Bernie’s Q&A: Trump, Maher, the Coronavirus Crisis, Rooney, and more! (3/27) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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I have watched the WH press conferences each day. Certainly the most important of this century so far. A couple noticeable observations. First, many questions are getting dumber by the day. Second, John Roberts of Fox seems to be asking the technical and specific questions that I want asked. Am I alone on this opinion? — Tim H.

You are not alone, Tim. Some of the questions, thankfully, are good ones. Some are politically motivated. That said, the president should not dismiss legitimate questions because the answer might make him look bad. As for John Roberts, I’m with you.  He does a good job.

I notice a lot of liberals on social media commenting about racist physical attacks against Asian people because of the coronavirus. I think most people of any political persuasion would condemn these racist attacks, though I see that the virtue signaling liberals are immediately blaming Trump and his racism for causing these attacks. What I’m NOT seeing are white people in MAGA hats committing these awful acts of racist violence. In fact, the one video I did see shows a black guy attacking an Asian woman. I could try to point this out, but I don’t because I get the impression that I might as well be howling at the moon since I don’t think even a video or other proven facts would change any minds. In all likelihood I suspect that the liberals would attack me with accusations of racism simply because I pointed out sone discomforting facts to them. Why do you think that is? Your thoughts are always welcome. — Virtue Signaling Regards From The Emperor

You are right on the money, Emperor. As you say, racist attacks are not defensible — under any circumstances. But to blame the president, because he calls it the “China virus” is both despicable and predictable. The left will blame him for a snowstorm in the Arctic Circle if they think they can get away with it. And you’re also right, Your Highness, that there’s a good chance YOU’D be called a bigot if you point out some “discomforting facts.” The left doesn’t have a monopoly on CRAZY, but at times it sure looks like they’re trying to corner the market.

Bernie, my liberal friends are the same way [as you described in Monday’s column]. There is no debating the cost to the economy with these folks or the severity of the illness. It is either you believe this will kill millions and be Trumps fault, or you are just as bad as Trump. One of my liberal friends is no longer speaking to me since I questioned his comments about the pandemic. Which leads to my question, how can this be worth it if all you get at the end of the day is a totally destroyed and ripped apart country? What is the point of being President if you have no nation to lead? — Joe M.

The battle to prevent a medical and health catastrophe may lead to an economic catastrophe. That’s the very difficult situation we find ourselves in.  But let’s defer to the experts: If we send people back to work too soon, hoping to get the economy back on its feet, we’ll wind up with an economic disaster anyway; it’ll just come a little later — and cause more health misery in the process. It’s a tough one, Joe. Let’s hope we come up with a solution that saves human lives and the economy too.

Here’s something I found on National Review Online by Kevin Williamson … which, I think, bolsters my point:

‘We do not know what the economic consequences of a worsening epidemic would be. The measures we are taking right now impose terrible economic costs, but a catastrophic epidemic — one that is orders of magnitude worse than what we are experiencing right now — would impose terrible economic costs, too, on top of an unthinkable amount of death and suffering.”

I don’t quite get it when people like Bill Maher, etal say “we can’t survive another Trump term” Ok so he and many like him hate his guts, fine, but the man has come through on many things, bet Maher was loving what the economy was doing for his savings accounts, did he not agree with the Civil Rights Reform act? Didn’t care for the record unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics, not to mention historic lows overall? Trashing NAFTA and reconstructing it was not to their liking? So what won’t they be able to survive if he should somehow be re elected? — John M.

You’re making one mistake John. Just one. You’re being rational. Bill Maher isn’t. And to try to be rational with an irrational person is a waste of time. Let’s leave it at this: We’re right, they’re wrong.

Bernie do you see the hypocrisy of the right? For eight years everything Obama did would ruin the country. If you asked Fox News, birthers, or any of his haters. But I don’t remember you putting those people in check. I know you don’t like things about Trump. But you still seem to go out of your way to give his followers a pass. Trust me the level of love, and accept everything Trump does by his base is epic. And the amount of hate and ill will they spew on social media is just as bad as the Trump haters. My question to you is. Do you really believe you are equally critical of Trump’s base as you are on his haters? — Douglas S.

A couple of things, Douglas.  I have written REPEATEDLY about Trump loyalists — and not in a good way. I can only assume you haven’t read my MANY columns where I put them in the crosshairs.

