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Sunday, March 29, 2020

When the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date January 20, 2020, is certain to feature prominently. It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in Wuhan in China, became the first person in the US to be diagnosed with the virus. On the very same day, 5,000 miles away in Asia, the first confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in South Korea. The confluence was striking, but there the similarities ended. In the two months since that fateful day, the responses to coronavirus displayed by the US and South Korea have been polar opposites.

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Jeremy Konyndyk, who led the US government's response to international disasters at USAid from 2013 to 2017, frames the past six weeks in strikingly similar terms. He told the Guardian: "We are witnessing in the United States one of the greatest failures of basic governance and basic leadership in modern times."

In Konyndyk's analysis, the White House had all the information it needed by the end of January to act decisively. Instead, Trump repeatedly played down the severity of the threat, blaming China for what he called the "Chinese virus" and insisting falsely that his partial travel bans on China and Europe were all it would take to contain the crisis.

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Leaving office in disgrace. WTG Orangie.

#1 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-03-29 08:49 AM | Reply

Solid piece.
(yeah, I feel obligated to say such...)

South Korea and the United States both had their first coronavirus within 24 hours of each other. You can look at the two countries and see the difference in action and results.

United States:
On January 19, 2020, a 35-year-old man presented to an urgent care clinic in Snohomish County, Washington

South Korea:
The first confirmed case of the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in South Korea was announced on 20 January 2020.

POSTED BY YAV AT 2020-03-26 12:08 PM | REPLY

Citation for my date of the 19th, along with the full case report:
www.nejm.org

#2 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-29 09:16 AM | Reply

Trump has been practicing for this failure all of his life. He's made his success in life though persistent, dedicated criminality.

It would be nice, for once in the history of mankind, that when this is all over we punish him with a severity befitting his crimes.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-29 09:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Best write-up and summary I have seen on the U.S. actions to date against COVID-19.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-29 09:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I reckon the usual suspects are just too embarrassed to show up on threads like this.

#5 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-03-29 09:57 AM | Reply

Was South Korea also distracted by an baseless impeachment process?

#6 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-29 10:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"I reckon the usual suspects are just too embarrassed to show up on threads like this.
#5 | POSTED BY ANGRYDAD"

I rectum there's no opposition cuz we don't want to get booted again.

#8 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-03-29 10:32 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Too bad presidents can't just file for bankruptcy and skate away from their failures. Although FoxNews brainwashing half of America is about the same thing.

#9 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-29 10:33 AM | Reply

Was South Korea also distracted by an baseless impeachment process?

You're saying the US Goverment can't walk and chew gum at the same time?

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-03-29 10:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#6 | Posted by visitor_

Ha!

There's one with an idiotic deflection...

LOL!

#11 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-03-29 10:33 AM | Reply

Was South Korea also distracted by an baseless impeachment process?

#6 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Was waiting for that. Not baseless. Lots of crimes for Humpy to answer for once he leaves the "protection" of trumps personal attorney Barr and White House in November.

Was President Clinton distracted by a baseless impeachment?

By your logic Republicans are responsible for 911 then.

Regardless. I hope Trumpy lives happily ever after.

In court.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-29 10:39 AM | Reply

When you have system where the power to make decisions and direct resources is concentrated at the top you're actions are limited to the bandwidth of those at the top. Early testing may have made it possible to track and limit the spread of the virus in this country. A highly centralized system like our CDC, was trying produce "THE ONE TRUE TEST FOR US ALL" and ran into problems and FDA regulations the development of competing tests. New York Times has a good article.

#13 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-29 10:46 AM | Reply

This is stupid

#7 | POSTED BY MATOEMO

Stupid is as stupid does.

Trumpy sure does a lot of stupid don't he?

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-29 10:47 AM | Reply

Your not you're using phone.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-29 10:47 AM | Reply

#13

Still making excuses for Trumpy's incompetence?

