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Trump has failed America

History will not look kindly on our 45th president

Posted 10/28/20

“Here’s our prediction: Trump will leave office with a higher deficit and a higher unemployment rate than he inherited from Barack Obama. And his toxic rhetoric will leave the country …

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Trump has failed America

History will not look kindly on our 45th president

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“Here’s our prediction: Trump will leave office with a higher deficit and a higher unemployment rate than he inherited from Barack Obama. And his toxic rhetoric will leave the country more divided than ever before.” 

Timberjay editorial, Oct. 31, 2018


Almost exactly two years ago today, this newspaper made a prediction that irritated some supporters of our current President. Yet every single one of the predictions we made that day has come true— in spades.
It’s easy to forget that when Donald Trump was elected in 2016, the federal deficit for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 of that year was a comparatively paltry $587 billion. Under Trump, the 2020 fiscal year ended last month with a record deficit of $3.1 trillion, an increase of more than 500 percent over the numbers he inherited from President Obama.
Obama left office with an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent after inheriting a collapsing financial system from his predecessor. The September 2020 jobless rate, the last number we’ll know before the election next Tuesday, was 7.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In fairness, some of this is clearly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet the 2020 deficit was forecast to reach $1 trillion even before the outbreak of the coronavirus, or nearly double the deficit that Trump inherited. There is no denying that Trump blew up the deficit.
What’s more— like it or not— presidents are routinely tested by any number of crises. President Obama faced the Great Recession and took the steps necessary to halt the collapse and rebuild the economy. President Trump and Congress made a similar effort in an early response to the coronavirus, which did boost the economy. But the administration’s failure to follow up with a second stimulus package has put that recovery, and any further improvement in employment numbers, on shaky ground. Like it or not, Trump owns the current unemployment rate.
Furthermore, Trump’s failure to effectively respond to the public health challenge posed by the pandemic has slowed the recovery as well. Other countries are doing better economically because they did better at controlling the spread of COVID-19. In the U.S., the virus it is now rampant, particularly here in the Upper Midwest, which has become the global epicenter of the disease. Trump’s constant dismissals of sound public health measures are largely responsible for this worsening crisis.
But our current woes aren’t all attributable to the pandemic. Candidate Trump made much of the U.S. trade deficit and promised that his supposed skill as a negotiator would allow him to rewrite trade deals to bring jobs back to America. It never happened. China has never signed the new trade deal Trump kept touting. All Trump accomplished was wiping out U.S. farm exports, leaving the agriculture sector on the dole like never before. The numbers tell the story. President Trump’s trade deficit has been larger in all four years of his current administration than it was at any time under President Obama.
And Trump, if he leaves office, will do so with fewer Americans having access to affordable health insurance. He has, at the same time, set the stage to deny affordable health coverage to another 25 million Americans, depending on the outcome of an upcoming Supreme Court decision.
And no one can deny that President Trump has left this country more divided than ever before. He peddles conspiracy theories, makes openly racist appeals, glorifies violence and cruelty, teargasses peaceful protesters, and has done more to undermine our system of democratic rule than anyone in American history. He has turned the entire executive branch of our federal government into a campaign committee, utilizing officials who are, by law, supposed to remain above the political fray, as little more than campaign operatives. He even turned the White House into a campaign prop.
Meanwhile, he has repeatedly kowtowed to the world’s worst dictators and directed millions of federal tax dollars and campaign contributions directly into his own pocket. He sent his children and other minions across the globe to make deals with other governments while he leveraged their efforts through the mechanisms of U.S. foreign policy for profit and political advantage. He promised to drain the swamp. Instead, he nestled right down in the middle of it, like Jabba the Hutt.
We recognize that the president still has some supporters in our region. We also believe that they will, over time, come to realize the degree to which they were misled by a con— who promised to Make American Great Again, but who ultimately debased this country and the presidency itself like no one before him. History will ultimately write the story of our 45th president. It will not be kind.

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bonfire

The biggest con is that trump is on tape saying he knew exactly how dangerous Covid19 was from the start of the pandemic, re: Bob Woodward's book. He and his minions have downplayed the seriousness of this pandemic and they all did absolutely nothing to control it while continually undercutting the advice of scientists, doctors and epidemiologists. The US has the worst death and infection statistics in the world. As Laurie Garrett stated on twitter with a stunning map of North America Covid19 cases/deaths, "there is one place in the world where a map of Covid19 cases and deaths reveals a straight line, with a huge amount of disease on one side, very little on the other. Where? The 3,000+ mile border US/Canada." The map is stark and horrifying.

As MH stated in previous editorial, trump and GOP are baldfaced lying about having a replacement plan for ACA and that their mythical plan will keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions. They haven't had a plan for ten years. By now, most of us know people who have contracted Covid19 and some of us know people who have died. All Covid19 survivors would be uninsurable if trump and GOP have their way.

Reading some local newspapers, I am stunned that photos of local events still show some or none Iron Rangers wearing masks while posing close together. I assume the people who think masks are useless or asked to wear one is against their "rights and freedom", do wear seat belts and do put their babies and children in car seats. I wonder if trump told them that it's not dangerous to stand in a wide open field during a violent lightning storm, they'd believe him.

Trump is doing back to back super spreader rallies ignoring pleas from states to not hold huge rallies with few masks and no social distancing, states that are having major increases in Covid 19 cases, overwhelming hospitals, ICU beds and medical staff. There have been surges in Covid19 cases after his MN rallies and rallies in so many other states. He is sick of hearing Covid, Covid, Covid in the media. The media should only be covering him. He isn't at all concerned that his faithful supporters may get Covid19 from attending his packed sardine can rallies. He just wants their votes. This week in Omaha, hundreds of his fans, many senior citizens were left stranded in the cold for hours 2-3 miles from their cars because buses never arrived to pick them up. About 8 or 9 elderly people were hospitalized with Hypothermia. As yet, I have not seen any apologies to these folks from trump or the White House. If trump was actively trying to infect his followers with Covid19, how could we tell the difference. "They came for the Covid and left with Hypothermia. "

The last 8 months have been difficult for everyone but we have a tough road ahead for many months or longer. The pandemic isn't going to "round a corner" or just disappear and a reliable vaccine for everyone won't happen soon. Get your seasonal flu shot, you don't want to have seasonal flue and covid at the same time. Wearing a good mask, washing hands and social distance limiting exposure to very small groups if at all. It would be very helpful to us and our medical personnel if there were enough N95 masks, they block more than 99% of droplets and 95% of aerosolized virus, but trump administration never invoked the Defense Protection Act to make an adequate supply available for frontline workers, let alone the rest of us folks.

I cannot think of one Republican federal or state legislator that is dealing with reality or puts regular Americans health and well-being first. You can't have an economic recovery without controlling the pandemic. Even the corporations, business world and Wall Street understand that. Trump toady Republican legislators go along with whatever hogwash trump spouts. MN Republicans want to "open" up wide (masks, social distancing optional), our state to what, more covid cases, overwhelm our hospitals, particularly rural, small town hospitals/clinics, field hospitals, more loved ones dying or left with lifelong covid issues? I've heard average or higher income Iron Rangers say as long as they got a tax cut and they are doing fine, covid and masks are overblown, why should they worry about other people. Same self serving attitudes as the GOP.

Thursday, October 29
Snowshoe2

We had up to 44 CDC scientists in China up to October in 2019 working on various diseases and prevention. By Dec. Trump pulled the last 12 CDC people out. Than earlier in 2019 Trump did away with are CDC pandemic first strike panel of experts and preparation experts. Trumps answer on TV we don't need those people, a waste of money, I will handle it myself when it is at my footsteps.

His rallies have shown a shortly a 400% increase in many areas right after his rallies in those areas.

The fact is not if but how many people will Trump kill by his actions. His niece Mayr Trump said he relishes it when people die and he is still standing. Makes him feel superior. We have one sicko as President.

Friday, October 30
Scott Atwater

Here's a simple fact that fear mongering types fail to grasp......................eventually everyone will get COVID19. It is a highly contagious airborne microscopic virus that cannot be stopped by a mask. The initial health expert recommendations were to temporarily lock down population centers in an effort to "flatten the curve" so as to not overwhelm the healthcare system. This was accomplished.

Here's another fact.............when it comes to the pandemic, the states have autonomy as to how they will handle it. The governor of New York decided that it was acceptable to return COVID19 patients to nursing homes, while the Governor of South Dakota used a more common sense and practical approach. No one can argue with the results of these very different solutions. The point is that the Trump administration has no authority to mandate the response that the states take during a pandemic.........and rightfully so.