Beyond that, a commentator has to be fair, but does not have to be down the middle. Some things bother me more than others. Some things bother liberal commentators more than others.  Right-wing stupidity annoys the hell out of me. But liberals are the ones constantly telling us how caring and good and decent and smart they are. So when they drop the ball, it interests me probably a little more than if Sean Hannity did something stupid. You see, Douglas, I expect nothing from goofballs on the right. The left, on the other hand, tells me to expect more from them, so I do — and point out their hypocrisy when they’re guilty of hypocrisy.

Finally, please re-read my first answer to your question. It’s important that you understand how often I’ve taken Trump loyalists to task. Every time I do, I hear from them. So I plead NOT GUILTY to the charge. But thanks Douglas, for asking.

What, if any, bias in did you notice in John Roberts’ interview with Michigan’s Democratic Gov. on Fox News Sunday? — Bob H.

I watched.  Didn’t register to be honest.  Didn’t notice anything especially interesting one way or the other. Please get back to me and let me know what you’re suggesting.  Thanks, Bob.

Bernard, [regarding your column from Monday] please see this link. This is a Democrat who escaped it, by a happenstance sort of way. She held nothing back. It opened my eyes to the same issue. I think your readers would appreciate this. The title of the piece is “After Attending a Trump Rally, I Realized Democrats Are Not Ready For 2020.” — Bill N.

I read the column, Bill, and it backs up the idea that some on the left think that all Trump supporters are hateful, deplorable human beings. Some are. You can’t argue with that — even though the column you linked to is by a Democrat who went to a Trump rally and found lots of really nice people. Most are, I suspect. That said, there are plenty of supposedly intelligent, open-minded progressives who are horrible human beings; who say if “lots” of their fellow Americans die because of the coronavirus, it’s “worth it” if it means getting Trump out of office. What makes them so deplorable is that they see themselves as the good ones, the enlightened ones, the decent ones. Donald Trump has made them crazy.  Trump Derangement Syndrome is real.

I was watching an old interview of Andy Rooney last night where he talked about his time covering the 8th Air Force in WWII. It was a fascinating interview. Did you spend time working with him when you are at 60 Minutes, and if so, what were your thoughts on the work he did when you worked together? — Joe M.

I wasn’t on 60 Minutes — but a lot of people think I was. I did appear on other prime time CBS News magazine programs. I knew Andy. He wrote me a very nice note in 1996 after my op-ed about liberal bias appeared in the Wall Street Journal. But he wasn’t happy when I put the letter in my book Bias. He didn’t want his colleagues to know that he agreed with me. I thought less of him after that.  Andy was a well-known curmudgeon. Let’s just say it was a well-deserved description and leave it at that.

Bernie: In these times of pandemic, things are certainly political but shouldn’t be partisan. To that end, I’m interested to get your objective opinion on how some of our politicians are handling their crisis leadership roles. I give kudos to Trump, Pence, Gov. Cuomo (D-NY), Gov. Newsom (D-CA) and Gov. Abbott (R-TX). Demerits to Mayor De Blasio of NYC, Pelosi and Biden. The latter three are still reading from their “Blame Trump” playbook. — Steve R.

I’m with you, Steve — in times of crisis we can do without partisan politics. I applaud your bi-partisan list who deserve kudos … and I agree with demerits go to more than a few Democrats, especially Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.  As I write this the relief bill includes $25 billion for the Kennedy Center (which President Trump gleefully applauded in his daily TV briefing) and rules regarding airline emission standards. Really!!! And Joe Biden issues cliches about “slush funds” from his house in Delaware.  Let’s see what the voters have to say later this year.

Mr. G, What’s your best case scenario for our country by June 1st? Looking for some logical inspiration. — ScottyG

The honest answer, Scotty, is nobody knows. But I hope and suspect things will be better than they are now. If that’s the case, it’ll give us time to come up with treatments and at some point a vaccine. But statistically speaking, there’s a good chance that the situation will at least appear to be worse before it gets better. Cross your fingers regarding June 1.

[In your Off the Cuff this week], why did you have to inject your prejudice with “…if [Trump] continues to get things wrong and if he continues to mislead the American people…”. It would be more honest if you prefaced with “In my opinion he gets things wrong and misleads the American people”. Distasteful and unnecessary. — David O.

