Mitt Romney Interview

GLENN: How are you doing, Governor?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I'm terrific, thanks, Glenn.


 


 GLENN: Well, let's start with the news of the day. What do you think we're headed for today on the markets?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, I can't begin to predict the stock market. It will probably head down. The question is whether people will see it as a buying opportunity and turn it the other direction but I think there's a growing concern about the credit crisis and even solvency of our major institutions. So this could be going on for a while, but I'm no predictor of what markets are going to do.


 


 GLENN: Tell me about the stimulus package. I think this $800 tax rebate -- I'm all for giving people money back but now they are talking about giving people money back that didn't pay taxes in the first place. Second place, $800, that seems like a short-term idea that doesn't even address the real fundamentals of what's going on.


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, there's no question but that the real fundamentals are long term in nature and include the fact that our employment sector, our businesses are facing the highest taxes in the world right here in this country and we compound that by making it difficult for businesses to invest in new capital equipment and that's why the program I've put together calls for very substantial changes in the way businesses are taxed and creates incentives that we go to work and beginning to buy capital equipment and thereby helping boost our economy. But we've got a number of folks that have invested in some very bad instruments and some mortgages, sub prime mortgages that are going to see some losses and, of course, our desire is to make sure that the homeowners don't lose their homes.


 


 GLENN: Bank of America came out. Earnings have fallen 98%. I mean, you just said it. People have made bad investments, they've made mistakes. What do you think of the concept of, let the market correct itself, let these people who have done bad business, let them -- let it purge itself and that way it can heal. You never heal a wound if you don't let all of the rocks and pick all of the rocks out of there.


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, I think you're right and I think you're going to find that the big investment banks and the banks and so forth that have made these huge investments in this sub prime mortgage market are going to find some very difficult days ahead and there's going to be no interest in bailing those guys out and I think it's a very different matter to say, well, let's make sure that what's happening to them does not affect other enterprises from, you know, making pancakes to making cars and making computers and that's why there's an effort to put more capital into the marketplace to make sure that the credit crisis that's being seen by these investment banks and by the banks themselves is not something which brings down the entire economy.


 


 GLENN: Are you concerned about the sovereign wealth funds? Are you concerned about Saudi Arabia owning part of Citibank?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, they have been investing in this country for a long, long time. We've been sending them money for oil and they turn around and send money back here for various investments and at some point this is going to equilibrate. They are not going to keep on sending us oil for dollars that are declining in value. I think the same issue relates to what's happening in China. They continue to see declining dollars. Fundamentally this is going to correct itself. That's the nature of how markets work. But what we want to do is make sure that we don't have in the midst of this a downturn that causes people to lose jobs and then, if you will, it becomes a downward spiral. People lose jobs, they are not buying things, therefore companies aren't selling as much, so they have to let more people go. And that's why government steps into states like this at this tipping point to prime the market, to push it a little further -- when I say the market, I mean the economy -- to encourage the purchase of new equipment and the hiring of individuals. And that's what my plan calls for and I believe the President does as well.


 


 GLENN: You know, I get a lot of phone calls on two subjects. One is everybody wants to give the tax cuts, everybody's coming out on this but nobody is talking about fundamental restraint in Washington, nobody's really saying, okay, we're going to do this but we also have to signal to the world that we're not going to spend more money than we have.


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Wouldn't that be nice? And the big -- you know, the 800-pound gorilla in the room is the entitlement program shortfall that exists in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and these are not impossible to solve. The President came out with a proposal a year or two ago. There have been other proposals over the years, but it's time for Washington, which is fundamentally broken, it's time for Washington to say, look, we're not only going to be dealing with these short-term stimulus issues but we're going to deal with the long-term concern that the world has and one of the reasons the dollar is weak is because the world looks at our economy and says, America cannot rein in its excessive spending and it's only going to get worse, not better. And so that's one of the reasons, Glenn, I'm in this race is I want to get Washington back to work solving the problems that exist. These are not insurmountable problems. It's the will on the part of somebody who doesn't care whether it's the Republican or the Democrat who gets the credit.


