“The Democrat Party, as it’s currently constituted, poses a much greater threat to this country than the coronavirus does.”
— Rush Limbaugh, quoted by The Hill.
“We would want to ensure that we work to make it affordable, but we can’t control that price, because we need the private sector to invest… Price controls won’t get us there.”
— Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar refused to promise a coronavirus vaccine will be affordable, The Verge reports.
Goldman Sachs revised its earnings estimate for the year for U.S. companies to $165 per share, representing 0% growth in 2020, as a result of the coronavirus, CNBC reports. This is a dramatic break from the consensus forecast of Wall Street, which still calls for earnings to climb 7% this year.
“Regulations set forth by the CDC give health officials broad authority to quarantine or isolate anyone ‘reasonably believed’ to have been exposed to a range of highly infectious diseases. The list includes cholera, infectious tuberculosis and flus that can cause a pandemic. … The government’s powers to sequester people in the name of public health are rooted in the Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which allows Congress to regulate foreign and interstate commerce.”
Donald Trump’s approach to governing doesn’t inspire us,
And if we worked for him, he’d probably fire us.
But when it comes to our health
Versus protecting the wealth,
He’d sacrifice us to save the markets from coronavirus.
“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen.”
— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Americans should brace for the likelihood that the coronavirus will spread to communities in the United States, the New York Times reports.
“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus… You think I’m wrong about this? You think I’m missing it by saying that’s… Yeah, I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”
— Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show.
The Trump administration on Monday night is sending to Capitol Hill its $2.5 billion supplemental budget request for additional money to fight the coronavirus, Politico reports.
The Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus thus far:
– it’s fine, it’ll die out when it gets hot
– stocks are looking good
– OMG Johns Hopkins pay-walled me, how the hell am I supposed to find out about the contagion now?!
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) February 25, 2020