Sorry, David, but it’s not my opinion that the president gets things wrong and misleads the American people … it’s a fact.  And when I state a fact, I’m not injecting prejudice. My job isn’t to cheerlead for this or any other president. If that’s what you want to do, fine with me. My job, as a journalist and commentator, is to analyze the facts and then tell you what I think about them.

Haven’t you noticed that he’ll say something during his daily briefings and then one of the experts goes to the podium and delicately sets the record straight. I’m adding a link to my answer that will take you to a piece by a lifelong Republican … a conservative who served in the last 3 GOP administrations.  He’s no fan of the president but his outlines specific examples how the president gets things wrong and misleads. That’s not his opinion either. They’re facts.

Try not to let your admiration for the president — which you’re certainly entitled to — adversely affect your ability to analyze what’s right there before your eyes on TV almost every day. After you read the article, feel free to let me know what you think of the specific misstatements outlined in the article.  Thanks.

President Trump tweeted this on Wednesday: “The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!

The media isn’t the dominant force in keeping the country “closed.” It’s the scientific data and top health/medical professionals (including people associated with the Trump administration) that are driving this case. Governors aren’t issuing stay-at-home orders because of the media. How can anyone reject the criticism that Trump isn’t taking this pandemic as seriously as he should when he suggests that the precautions our country is taking are just a political hit-job on him? — Ben G.

I totally agree with you Ben. Donald Trump has adversaries and even enemies in the media. And more than a few journalists don’t want him to be reelected. But the media, as you rightly say, is not the dominant force; reporters aren’t calling the shots. The experts are — or at least should be. Donald Trump suffers from Media Derangement Syndrome. He needs to point out their mistakes and move on. A wartime president doesn’t get into petty fights with journalists.

 


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Off the Cuff: The Coronavirus Has Quarantined Biden’s Campaign

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Some Coronavirus Ramblings After a Week Off

I’ll begin this column by thanking some readers who noticed that I didn’t put out a piece last week, and were wondering if my family and I were doing okay during this health crisis.

The answer is yes… or so we assume. So far, the Dalys have only experienced the occasional phantom symptom — one of those brief onsets of a dry throat, cough, or peculiar ache that half-convinces us that things are about to get crazy…before it just sort of disappears on its own. I’m sure we’re not the only ones who’ve gone through this exercise over the past several days.

The reason I didn’t write anything last week (including for my next book) is that it was my children’s spring break. We wanted to do some fun things together as a family, even though our choices were limited by mass closures and social distancing. This included playing games (including a Lego competition that I’m pretty sure I won), watching movies, going on some hikes, and building up some driving hours for my 15-year-old son.

The latter was particularly productive, being that the roads are less traveled than usual, and the small-town destinations we hit — even in normal times — aren’t exactly overflowing with people:

 

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But like lots of others right now, most of our time has been spent at home (where we’ll all be working or doing school work for at least the next month), and truth be told, we’ve probably been more cautious than most people.

For readers who’ve been with me a while, you may remember that my aforementioned son had major spine surgery a couple years ago to fix his scoliosis. Though the surgery was a major success, the damage previously caused by his curved spine left him with some permanently diminished lung capacity. So, while young people are faring this virus better than anyone, we’d rather not put our young person, who has one of those existing conditions we’ve been hearing about, to the test.

For us it adds an extra level of anxiety to this very anxious time in world history, but there are plenty of others who are already dealing with the direct results of the coronavirus. I’m talking about the infected, some of whom are currently fighting for their lives. I’m talking about the families of those who are suffering or have already lost their lives. And I’m talking about the heroic medical workers who are placing their own health at risk every day to treat patients in overcrowded, chaotic environments; we owe them a debt of gratitude that we’ll never be able to pay.

There are also those suffering indirectly from the coronavirus — victims of the incremental shutdown of economic sectors across the globe: the business owners who can’t afford to close down operations, even for a week or two; the workers who are sitting at home or filing for unemployment while their bills begin to pile up; the workers who are having to perform their jobs in risky environments; and those who were about to retire but now can’t.

The economic impact is nothing short of devastating, and things will continue to get worse before they get better. But top medical professionals and the statistics they present make it clear that until we get the spread of this highly contagious disease on a downward slope, the lives of our people and the viability of our medical institutions must be our top concern. In the meantime, we must plan, as Yuval Levin puts it, for a “soft start” following this “hard pause.”

