Now I don't want to get into a long diatribe about what caused it and who is at fault since there are already some conspiracy theories going around that make about as much sense as what the shameless media is trying to do. But we do know that the virus sprang up in places where unsanitary conditions run rampant and poor people lack the knowledge or the wherewithal to deal with it. I'm talking about China, rural China, where in the poor rural areas animals of value are treated better sometimes than people. A peasant farmer with a pig as his prized possession is likely to keep the animal in his home. Furthermore, many things are eaten for food, some raw, in an environment just begging for a bug to grow and it happens. For whatever we see about China and the big gleaming cities and bustling crowds (complete with smog of the variety that Pittsburgh had in the days of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring), many poor rural folks live in conditions more akin to medieval times. This problem wasn't a creation of the United States, but of a society where cleanliness is questionable in many areas, where peasant farmers know no better, and where a totalitarian society masks itself under the guise of capitalism to make many think it is free but it is no such thing.
So, when the President was advised of the issue and the possibility of a serious impact, the President acted in a responsible way. But before he could even be given time for his funding and action proposals to sink in, both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi immediately called his action totally insufficient while not even understanding what was going on. It's the modern Democratic Party mantra, Trump is bad and Democrats are good and anyone with any ability to apply logic realizes the fallacy of that. One need only visit Schumer's New York or Pelosi's San Francisco to realize that. Crime is rampant, feces is on the streets and illegal immigrants run amok in both cities who openly violate federal law as sanctuary cities. Trump is starting with $2.5B, with more to be applied if needed. We don't even know at this point how significant an impact the Coronavirus will have on America. Remember SARS and Ebola? The scares were flying high and the fears turned out to be so greatly overblown, again due to the media always looking for another crisis to exploit. Yes, Corona is a concern as it should be, but for political leaders of one party to use it to stoke fear and create another crisis in advance is truly pathetic. And does anyone really think that either the Speaker or the Senate Minority Leader has some magic brilliance to explain the dollar figure that they want? Of course not, they just want to try and create problems for the President, something which they have wasted most of the last few years trying to do. Both the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar and the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Dr. Anthony Fauci, a class act in his own right, have stated that actions being taken thus far are appropriate and the situation is being carefully watched for any changes. Necessary actions will be taken as needed but, in the meantime, we need to be calm. Creating a panic would only be disastrous for every aspect of American life and we don't need another rendition of Peter and the Wolf until it is clear we need something drastic.
Having said that, I want to make one other observation. Over the last few years and with the avid support of both the Speaker and the Senate Minority Leader, large numbers of illegal immigrants, poor and many unhealthy, have come into country without proper medical screening and with them coming empty handed, looking for the dole from "Uncle Sugar." How many diseases and other sicknesses did they bring with them to spread wherever they went? What kind of health issues did that foment? Amazingly enough, we have no idea and it is by design, for neither the Democrats or their supportive media want anyone to find the answers. Let's let the President and his supporting officials do their job. Stop stoking hate and discontent, Democrats. Instead, join in the effort to keep America healthy. That shouldn't be difficult to comprehend.