Choose Your Own Adventure





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Do you remember the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? They were great: Same beginning, but periodically throughout the book you'd be given a choice and the books had a bunch of different endings depending on which "adventure" you chose.

Let's try a present day "Choose Your Own Adventure." Imagine you are the president of the United States of America. You've been in office about a year. Somehow, the massive stimulus plan you designed to save America — the one you put Joe "Stand Up Chuck" Biden in charge of — against all odds, didn't work. The economy still stinks on ice. Deficits are ballooning out of control. The debt is skyrocketing past unsustainable levels. And the jobless number — those still unemployed for 26 weeks of more — looks dire.

But you really want to pass health care. There are just a couple of problems: It costs a trillion bucks. Also, the people (remember them?) don't really want it. The latest polls show:

58 percent disapprove of the health care plan; only 39 percent approve

78 percent of voters say if passed, this health care plan will cost more than projected

Voters also overwhelmingly believe that the plan will increase the federal deficit and lead to middle class tax hikes

Voters also "fear they could be forced to change their coverage" under the plan

And your overall job approval is only at 45 percent; 54 percent disapprove

In "Choose Your Own Adventure," the goal was to make the choice that led to the happy outcome. So, here are the choices for our hero:

a) Realize you can't continue adding new bloated government programs and put the health care overhauls on hold.

b) Say damn the costs! Damn the people! On with Health care!

Seems like the path to the "happy outcome" is fairly obvious. Well, President Obama has decided to choose Option B — "on with health care"!

Monday, he posted his "compromise" online.

But Glenn! But Glenn! Didn't you read the plan? It's deficit neutral!

Oh, it's deficit neutral? That's great. Hey would you like to buy some property on the moon?

The arrogance of this man is amazing. On one hand, he talks about the need to be fiscally responsible and freeze spending:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It's hard to be fiscally responsible when we have all these human needs and we're inheriting enormous deficits and debt, but that's a sacrifice that we're going to have to make.

Families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. The federal government should do the same.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

But the other hand wants to spend a trillion dollars on health care.

We are not idiots. Obama treats health care as if it's separate from spending. They are one in the same. I don't care how many new taxes you conjure up to make it "deficit neutral" — spoiler alert: It will cost money. Otherwise it wouldn't say the word tax 35 times!

This "adventure" does not end well economically and the president knows it. How can I tell you that? This is a signature piece of legislation from a guy who isn't exactly camera shy — he's always at the podium, on the prompter, with 16 American flags behind him for extra patriocity. Where is he on this issue today?

The first attempt was drafted by Pelosi. The next one by Reid. This one? We don't know who wrote it. But hey, it's on the Internet! Wait, I thought America didn't support health care because Obama didn't explain it? You think he'd launch with an explanation.

Here's why the President doesn't want his fingerprints on it:

It destroys health care as we know it

It will raise taxes

It will usurp states' rights

Through spending, and expansion of new government offices, it will give government more power and control then they could ever possibly ask for

And he's asking Republicans to come in with an "open mind" on it? How open of a mind do you have to have to agree with, when:

It broadens the tax base for high income taxpayers

It orders a "comprehensive database" on health claims

It will make those who choose not to become insured pay *more* (eventually, you will have no real choice)

Funds will "be transferred to the Social Security Trust" if necessary

And they are calling this bill a compromise? Really? With who? The American people who are 58 percent against it? The powerless Republicans? No — this is a compromise between Democrats. It's like a far-left smorgasbord.

President Obama wants to enact more regulation to fight rate increases

In reacting to the nearly 30 percent rate increase in California, the president's plan proposes more power go to the federal government to block "excessive rate increases" by health insurance companies. Look, I get it. Who doesn't want cheaper health care? I'm a small business owner. My rates jumped up last year. But price controls and more government regulation isn't the solution. The solution is deregulating — let me buy health care across state lines. Price controls don't work. History already tells us this:

In 1933, FDR tried to control prices through the National Recovery Administration. Not only was it ruled unconstitutional, it didn't work. And the government ended up cracking down on small business owners trying to stay afloat because the prices inflated to more than they were allowed to charge. They even put an immigrant dry cleaner in jail for charging 35 cents to press a suit when the federal government demanded a minimum price of 40 cents.