Along with the anxiety and the suffering is anger. And there are plenty of people to be angry at.

First and foremost is the Chinese government, whose extensive cover-up of the seriousness of the disease and its rapid spread led to this global pandemic. According to a study from the University of Southampton, early intervention by Chinese authorities could have reduced the number of infected by as much as 95%. And they continue to suppress information and even rewrite history by suggesting that the disease originated here in America. China will have to face some serious, international consequences for what they’ve done.

Bureaucratic failures in our federal institutions and response procedures will also come under sharp scrutiny once this crisis is over. The CDC came out of the gate very slowly, especially in regard to testing. Our country lagged behind several others (and still does on some fronts), and that cost us valuable time in our efforts to contain and mitigate the virus here within our borders.

Then, there are our political leaders…

Only now, as Congress works with the president on a massive stimulus package, are we recognizing (“remembering” is perhaps the better word) how breathtakingly irresponsible it was to run up huge federal deficits, on top of an already enormous national debt, during a time of economic expansion. Fiscal conservatives (what few are left) had it right; the tribes had it wrong.

In regard to the president, his loyalists will make excuses and tout his leadership all day long, but the truth is that he and his conservative-media echo chamber rhetorically downplayed the threat for weeks. While some good moves were made on travel restrictions, Trump and his minions essentially repeated China’s propagandist, politically helpful picture of what was happening instead of conveying what the top scientists and medical professionals in the world (including those in Trump’s own administration) were saying both privately and publicly. This needlessly fueled conspiracy-driven beliefs that the threat of a global pandemic was a political or media concoction — a sentiment that sadly and dangerously still exists despite the clear reality of the situation.

Even now that Trump has accepted the pandemic for what it is, recently referring to himself as a “war-time president,” he has continued to overstate and over-promise remedies and timelines that people like Dr. Tony Fauci, in the interest of public safety and candor, have repeatedly had to correct the record on (sometimes just minutes later). Conflicting messages at a time like this do not instill trust in our government. And right now, we need to be able to trust our leaders.

Our elected representatives on the left, at least at the federal level, have disgraced themselves well. Taking a page out of Rahm “Never allow a crisis to go to waste” Emanuel’s playbook, congressional Democrats have been delaying the coronavirus relief bill with all sorts of non-coronavrius demands, including collective bargaining powers for unions, increased fuel emission standards for airlines, the expansion of solar and wind tax credits, and Planned Parenthood funding. It’s as if they don’t understand or care about the incredibly serious situation at hand. This is a global pandemic, not a Christmas party.

And of course, the liberal media (who’ve been handling this better than many on the right are willing to give them credit for) are cheapening their coverage by latching on to stupid things. This includes the perceived political incorrectness of labeling the coronavirus after its country of origin, and blaming the president for the death of a man who foolishly ingested fish tank cleaner, because it contained an ingredient that Trump has been promoting (in its medication form) as a possible deterrent against coronavirus symptoms.

It’s all pretty maddening, but anger isn’t going to solve much right now. It’s best that we look forward. And in looking forward, perhaps we also need to narrow our view.

Honestly, at this point in this crisis, I think it’s best that people limit their news intake to maybe a half-hour each day, and perhaps just watch their local news channels instead of the national networks (especially the cable news networks). You’re going to get the same amount of pertinent information locally without all the obsessive, partisan nonsense. And frankly, state governors seem to have as good of a handle on managing this crisis as anyone. Their press conferences have been much more productive than anything I’m seeing at the federal level, and that includes the far-left governor of my own state who I don’t agree with, politically, on anything.

For now, just for the state of minds, I’d suggest that people focus on keeping themselves and those they care about safe (which in some cases means staying away from them), helping out the small businesses in their community (by buying gift cards, carry-out food, etc.), and — if possible — maybe even picking up some new interests or hobbies.

We’re going through a very hard time right now. Surrounding ourselves with noise for hours on end isn’t going to make it any easier.




About Those Who Think Death and Economic Destruction Are “Worth It”

A very good friend of mine told me a story the other day that should have stunned me, but knowing the times in which we live … it didn’t.

My friend is conservative, in the mainstream sense of that word.  He’s like millions of other Americans – not a big fan of Donald Trump’s character, but figures he’s better than what the Democrats have to offer.

But my friend has a sister, who when it comes to politics, plays deep left field.

