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CNN: US stocks plummet on coronavirus fears: March 9, 2020...

And in response, CNN: Trump pushes payroll tax cut and assistance for hourly workers in coronavirus economic response

"President Donald Trump said Monday he would press lawmakers to enact a payroll tax cut and ensure assistance is available to hourly workers amid a roiling coronavirus pandemic that's caused deep economic concerns and stock market shock.
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"We are going to be asking tomorrow, we're seeing the Senate. We're going to be meeting with House Republicans, Mitch McConnell, everybody discussing a possible payroll tax cut or relief, substantial relief," Trump said, surrounded by officials he'd tasked to respond to the issue.
"We're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they're not going to ever miss a paycheck," he added.
The White House has also weighed an expansion of paid sick leave — a major focus for some White House officials, who fear the virus could spread further if service workers go to work sick.

The president and his advisers have put it on the table and now it's Congresses turn to act - or not. Will the Democrats attempt to rebuff the administration's plan just because Trump proposed it?

We shall see ~

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As the virus spreads, the President has eyed the plummeting stock market as boding poorly for his political prospects.

 This is why CNN and other MSM reporting gags me. They are incapable of reporting the story without politicizing and editorializing it with their disdain.  

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The thing about the stock market is it not only makes money for the rich people who invest in stocks, there are also a lot of retirement accounts, pensions and bond accounts including municipal as well as educational, state and private accounts tied to the stock market. 

Anyone who tries to tell everyone a booming stock market only profits the rich is lying to you.

According to the federal reserve, about 52 percent of U.S. families hold stock, either directly or indirectly. Of course the wealthy profit most from a rising stock market because on average they have more invested in the market. A "bull market" also usually indicates the probable aspect of more corporate profits and investments which could manifest as increased hiring, more production, lower product prices, expanding businesses, more sales because of rising consumer confidence where as a "bear market" means less corporate profits usually leading to reduction of production, higher product prices, a reduction in business expansion and hiring and is usually associated with a lack of consumer confidence.

According to a Gallup poll, USA Today reported "Six in 10 Americans say they feel better off {financially} after first 3 years of Trump"

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"No other incumbent president in the past three decades has enjoyed such a high percentage of people saying they feel better about their situation. In 2012, when President Barack Obama was in the White House, 45% of Americans told Gallup they were better off than they were three years ago. In 2004, 1996 and 1992, the number was 50%. 
 
In the latest survey, 61% say they are better off, 36% say they're not and 3% say they're about the same.
 
A strong majority of Americans (62%) say Trump should get credit for improving the economy. Thirty-seven percent say he deserves a "great deal" of credit, and 25% say he deserves a "fair amount." Nineteen percent say he should not take much credit, and 18% say he deserves none at all.
 
Fifty-one percent say Obama deserves at least a fair amount of credit for the economy, 25% say he does not deserve much and 23% say he should get none.
 
Twenty-nine percent of Americans say the economy is the most important issue for them when voting for president, more than those who cite health care (26%), immigration (14%), gun policy (13%), education (10%) and terrorism (5%)."

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CNBC: World Health Organization declares the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/11/who-declares-the-coronavirus-outbreak-a-global-pandemic

BBC: Coronavirus: Trump suspends travel from Europe to US

US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping new travel restrictions on Europe in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
 
In a televised address, he said travel from 26 European countries would be suspended for the next 30 days.
 
Mr Trump said the European Union had "failed to take the same precautions" as the US in fighting the virus.
 
Mr Trump spoke just hours after Italy - the worst affected country outside China - announced tough new restrictions on its citizens. It will close all shops except food stores and pharmacies as part of its nationwide lockdown.
 
Dr Anthony Fauci, director the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Congress that the outbreak is "going to get worse", and that depended on the ability to contain those infected.
 
High medical costs make the virus particularly problematic - many Americans avoid doctor's visits because of unaffordable charges. A lack of paid sick leave is another concern, as are fears about the number of available tests.
 
But Vice-President Mike Pence, who is in charge of the task force co-ordinating the response to the crisis, has said that "any American can be tested, no restrictions, subject to doctor's orders", and that insurers had promised to offset the charges.
 
Containment efforts have begun in earnest. {National Guard} Troops have been deployed to New Rochelle, just north of New York City, where one outbreak is believed to have originated.

The National Guard will deliver food to some individuals who have been told to self-isolate there.

The governor of Washington state has also banned large gatherings in several counties. The north-western state is the focal point of the outbreak in the US, accounting for 24 of at least 38 deaths across the country.