Here's another fact...............it was the Trump administration that initiated the travel ban when Biden and Pelosi criticized it, actually calling it racist and xenophobic.

Here's another fact..............since the CDC has reversed it's stand on so many of the pandemic issues how can anyone say that they have any credibility? First there was no need for masks, then there was. The virus isn't highly contagious, then it was. The healthcare system will be overrun and 2 million people will die...............well that didn't happen either, did it.

I suggest that those that feel the need take shelter in their basements for the next several years, the rest of us have lives to live. You do what you need to do, while we do what we need to do. If you aren't comfortable with that philosophy, perhaps Communist China is the place for you.

And finally to the agenda driven editor that never misses an opportunity smear the president. Ask yourself what the economy would be like had this pandemic never occurred. Show some unbiased journalistic integrity for once and admit that the economy was the best that any of us have ever experienced in our lifetime, and that it was because of the reversal of Obama administration economic policy rather than the continuation of it. And while searching for what remains of your journalistic ethics, ask yourself which political party has more to gain by keeping the American people divided and explain why it's so important for you and your colleagues to continually attack one political party while reducing yourselves to nothing more than the propaganda arm of the other.

You most assuredly will continue to bash the president at every opportunity Mr. Editor, but answer one simple question. What have you ever written that promotes unity to all of the people in your area? It appears that you are guilty of being the very divider that you accuse the president of being. That makes you a con man as well.

Sunday, November 1
Reid Carron

Mr. Atwater's piece is the usual alternate-universe Trump acolyte offering.

--This is the what the American Medical Association says about masks: "Public masking during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most effective measures we can take to contain the spread of the virus. The American Medical Association strongly advocates for coronavirus masking in public spaces." Many studies show that wearing masks slows the spread of the virus.

--As of yesterday, South Dakota has the second-highest COVID infection rate in the country.

--During the two months following the Trump regime's joke travel ban, about 40,000 people entered the U.S. on direct flights from China. Meanwhile, the wide-open European countries were pouring the disease into the East Coast. Epidemiological data show that it was strains of the virus from Europe that crippled New York.

There’s more, of course, but life’s too short. Trump is a grifter, a cheat, a liar, a dictator-lover, a misogynist, a racist, a traitor, a cruel disabled-person-taunting cretin. Barack Obama lives rent-free inside his head. Trump knows he’s a fraud. It’s terribly disappointing that not everyone else knows it.

Sunday, November 1
Brian LaFrenier

Mr. Atwater's facts are somewhat skewed because I think he is a die hard follower of Trump. For some reason the President has convinced his followers that they should believe what he says and not the Scientists and health care experts.

Fact: In the beginning of the pandemic Dr. Fauci had stated people didn't need to go out and buy masks and that they didn't need to wear them "I don't regret anything I said then because in the context of the time in which I said it, it was correct. We were told in our task force meetings that we have a serious problem with the lack of PPEs and masks for the health providers who are putting themselves in harm's way every day to take care of sick people," "When it became clear that the infection could be spread by asymptomatic carriers who don't know they're infected, that made it very clear that we had to strongly recommend masks," he said. "And also, it soon became clear that we had enough protective equipment and that cloth masks and homemade masks were as good as masks that you would buy from surgical supply stores," Fauci added. "So in the context of when we were not strongly recommending it, it was the correct thing." This information comes from the Business insider Mr. Atwater. A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. Asking everyone to wear cloth masks can help reduce the spread of the virus by people who have COVID-19 but don't realize it.

Fact: Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus when they are widely used by people in public settings. And countries that required face masks, testing, isolation and social distancing early in the pandemic have successfully slowed the spread of the virus.

While surgical and N95 masks may be in short supply and should be reserved for health care providers, cloth face coverings and masks are easy to find or make, and can be washed and reused.

Masks can be made from common materials, such as sheets made of tightly woven cotton. Instructions are easy to find online. Cloth masks should include multiple layers of fabric. The CDC website even includes directions for no-sew masks made from bandannas and T-shirts. This information comes from the Mayo Clinic Mr. Atwater

Why is it that the health care providers are still short of PPE in this country Mr. Atwater? Why is it that since "we're rounding the corner" on this virus that the numbers having been climbing? Finally. Why would this President accuse Doctors of inflating the numbers when it comes to infections and using that number to make more money? I don't know about others but I would like to know what the "facts" are on those subjects Mr. Atwater.

