Covid 19…the enemy?

We have been told that this disease is a global enemy.  At every front, the battle cry  “We are in this together”.  Mask up, distance, wash up.  If we all do our part we will win this war.

As in other wars, nations band together, share assets, share intelligence and share information to defeat their common enemy.  One has to ask.  Why aren’t we all sharing?  Is it because there is money to be made?  It’s not like Dupont selling gun power.  It’s not like an embargo on steel or high tariffs on soybeans.  So what if France finds the cure first, so what if it England or China or even Russia, as long as there is a cure or  pharmaceutical  mitigation.

We have shut the door to sharing data and innovation, and therefore turned back the clock, stifled development and testing which further delay finding a curative. 

The door to corona virus research should be open to every qualified facility, organization, entity, country…  whomever.  If it means that big pharma looses a buck or two, so what. 

Lastly, if POTUS didn’t care about Russian hacking in the past then why worry about it now.  Bundle the data, put it on a zip drive and sent it to them.  Perhaps their expat virologists are better than our expat virologists.  Its a global pandemic, it requires a global response.  Discovery credit and cost notwithstanding.


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Club For Growth PAC…reliable information?

The Alabama Primary run-off was Tuesday, 7/14/2020 and almost as soon as the polls closed and Tommy Tuberville defeated Jeff Sessions this hit job aired.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeUCIq4_jqs

It singles out Doug Jones as the prime mover in providing funding for elements that run contrary to American interests. It neglects to point out that it takes at least 51 Senate votes to pass a resolution for forwarding to the President for signature. This particular Roll Call was to approve HR-1865. This Bill was titled “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act”

This bill provides FY2020 appropriations for several federal departments and agencies. The Bill was passed in the Senate by a vote of 71 to 23 with six abstentions. 34 Republicans and 37 Democrats, a bi-partisan resolution signed by the President.

The outcome of this resolution was not a settled by one vote. 71 yes votes in the Senate constitutes and overwhelming majority.

It includes 8 of the 12 regular FY2020 appropriations bills:

the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020;

the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020;

the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020;

the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020;

the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2020;

the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020;

the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020; and

the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020.

In addition to providing appropriations, the bill includes legislation that extends several expiring programs and addresses a wide range of policy issues throughout the federal government.

The add was paid for by a super PAC, Club for Growth (CFG) headed by a career politician David M Mcintosh.

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