In 1971, President Nixon imposed wage and price controls to stop inflation. It was called "The New Economic Policy." It was supposed to be 90 days; it ended up being a 1,000 days and by the end it became pretty clear it was a monumental failure as inflation rates went from 4 percent in 1973 to 9 percent the next year.

Jimmy Carter tried to control inflation by capping salary hikes: "Except for our lowest-paid workers, I'm asking all employees in this country to limit total wage increases to a maximum of seven percent per year. From tonight on, every contract signed and every pay raise granted should meet this standard."

We all know how Carter's presidency ended. Federal control never works. By trying, it is the definition of insanity.

The president wants to pin the blame on those evil insurers, but how evil are they? The health insurance industry ranks 88th in profit margin — 88th — making just 3.4 percent profit. Why not attack "Big Railroad," who has a 13 percent profit margin? Or "Big Beverage," who weighs in at 18 percent? Even if Obama wiped out all profits for health care insurers, American families would save a whopping $100-$200 per year on insurance costs. Now, do you think controlling the prices and not allowing insurers to raise rates (as costs rise) will help or hurt the insurance companies?

Choose your own adventure.

This bill sounds crazy to you and me, but remember, these are progressives. They think you are a dumb-dumb dummy and cannot make choices on your own. It's Cloward and Piven: Overwhelm the system and collapse it. You can make an argument to control anything through health care.

Do you know what the first progressive agency was? The FDA. One of the big pet peeves was Coca-Cola having cocaine in it — except there wasn't cocaine in it. So it was on to Prohibition. Why did the Treasury Department break up bootlegging? It wasn't the FBI, it was the Treasury Department. Because it was about power and money.

This is a giant progressive spending bill. We are recklessly choosing the path to destruction, when the happy ending "choice" is obvious. The message at CPAC was clear: Stop the spending, stop the taxes. But what did progressives on the left, like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and progressives on the right like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hear?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

GOV. ED RENDELL, D-PA.: I want to say something about Representative Pence. He seems to be a very decent person, but what he just said there is the most dangerous prescription for America: No spending, no borrowing.

If you don't invest in your future, you will die. And Representative Pence and the people at that convention, when they say no borrowing, no spending, no investment, they're writing out a prescription form for this country becoming a second-rate power.

GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, R-CALIF.: But one should never get confused between spending money and investing in the future of America. And what we are talking about, with our partnership is about is investing in the future of California.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

Did I say stop spending? But let's run our government with common sense, like the way we run our homes. If you are going to lose your house and everything else, what do you do? You cut where you can. You stop going to fancy dinners or buying extra clothes and getting new cars. No one is saying don't go get food for the kids or continue to pay the mortgage. But you cut your budget to the bone, while keeping your family intact — otherwise your family is in the street.

But what's their cure? More of the same. The endgame is fundamental transformation. This is not some crazy theory — it's their own words. Again, we've got to learn from history:

In 1991, Boris Yeltsin met with the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in a forest, near Brest, Belarus. They founded the Commonwealth of Independent States and declared the end of the Soviet Union in the Belavezha Accords. Gorbachev reluctantly agreed with Yeltsin, on December 17, to dissolve the Soviet Union. Gorbachev resigned on Christmas Day and the Russian Federation eventually took over.

The choice they made was to change party titles — it gave Putin time to change his clothes from KGB colonel suit into Armani. It was a way for the politicians to save their skin by changing their appearance.

Eighty-six percent of people in a poll agree that government is broken. But out of that group, almost all of them also said that government can be "fixed." The question is: How do we fix it?

America, we have arrived at another "Choose Your Own Adventure" page. Which direction will we choose: progressive transformation or restoration?

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Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to talk about how he thinks President Donald Trump will fair in the 2020 election given the current struggling economy due to the coronavirus crisis.