And in an unprecedented move, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that it would suspend the season after Wednesday night's games. The decision came after one player for the Utah Jazz tested positive for the virus.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada

 

CDC: Symptoms Watch for symptoms

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https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

CDC: What To Do If You Are Sick

Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever with symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms - Talk to your healthcare provider: The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

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NOTE:

Now just to be clear, the governors declaring a state of emergency does not necessarily mean an actual state of emergency exists in the state(s), but an emergency declaration does give the state governments more broad reaching power to deal with an actual emergency and it allows various states a better ability to apply for federal funding when or if it should be needed..

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  Stocks and 401k  investments have taken a beating in my household.   IMO, those investing for short term gain in stocks and retirement accounts probably wont do well for a while,  long term investors probably will see little if any  loss as  the panic dust settles.  I wasn't set to move quickly, so as to take advantage of some great buys during the slump. Oh well, maybe next time.

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If our nation continues to be dependent on other nations, particularly nations who aren't friendly with our nation to begin with, for pharmaceutical supplies, production and manufacturing materials and defense department components all it would take would be for that unfriendly nation to stop supplying America with the items we've become so dependent on to be at their mercy...

We should have learned this from the OPEC "oil embargo" 47-years ago... but we haven't.

We may no longer be dependent on OPEC for all of America's oil and gas but now China holds the majority share of raw materials, manufactured, medical and pharmaceutical supplies our nation has come to depend on.

Some members of Congress now appear to be interested in reversing that trend.

 

 

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But but but, what about Nationalism, isolationism, xenophobia, racism,bigotry ....? Must we put those constructs aside, simply for national  health concerns?  

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On 3/20/2020 at 11:31 AM, rcbuff said:

But but but, what about Nationalism, isolationism, xenophobia, racism,bigotry ....? Must we put those constructs aside, simply for national  health concerns?  

 
 
  • West Nile Virus
 
Named after the West Nile District of Uganda discovered in 1937.
 
  • Guinea Worm
 
Named by European explorers for the Guinea coast of West Africa in the 1600s.
 
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
 
Named after the mountain range spreading across western North America first recognized first in 1896 in Idaho.
 
  • Lyme Disease
 
Named after a large outbreak of the disease occurred in Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s.
 
  • Ross River Fever
 
Named after a mosquito found to cause the disease in the Ross River of Queensland, Australia by the 1960s. The first major outbreak occurred in 1928.
 
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
 
Named after its 1940s discovery in Omsk, Russia.
 
  • Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
 
Named in 1976 for the Ebola River in Zaire located in central Africa.
 
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
 
Also known as “camel flu,” MERS was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and all cases are linked to those who traveled to the Middle Eastern peninsula.
 
  • Valley Fever
 
Valley Fever earned its nickname from a 1930s outbreak San Joaquin Valley of California, though its first case came from Argentina.
 
  • Marburg Virus Disease
 
Named after Marburg, Germany in 1967.
 
  • Norovirus
 
Named after Norwalk, Ohio after an outbreak in 1968.
 
  • Zika Fever
 
First discovered in 1947 and named after the Zika Forest in Uganda.
 
  • Japanese Encephalitis
 
Named after its first case in Japan in 1871.
 
  • German Measles
 
Named after the German doctors who first described it in the 18th century. The disease is also sometimes referred to as “Rubella.”
 
  • Spanish Flu
 
While the true origins of the Spanish Flu remain unknown, the disease earned its name after Spain began to report deaths from the flu in its newspapers.
 
  • Lassa Fever
 
Named after the being found in Lassa, Nigeria in 1969.
 
  • Legionnaire’s Disease
 
Named in 1976 following an outbreak of people contracting the lung infection after attending an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.

Not racist...

  • Wuhan (which is in China) or Chinese Coronavirus - supposedly racist.

 

 

 

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  Good choice!

The only  thing  Carlin missed is how that  some of those euphemisms are used to serve a broader stroke of the brush, PTSD being my favorite, since a 3 year old can suffer from it. 

 

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   Is this the same China, there is also an interesting connection to Wuhan. 

 I think this qualifies as "Doin' Something"  after the fact!  It seems to me that the length of the investigation may have led to loss of   national secretes and security.

 

This is two reports edited, combined  and looped. Notice the gaps. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, rcbuff said:

   Is this the same China, there is also an interesting connection to Wuhan. 

 I think this qualifies as "Doin' Something"  after the fact!  It seems to me that the length of the investigation may have led to loss of   national secretes and security.

 

This is two reports edited, combined  and looped. Notice the gaps. 

 

 

 

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