Conrad Black: a way out of the coronavirus lock

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It is time to reassess Canada’s anti-coronavirus policy. Since there is no prospect of a vaccine for several months or more, we always had to try our luck with this virus. As in many other activities, what has happened in Canada has traced the events in the United States, especially since the Canadian media has relentlessly lost to the American anti-Trump media. Our press is apparently oblivious to the fact that US President Donald Trump attacked the entire political establishment of the two parties four years ago, highlighting his contempt for the national political media; gullible or biased Canadians do not reflect the American journalistic wisdom, just vehemence on one side in a death struggle between the outgoing president and the bipartisan post-Reagan political establishment he has pledged to displace.

While President Trump greeted the initial discussion of the coronavirus with enough complacency, the American media fueled public fear and amplified the absurd speculation of the Imperial College of Medicine in London that more than two million Americans could die from coronavirus. A political leap game began and Trump set up a task force officially chaired by the vice president and comprising a number of epidemiologists and public health administrators. The administration then led the charge of shutting down the United States, “to flatten the curve,” issuing guidelines and recommendations on how to limit the spread of infections. Former Democrats have relaunched the dying campaign for the presidential nomination of former Vice President Joe Biden and in an impressive display of professional machine politics, and brought him to the finish line, to avoid the appointment of completely impracticable Marxist senator Bernie Sanders. While these maneuvers were being carried out in the United States, Canada, although the incidence of coronavirus was relatively less numerous, followed the example of the United States and other Western countries and imposed an almost hermetic stop.

Canada, although the incidence of coronavirus is relatively lower, has followed the example of the United States.

The Democrats settled into the instant economic crisis with audible dreams of keeping Biden in his basement until election day and branding Trump as the Herbert Hoover of the Great Depression of this century. Trump has cushioned the economic consequences with a huge financial aid plan in which now more than $ 2.5 trillion has pledged to pay small employers their labor costs as long as they pass the product on to laid-off workers, and to increase tax deferrals for large companies, with special packages for hard-hit industries like airlines. In addition, a liquidity facility that could be worth $ 4 trillion is provided by the Federal Reserve and the United States Treasury.

Canada has again followed a parallel scenario, although its economic assistance plan has been less generous and more complicated and has caused louder yells of discontent than in the United States. The Democrats, after having tried unsuccessfully to bring them many advantages for organized work and unprofitable green energy. , accepted the package as a humanitarian arrangement during the planned several-month closure. This week, 26 million Americans were laid off by the public health crisis, out of a workforce of nearly 165 million, who enjoyed full employment a few months ago (more than a million jobs to fill more than the unemployed).

A dollar bill with the image of US President Donald Trump is displayed on the shelf of a hair salon in Mustang, Okla., Which reopened personal care businesses by appointment only, on May 24 April 2020.


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Trump has mobilized the private sector and facilitated the development of easy-to-administer immediate test devices and significantly increased production of ventilators. Despite democratic efforts to assert that the incompetence to test he inherited from the Obama administration has delayed progress, this is not the case. A person can test negative today and positively tomorrow. (A recent random sample of 3,000 people indicates that up to 20% of New York’s population may have been exposed to the coronavirus.) However, Trump was not going to carry the canister for economic devastation; he changed course again and recruited hundreds of celebrities from all fields to join him and his scientists in presenting a three-step plan for the reopening of the country.

Democrats locked up: reduced to long-term halt – six months according to perpetually tired New York mayor Bill de Blasio, 18 months (until vaccine is discovered) according to Zeke Emanuel , Biden’s medical adviser and imaginary brother to former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. They are in a desperate position. Trump tweeted authoritarian Democratic governors, “Free Michigan,” etc., which some naive Canadian observers took as an incitement to a violent rebellion. In fact, Michigan has adopted some of the country’s strictest foreclosures, prohibiting travel between homes to visit relatives in many cases, as well as the sale of non-essential items, such as paint. The police even went to private homes to look for unauthorized house parties. It is at these depths of authoritarian (and certainly unconstitutional) absurdity that the lockdown regime is reduced. Democrats have raged against the governor of South Dakota for failing to close his state (where there has been a death from coronavirus). They want dizzying unemployment and have a candidate who is struggling with a coherent answer to friendly questions that they can keep in their basement.

Presumably Canada Will Follow Again

Presumably, Canada will follow again. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected, but he has a minority government. There is a desperate economic crisis in Alberta without the coronavirus because the oil industry is in a desperate situation (thanks to Trudeau’s policies made worse by international events), and the pressure on the banking system will be considerable, in a country that doesn’t has not experienced a major bankruptcy crisis since 1923. Fear of the virus does not disappear spontaneously, but the unsustainable economic facts will clarify us. We can avoid a huge spike in death because restrictions are lifted as long as immunocompromised people are safe and basic precautions are taken. Sweden has not experienced a complete cessation at all and has a death rate per million inhabitants of 211, against the United States (156), the United Kingdom (293), France (332), Italy (429) and Spain (482). Canada has 60 of the lowest figures in the northern hemisphere, which means that someone is doing something right. He is a Canadian who died of coronavirus for 17,500 people across the country. All the deaths are sad and many are tragic and life cannot be monetized. Healthy public policy, however, requires that we also keep in mind that Canada has also inflicted more than a million unemployed workers and that the stock market has fallen by $ 670 billion in two months, or $ 330 million. for each of the approximately 2,200 lives lost. this pandemic in Canada. The vast majority of those who die from COVID-19 are over 65 and have other problems that increase vulnerability. This segment of the population is relatively easy to protect (although the Prime Minister is correct that the armed forces in homes for the aged are not a long-term solution).

Canada has done well. The closure, here and elsewhere, may be justified, but its continuation cannot. It must be canceled, cautiously and according to local facts, and the vigilance of the elderly and infirm must be redoubled. The exaggerated fate and gloom will evaporate with the resumption of life and the retention of manageable infection rates. These are painful moments, but we have only one practical choice.

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