Health or Politics: Flattening the Curve or Flattening the Economy

A friend who owns a small business posed the following question on social media the other day:

“Why does the Governor (Murphy) allow BIG businesses to open ie: Lowes, The Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Sam’s, etc where hundreds of people are there and all our small mom and pop businesses remain closed? None of this makes any sense.”

It makes total sense if you’re a power-hungry radical-leftist with the fundamental transformation of the country into a socialist Utopia as your goal. Luckily for her, my friend doesn’t think like a socialist. Unfortunately for her, that also means she doesn’t understand nor recognize the methods they use to achieve their ends. Allow me, please.

According to The Small Business Administration, there are 30 million small businesses (500 employees or less) across the United States. They collectively employ more than 60 million people, half the nation’s private sector’s workers. Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees comprise the largest share of small business employment. The estimates are that by the end of June, as many as half of all small businesses might be gone forever, and with them, the jobs they were providing.

Logic would dictate that smaller businesses, including moms and pops, would necessarily have less cash on-hand to survive a shutdown lasting many weeks and months. Likewise, many – if not most or all – of their employees would be unable to survive many weeks and months without paychecks. By comparison, a corporate-owned chain or big-box store, often publicly-traded, may have millions or billions stashed away for a rainy day or could remain afloat by selling company stock.

This would necessarily mean that during an economic slowdown – or shutdown – small businesses are the most vulnerable and the big guys would most-likely be the only ones left standing. When this is over, the big guys will benefit from all of the new business that had previously gone to their smaller counterparts, now closed forever. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs golden boy, understands how money and business work. In the Garden State, he’s the wizard behind the curtain who is orchestrating the demise of our moms and pops. Likewise, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Tom Wolf of Pa as well as so many other governors and mayors across America.

Once the big guys are the only ones left, they’ll have that much more clout, that much more power, that much more pull with politicians as they’ll be raking in even more $$$ and will have that much more to contribute (as payback) to the political campaigns or political party of those who helped hasten the demise of their smaller competitors by keeping them shut down far beyond the point of “flattening the curve.”

You’ll recall that during the first month of this crisis, we were told we needed to shut down to “flatten the curve.” Once we did that, we were then told we needed to remain shut down until we had sufficient testing. Now many governors are saying we need to remain shut down until there is a cure, a treatment, a vaccine. Governor Murphy, in particular, has yet to lay out any comprehensive reopening plan. We just sit in our homes………wondering and waiting for him to decide when and if something should be reopened. In a recent interview, he was non-committal on reopening schools, churches, casinos, keeping New Jerseyans in limbo.

Some weeks ago, Rush Limbaugh posed the question, “Was this about ‘flattening the curve’ or flattening the economy?” By the end of this blog, the answer will be clear to you.  

What happens to all of the people who lose their small businesses and what happens to their employees? They turn to the government for help, of course. As I write, 38 million Americans have lost their jobs in just the past two months, levels not seen since The Great Depression.  

Through a series of stimulus packages, the federal government is spending trillions to keep individual Americans afloat, in many cases (thanks to the Democrat Party) paying Americans far more to stay home than they were earning while they were working. In addition to the $1,200 federal stimulus checks, Americans are receiving their weekly state unemployment checks plus an additional $600 per week from the feds, deposited directly into their checking accounts. As a result, millions are being incentivized NOT to work even as their employers are being forced to stay shut down. New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even suggested that Americans should refuse to go back to work once we reopen.

Am I getting through yet?

The longer the shutdown lasts, the more vulnerable small businesses will disappear forever, the more jobs will be lost forever, the more unemployment will be created, the more government dependency will be created, the more checks will need to be issued, the more powerful the people issuing the checks will become, the more people will get used to not working and used to living off government checks, the more votes the people promising the checks will get in November. As the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer said, “The Democrats create subsidy to create dependency to create constituency.”

DING DING DING DING DING……….

This one sentence succinctly sums up the Democrat Party. They want power. They want the White House back. They want to fundamentally-transform the country, and have said so publicly, just as Barack Obama did in 2008, promising to do just that. But Democrats first need votes. Untold millions of newly government-dependent people and the funds Democrats deposit into their checking accounts will buy those votes…….so they hope.

With the election just months away, the Democrats were handed an opportunity, a gift in the form of a crisis, a crisis they would seize upon to hopefully, finally, get rid of Donald Trump and change the country, forever. They’ve tried everything else, from Russian collusion to impeachment, to no avail. They believe Coronavirus and COVID-19 will do the trick.