 


 GLENN: Yeah, but how are you going to do that? Here's what happens. We send somebody to Washington, they say that and then they either sell their soul to the devil or they can't get congress to move because congress -- and it's happened with the Republicans and it's happened with the Democrats, they always seem to switch sides depending on who has the power. They don't move because they don't -- they don't want anybody else to have the credit. So how do you -- how do you as President fix that, get around it?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: One is a couple of things. One the president can say if you keep sending me bills, I'm going to veto them. Number two, there's a phenomena that exists when a crisis occurs and sometimes that's what it takes to get America to move but right now we're seeing a crisis as the world looks at us and says, you know what, America is not on stable footing economically and a crisis like that often causes people to take action. My wife says it's like watching two guys in a canoe moving down a river toward a waterfall. They are not paddling. That's Washington. And as they get closer to the waterfall, I'm convinced they will start to paddle as long as they have leadership that will show which way the shore is and that's what I'm trying to do.


 


 GLENN: The other question that people ask me all the time, and you are a guy who can actually answer this question is, most people don't -- you know, they have their 401k, they are fighting to keep their head above water. You know, they don't have a lot of money. What can they do in this economy? What is it that the average individual can do to shore themselves up or to help?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, the best thing we can do in an economy is for kids to work hard in school, for our parents to do a good job at work, for entrepreneurs to take the risk to build new enterprises and to pursue all sorts of innovation and technological insights. This is what propels a nation like ours ahead of those of other nations is just the content of our work, the quality of our productivity improvements, the level of our technological advances. These are the things long term we have to do for America to lead. And it begins, of course, with great homes, with great parents, with terrific schools and, you know, our schools are falling behind international standards. We're well behind other nations that we compete with in terms of the success of our kids coming out of school and if that's the case, we'll have a hard time keeping up long term. Short-term, you know, you put your head down, you weather this, you realize that the markets are going to go up and down. Throughout my life I've seen markets collapse, I've seen great fear and panic enter people's hearts as they see what's happening in markets. But somehow what comes down has always come back.


 


 GLENN: I found something confusing in the paper today and I don't know if you watched the Democratic debate last night. Did you watch it?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I did not see it. We were doing our own events.


 


 GLENN: They were talking about who's best, the Democrats are debating, who is best to beat John McCain. Now, I see on the front page of the New York Sun today where the race stands depends on who you ask. Let me just ask CNN. It says Romney has 72 delegates, McCain has 38 delegates. Have I missed something here or is this media bias?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, there's no question but that the media has always had great affection for Senator McCain and for good reason. They see eye to eye on a lot of things. And yet this is very much a race. Here in Florida the polls in the last couple of days have Senator McCain and myself tied here with a more engine of error. There have been three polls out. We're all going to be battling down here. Mayor Giuliani can't be written off, either, and nor can Governor Huckabee. We've got a real race going on and so far there have been six contests and I won three of them and I've come in second in two. So if you will, my medal count is the strongest but, you know, we're going to keep battling along here. I'm not the household name that John McCain is but I expect to beat him.


 


 GLENN: Do you want to make a plea to Thompson's people? I mean, there's rumor that he may drop out this week. If he does, where do his people go?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, I think either the Thompson folks come to me and to Governor Huckabee, I think it's less likely they'll go to McCain although both Senator Thompson and Senator McCain served together and were friends and I presume if Senator Thompson gets out, he will endorse Senator McCain because of their long friendship but I would never presume to suggest to another candidate get out. They are entitled to stay in as long as they would like to stay in. I think Fred Thompson has made our debates more interesting and he's been fun on the trail and I like him a lot. You know, I would miss him if he got out.


 


 GLENN: You know, I was watching -- well, that's bullcrap and you know that. You would like to have -- you would like to have fewer people in the race, wouldn't you?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Oh, you know, I'd love to have fewer people in the race but I'm certainly not going to suggest to some other candidate that they get out.


