The Mid-Day Campaign Update
This committee is a RINO feeding ground. – With a Senate Health Committee chock full of RINOs like Lamar Alexander, Richard Burr, Susan Collins, Mike Enzi, Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski, be thankful that we have Dr. Rand Paul also among the GOP membership. At this morning’s hearing, Sen. Paul was the one and only senator on either side that attempted to take Dr. Anthony Fauci to task for his rank fear-mongering and consistently, catastrophically wrong predictions related to the Wuhan Virus.
Watch this clip as Sen. Paul lectures Dr. Fauci for proposing once again during the hearing that America keep all of its schools shut down this fall. A Transcript follows:
Sen. Rand Paul:
"The history of this when we look back will be wrong prediction after wrong prediction after wrong prediction… As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don't think you're the end all, I don't think you're the one person that gets to make a decision." pic.twitter.com/SP9T638y2B
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 12, 2020
Senator Paul: I think that’s important, because in all likelihood is a good way of putting it, the vast majority will have immunity, instead of saying there is ‘no evidence.’ The WHO kind of fed into this by saying ‘no evidence of immunity,’ and in reality, there is every evidence stacking up, in fact a lot of the different studies have shown that it is very unlikely you’ll get it again in a short period of time.
With regard to going back to school, one thing that was left out of that discussion is mortality. I mean, shouldn’t we at least be discussing what the mortality rate of children is? This is for Dr. Fauci as well. You know, the mortality between ages 0 to 18 in New York data approaches zero. It’s not gonna be absolutely zero, but it approaches zero. Between 18 and 45, the mortality rate was 10 out of 100,000. So really we do need to be thinking about that.
We do need to observe with an open mind what went on in Sweden where kids kept going to school. The mortality per capita in Sweden is actually less than in France, less than in Italy, less than in Spain, less than Belgium, less than the Netherlands, about the same as Switzerland. But basically, I don’t think there is anyone who is arguing that what happened in Sweden is an unacceptable result. I think people are intrigued by it, and we should be.
I don’t think anyone is certain when we do these modelings. There’s been more people wrong with modeling than right. We’re opening up a lot of economies around the U.S., and I hope that people who are predicting doom and gloom and saying, ‘oh, we can’t do this, there’s going to be a surge,’ will admit that they were wrong if there isn’t a surge.
Because I think that’s what’s going to happen. In rural states, we never really reached any sort of pandemic levels in Kentucky and other states. We have less deaths in Kentucky than we have in an average flu season. That’s not to say this isn’t deadly, but really, outside of New England we’ve had a relatively benign course for this virus nationwide.
And I think the one size fits all, we’re going to have a national strategy and no one’s going to go to school is kind of ridiculous. We really ought to be doing it school district by school district, and the power needs to be dispersed because people make wrong predictions.
The history of this when we look back will be of wrong prediction after wrong prediction after wrong prediction, starting with [Nial] Ferguson in England. So, I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy. And as much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all. I don’t think you’re the one person who gets to make that decision.
We can listen to your advice; but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge and that we can safely open the economy, and the facts will bear this out.
But if we keep kids out of school for another year, what’s gonna happen is the poor and underprivileged who don’t have a parent that’s able to teach them at home are not going to learn for a full year. I think we ought to look at the Swedish model and I think our kids ought to get back to school. It’s a huge mistake if we don’t open the schools in the fall.
One of the myths that the Democrats and their corrupt media toadies have promoted throughout this crisis is that all the school kids are just fine because they’re being schooled at home by their loving parents. Of course, as Sen. Paul alludes here, the sad truth is that it is very likely that a majority of those kids have been getting little if any parental guidance with their school work since March.
And it isn’t just the lack of learning that will set these children back: a very large and constantly-growing number of them receive at least one meal per day at school and in many cases, two meals each day. Don’t let the Democrats delude you into thinking that those kids are somehow being taken good care of now that schools are closed, because most of them aren’t.
That’s a reality that Democrats love to focus on, but only when it is politically expedient for them to do so. But in their madness to take full political advantage of this crisis and attempt to make the pain as deep and long-lasting as possible, focusing on these disadvantaged kids has suddenly vanished from their agenda. I cannot remember seeing a single report on national or local news focusing on the damage, the real, lasting damage being done to these millions of kids.
At today’s hearing, only Rand Paul, the only true conservative Republican in the room, took the time and energy to stand up for those kids by standing up to Dr. Fauci and his desire to extend the damage through the end of this year.
That’s the truth, and it’s a damned disgrace.
UPDATE: At the hearing’s end, Chairman Lamar Alexander gave Dr. Fauci a chance to clarify what he had said earlier about closing the public schools nationally through the end of the year. Fauci “clarified” that that wasn’t exactly what he had meant, even though it certainly sounded that way. So, as is his habit in his far-too-frequent media appearances, Dr. Fauci once again provides conflicting answers that create maximum confusion.
That is all.
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