Just a few weeks into the crisis, South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn said: “This (crisis) is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

Clyburn was instrumental in securing a win for Joe Biden in the South Carolina primary.

Meanwhile, Biden himself recently said:

“I think we have an opportunity now to significantly change the mindset of the American people, things they weren’t ready to do, even two, three years ago….”

“And I truly think, if we do this right, we have an incredible opportunity to not just dig out of this crisis, but to fundamentally transform the country…..”

As Rush Limbaugh opined, the Democrats’ goal is to flatten the economy, Donald Trump’s calling card, his signature achievement. By collapsing the economy and causing widespread pain and suffering, the Democrats believe that they can then convince Trump supporters that their man is to blame for their pain and, hopefully, then flip them into the “D” column.

For months, we’ve watched as totalitarian governors have picked winners and losers, (that’s what socialists do) doing things that – according to my friend – make no sense. But they make total sense if you know how these people think and how they operate. While the moms and pops offer the same products and services as the big guys, governors – including Phil Murphy – are keeping the small guys closed or imposing stricter rules on them while keeping the big guys open. Why?

If it’s really about public health, isn’t it much easier for the moms and pops to control customer traffic flow, to keep their stores clean and to follow CDC guidelines than it is for the big stores where there are hundreds or thousands of people milling around over the course of a day?

Additionally, by allowing the big guys to stay open while keeping the moms and pops closed, the governor is in violation of the US Constitution. To be specific, the “equal protection clause” of the 14th Amendment:

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; NOR DENY TO ANY PERSON WITHIN IT’S JURISDICTION THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS.

What this clause means is that the governor cannot allow The Home Depot to operate while keeping Joe’s Hardware closed. It is clearly unconstitutional. Any small business which follows the current CDC guidelines is well within its Constitutional rights to open and, if forced to close, should sue. Period. End of discussion.  

The Constitution be damned, the Democrats want to crush the little guys, making them and their 60 million employees dependent while keeping the big guys, their big-money donors, open and thriving. To survive as a political party, the Democrats need as many government-dependent people as possible, people who will vote for them in order to keep their checks coming. So, Governor Murphy and his radical-leftist counterparts will continue to create as much pain as possible for the largest number of people as possible for as long as possible in order to create as much government-dependency as possible. It’s easier for you to control people who need you to survive.

You wanna talk about “fundamental transformation”? Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s latest stimulus effort would give the same benefits to illegals as it does to American citizens and would ban deportations – and prosecutions of employers who hire illegals – for the duration of the crisis, essentially, eventually resulting in a mass amnesty for potentially 22 million illegals. Guess who those illegals will vote for (it’s coming) once given the chance?

For God’s sake, why do you think the Democrats want open borders? To lure/import millions of low-skilled/no-skilled, English-illiterate people, into the country with promises of “free” everything in exchange for their votes. Do you think that the Democrats importing a new, permanent underclass of government-dependent people…….potential Democrat voters……could swing the election their way? Once the Democrats have created enough new “D” voters through bribery (promises of “free” stuff) they’ve ensured that they will win every election for the next hundred years and that a Republican will never live in the White House. Then, they will have all the unchallenged power they need to fundamentally-transform the country. That’s why Governor Murphy and others are doing things that – according to my friend – make no sense.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the “expert” just this past Friday, May 22nd, said the following:  

“Now is the time……to begin seriously looking at reopening the economy. I’m totally in favor of that, if done in the proper way in the appropriate setting. We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences including consequences for health.”

Now it’s my turn to ask a question. If the entire premise of my blog is wrong, then why would Governor Murphy and other liberal governors across the country insist that we listen to the experts when they were telling us we needed to remain shut down for public health reasons, yet ignore those same experts now that they’re telling us we need to reopen for public health reasons?

Now, I have another friend who does not agree with me that the response to this pandemic has been entirely political. If you can’t see the politicization of this crisis in everything I’ve written so far, perhaps you can tell me why it’s the Republican governors who want to reopen while it’s the Democrat governors who want to remain shut down.

One thought on “Health or Politics: Flattening the Curve or Flattening the Economy

  1. As a former medium sized business owner that we sold 3 years ago, I can attest that we would have been under water after two weeks of shutdown. We never had extra money to last a shutdown. Sometimes we would borrow from our personal retirement plan to just make payroll and we would skip our paycheck. It was always “money in” pays for the bills and payroll and rent and insurance. Luckily the company that bought our small one is owned by billionaires so they can keep employees working while at home. But they aren’t bringing in much revenue. But billionaires aren’t stupid and are closing one office as they realize they can save while some work from home.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: