The Biden economy continues to sink. Ever since it became apparent that Biden was going to be president back in November-December, the economy has contracted in significant ways. This is happening because business leaders have been reacting to a coming Biden presidency with no confidence whatsoever.
We just had a second week of sky-high first-time jobless claims at 900,000. These numbers were all trending well during the Trump era.
We also had disastrous employment numbers for December with 140,000 jobs lost, as opposed to seven months of gains under president Trump.
The economy is going to sink further as Biden policies come into effect. Along with ‘green’ policies that throttle the economy, a disaster is in the making, including much higher gasoline prices that will suck more and more capital out of the economy. Fortunately these events will give Republicans a great chance to win in the November 2022 mid-term elections in both the House and Senate, and start to reverse this situation.
Meanwhile here is just one example of the people that Biden is picking for his cabinet. Boston, Massachusetts mayor Marty Walsh is Biden’s choice to lead the Labor Department. But Walsh faces scrutiny after campaign filings show that he paid his girlfriend’s fundraising consulting firm over $1 million.
So there you go. We can expect this endless cloud over Biden’s administration because Biden himself is the most corrupt person in Washington.
Lockdowns Don’t Work and Here’s More Proof
Phil Magness is a senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. He recently wrote a column called Twelve Times the Lockdowners were Wrong. (Nikitas3.com will not cover all twelve examples.)
He explains in his essay what we all know to be true – that virus lockdowns don’t work. In fact we recently had a case where New York state had more new reported virus cases than Florida, while Florida has a bigger population and has been open since last Summer while New York state has been severely locked down from the start of the virus.
We also are going to see a spike in virus cases as Biden throws open the Mexican border. You just watch. These illegals are going to bring in different strains from all over the world.
Here are excerpts from Magness’ article with a Nikitas3.com comment after each excerpt:
Magness writes about the first way that the lockdowners were wrong: Anthony Fauci says lockdowns are not possible in the United States (January 24, 2020):
When asked about the mass quarantine containment efforts underway in Wuhan, China back in January, Fauci dismissed the prospect of lockdowns ever coming to the United States:
“That’s something that I don’t think we could possibly do in the United States, I can’t imagine shutting down New York or Los Angeles … because historically when you shut things down it doesn’t have a major effect.”
Less than two months later, 43 of 50 US states were under lockdown – a policy advocated by Fauci himself.
Nikitas3.com comment: Fauci has been dramatically wrong from the beginning. This is just one of his major errors. Fauci is the guy who said back in the early 1980s that AIDS was going to ‘break out’ into the heterosexual population and kill millions. It never happened.
In fact the only non-homosexuals who died of AIDS died as a result of Fauci’s incompetence. Rather than warn us about tainted blood donations from gay donors, Fauci said nothing. This led to the deaths of thousands of non-gay people from tainted transfusions until blood screening was mandated in 1985.
Magness writes: US government and WHO officials advise against mask use (February and March 2020)
When mask sales spiked due to widespread individual adoption in the early weeks of the pandemic, numerous US government and WHO officials took to the airwaves to describe masks as ineffective and discourage their use.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted against masks on February 29. Anthony Fauci publicly discouraged mask use in a nationally broadcast 60 Minutes interview on March 7. At a March 30 World Health Organization briefing its Director-General supported mask use in medical settings but dissuaded the same in the general public.
By mid-summer, all had reversed course and encouraged mask-wearing in the general public as an essential tool for halting the pandemic. Fauci essentially conceded that he lied to the public in order to prevent a shortage on masks, whereas other health officials did an about-face on the scientific claims around masking.
Nikitas3.com comment: Yet half of America (liberals) still trusts Fauci even though he has been spectacularly wrong about everything. This proves the old motto that “Socialism rewards failure and punishes success…”
Magness writes: “Two weeks to flatten the curve” (March 16, 2020)
The lockdowners settled on a catchy slogan in mid-March to justify their unprecedented shuttering of economic and social life around the globe: two weeks to flatten the curve. The White House Covid task force aggressively promoted this line, as did the news media and much of the epidemiology profession. The logic behind the slogan came from the ubiquitous graph showing (1) a steep caseload that would overwhelm our hospital system, or (2) a mitigated alternative that would spread the caseload out over several weeks, making it manageable.
To get to graph #2, society would need to buckle up for two weeks of shelter-in-place orders until the capacity issue could be managed. Indeed, we were told that if we did not accept this solution the hospital system would enter into catastrophic failure in only 10 days, as former DHS pandemic adviser Tom Bossert claimed in a widely-circulated interview and Washington Post column on March 11.
Nikitas3.com comment: We all remember ‘two weeks to flatten curve’. It is now 10 months and the curve is getting worse. Fauci does not know a damned thing. He just says what is convenient for him at any given moment, and Biden is going to tout Fauci, unlike president Trump who eventually dumped Fauci.
Magness writes: Neil Ferguson predicts a “best case” US scenario of 1.1 million deaths (March 20, 2020)
The name Neil Ferguson, the lead modeler and chief spokesman for Imperial College London’s pandemic response team, has become synonymous with lockdown alarmism for good reason. Ferguson has a long track record of making grossly exaggerated predictions of catastrophic death tolls for almost every single disease that comes along, and urging aggressive policy responses to the same including lockdowns.
Covid was no different, and Ferguson assumed center stage when he released a highly influential model of the virus’s death forecasts for the US and UK. Ferguson appeared with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 16 to announce the shift toward lockdowns (with no small irony, he was coming down with Covid himself at the time and may have been the patient zero of a super-spreader event that ran through Downing Street and infected Johnson himself).
Across the Atlantic, Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx cited Ferguson’s model as a direct justification for locking down the US. There was a problem though: Ferguson had a bad habit of dramatically hyping his own predictions to political leaders and the press. The Imperial College paper modeled a broad range of scenarios including death tolls that ranged from tens of thousands to over 2 million, but Ferguson’s public statements only stressed the latter – even though the paper itself conceded that such an extreme “worst case” scenario was highly unrealistic.
Nikitas3.com comment: This guy Ferguson is another academic who lies like hell, just like the same people lie constantly about ‘global warming’. And don’t believe the death numbers for the US that have passed 400,000. The real death toll is dramatically less, and among healthy people under age 50, it is extremely small.
Ferguson eventually lost his job after he was caught sneaking out and breaking his own quarantine recommendation to see his girlfriend. This is typical liberal hypocrisy.
Magness writes: Researchers in Sweden use the Imperial College model to predict 95,000 deaths (April 10, 2020)
After Neil Ferguson’s shocking death toll predictions for the US and UK captivated policymaker attention and drove both governments into lockdown, researchers in other countries began adapting the Imperial College model to their own circumstances. Usually, these models sought to reaffirm the decisions of each country to lock down. The government of Sweden, however, had decided to buck the trend, setting the stage for a natural experiment to test the Imperial model’s performance.
In early April a team of researchers at Uppsala University adapted the Imperial model to Sweden’s population and demographics and ran its projections. Their result? If Sweden stayed the course and did not lock down, it could expect a catastrophic 96,000 deaths by early summer. The authors of the study recommended going into immediate lockdown, but since Sweden lagged behind Europe in adopting such measures they also predicted that this “best case” option would reduce deaths to “only” 30,000.
By early June when the 96,000 prediction was supposed to come true, Sweden had recorded 4,600 deaths. Six months later, Sweden has about 8,000 deaths – a severe pandemic to be sure, but an order of magnitude smaller than what the modelers predicted.
Nikitas3.com comment: This is typical. Nikitas3.com has been more correct about this virus than all of these “experts” and I have zero medical training and use only common sense.
Magness writes (this one is really wacko): Scientists suggest that ocean spray spreads Covid (April 2, 2020)
In the second week of the lockdowns several newspapers in California promoted a bizarre theory: Covid could spread by ocean spray (although the paper later walked back the headline-grabbing claim, it is outlined here in the Los Angeles Times). According to this theory – initially promoted by a group of biologists who study bacterial infection connected to storm runoff – the Covid virus washed down storm gutters and into the ocean, where the ocean breeze would kick it up into the air and infect people on the nearby beaches. As silly as this theory now sounds, it helped to inform California’s initially draconian enforcement of lockdowns on its public beaches.
The same week that this modern-day miasmic drift theory appeared, police in Malibu even arrested a lone paddleboarder for going into the ocean during the lockdown – all while citing the possibility that the ocean breeze carried Covid with it.
Nikitas3.com comment: So there you go. This is more hysterical insanity. A video of this paddleboarder being corralled by a police boat is typical of the frightening narrative that the left has built.
Magness writes: Neil Ferguson predicts catastrophic death tolls in US states that reopen (May 24, 2020)
Fresh off of their exaggerated predictions from March, the Imperial College team led by Neil Ferguson doubled down on alarmist modeling. As several US states started to reopen in late April and May, Ferguson and his colleagues published a new model predicting another catastrophic wave of deaths by the mid-summer. Their model focused on 5 states with both moderate and severe outbreaks during the first wave. If they reopened, according to the Imperial team’s model, New York could face up to 3,000 deaths per day by July.
Florida could hit as high as 4,000, and California could hit 5,000 daily deaths. Keeping in mind that these projections were for each state alone, they exceed the daily death toll peaks for the entire country in both the fall and spring. Showing just how bad the Imperial model was, the actual death toll by mid-July in several of the examined states even fell below the lower confidence boundary of its projected count. While Covid remains a threat in all 5 states, the post-reopening explosion of deaths predicted by Imperial College and used to argue for keeping the lockdowns in place never happened.
Nikitas3.com comment: Ho hum. They should have listened to Nikitas3.com.