O'Reilly said he believes President Trump will win in November if the coronavirus pandemic is under control by this summer, but if schools and businesses are still closed by September, it may be trouble for Trump -- even with former vice president Joe Biden's seemingly declining health.

"What I've said from the very beginning of this whole ordeal, is that if Donald Trump can get the pandemic under control this summer, he wins. If by September, it's not under control, the kids cannot go back to school in many places, people are not opening up businesses again, he loses," O'Reilly said.

However, the Democrats have a major problem because Joe Biden ... is tottering. His mental acute is not what it used to be and everyone around him knows that. That's why Andrew Cuomo is warming up in the bullpen," he added. "But Trump knows that his whole future in politics depends on getting this pandemic to subside."

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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: 1,030,324 (up from 950,638 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 54,226 (up from 48,289 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 219,896 (up from 202,631 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization and lower than Spain, where 18% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 245,380 Confirmed Cases and 6,095 Deaths, up from 215,344 cases and 5,112 deaths yesterday
  • The US currently has 228,874 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1% of the US Population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
White House to Recommend All Americans Wear Face Masks in Public https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/02/coronavirus-facemasks-policyreversal/
  • The White House is poised to urge Americans to wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in a reversal of earlier advice.
  • President Trump said Thursday at a coronavirus task force briefing that "a recommendation is coming out," but "I don't think it will be mandatory. If people want to wear them, they can."
  • Later, however, a White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to relate internal discussions, said that the guidance being considered is "narrowly targeted to areas with high community transmission" and that the matter remains under discussion.
  • A new Memo from the CDC states: "In light of new data, along with evidence of widespread transmission in communities across the country, CDC recommends the community use of cloth masks as an additional public health measure people can take to prevent the spread of the virus to those around them."
  • The recommendations represent a major change in CDC guidance that healthy people don't need masks or face coverings.
  • The news comes as Laredo, TX joins more than a dozen American cities or Counties that have mandated the use of face masks for all persons in public spaces such as grocery stores or shopping centers. Violaters without a facemask risk up to a $1000 fine. https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-city-fine-people-who-dont-cover-faces-outside-coronavirus
  • Similar provisions are being considered for the entire State of California, according to Governor Gavin Newsom's office.
Anti-body Tests Getting Accelerated Availability https://news.yahoo.com/antibody-tests-key-ending-covid-19-lockdowns-162305617.html
  • Unlike Vaccine testing and production which could take months or years, SARS-CoV-2 Antibody tests could be available in the US in a few weeks.
  • Such tests could be key in enabling the partial lifting of lockdown and shelter-in-place orders, as authorities could determine who might already have immunity to the virus and could return to work.
  • "If we can determine someone's already had the virus and now has immunity and is no longer contagious to others, that's what we're looking for here," said Anthony Fauci in Thursday's White House COVID-19 Task Force update.
  • However, it should be noted that researchers have yet to determine if anti-body production renders people permanently or only temporarily immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
  • While some Virus immunities, such as Chicken Pox, are generally permanent immunities, others, such as SARS-1 and Rhinovirus (the common cold) grant only short-term, multi-month immunity...which is why people can get a cold each year.
  • Most known Coronavirus immunities in humans are not permanent, researchers have noted. Influenza, for example, grants only seasonal immunity and can be caught again only a few months later.
Lord Have Mercy...Hospital Ships Sit Empty https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/nyregion/ny-coronavirus-usns-comfort.html
  • The much-touted Navy Hospital Ships in New York and Los Angeles sit 95% empty as of Thursday evening.
  • In New York, The USNS Comfort's 1,000 beds are largely unused, its 1,200-member crew mostly idle. "We're waiting for patients," one nurse was quoted by the New York Times.
  • Only 20 patients had been transferred to the ship, officials said, even as New York hospitals struggled to find space for the thousands infected with the coronavirus.
  • Another Navy hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, docked in Los Angeles, has had a total of 15 patients, officials said.
  • "If I'm blunt about it, it's a joke," said Michael Dowling, the head of Northwell Health, New York's largest hospital system. "Everyone can say, 'Thank you for putting up these wonderful places and opening up these cavernous halls.' But we're in a crisis here, we're in a battlefield."
  • What's the issue? In classic government style: Red Tape.
  • On top of its strict rules preventing people infected with the virus from coming on board, the Navy is also refusing to treat a host of other conditions. Guidelines disseminated to hospitals included a list of 49 medical conditions that would exclude a patient from admittance to the ship.
  • Ambulances cannot take patients directly to the Comfort; they must first deliver patients to a city hospital for a lengthy evaluation — including a test for the virus — and then pick them up again for transport to the ship. With 911 call centers already massively over-capacity, ambulances aren't available to take non-infected persons to each ship.
  • Meanwhile, across New York hospitals are overrun. Patients have died in hallways before they could even be hooked up to one of the few available ventilators in New York. Doctors and nurses, who have had to use the same protective gear, again and again, are getting sick.
  • "So many people are dying that the city is running low on body bags," Dowling said. "The Coroner's office told our administrator to start double-wrapping bodies in sheets for the time being."
In Hopeful Sign, University of Pittsburgh Researchers May Have Found COVID-19 Vaccine https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/scientists-believe-they-found-potential-coronavirus-vaccine/
  • Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine believe that they've found a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus.
  • The researchers announced their findings Thursday and believe the vaccine could be rolled out quickly enough to "significantly impact the spread of disease," according to their study published in EBioMedicine.
  • The vaccine would be delivered on a small, fingertip-sized patch. When tested on mice, the vaccine produced enough antibodies believed to successfully counteract the virus.
  • The scientists say they were able to act fast because they had already done research on the similar coronaviruses SARS and MERS.
  • The Trump Administration ordered the FDA to fast-track the next phase of Animal trials for the experimental vaccine.
  • Officials did warn that even if successful, human trials and ultimate production could still be as many as 12-18 months away.
  • "It's early, but this is a very positive result," the lead scientist said in an interview. "We're well on our way."
Vermont, Maryland Make Buying Seeds to Grow Food Illegal https://www.eagletimes.com/covid_19/large-retailers-stop-in-person-sales-of-nonessential-items-in-vermont/article_c1d0e43c-7432-11ea-8ca9-a30ed891d9fd.htmlimage.png Canada's Farmers Warn of Food Supply Impact Due to Non-Essential Designation https://ipolitics.ca/2020/04/02/the-sprout-canadian-farmers-worry-for-food-supply/, https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/agriculture-sector-scrambling-to-offset-consequences-of-covid-19-crisis
  • Canada's government issues a list of industries and jobs it deemed essential, including food delivery, shipping & logistics, medical care, energy production & delivery.
  • One industry that was glaringly absent: agricultural production.
  • Like the US, Canada's agricultural industry relies on migrant and seasonal workers to plant and harvest foods, especially key fruits and vegetables that must be picked by hand.
  • Industry representatives have begun to petition the government to include Ag production an essential service so travel restrictions can be relaxed to allow workers to travel into Canada and use of public transportation systems to get to where planting activities must occur soon to allow for Fall food harvests.
  • Canada's Federation of Independent Grocers also extended a warning to the Government that it projects food costs in Canada could rise by as much as 90% in the coming months due to COVID-19 related disruptions. https://nationvalleynews.com/2020/04/01/grocers-group-warns-rising-food-costs-come/
Industry Expert Warns Illness Among Agricultural Workers Could Threaten US Food Supplies https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/an-outbreak-among-farm-workers-would-be-catastrophic/ar-BB1257dl
  • Much of the US food supply chain is staffed by low-wage workers, many of them undocumented immigrants with limited ties to health services.
  • The Pew Research Center has estimated that about one-quarter of U.S. farmworkers are undocumented.
  • A 2019 U.S. Department of Labor survey estimated that the share of field workers who are undocumented is closer to half of all farmworkers.
  • The food processing industry also has high numbers of undocumented workers, as do many of the nation's smaller grocers and fast-food restaurants.
  • Immigrant farming communities are often close-knit, with laborers living and working in close proximity, with workers sharing hotel rooms and even make-shift Tents with cots, to save on costs.