Wednesday, November 4
Scott Atwater

LaFrenier, I'll make this extremely simple for you.

Post scientific proof that cloth face coverings are adequate protection against contracting or spreading the microscopic airborne virus known as COVID19. Failing that, post scientific data assigning the percentage of the COVID19 microscopic virus that a cloth face covering can filter out.

I'll wear my mask while waiting for you to post scientific fact, you insufferable windbag.

Sunday, November 15
Brian LaFrenier

Mr. Atwater: Here's a clue that is lost on you and others who seem to think at every turn there is a conspiracy headed toward taking away your rights. COVID 19 is real. Not an apparition contrived by the Left or the biased media. I've read stories that this virus was made up in a lab when early on it was researched to tell us otherwise. There aren't people lurking about every corner trying to steal you away to some dark and dank building in order to brainwash you. The health care experts have weighed in on this and have come up with helpful solutions to mitigate this situation that we are in. You and I are not the experts on this but if you and I listen to the experts we may get a handle on it. Donald Trump is not an expert on scientific advise. Neither Is Dr. Atwater with his herd immunity advise. As to posting scientific fact: Do you not believe the advise of the Mayo Clinic? I take you don't. As to the comment about being a windbag.....well. The pot calling the kettle black comes to mind.....

Monday, November 16
jtormoen

Bravo, Mr. L. Yes, seems our fellow who finds much appeal in fascism ... he who virtually never provides source data to back his claims, and then demands them of others ... continues to find some solace in name calling. I fear from what I have read from him over the last year or so strongly indicates that there is no chance that any light may suddenly glow above his head.

Monday, November 16
Scott Atwater

LaFrenier, I simply asked that you post some scientific based fact that cloth face coverings are an effective means of filtering out the COVID-19 virus. You couldn't do it. Instead you chose to take the diversion route with the usual strawman arguments.

The Covid-19 virus is approximately 60-140 nm in size. An N95 respirator filters 300 nm sized particles at 95% efficiency. Since quality surgical masks are nowhere near as effective as an N95 respirator, and the cloth face coverings are nowhere near as effective as a surgical mask, that pretty much leaves you and those around you unprotected, LaFrenier.

Anyone that has ever taken a qualitative respirator fit test knows that I'm right, and that you sir, are indeed a windbag.

Wednesday, November 18
Brian LaFrenier

Since you continue to wallow in your own reality Mr. Atwater I will again post what I earlier posted. Given the fact that you so eloquently portray yourself as a learned person of factual bias, here it is once again. The N95 mask is indeed the Cadillac of respirator but we have at our disposal is the cloth mask. As it states in my post from the Mayo Clinic...... read carefully now Mr. Out board Motor Man, when widely used they have successfully slowed the spread. There now. Without getting into the bowels of the matter in reference to different cloths, I haven't found anything to tell one what particle size each form or species of cloth provides what type of protection. I don't believe I diverted the thread of intent on the subject at all. You were asking me about specifics and I posted what the Mayo Clinic stated. I must assume you are intelligent enough to research this. Maybe not. I don't know. As to knowledge of fit testing. I think over 20 years of experience in running equipment in the mines and having to go through MSHA training and doing fit testing would qualify me in that respect. In closing Mr. Out board Motor Man, As to the comment once again about being a wind bag, It takes one to know one. Maybe you could tell us all about your research on the different cloths to use and what size particle each and every cloth can filter. I've wasted enough time on you and have better things to do like,, rearranging my sock drawer......

Fact: Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus when they are widely used by people in public settings. And countries that required face masks, testing, isolation and social distancing early in the pandemic have successfully slowed the spread of the virus.

While surgical and N95 masks may be in short supply and should be reserved for health care providers, cloth face coverings and masks are easy to find or make, and can be washed and reused.

Masks can be made from common materials, such as sheets made of tightly woven cotton. Instructions are easy to find online. Cloth masks should include multiple layers of fabric. The CDC website even includes directions for no-sew masks made from bandannas and T-shirts. This information comes from the Mayo Clinic Mr. Atwater

Wednesday, November 18
jtormoen

and if I may add just a brief question ... I see that Dr. Atwater has some issue with the oft used masks ... and that again ... Mr. L has properly responded.