 


 GLENN: I get it, I get it. I mean --


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: It's a huge sacrifice to get in. So --


 


 GLENN: I mean, I don't know about you but if I were in your position, I would want everybody else to drop out. "Well, we'll miss you, guys, it's been fun. Oh, well."


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Hey, Glenn, I'll sign up for that one, everybody else leave but me.


 


 GLENN: All right, that's just me.


 


 In the debate, and I've been watching over the last few days. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama going at it. They are hitting each other pretty hard. I mean, I find it amazing that Barack Obama now understands how a conservative feels about Bill Clinton where he's not really, he is kind of fudging the truth a little bit. If what happened over the last few days with Bill Clinton would have happened to you or any other conservative; for instance, if you were sitting behind Martin Luther King, III as he was giving a speech on Martin Luther King day and you fell asleep at the same time that you were beating up on the black candidate, you would be called a racist. I'm convinced of it. If you were the candidate that has to run against the first female or the first African-American, how do you navigate the waters? Because you know you're going to either be called a sexist or a racist by the media and by the operatives of those candidates. How do you elevate the level of dialogue so it doesn't just degenerate into that?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, that's a great question, Glenn, that I don't have a great answer to other than to say that the kinds of challenges we face today are so daunting as a country that I think people are going to say, you know, normally kind of a, if you will, a People magazine analysis of the campaign is all I'm going to do. I think they are going to instead do more of a U.S. News and World Report analysis. They are going to say, you know, I want to know who's going to make sure that America is stronger and who can defeat this threat of global jihad, I want to know who can make our economy stronger because I'm concerned about the value of my savings but even more concerned about the ongoing job I have and my ability to get good healthcare. These kinds of issues I think are going to swamp a lot of the, if you will, the personality and FaceBook kind of issues. And even those will be titillating to the media and to observers. When it comes to going into the voting booth and pulling the lever, people are going to say, what is in my personal best interests here and they are not going to care whether someone is male or female or of one ethnicity or another. They are going to want the person who can do the job for them.


 


 GLENN: Governor Mitt Romney, it is always a pleasure, sir, and I'm thrilled with your progress and at least -- just know that at least somebody in the media is noticing the poll numbers that seem to be surging, that you are ahead of the delegate count and that John McCain is not a foregone conclusion and I appreciate your time, sir.


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Thanks, Glenn. Good to be with you.


 


 GLENN: Bye-bye.

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Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 735,135 (up from 524,478 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 34,807 (up from 24,369 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 155,950 (up from 125,490 Friday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy who is at 12% requiring hospitalization.
  • US has 142,746 Confirmed Cases and 2,489 Deaths, up from 85,749 cases and 1,304 deaths Friday
  • In the US, 20,220 citizens are officially hospitalized with COVID-19, another 6,402 with presumptive-positive cases (waiting test results)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 45,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 10,799 officially dead)
  • US has 2,489 Dead vs 4,562 Recovered and 2,970 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 135,695 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.5% of the total US population actually tested: 851,578 Tests Resulted in 16.5% Confirmed Positive Cases for COVID-19 (note US policy has been to test only patients with positive-symptoms or known exposure to confirmed-infected persons, resulting in high net-positive results vs other countries).
Trump Extends US "Shutdown" Through April 30th https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3077485/coronavirus-trump-says-social-distancing-guidelines
  • The Trump Administration extends recommendations for extreme social distancing, closed schools and houses of worship, work-from-home, and severe travel restrictions through April 30th.
  • The move was based on a simple model: 100-200k deaths if we continued shut-down vs 2-3 Million deaths if we lifted the shutdown in early April.
  • "How do you decide it's ok to let millions of Americans die? You don't." He said during a Rose Garden press conference. "I won't do that."
  • The updated timeline comes as the US President Donald Trump says the death toll from the virus is likely to continue to climb for another two weeks, and estimates that recovery is likely by June 1.
  • Trump said his earlier plan to lift the restrictions by Easter, on April 12, was only "aspirational". "Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won," Trump said.
  • Officials in the White House coronavirus task force, including Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, Deputy to Vice-President Mike Pence, have estimated that COVID-19 would kill as many as 2.2 million Americans if mitigation measures were not in place.
As COVID-19 Epidemic In New York Continues, 9-11 System Is Overwhelmed https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/nyregion/nyc-coronavirus-ems.html
  • 911 Emergency system in New York City & Tri-State Area is receiving over 7,000 calls per day, more than at any time since September 11th, 2001.
  • The System has broken 3 records this past week, with nearly 8,700 calls on Thursday.
  • Many calls are for people with high-fevers and flu-like symptoms including severe cough, chills and difficulty breathing.
  • "It's all a war zone," one of the paramedics said. "There is no way we can respond to this many emergency calls."
  • Because of the high-risk of COVID-19 infection, many life-saving procedures have been suspended, including CPR and artificial respiration.
  • By Friday, more than 206 emergency medical technicians from the NY Fire Department had tested positive for COVID-19. Another 750 NYPD officers have also tested positive, and more than 10% of New York's police force is currently offline due to infection or Quarantine due to suspected infection.
  • One Paramedic who chose not to be named estimated that over 20% of 9-11 calls are going unanswered. "I can see them on my screen, with no units responding," he said.
In Yet Another Scene Out of a Hollywood Disaster Movie, Field Hospital Is Being Set Up in Central Park https://news.yahoo.com/field-hospital-set-yorks-central-park-202813283.html
  • Residents posted pictures of make-shift field hospitals being set up in Central Park in Manhattan.
  • Dozens of people worked in a drizzle to erect the facility for an expected influx of COVID-19 patients at the epicenter of the US COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Samaritan's Purse, a US-based Christian global relief agency, is setting up the hospital on the park's East Meadow lawn, where workers in face masks unloaded a white tarp and other equipment on the grass.
  • "There are lots of cases here in New York and a lot of people that need help," said Elliott Tenpenny, a doctor and team leader for Samaritan's Purse COVID-19 Response Team.
  • "The hospitals all over the city are filling up and they need as much help as they can get. That's why we're here."
  • He said the charity was working with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mount Sinai, with the aim of receiving patients within two days.
  • Unlike other temporary facilities going up in the New York region, this site will have the equipment and personnel necessary to handle COVID-19 patients. Tenpenny called it a "respiratory focused field hospital" which will have a capacity of 68 patients, and the doctors and nurses to treat them.
  • Samaritan's Purse has set up a similar temporary hospital in Cremona, Italy, the country with the highest COVID-19 death toll.
Your Papers Please! US State by State Travel Restrictions & Warnings Go Into Effect https://www.the-sun.com/news/604376/andrew-cuomo-new-york-coroanvirus-slams-donald-trump/One Week After Mexican Governor Claims Poor People Are Immune, Epidemic Evident in Mexico https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/hugs-kisses-dining-out-during-virus-raise-fear-in-mexico/ar-BB11SinY
  • "Mexico's response was late, wrong and slow, and many people are going to die," said Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. "There's no reason to believe the virus here should behave differently among this population. Cases are growing exponentially."
  • President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico was still hugging and kissing constituents. As recently as eight days ago, he urged them to keep eating out at restaurants.
  • Stung by global criticism and disapproving national polls, the leftist populist widely known as AMLO began to shift in recent days.
  • Schools were closed on March 20; four days later, the country's 51 testing sites broadened their reach to include testing as many as 2,200 persons per day, mostly in Mexico City.
  • Finally, on Saturday, March 28th, the deputy health minister called on Mexicans to stay home, saying it was the "last opportunity" to slow down the virus, with more than 20,000 confirmed infected.
  • "It may be too late. Thousands may die," said Dr del Rio.
Hundreds of Thousands of Migrant Workers Suddenly Homeless https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/world/asia/coronavirus-india-migrants.html
  • In India, hundreds of thousands of day-laborers were suddenly homeless due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and work shut-downs.
  • Many day-laborers are used to being provided dorm-like beds while on the job, but with work-sites closed down and national transportation systems offline, parks and public spaces are suddenly filled with thousands of men sleeping on sidewalks and in open fields.
  • Soup kitchens in Delhi, the capital, have been overwhelmed. "We normally get a thousand people per day," said one worker. "Today more than 10,000 people lined up before we served our first bowl."
  • So far, more than a dozen migrant laborers have lost their lives in different parts of the country as they tried to return to their home, hospital officials said.
  • Thousands of migrants in Delhi, including whole families, packed their pots, pans and blankets into rucksacks, some balancing children on their shoulders as they walked along interstate highways.
  • Some planned to walk hundreds of miles. But as they reached the Delhi border, many were beaten back by the police under orders to now allow any crossings until further notice.
UN Global Food Supply Panel Warns of Pending Food Shortage https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/26/coronavirus-measures-could-cause-global-food-shortage-un-warns
  • Protectionist measures by national governments during the coronavirus crisis could provoke food shortages around the world, the UN's food body has warned.
  • A shortage of field workers brought on by the virus crisis and a move towards protectionism – tariffs and export bans – mean problems could quickly appear in the coming weeks, Maximo Torero, Chief Economist of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said.
  • "The worst that can happen is that governments restrict the flow of food," he said. "All measures against free trade will be counterproductive. Now is not the time for restrictions or putting in place trade barriers. Now is the time to protect the flow of food around the world."
  • "We need to be careful not to break the food value chain and the logistics or we will be looking at problems with fresh vegetables and fruits soon," said Torero. "Fruit and vegetables are also very labor-intensive... if the labor force is threatened because people can't move then you have a problem."
  • Warnings from the UN come as the EU reportedly plans to provide transportation of more than 70,000 farmworkers from Eastern Europe to France, Belgium and Spain to help with planting season. https://thehill.com/policy/international/489783-united-nations-warns-of-global-food-shortage-caused-by-coronavirus
  • Warnings were less severe in the US, which relies less on global food production for domestic consumption. "There is plenty of food in the US system," said Sonny Perdue, US Secretary of Agriculture. "The US is a net exporter of food supplies, so we can just keep more of our food at home this year."
New Report Estimates US Economic Impact at $1 Trillion GDP Losses Per Month https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Business%20Functions/Risk/Our%20Insights/COVID%2019%20Implications%20for%20business/COVID%2019%20March%2025/COVID-19-Facts-and-Insights-March-25-v3.ashx
  • A study from consulting firm McKinsey & Company estimates the total GDP impact of COVID-19 could exceed $1 Trillion per month starting from March, 2020.
  • The study includes only economic losses in the Private sector and did not calculate the impact of Government-funded bailouts or spending, and future economic losses due to higher debt payments.
  • McKinsey estimates losses in the Oil/Gas sector to exceed 50% for 2020 compared to prior forecasts, and for US retail to suffer losses in excess of 25% compared to 2019.
  • "In a Word: Catastrophic," said lead author of the study. "We'll be digging out from this hole for years to come."
  • McKinsey's study noted its estimates did not include official economic figures for Q1, 2020, expected to be released by the US Government in the coming week.
  • Overall, McKinsey is estimating a broad U-shaped recovery starting in Q3, 2020, but said it was entirely dependent on how quickly US companies could return workers to productivity as well as the impact to the global demand for US goods & technology.
  • "We don't yet know how the World will recover from COVID-19 or how long it will take. There are more unknowns than there are knowns," the study concluded.
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Government Quietly Prepares a Bank Rescue Plan - Just In Case https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/27/congress-coronavirus-bank-rescue-152501

  • Just days after the FDIC issued a video urging Americans to not withdrawn cash from Banks, reports emerge that the US Senate and Treasury are working on separate plans to prevent banks from becoming unstable amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Plans range from limiting withdrawals for foreign investors and savers, as well as providing extra liquidity to banks to cover US Consumer withdrawals up to $10,000.
  • Washington's move to stand behind the banking industry underscores the aggressive efforts underway by officials throughout the government to prepare for the worst — including potential runs on deposits as the economic outlook darkens.
  • "The banks are in very good shape, but people are panicking anyway," said Karen Petrou, a managing partner at Federal Financial Analytics who advises bank executives on policy issues.
  • The Federal Reserve Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently released a one-minute video encouraging people to keep their money in banks.
  • In the video, Chairman Jelena McWilliams emphasizes that hoarding cash in mattresses in 1933 "didn't pan out well for so many people." The video is intended to discourage a bank run.
  • "The last thing you should be doing is pulling your money out of the banks now, thinking that it's going to be safe for someplace else," she said in the video.
  • The FDIC has more than $2.05 billion in cash reserves, as well as a $100 billion credit line with the US Treasury to cover bank runs, according to a 2018 US Government audit.
  • US Consumers have more than $1.7 Trillion deposited at US Banks, not including home-equity loans or lines of credit.

