Sunday, April 19, 2020

As the Politicians Rage

I suppose the most important thing to remember about politicians is that we are at fault for electing them.

I remember that I once heard that you can tell a politician is lying because their lips are moving. 

I was fascinated the other day by the exchange between the president the the governor of New York.  

From Crooks and Liars.

The first move from the president:

"Governor Cuomo should spend more time doing and less time complaining. Get out there and get the job done. Stop talking. We built you thousands of hospital beds that you didn't need or use, gave large numbers of ventilators that you should have had and helped you with testing that you should be doing." 

The response from the governor:

Let's respond to the president. First of all, if he's sitting home watching tv, maybe he should get up and go to work, right? Second, let's keep emotion and politics out of this, and personal ego if we can. Because this is about the people. And it's about our job. And let's try to focus on that. 

The governor continues:

And the number came from a projection from him. Him. See, he should read the reports he issues. The White House Coronavirus Task Force had enormous -- projected in the millions of people. The CDC, which is the president, projected in the millions of people. So the projections were high. They were the president's projections. So for him to say that anyone, "Well, you relied on projections and the projections were wrong," they're YOUR projections, Mr. President. So were we foolish for relying on your projections, Mr. President?

And who loses when exchanges such as these happen?

We do! The sick and dying people lose. 

Exchanges such as these demonstrate that our elected leaders have taken their eyes off the issue and problem and are moving into damage control and finger pointing. 

Our elected officials need to set their political differences and egos aside to solve the crisis. Let the finger pointing happen when it is over and no one really cares.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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