  • As the California-based Western Growers Association states, "Social distancing is difficult or perhaps impossible in certain settings such as harvesting, transport (of workers) and housing."
  • One California grower told National Public Radio that if the coronavirus penetrates the agricultural community, "it will spread like wildfire."
  • The news comes as Mexico only recently restricted movements and travel, issuing shelter-in-place orders for 90% of the country.
  • The Trump Administration recently eased restrictions on H-2a Ag Worker visas, but industry experts warned many workers planned to stay in Mexico or other Central American countries due to travel restrictions now in effect in those countries. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-03-27/state-department-eases-requirements-for-h2a-visa
  • The Western Growers Association currently estimates a 30% reduction in labor force this year, which may be further impacted if COVID-19 spreads among workers who live and work in tight close quarters.
LA Mayor: "Snitches Get Rewards" https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/03/31/coronavirus-los-angeles-eric-garcetti-snitches-get-rewards/
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new guidelines for construction sites that continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic while encouraging the community to report businesses that violate the Safer at Home order.
  • Garcetti said that since the stay at home order was put in place, the city has been told about construction sites that have not been following the guidelines set out in that order.
  • "You know the old expression about snitches, well in this case snitches get rewards," Garcetti said. "We want to thank you for turning folks in and making sure we are all safe."
  • As of Tuesday afternoon, Garcetti said "business ambassadors" from the city had visited 540 businesses that had not complied with the Safer at Home order. Of those, 144 were visited by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department to ensure compliance with the order.
  • So far, Four businesses have been referred to the city attorney's office for misdemeanor filings.
  • The story comes as business owners across the US have been cited and even arrested for violating House Arrest orders, many turned in by way of anonymous calls to police departments. https://apnews.com/343ed4a8e95dfc8f8dda87b9e450ca57
In Germany, Hundreds of Citations Handed Out Based on Anonymous Reports and Emails to Police Departments https://news.trust.org/item/20200402160625-8y12u
  • (Headline Bloomberg News) Germans snitch on neighbors flouting virus rules, in an echo of the Stasi past
  • Law-abiding Germans are zealously helping police crackdown on people flouting new social distancing rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus by reporting on strangers, neighbors and friends.
  • In a country where denunciation was commonplace under the Communists in East Germany and Hitler's Nazis, police forces across the country are getting tip-offs on anything from "corona parties" to people driving to weekend cottages.
  • Rules introduced in March forcing restaurants, pubs and sports facilities to shut and banning gatherings of people have given police plenty of work. With the number of corona cases and deaths climbing fast, there is no sign of easing enforcement.
  • Since March 14, police in the German capital have ordered 830 pubs, shisha bars and other establishments to shut and recorded 898 crimes.
  • "We are getting tip-offs from the public about open restaurants or large gatherings of people in parks," said a spokeswoman, adding officers were, as always, ready to deal with information from the public.
  • Forces around Germany are in a similar situation. Munich police took up to 150 calls every day last week from citizens reporting alleged breaches of corona rules, according to Spiegel Online.

For weeks now, our political leaders and the media have been repeating the World Health Organization's claim that non-medical-grade face masks don't work when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. So, why are infectious disease experts now reconsidering their guidelines?

According to the New York Times, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, said the guidance on wearing non-medical masks is "being critically re-reviewed, to see if there's potential additional value for individuals that are infected or individuals that may be asymptomatically infected."

In actuality, they didn't trust the American people to do the right thing and prioritize healthcare workers to receive masks first, opined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday. But they do work, and "if we're going to open the country up, we are going to all have to wear face masks," he said.

Listen to the clip to hear more details:

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Face Masks DO Work, US Cases Per Capita, and WHO Lies for Communist China youtu.be

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William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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