On "GlennTV" this week, Glenn Beck exposed what is being done to our rights, our livelihood, and our nation -- all in the name of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. Are we losing the America we love to the "Big Government virus"?

Former Obama adviser Rahm Emanuel famously said, "Never allow a crisis to go to waste," and the government has made those words their mantra. Progressive politicians, like New York City's Mayor Bill De Blasio, have already called this crisis a "case for nationalization!"

Once these "temporary government programs" are passed, usually in answer to a national emergency, there's no going back. In 2012, before he was president, Donald Trump tweeted economist Milton Friedman's prophetic quote: "Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program."

Donald Trump was right. Case in point, we currently have 31 national emergencies still in effect that date back to former President Jimmy Carter.

The Pentagon's Cold War-era "Continuity of Government Commission" even covers health emergencies, thus allowing for federal troops to take the reins from elected civilians. Sound far-fetched? Read about it here.

According to Army doctrine publication (ADP) 3-28, distributed a July 2019, the military is authorized by the Pentagon to enforce domestic laws under "rare circumstances" – including health emergencies and natural disasters.

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 542,478 (up from 486,702 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 24,369 (up from 22,022 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 125,490 (up from 117,448 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) UP from 4% Yesterday, but down from 19% in February
  • Note that 7% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization
  • US has 85,749 Confirmed cases and 1,304 Deaths, up from 65,581 cases and 1,036 deaths yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 4,409 more cases than China
  • US has 1,868 officially recovered, against 1,304 deaths

