Saturday, May 30, 2020

Changing the Focus

Another day, another shifting issue.

Although the stock market had started the week strong and actually ended the week higher--it sagged during the last two days as the government added another issue to the ones we are dealing with: COVID-19 and the death of George Floyd. 

The continuing problems with China are important, but it seems they generally reach a critical state when our leaders are trying to shift the focus from other important issues. I look at it as the moveable crisis. Unfortunately, every time that China becomes the focal crisis, I lose value in my investments! 

It is like the administration is trying to ignore coronavirus and the unrest caused by the death of George Floyd. 

And so now the most important issue in the world is the Hong Kong crisis and the discontinuity between China and the U.S. I agree that it is an important issue, but it seems that it is conveniently important to distract attention from incredibly critical domestic issues--like COVID-19 and the continuing injustice that people of color face in America. 

I was appalled at the arrest of a CNN reported yesterday morning, live on TV from Minneapolis. 

A Twitter feed from the Minnesota State Patrol said: In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew. The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.

Really? I watched the event on TV and the reporter had a camera, microphone, and credentials at the scene--yet he was arrested while another CNN reporter with similar credentials a block away was not arrested.

And worse, in reviewing the tweets from the president, he is turning this into a political issue. It is a leadership issue. 

I saw one tweet which indicated that it was time for a change in 2020. I agree, it is time for a change--the president must stop shifting issues, take responsibility, focus, and begin to fix the problems.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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