With no testing it was (and still is) like trying to fight off an enemy attack with all the radars turned off. Or like trying to predict the weather with no satellites or radar.

Negligence. Incompetent. Stupid. Silly. Dumb. No excuse.

Next Humpy will try and steer this virus with his sharpie like he does the weather.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-29 10:53 AM | Reply

When you have system where the power to make decisions and direct resources is concentrated at the top you're actions are limited to the bandwidth of those at the top.

How on earth does that excuse the guy who IS at the top???

#17 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-29 11:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Was South Korea also distracted by an baseless impeachment process?

#6 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

BILL CLINTON wasn't distracted by his impeachment at all.

It would be nice to have Bill or Barack in the WH right now, wouldn't it?

#18 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-29 11:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm indicting a system of highly centralized control. They're prone to this type of failure.

#19 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-29 11:09 AM | Reply

I'm indicting a system of highly centralized control. They're prone to this type of failure.

#19 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

You are indicting China?

Um. Ok.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-29 11:15 AM | Reply

Was South Korea also distracted by an baseless impeachment process?

They weren't so distracted they couldn't ship 17 tons of our PPE reserves to China on February 7.

www.state.gov

They weren't so distracted that they couldn't decline Alex Azar's February 5 request for $2B to buy PPE, and then cut it by 75% in the coming weeks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/desperate-for-medical-equipment-states- encounter-a-beleaguered-national-stockpile/2020/03/28/1f4f9a0a-6f82-11ea-aa80- c2470c6b2034_story.html#click=https://t.co/pDLoYVI74d

And now our healthcare providers have to wash their N95 masks, and are dying of Coronavirus.

#21 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-29 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#21 - newsworthy, dammit.

#22 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-29 11:25 AM | Reply

The fact that China's centralized system apparently didn't fail in the same way as ours does not negate the fact that centralized systems are prone fail in in this manner. Our did.

#23 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-29 11:43 AM | Reply

Re #23

Yes our system failed us. It's has failed us several times now since Trumpy took the helm. Like when the Republican controlled senate refused to uphold its oath and remove a dangerous corruption from the system.

Thanks deplorables. You built this problem and you continue to provide cover for Trumpy's embarrassing and tremendously dangerous blunders.

The constant stream of misinformation and then negligence of the lack of testing is what caused this crisis. It's what is making it worse than it needs to be.

Most of this could have been avoided by being prepared. More could be avoided by clear steady transparent honest leadership.

We were not prepared. And you and your fellow deplorables continue to try and make excuses for incompetence.

How many will have to die while you all are pretending this level of incompetence and ignorance is somehow normal ?

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-29 12:01 PM | Reply

I feel sure that what really happened is that he played for time and he intentionally delayed the response until the crisis built up more so he could make it all about him instead of a rational way of doing things.

#25 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-03-29 12:01 PM | Reply

And non-centralized systems fail as well - as demonstrated by our reliance on private enterprise for ventilators, tests, and our states bidding against each other jacking up the price of needed equipment so that only the wealthy states get it.

No system is perfect, all systems can fail. History is replete with examples. We were prepared prior to Trump, and this article lays out in clear, concise details, factually what happened and what continues to happen.

I recommend people read it before commenting.

#26 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-29 12:03 PM | Reply

Okay now I have read the fine article which details all the small factors which have added up to the results so far. And trump is still on a daily basis obstructing progress and trying to make political points for himself by using this crisis. He has and is intentionally fomenting a worse disaster in a psychotic and totally evil manner. Which should not be surprising in a country which was run for 8 years by Dick Cheney.

#27 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-03-29 01:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What we're seeing is proof that a health care infrastructure that is "market-based" will fail in a time of national emergency. A for-profit business (e.g., a hospital) is not going to stock enough supplies, equipment, pharmaceuticals to meet this kind of need. It's "excess inventory" that is not producing an ROI. Its value is determined by MBAs and accountants, not medical professionals. Only a national government can handle the planning for a national disaster.

