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Will Bureaucrats Let Us Return to Normal?

Will Bureaucrats Let Us Return to Normal?

For months, the American people have been longing for a return to normal.  But is that going to happen?  Is it even possible?

While we all talk about a return to normal, there is evolving two different definitions.  Folks like me hope that we go back to the way we were – no masks, crowded ballparks, kids sitting next to each other in classrooms, and lots of handshakes and hugs.  And especially the end of the persistent warnings and death toll tallies.  That is our definition of normal. 

But there are those who foresee – and hope for – a modified normal.  As a continuation of an over abundance of caution, they see some of the protective measures as permanent features of our post-Covid life.  They see modified social distancing and mask wearing as a way to reduce the spread of almost any other communicable disease – the seasonal flu or the common cold.

Maybe school kids will never be able to sit near each other in class or an auditorium.  After all, schools are one of the primary spreaders of head lice.

Methinks that our chance of a return to a normal normal will be thwarted by the big government political left.  In other words, the Democrats and the Washington Bureaucrats — who are virtually all left-wing Democrats.

The medical bureaucracy has had the taste of power and access to money due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  It is not something they will surrender easily.  Atop that medical bureaucracy sits Dr. Andrew Fauci, who – at $400,000+ per year – has the highest salary of any bureaucrat in the country.

The pandemic has enabled the medical component of the big-government crowd to spend trillions of dollars on new projects, government contracts and personnel.  Yes, their need for money in their budgets will decline as the crisis passes.  But – in Washington – that does not mean that they will acquiesce to a shrinkage back to pre-pandemic levels.

We will be told of the essential need to underwrite – in the form of grants – all sorts of medical protective measures.  Schools will need continuing funds of on-campus medical personnel – and funds to expand the physical size of classrooms.

County health department will need billions of dollars of “expanded service.”  Hospitals will need money to increase the beds in their IC units.

Democrat operative Rahm Emanuel presciently said that in politics you never let a crisis go to waste.  And we can already see how Democrats have used the so-called “Covid Relief” bills to pack that Trojan Horse with trillions of dollars of unrelated pork-barrel spending.

The medical bureaucrats see the Covid crisis as a gift that can keep on giving.  They gained a motherlode of power and money from the pandemic.  Now the game is to see how little they will be forced to relinquish by the adults in Congress.  If history is instructive, it will not be much.

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. Anonymous

    Why are you asking permission?

  2. Jim

    I think that it’s obvious to anyone with open eyes that the Democrats are HELL BENT of destroying this country. In my opinion, several good democrats – such as Byden, Pelosi, Shumer, etc. would all look good on a public stand with a rope around their necks.

  3. steve

    As long as the left wing-nut jobs are running the show , there will never be a return to normalcy. This is , in their minds , what little they actually have , is a prime opportunity to control the American people , which is the ultimate goal of the democraps anyway. ” Normal” drives these idiots CRAZY . Most can’t even spell crazy. Most , if not all of these little punks that the left allowed to disrupt these cities in Oregon and Washington states have never held a job nor do they own anything , be it an automobile or much less real property . So it is no stretch that these punks want to disband the Police and do away with private property. Sure they do , they want to enjoy the fruits of YOUR labor , definitely not theirs. These are called “Freeloaders” and want more “FREE” stuff, by any means possible, laws be damned.

  4. Donald Houghton

    If one of the outcomes is to reduce the size of school classes, especially in the younger grades, that would not be a bad thing. The relationships would be more solid, the discipline issues might be reduced, bullying could be seen and dealt with earlier, and parental involvement could be less adversarial. The costs would come in the building of more classrooms and hiring of more teachers, not making bigger classrooms. Also, the pandemic has prompted many parents to at least consider homeschooling.
    In the other areas you discussed, I agree that it will just trigger more spending for questionable positive effect.

  5. Rhonda

    Their party time is OVER

  6. JoeyP

    As long as we have GOVERNORS like DeSantis and Abbott we will . . . As long as they tell the BIDEN Administration to POUND SAND! One Enlightened Patriot. Team Trump And His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!).

  7. Anonymous

    I know it is a worrisome situation now, but at least we no longer have a President who owes nothing to anyone and loves America and all Americans unconditionally. Plus, the Chinese Communist Party owns America. Happy now, you pathetic RINO’s?