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Expect a COVID-19 uptick when we re-open the economy

Expect a COVID-19 uptick when we re-open the economy

Democrats and their media flunkies are trying to set up a no-win position for President Trump.  They say that if he removes the lockdown on business and other activities too early, there will be an increase in COVID-19 cases – and deaths.  With that narrative, they are setting up a political ambush.

Once commerce, industry and entertainment are restored – no matter when – there WILL BE an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases – and therefore an increase in the number of deaths.  The Democrats know that.  The media knows that.  Even the doctors know that.

They also know that we cannot keep the economy shut down for too much longer without pushing America into the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Suppress the economy for too long and we could find the world in an economic dark age.

The human impact of a prolonged shutdown would not just be economic.  It would be measured in human lives.  More people would starve to death.  More people would commit suicide.  More people would engage in – or be victimized by –  increases in crime and outbreaks of violence.  Desperate times trigger desperate actions.

Deaths due to economic collapse would be the harsh edge.  Our entire standard of living would suffer.  Our lives would become more like a Dickens novel.  It would be a different form of lockdown – not voluntary but based on our collective financial inability to spend on everything from good healthcare to a family vacation – even food.

In other words, the horrible fact is that in order to live what we consider a reasonable lifestyle in an opportunity society, some people will die.  They will die from infectious diseases … the flu … the common cold … staph infections … if we all stay at home forever.  But that is impossible.

Never in history has such a successful society across the world every committed economic suicide to save lives.  It is not a happy choice.  England’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill faced the issue of lives and a greater good.  In breaking the Nazi code, he discovered that Hitler was about to attack Coventry.  If he warned the people there, Hitler would know that the code was breached – and the Normandy invasion would have been a virtual impossibility.  He literally had to sacrifice lives in Coventry to win the war.

In many ways, we are in that sort of predicament.  The residual of the COVID-19 virus will be around for a while.  Unfortunately, we cannot wait until it is entirely eradicated.  And that means when we ease our social separating and open public venues, there will be more cases of the virus.  It will not be the kind of spread that we experienced this Spring, but we will be more exposed to the virus – and more people will get infected.  More will die.

For sure, we do not want to restore some semblance of normalcy while the virus is in a dynamic growth mode, but to say that any increase in cases and deaths will be an indictment of the President’s policy is pure political b******t.

We maintain what we called our “normal life” as tens of thousands died in highway accidents.  We did not drop the speed limit to 20 miles per hour to save lives.  Tens of thousands die each year from the common flu, but we never shut down our lives to save them.

So … when the Democrats and the propaganda media spring their ambush because there will be an uptick in COVID-19 cases when we start to re-open America, remember that it is just a little bit of dirty pre-staged political chicanery.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Nancy

    Give the people their country back and prosecute the demons trying to destroy us for their own political agenda !!!

  2. Bill DeBlasio, Mayor of NYC

    Your freedoms are over. The lockdown will remain in place until we say so. You are now serfs, only one step above slaves. If we say jump you will. If we demand to screw your mother, wife, or daughter, you will do so. If we demand anything and everything you own you will happily comply. You will do so because we are brave and men while you are sniveling cowards, hiding in your hovels when you should be confronting us gun in hand. We own everything you have, even the air you breath. So shut the fuck up peons and do as you are told.

  3. Rivahmitch

    If the “uptick” in the illness and deaths is no greater than that from our annual flu “epidemics”, it rates a rousing SO WHAT?? I don’t minimize the tragedy of any deaths but I fail to see why this particular flu is so much worse that what we’ve seen before (and somewhat regularly). Just because the Democommies have weaponized it to use against our current President doesn’t make it any more horrible. Will we now be shutting down the nation every year when the annual flu varieties hit?

  4. Stacy Dougherty

    At first we had corona with out a plan & shut down! Its still around so Naturally there will be a uptick with reopening except we have a plan! We now can figure out where the “Hot spots” are located and focus on those areas with supplies and preventative meds to cut down the severity. So what’s the problem? Its an election year and the Dems motto in the worst ways is: “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste” thus, to be expected, the Dem’s are going to exploit the uptick! Are you surprised they will do this? lol I’m not..could see this one coming a mile away.. They are so crookedly predictable!!
    # TRUMP 2020 KAG..

  5. Martin

    There will be a uptick in deaths other than with COVID-19 cases if we don’t open thins up.

    Wonder how much more the Real Americans are going to put up with this garbage. These governors some Republicans and mostly Democrats are pushing We The People to the breaking point.
    Time we go back and reread what our Founding Fathers said.
    “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical”.
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive”
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”
    Thomas Jefferson