How deep? Well, she won’t visit her brother because – wait for it – he lives in a red state.  Red states are Trump states and that’s enemy territory as far as she’s concerned.

They talked by phone a few days ago and of course the coronavirus came up in conversation. As he relayed the conversation to me (and said it was OK for me to share the story with you), after the usual back and forth about how it was affecting each of their lives, my friend’s sister told him that, “If lots of people have to die to make sure Donald Trump doesn’t get re-elected, it’s worth it.”

He knows his sister’s politics, but still he was stunned. “Can you believe it?” he asked me, figuring it was the kind of question that required no answer.  But I gave him one anyway.  “Unfortunately I can,” I said.

I told him that his sister wasn’t the only one who thinks that way; that there are millions on the left who are just like her.

No, we don’t usually hear such candor from Trump-haters, not out in the open anyway.  But she was talking to her brother on the phone – not opining for the world to hear on national TV.  She felt safe venting, sharing her hatred.

But just because such bluntness is not part of the national conversation, doesn’t mean that the angry left isn’t secretly rejoicing that this killer virus just might bring down the president – even if the virus also brings down a lot of their fellow Americans in the process.

As my friend’s sister so elegantly put it:  It’s worth it.

In that phone conversation, she said something else she thought would be worth it.

Again, as he related the conversation to me, she said:  “If the economy collapses that also would be worth it” if it would bring down the Trump presidency.

And on this, again, she’s not alone.

Remember what Bill Maher said on his TV show last year:  He would gladly accept an economic recession because, “We have survived many recessions. We can’t survive another Donald Trump term.”

Wishing for a recession, or worse, is easy for a guy who makes millions telling jokes.  He won’t have trouble paying the rent.  But if the recession cost Bill Maher his job he might not be so cavalier.

And the same is true for my friend’s sister.  She thinks that “lots” of American deaths would be “worth it” if it means Donald Trump would lose the election.  But would she think that if her children were among the dead?

Hillary Clinton got a lot of things wrong last time around, but she also got a few things right.  There really are deplorable people out there – except they’re not all the ones she had in mind.

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Bernie’s Q&A: Coronavirus, Biden, O’Reilly, D’Souza, and more! (3/20) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Hi, Bernie. While I can certainly appreciate the preventive measures being taken regarding the spread of the coronavirus and how deadly it can be to those with compromised immune systems and underlying health issues, is it really a pandemic when only a few areas have shown any proven cases throughout the country? I get the “ounce of prevention vs. a pound of cure” paradigm. But the madness of hoarding that’s going on all over the country, and where I live where not a single case of the virus has been reported, is over the top. Walmart and Costco won’t have more toilet paper and paper towels until the end of this week. Their warehouses have been depleted of such items because of the blind panic and/or profiteering that has resulted from this virus. If it isn’t in every county in the country, should it be called a “pandemic”? — Jake H.

It’s a WORLDWIDE pandemic, Jake.  So I have no problem with the terminology … and I’m not sure it would make a difference no matter what they called it. They could call it Carona-Palooza and there’d still be hoarding.  I agree it’s a little nuts.  But it’s what some people do.  It makes them feel safe.  Madness or not.

What’s your opinion of Dinesh D’Souza? Do you believe he was unjustly sent to prison because President Obama got angry about the book and movie that Dinesh D’Souza wrote and produced that put the Obama presidency in a rather unflattering light? Or was Dinesh D’Souza actually deserving of his prison sentence? Your thoughts And commentary are appreciated. — Right Wing Political Prisoner Regards From The Emperor

I’ve met Dinesh and he’s quite affable.  I don’t know if his sentence was fair or not.  But he did voluntarily plead guilty to a campaign violation, so there is that.   I just don’t know enough about the prosecutor or the judge to comment beyond that.

Bernie … What’s your take on Joe Biden’s health? His memory loss problems are very noticeable. Thanks. — Charles K.

I watched the Biden/Bernie debate and Joe looked and sounded good.  That’s the best I can do given that I’m not a psychiatrist.  Memory issues may be serious or may be nothing more than a minor and insignificant matter.  If he stumbles through an answer during a debate with the president, voters will decide how much they care about his health and mental state.  But Joe’s not the only one running for president with questions about his mental health, if you know what I mean.