But what I cannot determine ... given his reluctance to accept masks as viable ... what does Dr. A actually prescribe? What should be accepted procedures?

Almost at a quarter million deaths ... and over eleven million reported cases.

My impression is that the esteemed Dr. suggests ... "do nothing".

Wednesday, November 18
Brian LaFrenier

Dr. A prescribes going about your daily life like normal so you can acquire herd immunity. Sort of like we do anyway when the flu or a cold is going around. The strong will survive mentality I guess. Another Politician just came down with this virus and he's 87. Senator Grassley. He supposedly wears his mask but you can't get COVID wearing a mask contrary to the way some believe.

Wednesday, November 18
Scott Atwater

I'm simply trying to post accurate particle size information on the use of cloth masks as protection against COVID-19. It no longer matters to me what you two a-holes think, or how you go about protecting yourselves. Hopefully other readers will take heed and not have a false sense of security regarding the use of cloth or surgical masks.

Wednesday, November 18
bonfire

It appears that our MN Republican legislators are following the lead of the WH hiding the spread of covid cases among WH staff from the general public. A week ago MN Republican senators and staffers were informed that a number of them were diagnosed with covid-19 including Gazelka but this memo was not shared with Senate DFLers. They also didn't seem to be concerned with informing their constituents or the more than 100 attendees at large, in-person Republican dinner party Nov. 5 at area event center or the event center staffers. The height of irresponsibility and callousness.

I think most people are aware the entire country is in a raging pandemic emergency and in the last few weeks have noticed more people we know and know of in our communities who have died from covid, are covid positive or quarantining due to close contact with someone covid positive. Over 900 Mayo Clinic staff have had covid 19 in the last two weeks, 93% contracted it in the community. Of those who got it at work got it while eating in a break room with masks off.

Masks do work to stop spread of virus to the mask wearer and to others. It's pretty easy to tell who is not taking covid 19 and precautions seriously, not just the people I have seen in stores with no masks but people with masks below their noses and not distancing at least 6 feet at a minimum from others. The unserious folks seem think 4 to 5 feet apart is good enough. I've seen a lot of kids with masks on when shopping with their parents and I don't see them having tantrums about wearing masks. Those kids probably know how to wash and sanitize their hands properly too. I think kids understand protecting themselves and others better than a lot of "adults".

I just wonder if those who think Covid 19 is no worse than seasonal flu and overblown, masks are overrated, and so on realize that when our health care systems are over loaded and ICU's are filled with covid cases there may be no ICU beds open for other emergencies like heart attacks, life-threatening accidents, dangerous pregnancy complications, etc. Everyone in these situations have a much higher risk of dying from a treatable condition. Do they really want to take that risk for themselves or their families?

One of the most disappointing and disturbing behaviors since pandemic began is the casual indifference or belligerent denial of covid 19 danger and spreading the virus to others. Even if a covid denier doesn't die from covid, he/she is a link in a chain to someone's death but they just don't seem to care.

Wednesday, November 18
Brian LaFrenier

You're not simply trying to state the facts Mr. Atwater. You're baiting people when you yourself have already gathered the facts while asking people for facts. You try to present yourself above everyone. If you have access to N95 masks use them. They are single use and yes they do trap more particles than a cloth mask. I think most people know that but that's what people have. As I did state in my posts from reputable sources in a nut shell...if everyone wore a cloth mask we could get a handle on this. You seem to get your jollies by being aloof and calling us a holes. Most people in this country and in the world for that matter realize we are dealing with a President who is three fries short of a happy meal and you and others who follow this oaf's advice and his yes men's advice on health care are the root cause of the problem. Denial isn't a river in Egypt. Even if you don't come down with this virus you could be asymptomatic and could be part of the chain of spreaders. I don't care if you look that up or not. Your diatribe is sickening and not needed. You are not constructive at all in your thinking Mr. Atwater. And if you ask me once again to retract my statements as you have in the past the answer is still going to be. No.

Wednesday, November 18
jtormoen

I just want to take a moment ... to thank Dr. Atwater for his clear description of what he does, indeed, prescribe. Much appreciated, and goes a long way in helping me better know what a real expert suggests.

Wednesday, November 18