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President Trump, If I May Suggest — A Detailed Opinion About the Coronavirus

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President Trump, you have enormous resources at your disposal, but perhaps some of your staff may have missed these suggestions. Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, Americans were outraged when they found out that 95% of the prescription drugs we take in America are made in China. Having one country control 95% of something we need is a definitive national security issue. It’s reassuring to see that the president signed an executive order to end reliance on China in the medical supply chain, but that is only the start. 

I agree with that decision; we need to bring back the production of our own pharma and medical supplies to the United States. Building a new supply chain infrastructure will bring new good-paying jobs. I also would recommend a development grant program that utilizes the concept of economic development zones all across the country. This would help to build manufacturing companies that will, as quickly as possible, replace China as a medical supplier. 

I would like to see you establish a pharma and medical supplies facility in Puerto Rico. In the past, this island was an essential part of the pharmaceutical manufacturing process, but because of two hurricanes, factories have never been rebuilt. I know it will take time to build out this infrastructure, but we need to start now. I’m reminded of our dependency in the past to foreign oil countries in order to run our economy and what happened when they turned off the spigot. We are now energy independent and no longer need Middle East oil to run our economy, and OPEC no longer has power over us. However, with the Chinese dominance in the drug industry, they can turn off the switch to us at any time. 

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But Mr. President, there is more. I believe that you need to appoint a cabinet-level task force to look at what we import from China from other sectors of our economy and how much control China has upon our supply chain and possibly be a national security risk. We must find out how exposed we are to potential supply chain interruptions. We should use the new economic empowerment zones I have suggested to bring those jobs back to the United States.  

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Concerning the coronavirus, I think there is a great deal of confusion in the numbers of people sick or dying from the virus. Because of these uncertainties, this has resulted in a significant decline of the stock market and significant losses in people’s retirement and investment accounts. As of this writing, the Dow-Jones has dropped from 28,5000 as of December 31, 2019, to 20,340 or a decline of almost 29%. 

One of the questions being asked by many is what will happen to the economy? Also, what will happen to employment with so many businesses being closed? People in the financial industry are making predictions, much like the medical professionals about the virus outcome. I believe that I have an indicator that everyone can follow with ease to get an indication of the economy’s direction going forward. 

Before the virus broke out, America had a meager unemployment rate of about 3.6%, and at the same time, over 7 million job openings. Here is something we all can watch every Thursday to see what is happening on the job front. The U.S. Department of Labor publishes the Weekly Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report. (Click on the link to the left and download the weekly report.)  

On the week ending March 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000 persons, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 1,000 from 216,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,000, an increase of 1,250 from the previous week’s revised average. 

There is much more information on the site, but what is essential is for each week to check the number and then look at the 4 weeks moving average so you can see a trend. I would expect to see an increase in claims over the next 4 to 6 weeks. We will have the unemployment report for March on April 3. At that time we may see the rise of the unemployment rate and the decline in jobs created. 

One thing to keep in mind is that many of the jobs being shut down from places such as schools, colleges, and universities are protected because people have employment contracts. More and more companies are encouraging people to work from home. The most significant impact will be the hourly workers, but they will have some income from unemployment benefits.  

A critical perspective, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, is that the United States has had 1,663 confirmed cases from the covid-19 virus with 40 deaths. The report goes on to show that 31 of the 40 deaths were at one facility in Seattle, Washington. This means that 9 deaths are attributed to the other 49 states. Based on 1,663 confirmed cases and 40 deaths, the death rate 2.50%, but this rate is from a relatively small population.

It is possible as we get more test kits, more people will be confirmed to have the virus, but it doesn’t mean that as more people are identified with the virus that the death rate will go up. The actual death rate percentage may decline with more data.  

We seem to be ignoring the fact that cancer kills 600,000 people a year, while the flu is ranked 7th, and it kills as many as 56,000 people per year. We have panicked, and I believe a great deal of the blame for the panic rests in the hands of the American mainstream media. Real Clear Politics made the following observation on its blog of March 2, “Most importantly, the strong association of coronavirus coverage with Donald Trump in the U.S. and the economy globally suggests the outbreak is being contextualized as a political and economic story — delivering a dose of panic in the process — rather than a public health emergency that requires clinical and dispassionate reporting.”

Please wash your hands every time you cough or sneeze in them and take care of each other. And Mr. President, you know what to do. 

Dan Perkins is a nationally syndicated radio and TV talk show host. He is heard in over 1400 markets in the United States and is broadcast in 193 nations around the world. He is a current events commentator who contributes to over 20 blogs across America. His latest radio program is Americas Cannabis Conversation broadcast over the AM/FM radio network and the Global Entertainment Network and all the major Pod cast networks. More information about Dan Perkins can be found on his website Danperkins.guru.

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Hunter Biden’s Art Dealer Had Grand Chinese Ambitions in 2015

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has been heavily criticized in recent weeks, as he begins to sell hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of art to anonymous buyers around the world. As one can imagine, the idea that such vast amounts of money are pouring into the First Family without any transparency has led to concerns about foreign interests gaining a foothold in the White House via untraceable transactions. New reporting regarding Hunter Biden’s art dealer is now exacerbating those worries. The art dealer representing the president’s son has longstanding ties to China and said in 2015 that he wanted to be the art world’s “lead guy in China.” Georges Berges, who is representing Hunter Biden as he ventures into the art world, has talked about his business dealings in China in the past, but his reported ties could pose an ethics issue as he sells Biden’s art to anonymous buyers. Here is where it gets wild: Berges said in a 2015 interview with Resident that he wanted to be the art world’s leader in China. “My plan is to be the lead guy in China; the lead collector and art dealer discovering and nurturing talent from that region,” Berges said. “I plan to find and discover and bring to the rest of the world those I consider China’s next generation of modern artists.” He also said that that he believes “China’s economy is transforming the global economy and everything is changing because of a rising China,” and that he was fascinated by “cultural impact” China is “having on the world.” “Cultural power is real power. That is the reason America continues to be the capital of the world, because of its influence on culture for generations and on an unrivaled global level,” Berges also said. “And I…

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US Pop Star Offers to Pay Fines For Olympic Team Protesting Skimpy Outfits

The IOC wants the women to remain scantily clad, and this is undoubtedly on account of their incessant greed.

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The Olympics may have built themselves as some sort of prestigious and untouchable global event in years past, but the last few decades have revealed just what a shady cash-grab the games have become. It all began in the 90’s when the financially-struggling Winter Olympics added snowboarding to the games, in a move that was blatantly meant to generate ad revenue from the emerging sport and its fans.  In this quest to cash in, the International Olympic Committee refused to allow any actual snowboarding organizations participate in the operations, which drove several of the world’s best to boycott.  This, in turn, completely ruined the concept that the gold medalists were truly the best in the world, and exposed the IOC as nothing more than a marketing firm. Now, in 2021, a number of female athletes are complaining that they are being forced to wear skimpier clothes than their male counterparts, (often in the same discipline), to which the IOC responded with a “be quiet and play” sort of attitude. Again, the skimpier outfits equate to more ratings, so Olympic organizers are refusing to make accommodations. This has led US pop star Pink to step up.  US pop star Pink has offered to pay the fines handed out to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team, after they wore shorts like their male counterparts instead of bikini bottoms. The team was fined 1,500 euros (£1,295) for “improper clothing” at the European Beach Handball Championships last week. “I’m very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting sexist rules about their uniform,” tweeted the singer on Sunday. “Good on ya, ladies,” she added. “I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.” In doing so, the Olympics will get their coveted cash and these female athletes will be able to perform…

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