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Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Wes Agee and Elizabeth St. Clair finish a to-go order at Charlie's Quik Stop BBQ and Bakery on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since Mayor Andy Berke's order to suspend dining services temporarily, allowing restaurants to stay open only to provide carry out service, Charlie's has turned their dining room into additional space to service to-go orders.

Lesson one: Do not trust the government. Rely on yourself.

The $2 trillion-plus COVID-19 "stimulus" bill Congress passed became like an Easter egg hunt for Americans, who are just trying to find all the goodies the Democrats hid for themselves in it. And their nominee, Joe Biden (a man who could hide his own Easter eggs), continues to create hostage videos from his basement.

Just weeks ago, government and quasi-government (college professors) models predicted that COVID-19 would kill 2.2 million Americans. The CDC tried to control — and thus botched — the COVID-19 testing process. "Experts" first said face masks do not work and then decided a few days later that they do. This shows us that no one really knows.

For the government to use a "one-size-fits-all" approach to this, applying the same standards to hotbed New York City as it does to Maury County, Tennessee, makes no sense. It will be an interesting study that no one will report on once it's over, examining how states that did not impose draconian measures fared versus those that did.

Some of the arbitrary ways various forms of government use to impose their will should warn us as to what socialism would look like. It is essentially a way for government to inflict its will on those it wants to hurt while rewarding others. You can almost sense the giddy satisfaction of government officials as they make us do what they want.

Now we are all equally and awkwardly confined to our homes while our economy, which feeds a nation and funds a bloated federal government, atrophies. Government workers do not care; they get paid no matter what, but those of us who make a living in the real world do not necessarily get paid. The incalculable cost of the financial and emotional stress from it all, which I still maintain was overblown by unaccountable politicians and "experts," will be worse than the pandemic. They can be and have been outrageously wrong with "models," yet they pay no price. Imagine the flaws in the "climate change" models.

The way the left awkwardly stumbles to blame Trump for everything is funny to watch. Even with 20/20 hindsight, the left cannot come up with any theories about what they would have done differently. It's not a good look. All politicians who do this test negative for leadership.

Remember, we are the people who get up every day and go to work to create the $22 trillion economy the government leeches off of. Governments need us much more than we need them. At some point we need to rebel, perhaps by Independence Day, July 4th.

Lesson two: Do not trust big mainstream media.

The sparring sessions during Trump's coronavirus task force news conferences tell you all you need to know about big media. They are showboating opportunities for journalists to gain liberal media street cred by contorting facts to make Trump look bad. The leftist narrative is that Trump does not understand science. This is from the same liberals who believe that 17-year-old Greta Thunberg is the expert on climate change.

CNN stopped covering Trump's coronavirus news conferences, afraid it was giving him too much good exposure. Don't get me wrong, CNN would like to cover Trump — with a MyPillow until he cannot breathe.

The media mawkishly report on COVID-19 and picture every hospital as people lying around dying like the train-yard scene in "Gone with the Wind." I personally know of no one who has contracted COVID-19 and certainly no one who has died from it.

I do know that hospitals will go broke overreacting to this pandemic and not making money doing other surgeries — yet another cure being more damaging than disease.

Lastly, did you know COVID-19 is sexist? The media are now fixated on saying that the virus goes after race and gender disproportionately, afflicting men at a much higher rate than women. It looks like Bruce Jenner made the right move at the right time.

Contact Ron Hart at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.

 

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