalter, The Hill

Related:

“White House Shop Sells the Gift No One Asked for: $100 COVID-19 Commemorative Coins,” Rachel Olding, Daily Beast

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Trump Economic Recovery Panel: Libertarian Clown Posse

April 15, 2020

Trump Economic Recovery Panel: Libertarian Clown Posse

President Trump announced the members of his Coronavirus economic recovery panel yesterday. He calls it the Great American Economic Revival and, true to its name, it’s got an amen corner of true believers. Unfortunately for a panel on government economic interventions, they’re fundamentalist Libertarians, believers in a savage free market “red in tooth and claw,” and opposed to any government intervention in American life. The market Malthusian “though leaders” on this committee are from the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, and Conservative Partnership Institute. Even the name “Great American Economic Revival” was provided by a Right-Wing media group.

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Doctors: Trump’s separation of families is torture

March 3, 2020

Doctors: Trump's separation of families is torture

“The trauma Donald Trump’s administration caused to young children and parents separated at the US-Mexico border constitutes torture, according to evaluations of 26 children and adults by the group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

The not-for-profit group’s report provides the first in-depth look at the psychological impact of family separation, which the US government continued despite warnings from the nation’s top medical bodies.”

Legal experts have argued family separation constituted torture, but this is the first time a medical group has reached the determination.”

— “Trump’s separation of families constitutes torture, doctors find,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

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Mike Pence, Coronavirus Czar

February 28, 2020

Mike Pence, Coronavirus Czar

President Trump has named Vice President Mike Pence to lead his administration’s fight against the Coronavirus epidemic. Mr. Pence gained extensive medical experience during his stint as Indiana governor, when his Medicaid “expansion” cut health coverage for thousands. His response to the state’s HIV epidemic was to “go home and pray on it,” a policy that caused HIV deaths to spike. A longtime critic of science-based policy, he denied that smoking causes cancer while running for Congress in 2000.

Since joining the Trump administration Mike Pence has filled the federal health establishment with Indiana cronies like former pharmaceutical lobbyist and drug company exec Alex Azar, now Secretary of Health and Human Services, who tripled the price of insulin when he headed Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly. In congressional testimony last Wednesday Mr. Azar would not guarantee that any coronavirus vaccine would be affordable.

More:

“Trump Put Mike Pence In Charge Of The Coronavirus Response. Public Health Experts Aren’t Having It.” Brianna Sacks, BuzzFeed

“Let’s Revisit Coronavirus Czar Mike Pence’s History on Public Health Initiatives,” Shannon Palus, Slate

“Mike Pence was criticized for his handling of Indiana’s HIV outbreak. He will lead the U.S. coronavirus response.” Washington Post

“Mike Pence ‘not up to task’ of leading US coronavirus response, say experts,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

Uh-Oh:

“Was Mike Pence exposed to coronavirus?” Kathryn Krawczyk, The Week

“Student Quarantined Days After Classmates Shook Mike Pence’s Hand, Report Says,” Jamie Ross, Daily Beast

Updates:

“Trump wanted, and got, a coronavirus lead who would give politics primary consideration,” Philip Bump, Washington Post

“Pence Will Control All Coronavirus Messaging From Health Officials,” Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman, New York Times

“Coronavirus: Pence defends Trump Jr claim Democrats want ‘millions’ to die,” Martin Pengelly and Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

“HHS Secretary Azar: ‘I’m still chairman of the task force’ on coronavirus after Trump says Pence is leading response,” Caroline Kelly, CNN

“Trump backers see a coronavirus conspiracy,” Ben Schreckinger and Alice Miranda Ollstein, Politico

“Mick Mulvaney: Media Is Exaggerating Coronavirus Coverage to ‘Bring Down the President,’” Pilar Melendez, Daily Beast

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Wilbur Ross on the New U.S. Economic Stimulus: Coronavirus

February 5, 2020

Wilbur Ross on the New U.S. Economic Stimulus: Coronavirus

Commerce Secretary, inveterate liar, and noted grifter Wilbur Ross is going viral for claiming that China’s novel coronavirus epidemic “will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America.” Kinda like how the Black Death stimulated real estate opportunities by emptying Europe’s cities, apparently.

The comment is not just morally appalling, it demonstrates complete ignorance of 21st century manufacturing processes, just what you want in a Secretary of Commerce. Vehicles assembled in the U.S., for example, contain 40 to 50 percent imported parts and components. If China’s factories shut down due to quarantine, U.S. auto assembly lines will grind to a halt. The Rust Belt won’t save the day by sprouting new factories. the corporate billions liberated by the Trump tax cuts were supposed to fund factory development but were used for unproductive stock buybacks instead.

More:

“Wilbur Ross Says Coronavirus Could Bring Jobs Back to the U.S.,” Ana Swanson and Alan Rappeport, New York Times

“Wilbur Ross says Coronavirus could boost US jobs,” BBC News

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Migrant Child Detention Center Operator Cancels Trump Golf Club Holiday Party

November 27, 2019

Migrant Child Detention Center Operator Cancels Trump Golf Club Holiday Party

Caliburn International, a federal contractor making billions from imprisoning immigrant children, has canceled its planned holiday party at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia after the event became public knowlege and conflict-of-interest questions were raised. It wasn’t a party for the migrant kids, mind you, just their taxpayer-funded jailers.

Happy holidays.

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“Contractor that holds migrant children scraps plans for holiday party at Trump golf club,” Graham Kates, CBS News

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Trump Administration Snatched 1,500 More Babies at the Border

October 25, 2019

Trump Administration Snatched 1,500 More Babies at the Border

“The American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday that the Trump administration separated 1,556 more immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border than has previously been disclosed to the public.

The majority of the children are ages 12 and under, including more than 200 considered “tender age” because they are under 5 years old.

The ACLU said the Justice Department disclosed the final tally — which is in addition to the more than 2,700 children known to have been separated last year — hours before a federal court deadline to identify all children separated since mid-2017, the year President Trump took office.”

— “ACLU says 1,500 more migrant children were taken from parents by the Trump administration,” Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post

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