If this pandemic is comparable to war, then where is our standing medical emergency force? You know, like we have a standing Army and Air Force and Navy to be ready in case we need them to defend the "homeland". Did we farm out WWII (or the Cold War, for that matter) to the States? Did we have the governors provide their own armies and navies to fight off Hitler, the Japanese and the USSR?

We spend hundreds of $Billions a year every year to protect us from possible attack from an enemy. Why don't we do that the same way for pandemics? Let's wait until we get attacked and then raise an Army and build munitions to fight the enemy. Like we do with pandemics which stand to kill more Americans than have been killed fighting in all our wars combined.

This is a failure of "free market capitalism" to supply what the nation needs. There are some things only a government can do. That's why we have one.

#28 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-03-29 01:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"How Trump Failed the Biggest Test of His Life"

Nice try, libs!
He already said he takes no accountability.
Fifty Governors failed, and so did Mean Old Nancy Pelosi.
Not Trump.

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 02:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump has been practicing for this failure all of his life. He's made his success in life though persistent, dedicated criminality.

It would be nice, for once in the history of mankind, that when this is all over we punish him with a severity befitting his crimes.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-29 09:18 AM

Dear Zed,

Trump's handlers, throughout his life, have always prevented him from failing...at anything! This will be a very bad year for him.

Best,
John47

#30 | Posted by john47 at 2020-03-29 04:15 PM | Reply

"A highly centralized system like our CDC, was trying produce "THE ONE TRUE TEST FOR US ALL" and ran into problems and FDA regulations the development of competing tests."

If only the President had the authority to waive those regulations...

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 04:20 PM | Reply

He's not history until this is history and then history will determine if he is history.

#32 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-03-29 05:21 PM | Reply

"Stupidity is the same as evil, if you judge by the results."

Margaret Atwood

#33 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-03-29 05:30 PM | Reply

Trump failed the biggest test of his life.

Any Democrat could have said that was going to happen, the only difference being we thought he was going to blunder-mouth the United States into a nuclear war.

#34 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-29 06:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"...we thought he was going to blunder-mouth the United States into a nuclear war."
#34 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

I'm glad to see that you're working through the post-mortem of your 2016-2018 hysteria.

Can you see how it continues to affect your processing of information? That's good, Twinpac.

breathe. in......and ooouuuut.

#35 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-29 06:36 PM | Reply

Video emerges showing Trump talking about cutting pandemic team in 2018, despite saying last week 'I didn't know about it'

A video has emerged of Donald Trump talking about cutting the US pandemic response team in 2018 " days after claiming that he knew nothing about the disbanded White House unit.

Mr Trump said of the pandemic team that "some of the people we've cut they haven't been used for many, many years and if we ever need them we can get them very quickly and rather then spending the money".

"I'm a business person, I don't like having thousands of people around when you don't need them," he added.

The US president has come under fire in recent days for his decision to disband the National Security Council directorate at the White House responsible for planning the US's preparedness for future pandemics.

The unit had been established by the previous White House administration in 2014 after the outbreak of Ebola.

A former director of the unit, Dr Beth Cameron, used an op-ed in The Washington Post to say that "it is clear that eliminating the office has contributed to the federal government's sluggish domestic response".

In a press conference on Friday, Mr Trump denied knowing anything about the cuts in 2018 when questioned by Yamiche Alcindor, a reporter for PBS.

After denying that his administration was responsible for any failures in the roll-out of American coronavirus testing, Alcindor had asked Mr Trump: "You said that you don't take responsibility, but you did disband the White House pandemic office, and the officials that were working in that office left this administration abruptly. So what responsibility do you take to that?"

The US president responded by saying: "Well, I just think it's a nasty question ...You say we did that, I don't know anything about it."

www.independent.co.uk

#36 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-03-29 06:43 PM | Reply

Come on Trumpers! Anyone want to step up and address #36?

