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And yet, Trump is clearly winning PR war so far.

1. Being "optimistic" and calling for "getting people back to work" and "economic nationalism" plays in Peoria much better than "doom and gloom" Democrats and calling for months of isolation / social distancing, massive unemployment and corresponding economic misery with trillions of dollars of bailouts and debt - though GOP Trumplican branch doesn't mind that last part at all, as long as they pilot the helicopter they throw these money from.

Biden, of course, will look like... Biden.

2. There is a high likelyhood that, just like H1N1 and Wuhan timeline, the COVID-19 will pass on its own much sooner than "doom and gloom" / worst case scenarios, so Trump can and will declare victory, just months before elections:

"Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist, began analyzing the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide in January and correctly calculated that China would get through the worst of its coronavirus outbreak long before many health experts had predicted, Now he foresees a similar outcome in the United States and the rest of the world."
www.latimes.com - Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: 'We're going to be fine'

That would be Trump's "winning against invisible enemy," no?

3. Some of Trump's rhetoric about "Chinese / China virus" is two-prong - distraction from substance into his "economic nationalism" and gaslighting Democratic "rasist" trap. That's old Steve Bannon's strategy:

www.thedailybeast.com - Trump's Using 'Chinese Virus' to Pull a Fast One on Dems (Steve Bannon laid out the game plan: Get Democrats talking about race and identity, while Trump turns to economic nationalism.)

www.thedailybeast.com - White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus 'Cover-Up'

www.rawstory.com - Investigative reporter explains why Trump and the radical Republicans are calling it the 'Chinese virus'

Of course, the fact is that Trump removed a health expert in Bejing that was supposed to monitor and warn about just that kind of potential outbreak few months before it happened, apparently to save costs, despite already running more than $1T in deficits in what he called "the best economy ever":
www.vox.com - A US epidemiologist was embedded with the Chinese CDC. The Trump administration discontinued the position.

As usual, facts don't matter, it's not about facts, it's about PR, and hyperreacting Dems and breathless media that tries to figure out whether to cover Trump's White House propaganda / rally pressers, letting him play victim again, are only playing into his hands.

#18 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-06 08:12 AM
#17 in healthcare, the good old U.S.A. pays three times as much as countries far lower down the list according to accessibility, life span, infant mortality, etc.

First, a lot of these categories are subjective. Second, infant mortality is calculated differently and disadvantageously in the U.S. so it alone brings the number down... Third, where exactly are we on the educational scale, should not we be #1, by far, with the money we spend on "free" government-run "basic" education system?

What changed America into the most powerful economic power the world had ever seen? An educated population courtesy of government run public schools.

That's just bunk - while spending tons of money on it and yet managing to always come short, we are far below many countries in education, and they are not even close to the "most powerful economic power in the world". It was the power of private enterprise that made the "good old U.S.A." an economic and military power, not "you didn't build that". Government and politicians (of both parties) are now destroying it. Try watching "The Men Who Built America".

Apparently, the "government of the people, by the people, for the people" lost its meaning long time ago - probably the result of the "free" government education, which doesn't bother to teach proper civics or economics. Try watching "Shark Tank" and learn something - it's "free" TV.

When we have a war and we need well educated, computer literate people to man the equipment necessary in modern warfare you'll wish everyone had all that free stuff when they were growing up.

Again, first of all, because of our poor and very expensive ($$ per pupil) "free" government-run education system we don't have quite enough "well educated" people as many employers needing them in private industries are complaining about. Second, and more important, you and Bernie Bros are under mistaken impression that "all that free stuff" is actually "free" - you are just paying for it in other ways, in money and access (wait, availability etc.) which of course, you would complain about.

Apparently, learning from history is not our strength, which is why demagogues have been and will keep running the country.

Your world is divided into haves and have nots.....

Not my world, yours - you are the one seeing it in these terms, not me. Every day I see people from your "have-not" world that have become "haves" professionals or businesspeople or service providers, it took desire and initiative and discipline, not complaining about not having "free stuff"

You'll be needing those masses who you have so much disdain for.

If you read your own post, it is you who have much disdain for what you call the "masses" who apparently are nobodies unless they have all the government-provided "free stuff," without which they cannot achieve anything... and "fight our wars"? You have any idea how bizarre and insulting that sounds to them?

It is a provable fact that M4All will cost less than what we spend now for healthcare.

Sorry, but from everything I read in scientific and peer-reviewed economic literature, it is a provable fact that it will do exactly the opposite. Following "Das Kapital" has been a provable failure, yet people still think it's an economic, not a "social justice" model.

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