By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Since there isn’t any Republican in the ‘polite’ Senate with the sand to say this, it’s obviously left to someone else, and frankly, we relish the opportunity.
It’s long overdue, this: Sen. Chuck Schumer, you need to sit the hell down, shut the hell up, and let the adults govern. Because you, like the rest of your party, are morally and intellectually bankrupt, bereft of any policy ideas that have a snowball’s chance in Kuwait of succeeding, and you’re on the precipice of nominating a Communist sympathizer as your party’s 2020 standard-bearer.
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Like he does most days — this is a pathetic existence, by the way — Schumer waltzed his arrogant, pompous backside up to the dais on the floor of the Senate this morning to complaing, as usual without evidence, logic, or reason, that President Donald Trump’s ‘coronavirus response’ is somehow inadequate.
In particular, Schumer claimed that the White House’s $2.5 billion funding request to help federal, state, and local governments deal with the still-very-small outbreak of the virus in our country as reactionary, ill-advised, and ‘panicky.’
Following a closed-door briefing by the administration to all members of the chamber, Sen. Schmuck said the administrationâ€™s handling of the virus has been marked by â€œtowering and dangerous incompetence.â€
â€œHere in the United States, the Trump administration has been caught flat-footed. The administration has no plan to deal with the coronavirus, no plan and seemingly no urgency to develop one,â€ Schumer said.
The Hill added:
The Department of Homeland Security is requesting $2.5 billion. That would be divided between the $1.25 billionÂ in new funding, with the rest to be taken from existing health programs, including $535 million from fighting Ebola.
Schumer went on to accuseÂ the administration of â€œrobbing Peter to pay Paul.â€
â€œThe Trump administration is scrambling to respond. We have a crisis, and the Trump administration is trying to build an airplane while already in mid-flight,â€ Schumer added.
Let’s be frank: First and foremost, there is no ‘coronavirus crisis’ in the United States. Not yet, anyway. And if there will be at some point, let’s be clear again: President Trump’s specific instructions about keeping in place Americans who were infected aboard a quarantined on a cruise ship near Japan wereÂ ignored by some State Department flunky; the president was ‘overruled,’ and those infected patients were flown back to the U.S. against Trump’s wishes and deposited on an active duty Air Force base in California.
Secondly, where is “Ebola” emergency, Sen. Schmuck? Is there a massive outbreak of Ebola that we haven’t heard of yet? Because the last we knew, that outbreak was contained years ago. If we want to get technical about it, the World Health Organization needs 40 million bucks to keep its “Ebola operations” going in the Democratic Republic of Congo; I think the U.S. can find a few million dollars, along with other governments, to meet this ‘urgent need.’
As for the rest of the funding request, what would Sen. Schmuck have proposed ifÂ he were president (God forbid)? Why, he’d ask forÂ money toÂ fund ’emergency’ measures needed to meet the outbreak head-on. If there even is one. The head of the WHO doesn’t even think we’ve reached a “pandemic” level yet. We can quibble about whether he’s right or not, but there it is.
Why would he ask for money? Because that’s what Democrats do: They throw money at problems. But in this case, it’s probably appropriate.
Even GOP Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, according to The New York Times anyway, seemed miffed when he couldn’t get Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II to give him “an exact number on people expected to be infected” during the administration’s closed-door brief Tuesday, the paper said.
â€œIâ€™m all for committees and task forces but youâ€™re the secretary,â€ Kennedy responded. â€œI think you ought to know that answer.”
Question: How is Azar supposed to know this? Is he fortune teller? Should he hold a seance and ask ‘the gods of disease’ for theÂ exact number? Does anyone believeÂ any other health official in the world right now has an answer to that question? Come on.
President Trump is obviously on top of this. There are even reports (again, the Times says so, anyway) that an American coronavirus patient is currently undergoing treatment with a new experimental drug. Whether or not it is successful remains to be seen, but getting that going occurred pretty quickly, so there’s that.
Plus, while this is a “novel” coronavirus — the first time this particular strain has been seen — it still behaves more like influenza, which has already broken out across the U.S. and may be peaking –Â after infectingÂ 26 millionÂ people, sending 250,000Â to hospitals and killing 14,000.
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But bottom line is this: Tens of millions of Americans are sick and tired of hearing gasbags like Schumer whine, complain, and moan about every single thing this president does, and always without offering suggestions or an idea of his own.
So again, this is long overdue: Sen. Schumer, if you’re not going to be a part of any solutions, and quite obviously, you’re not, then shut up. Sit down. Be quiet. And let the man you’ll never be govern.
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