Somebody should, because Trump refuses.

#37 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-03-29 06:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"and if we ever need them we can get them very quickly and rather then spending the money".

LOL, like they're not going to find much better paying jobs in the private sector.
Like they're going to want to come back to work for the guy who fired them, then suddenly realizes he needs them.

You made your bed, Trump. And lined with "savings." Now we all get to lie in it.

#38 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 06:48 PM | Reply

Was South Korea also distracted by an baseless impeachment process?
#6 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Was the president of South Korea screeching about the pandemic being a hoax instead of acting on it?

#39 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-03-29 07:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Was South Korea also distracted by an baseless impeachment process?
#6 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Wow!

Now that's some spin to be proud of! Well done!

#40 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-03-29 07:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I rectum...

#8 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-03-29 10:32 AM | Reply | Flag:
| remarkable self-awareness

#41 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-03-29 09:02 PM | Reply

"screeching about the pandemic being a hoax"

No matter how many times you screech this it won't become true.

#42 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-29 09:20 PM | Reply

If he could have used crayons he would have passed!

RoC should have loaned him some...

#43 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-29 09:34 PM | Reply

U.S. President Donald Trump referred to the new coronavirus as a "hoax."

Rating: Mixture

What's True:
During a Feb. 28, 2020, campaign rally in South Carolina, President Donald Trump likened the Democrats' criticism of his administration's response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying "this is their new hoax." During the speech he also seemed to downplay the severity of the outbreak, comparing it to the common flu.

What's False:
Despite creating some confusion with his remarks, Trump did not call the coronavirus itself a hoax.

www.snopes.com

#44 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-03-29 09:35 PM | Reply

"The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus," the president said at a campaign rally in South Carolina.

"One of my people came up to me and said: Mr. President they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn't work out too well.' They couldn't do it. They tried the impeachment hoax that was on a perfect conversation," he continued.

"This is their new hoax," Trump said. www.cnbc.com

#45 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 09:35 PM | Reply

I'd like RightOCenter to explain to us what, exactly, Trump was calling a hoax.

#46 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 09:36 PM | Reply

Trump is the worst President in history.

#47 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-03-29 09:39 PM | Reply

Seems like the military is a centralized system that generally works pretty well. If you didn't have one plan for a battle then you'd have different units attacking at different times with different goals in mind so no coordination and an easy loss. The same is true here. The feds, CDC, FEMA, Army Corps of Engineers, etc. give the best possible info, buy supplies and equipment, direct industry as to what is needed for production, stand up temporary hospitals, etc. The states then implement the plan with the support of the feds. That way states aren't bidding against each other for needed supplies and the right amount of supplies are ordered and delivered where needed. At least that's the way things have traditionally gone with the federal government prior to Hair Furor.

Good example was the Obama Administration H1N1 response offered by some Cult45 moron here a few weeks ago as a massive failure, oh if only Fat Nixon had failed like that. With H1N1, a test was approved for mass distribution about a week after the first case was diagnosed in the US. The Obama administration along with CDC went on a massive testing and exposure tracking effort that nipped it in the bud before it became our current Dotard fueled COVID-45 pandemic. Lessons learned from H1N1 became the Pandemic Response Unit, CDC scientists embedded with the Chinese government's version of CDC, the pandemic response playbook that the Obama Administration left behind and finally the table top exercises they did with Dotard's people when the government changed hands. Dotard and Cult45 can't say they weren't warned, they were just too stupid to pay attention.

#48 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-03-29 09:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

No matter how many times you screech this it won't become true.
#42 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

No matter how many times you polish Trump's knob.

It doesn't change the fact.

Trump wasted valuable time ignoring warnings about the pandemic.

Calling it a Democratic Hoax.

No matter how many articles you post.

It doesn't change the fact Trump hobbled the CDC.

