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Dr. Phil Says Economic Consequences From Lockdown Could Kill More Than COVID-19



Dr. Phil McGraw, popular psychologist guru and television host, took an opportunity to warn folks that the economic consequences from the lockdowns across the country could end up leading to more death than the coronavirus they were meant to stop.

As governors of states across the country have closed what they dub “non-essential” businesses, millions of folks are finding themselves out of work and unable to provide for their families. On top of that, many are actually having to shut down their companies completely, as in never opening the doors again.

This, McGraw and others have warned, will spike depression and anxiety and could potentially lead to a serious uptick in suicides.

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While appearing on Fox News with Laura Ingraham, the self-help television host argued that prolonged social distancing measures designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus could themselves be deadly.

“I can’t show you an X-ray of depression. I can’t show you an X-ray of anxiety. But the fact of the matter is the longer this lockdown goes on, the more vulnerable people get, and it’s like there’s a tipping point. There’s a point at which people start having enough problems in lockdown that it will actually create more destruction and actually more death across time than the actual virus will itself,” he said.

McGraw has a doctorate in psychology, but as of now is not a licensed psychologist, made a comparison of the deaths from the virus to those caused by swimming pool accidents, car accidents, and smoking, noting that “we don’t shut the country down for that.”

He’s got a very valid point. There is an inconsistency in the response to the coronavirus compared to other serious illnesses and accidents that kills hundreds of thousands of individuals every year. This leads to one of two conclusions. Either the government is overreacting, or this thing is way worse than they are telling us.

“Two hundred and fifty people a year die from poverty. And the poverty line is getting such that more and more people are going to fall below that because the economy is crashing around us. And they’re doing that because people are dying from the coronavirus. I get that. But look, the fact of the matter is we have people dying. Forty-five thousand people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 a year from swimming pools, but we don’t shut the country down for that,” Dr. Phil went on to say.

The CDC has said that 480,000 people die from smoking in the United States, but other stats that McGraw shared are greatly inflated.

The National Safety Council estimates that around 38,800 people died from automobile accidents in 2019. Another report from the CDC says 3,500 people died from unintentional pool drownings between the years of 2005 to 2014.

“But yet, we are doing it for this, and the fallout is going to last for years because people’s lives are being destroyed,” he said.

There have been 2.1 million people confirmed to have coronavirus globally, with at least 147,000 deaths being associated with the illness in some capacity.

Here in the United States there have been 671,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 3,423,034 having been tested for the disease.

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NC Democrat Who Slammed Coronavirus Program Received Millions From It



North Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Cal Cunningham was a rather outspoken hater of the coronavirus stimulus package, but it seems that his criticisms weren’t enough to get him to forego allowing his company to receive $2 million in taxpayer dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program, which he claimed “harms communities.” Funny how many of these individuals on the left will slam a program like this, but secretly put their hands out for it when they think no one is watching. Here’s more on this from The Free Beacon: WasteZero, a Raleigh-based environmentalist trash service, obtained between $1 and $2 million in PPP funding on May 3, data released by the Small Business Administration on Monday show. Cunningham earned about $400,000 in 2019 in his role as the company’s general counsel and vice president. He has repeatedly criticized the federal program, which aims to support small businesses struggling with coronavirus shutdowns. Just two months after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican effort to bankroll the depleting fund in April, Cunningham called the program “unacceptable,” saying it “harms communities.” “For PPP loans to have ‘generally missed the industries and areas most heavily impacted by COVID-19′ is unacceptable,” he said in a tweet. “Leaving behind small businesses—and disproportionately those that are Black- and Latino-owned—harms communities.” The former state legislator “supports [WasteZero’s] outreach to municipal and state leaders,” according to an archive of the company’s website. Cunningham also has stock options and a convertible note of up to $50,000 tied to the company, according to his candidate financial report. Cunningham told reporters that he was still working for the company in February. He has since been removed from WasteZero’s website and the company does not publicly acknowledge any legal representation on its site. Neither Cunningham nor WasteZero responded to requests for comment about PPP or…

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White House Now Considering $1 Trillion Pandemic Relief Bill



The White House is mulling over a second coronavirus relief package and is estimating that it will cost somewhere in the ballpark of $1 trillion, according to reports from Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence. Yes, you read that correctly. That’s “trillion,” with a “t.” The last major bill that was crafted to help small businesses and individuals directly impacted by the coronavirus shutdown was over $600 billion. Short spoke with the folks on Bloomberg radio saying, “There’s obviously a lot of stimulus put in the system over the last couple of bills, and so the price tag for us would be that.” Folks, this is racking up the national debt in ways that are almost unfathomable to comprehend, which is why this isn’t a very good long term strategy. We cannot keep pumping funny money into the economy and expecting it to make a full recovery. What we need is to get back to producing, full swing, to stop things from getting worse. This requires state governors to open up their economies a bit faster than they already are and to loosen some restrictions on companies that might require such measures. Of course, we still need to be as careful as possible not to cause a second spike of the virus, but without herd immunity, this thing is never, ever going to go away. We have to think of the long term picture and not just the short-term. Leftists want to look at the mortality rate for this thing and want it to be zero, completely eliminated. That, of course, is a wonderful goal and something we should want as well. However, we have to acknowledge that as much as we want that, it’s not going to happen. People are still going to die from…

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