Bernie, Thanks for your reply [to my question 2 weeks ago on my opposition to gay marriage on moral grounds]. A short follow-up. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:9 there were people who used to be ‘homosexual offenders.’ The Apostle Paul says, ‘and that is what some of you w-e-r-e. But you were washed… sanctified…. [and] justified in the name of the Lord Jesus’. God justified them in his sight, forgiving them, and changing them from the inside out. So, no, God doesn’t create people as homosexuals or transgenders with no hope of eternal life. He calls it sin because it is. Yet He washes us, as His gift to us. It’s not about us, it’s about God’s goodness. Though I may not convince you, yet I did want to share this further information. The word ‘Gospel’ means ‘Good News’. 2000 years ago people gladly came out of homosexuality, and the good news is this offer stands today. My best to you. — Bill N.

Got it. We just have different views on this, Bill, but thanks for the friendly discourse.

Mr. G, The younger generations, let’s say 35 & under are still out and about at bars and restaurants and other social gatherings. Why aren’t these young so called social warriors leading by example and practicing social distancing as suggested? Are these ”kids” mostly all talk and no action as they also tend to demonstrate when they don’t even show up to vote? — ScottyG

You certainly could make that point, Scotty.  I don’t want to stereotype an entire generation, so let’s just say a lot of the people you describe do a lot of talking about how caring they are — they care about the planet, about racism, about all sorts of discrimination — yet they can’t stay home and help bring this menace under control?  And where are their parents — telling them to grow up and do the right thing?  I suspect their parents are as arrogant as they are.  Enough.  Thanks for the question.

Obviously there are technological differences between today and 1918; however, do you think this is what the society was dealing with back then? — Peter L.S.

I offer this, Peter, from the New York Times:

“In 1918, a new respiratory virus invaded the human population and killed between 50 million and 100 million people — adjusted for population, that would equal 220 million to 430 million people today. Late last year another new respiratory virus invaded the human population, and the reality of a pandemic is now upon us. Although clearly a serious threat to human health, it does not appear to be as deadly as the 1918 influenza pandemic.”

With the understanding that you are not a mental health professional (nor am I), I am concerned with what I am seeing with respect to Joe Biden’s mental state. We all make gaffes if we speak enough (I have made plenty in my life). However, it appears that I am seeing something different with VP Biden. The gaffes appear to be bigger and he appears to get far more agitated (with voters and in general). It seems to me that VP Biden is showing the beginning signs of a mental decline (senility, etc…). Are you seeing the same thing or do you believe that I have it wrong? Do you believe that VP Biden has the mental fitness to be President (especially in light of the fact that he is running for the most stressful four year job in the world where such a mental decline will just increase)? — Regards, Mozik

Others have expressed the same concern, Mozik.  Imagine if he wins.  Voters will have said they prefer his mental issues to those of Donald Trump.  Wonderful, right?  Who knows how bad Biden’s condition is.  I sure don’t.  But I suspect — not necessarily in your case — that some politics are involved.  Republicans are more likely to “see” defects in Democrats — and the other way around too.

Bernie, Do you think Bill O’REILLY will be back on the air with a major cable network again? We did not always agree with all of his views but we enjoyed his show especially the segments with you! Thank you. –Patrick

I used to think he’d be back.  But I don’t any longer.  If it was going to happen I think it would have happened by now.

Bernie, a few ancillary questions related Chinese Corona Virus: 1) since we now know it is possible for college courses to be taught online, do we have the solution for keeping college costs under control (imagine how few administrators would be needed not to mention the fact that courses could be taught nationwide by the best of the best instructors, and of course without having to keep building all those new fancy facilities that add so much to learning difficult college level subject matter), and 2) how much would the world demand the US pay if the virus had originated in the US ( especially in a US laboratory). Please note these are real questions not merely poor attempts at humor. — Michael

Yes, it might be cheaper to teach courses on line.  But … there’s something about being in the same room with the professor which provides the ability to ask questions in real time.  However, going to class online is undeniably safer from from a virus point of view.  And if a year in college cost, say, $50,000 — and the online version were significantly less expensive, well then that’s a decision families would have to make.  Let me say that I don’t know how much cheaper the cost of college would be.  The professors aren’t taking pay cuts, that’s for sure.  So a lot of unknowns.

Regarding to other question:  If the virus originated in the U.S. not only would the world demand payments, but the left in this country would use it as their newest reason to bash America.  That, I am certain of.

 


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