The spread of COVID19 is 100% Trump's to eat.

#49 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-03-29 10:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Trump is the worst President in history."

Trump is exactly the right President for what America has become:
A shining city on a hill of bodies.

#50 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 11:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump is the worst President in history.

#47 | Posted by BruceBanner

Too young for the Carter years.

#51 | Posted by willowby at 2020-03-29 11:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#51
Too old to count to 100,000.

#52 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 11:33 PM | Reply

#52

Too stupid to post something relevant.

#53 | Posted by willowby at 2020-03-30 12:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#53 Too crass to acknowledge 100,000 dead Americans is relevant.

#54 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-30 12:33 AM | Reply

Q: what polls were there on obama's handling of N1H1 and what was the poll results?

#55 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-03-30 01:05 AM | Reply

trump is too busy boasting about his ratings to lead.

the man is subhuman.

#56 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-03-30 01:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#54

Stupidity. Incurable in your case.

#57 | Posted by willowby at 2020-03-30 01:44 AM | Reply

"Stupidity."

You already used that one in #53.
Awkward!

But not as awkward as thinking Carter was a worse President than the one who let 100,000 Americans die.
Tie a yellow ribbon around something, okay? You'll feel better.

#58 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-30 01:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Too stupid to post something relevant.

#53 | POSTED BY WILLOWBY

Too stupid to see what a turd Trump is.

#59 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-30 02:08 AM | Reply

Q: what polls were there on obama's handling of N1H1 and what was the poll results?

I've posted that information twice. Obama was in the 70% plus range. If you really care, look at my post history, or I can go dig it up again.

#60 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-30 07:20 AM | Reply

"When you're a winner even when you fail you win and I'm a winner so no fail and no collusion."

#61 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-03-30 08:19 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

There was a nfl coach awhile back during a press conference said of the opposition " They are who we thought they were"
Sadly... that's how I feel about Trump. I still cant believe the same douche from the Apprentice is president.

#62 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-03-30 08:48 AM | Reply

Nice try, libs! He already said he takes no accountability. Fifty Governors failed, and so did Mean Old Nancy Pelosi.
Not Trump. #29 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Hahaha. You can't seriously believe that.

Here's what happened in plain English. He took a gamble, not to tank the US economy, relying on his "experts" VP, son in law, son, etc., that the Coronavirus would blow away. He lost, BIG TIME.

#63 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2020-03-30 09:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Here's what happened in plain English. He took a gamble, not to tank the US economy, relying on his "experts" VP, son in law, son, etc., that the Coronavirus would blow away. He lost, BIG TIME.

#63 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2020-03-30 09:24 AM

Dear CrisisStills,

Right you are! Professional gamblers, one of whom Trump is definitely not, understand the odds on every decision. Trump not only has NO idea of odds, his closest advisors are sycophants, morons, or greed-head criminals. I cannot watch teevee news any more. I read Internet sites, Liberal and Conservative, because then I can digest the daily bad news at my own rate. When my wife and I do watch teevee for any long periods, it's Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. When we turn away from Netflix at 5:00PM every day, one or the other of us always vocalizes, "What has Dear Leader done today to kill us all?"

Keep punching, and never let them see you cry.

John47

#64 | Posted by john47 at 2020-03-30 11:18 AM | Reply

"Here's what happened in plain English."

Translated back into Trumptilian.

Trump has no responsibility at all.

Stuff happens. Sometimes bad stuff.

#65 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-30 11:33 AM | Reply

All Orange Adolf has done is fail.
He inherited at least half a Billion dollars, and pissed it away. He was "loaned" money from another Russia and Saudi Arabia and blew thru that. He bankrupted 2 casinos! How do you bankrupt 2 casinos.

#66 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-03-30 12:02 PM | Reply

How do you bankrupt 2 casinos.

#66 | Posted by aborted_monson at

Ask Bugsy Segal.

You skim off the top.