After Terrifying World Governments Into Committing Financial Suicide, UK Scientist Reduces His Death Forecast by 95% https://www.newscientist.com/article/2238578-uk-has-enough-intensive-care-units-for-coronavirus-expert-predicts/
  • The UK should now be able to cope with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to one of the leading epidemiologists advising the UK government.
  • Neil Ferguson at Imperial College London gave evidence yesterday to the UK's parliamentary select committee on science and technology.
  • He said that expected increases in National Health Service capacity and ongoing restrictions to people's movements make him "reasonably confident" the health service can cope when the predicted peak of the epidemic arrives in two or three weeks.
  • UK deaths from the disease are now unlikely to exceed 20,000, he said, and could be much lower.
  • His previous and dire prediction, from just 10 days ago, was that as many as 500,000 Brittons would likely die.
  • The need for intensive care beds will get very close to capacity in some areas, but won't be breached at a national level, said Ferguson.
  • The new projections are based on computer simulations of the virus spreading, which take into account the properties of the virus, the reduced transmission between people asked to stay at home and the capacity of hospitals, particularly intensive care units.
  • "We'll be paying for this year for decades to come," Ferguson said. "But if people follow the Government's guidelines, we'll be able to cope."
UK Prime Minister Positive https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-boris-johnson-tests-positive-for-covid-19-11964493
  • Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19
  • "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he said via Twitter.
  • "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus."
  • Mr. Johnson, whose partner Carrie Symonds is pregnant, will isolate for 2-weeks, a spokesperson confirmed.
  • "Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives."
"Poor People Are Immune" Claims Mexican Governor https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/americas/mexico-coronavirus-luis-miguel-barbosa-intl/index.html
  • The governor of the central Mexican state of Puebla told reporters Wednesday that poor people "are immune" from the coronavirus.
  • During his remarks, which broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook, Gov. Luis Miguel Barbosa posed a question, asking reporters which people were infected at the moment.
  • "The majority are wealthy people, you know," he said, answering his own question. "If you're rich you're at risk, but if you're poor, no, well us poor, we are immune."
  • There is no scientific evidence to suggest the virus affects people differently due to economic status. His remarks sparked an uproar on social media, with many questioning why a government official would spread information that has no basis in fact.
  • Barbosa noted that many of those who contracted the virus had recently traveled, suggesting a link between wealth and travel.
Trump: Maybe Don't Shake Hands Every Again https://ca.news.yahoo.com/trump-suggests-americans-shouldn-t-221802199.html
  • President Donald Trump suggested that Americans should consider giving up the tradition of greeting each other with a hand-shake -- forever.
  • Trump has set a goal of returning Americans back to work by Easter, despite the coronavirus outbreak, but he said at a White House news conference on Thursday that they shouldn't entirely abandon "social distancing" practices, especially shaking hands.
  • "Maybe people aren't going to be shaking hands anymore," Trump said, adding that he had discussed the practice with Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • "He was saying the regular flu would be cut down by quite a bit if we didn't do that - if we didn't shake hands," Trump said.
Even In A Pandemic, Fake Meat Won't Sell https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/26/coronavirus-food-shopping-vegan/
  • Vegan and plant-based can be seen in proportions that appear recently stocked at grocery stores across the US.
  • "Not even in a crisis will folks buy the plant-based hot dogs," Tweeted one observant citizen with a picture of the frozen food aisle baren except for tofu hot dogs.
  • "Let's face it, they taste like crap. I'd rather starve," said another via Twitter. "Not enough mustard in the world to cover-up that stuff."
  • Another user closed the book on the topic, "Two observations today from the grocery store. Plant-based fake-meats are not desired - and people need to smile more! Good day!"
Patriot Thomas Massie Defends Constitution, Gets Persecuted https://www.foxnews.com/politics/extreme-precautions-ordered-in-house-ahead-of-historic-vote-on-largest-stimulus-package-in-us-history
  • In no small feat of bravery, Massie stands alone against a tyranny born of fear.
  • Furious lawmakers voiced serious concerns on Capitol Hill late Thursday that a Republican House member could "go rogue" and possibly scuttle a vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.
  • Fox News is told there is deep worry on both sides of the aisle that Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., could try to sidetrack House plans to quickly approve the coronavirus bill via a "voice vote" -- a verbal exercise in which those in favor shout yea, and those opposed holler nay. The loudest side would prevail.
  • "It's the Thomas Massie show," said one senior Republican source who asked to not be identified.
  • "He is going to do it," a senior Republican leadership source told Fox News, explaining that leadership had tried every type of arm twisting -- and it's not working.
  • The source said he was actively calling members and telling them to get on planes in the morning to come back to Washington so that a quorum of 216 members could be established if Massie were to demand one.
  • The source explained that Massie got a very forceful call from a member of the House Freedom Caucus urging him to allow the voice vote, but Massie won't budge.
  • The 880-page coronavirus stimulus package would amount to the largest economic relief bill in the history of the U.S. for individuals, large corporations, and small businesses -- and its unanimous passage in the Senate came despite grave concerns on both sides about whether it involved too much spending or not enough.
  • Massie did not respond to multiple requests for comment late Thursday. It was unclear exactly why he may want to delay the bill, which some lawmakers have said contains too much wasteful spending -- including $25 million for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and $10 million to fund US Salmon hatcheries in Alaska.