Tuesday, May 19, 2020


I am not very political but there are a series of quotes from President Trump that I cannot get out of my head:

"I feel about vaccines like I feel about tests.  This [coronavirus] is going to go away without a vaccine.  Its going to go away and we're hopefully not going to see it again after a period of time."

Donald Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qbtqew-CI8

"It's a horrible number but if we have between 100,000 and 200,000 (deaths), we all together have done a very good job."

Donald Trump 01 June, 2020

US fatalities November 14, 2020 = 245,600

I work with numbers ever day and have to admit it is hard to avoid looking at this ever growing number as a standalone statistic.  The sad fact is it represents so much more than a faceless statistic.  At this point it is almost double the number of America's combat deaths during the Vietnam war.  It represents more deaths than all 2018 drug overdose related deaths in this country. More than that, each figure represents a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a child, a friend, a co-worker, or perhaps a casual social acquaintance. It was someone in the American social fabric.  The sad emphasis is on the word "was".  Clearly the President isn't responsible for this dreadful disease, but it is hard to overlook the fact that the vast majority of hese Americans died because of this administration's ignorance, incompetence, denial, selfishness and simple greed.  

And leading the charge is a President who is too stupid to understand, or perhaps worse, doesn't care.  His only goal seems to be getting reelected, whatever the costs.  Lead by example?  Sure, I'll provide American's with a clear understanding of the issue.  I'll pay attention to what the medical community advises. I'll take decisive action that unites us as we fight this common enemy.  I'll wear a mask to show what people how to break this disease.  I'll provide all of the financial and material support States need.  I'll show the victims and those on the front line fighting this war the empathy and appreciation they deserve.  Well, maybe I'll do it after I take the day off to go golfing at one of my resorts.

If that second quote represents the President's idea of doing a very good job, it raises the question: What does this man think a poor job would be?  

No matter what you think of the other candidate, you have to ask yourself, can this country afford another four years of complete ineptitude and callous indifference to the very people they swore to protect?

And here's the most recent quote.

"Great reviews on our handling of Covid 19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus.  Ventilators, Testing, Medical Suppl;y Distribution, we made a lot Governors look very good - And got no credit for so doing.  Most importantly, we helped a lot of great people!"

Donald Trump Twitter post 25 March, 2020

Donald, thank you from 245,600 grateful COVID-19 fatalities.  Where would they be without your capable management of this crises?   Hum, maybe alive.