#67 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-30 12:19 PM | Reply

Stuff happens. Sometimes bad stuff.

#65 | Posted by donnerboy at

Death is an awful concept.

#68 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-30 12:20 PM | Reply

But not as awkward as thinking Carter was a worse President than the one who let 100,000 Americans die.

#58 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-

200,000 as of today.

Trump is getting us prepared for the magnitude of his final victory over COVID-19.

#69 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-30 12:23 PM | Reply

How do you bankrupt 2 casinos.
#66 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON

Two ways.

Winning everything or losing everything.

With Extremely good luck or Extremely bad luck.

I am going with the later.


#70 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-30 12:24 PM | Reply

Death is an awful concept.

#68 | POSTED BY ZED

You think?

Death is the bookends of Life. You were dead before you were alive and you will be dead after. There is no Life after Death. Silly nonsense. There is only Life after Life. Death after death. In death you will "experience" the great Nothing. The Nothing is very peaceful. Having had a NDE myself that is my experience. I went from consciousness to Nothing. No bills no worries. No dreams just nothing.

Death is not bad. Death is actually a normal part of Life. But our culture has a terrible time dealing with it. Embrace it. Live with it. Without death I do not see how life could even exist. Like good without evil. Sadness without happiness. One cannot exist without the other. Ying and Yang. We should not fear death. We should embrace it as a normal part of life. The first and last part.

But.

We don't need to rush to get back there tho. Because Life is a miracle. We should not waste a perfectly good miracle! And before you know it the miracle will be over. Don't waste it!

#71 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-30 01:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#71 | Posted by donnerboy at

I was being sarcastic and quoting a recent remark by Trump.

#72 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-30 03:49 PM | Reply

When you have system where the power to make decisions and direct resources is concentrated at the top you're actions are limited to the bandwidth of those at the top. Early testing may have made it possible to track and limit the spread of the virus in this country. A highly centralized system like our CDC, was trying produce "THE ONE TRUE TEST FOR US ALL" and ran into problems and FDA regulations the development of competing tests. New York Times has a good article.

#13 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

You've got a great point.

This is why they tested 1 million people for Swine Flu in the first 30 days under Obama:
1. The leadership weren't completely inept Republicans.
2. They didn't rely solely on the CDC for testing.

It's great to see you admitting Republicans and especially Trump are truly incompetent and should be removed from Government.

#73 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-03-30 04:00 PM | Reply

absolutely...

#74 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-03-30 05:02 PM | Reply

The biggest test of his presidency.

Fail.

#75 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-03-30 08:57 PM | Reply

Trump has already surpassed W as the president responsible for the most American deaths due to mismanagement.

#76 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-03-30 10:19 PM | Reply

Trump has already surpassed W as the president responsible for the most American deaths due to mismanagement.

#76 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY AT 2020-03-30 10:19 PM | REPLY

not yet, he hasn't, but i'm sure he will.

#77 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-03-30 11:01 PM | Reply

#77 | Posted by Alexandrite

I meant "on American soil"

We're past 9/11 numbers now ...

Pretty soon we'll surpass the total numbers killed on 9/11 and in Iraq/Afghanistan too.

#78 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-03-31 03:04 AM | Reply

How can we claim any body count with an assurance of accuracy? 200,000 corpses may well be too low. The aggregate of human behavior is a moron, ignoring suggestions for safe behavior in a pandemic. Any person, even a not-sick person, can become a disease vector...it's easy...stop washing your hands frequently, wander around outside, meet and interact with strangers, forget about the hand sanitizer...YOU could be the critical sick person who kills us all!

#79 | Posted by john47 at 2020-03-31 04:31 PM | Reply

"Pretty soon we'll surpass the total numbers killed on 9/11 and in Iraq/Afghanistan too."

Barring dramatic improvements in treatment, we'll surely surpass all our wars.
The check is already in the mail.

#80 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 04:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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