This needs to be fixed, like yesterday:
"We are asking our health care co-workers to put their lives on the line without adequate protection — as a country we would never do this for our military soldiers." @WesleyBurksMD, CEO of @UNC_Health_Care #ncleg #ncga #ncpol https://t.co/RbJnaogAHX
— Lanier Swann Hodgson (@lanierswann) March 23, 2020
There are some 3 million sets of personal protective equipment in the national stockpile. It's not enough, but most of those should have already been deployed to shortage areas. Somebody needs to ask Trump about this during his daily
circle-jerk press conference.
#truth. . . . #ncpol https://t.co/DZt4XUZJKY
— The Chad Adams Show (@Chad_Adams) March 23, 2020
Here's another truth: You can't fight a pandemic with bullshit and propaganda. Fox News tried to do that and now 1/3 of Americans think it's either a media hoax or was cooked up in a Chinese lab to destroy our economy. Misplaced fear can be crippling, but fear is also a primal evolutionary instinct. It keeps us from doing stupid shit, like shaking hands just to spite teh Librals.
This is the direct and intended result of #littledonnie and his right-wing propaganda machine choosing to call #COVID19 the "Chinese virus."
They want this to happen. They want the hate and xenophobia. They want Americans to be assaulted.#ncpol https://t.co/BjMSbKQlTk
— Dr. James G. Gilmore (@jamesggilmore) March 23, 2020
Yep, and it also deflects attention off Trump's incompetency.
In previous times, many legislators didn't take CON reform seriously enough. It shouldn't take a pandemic to get rid of this archaic law. #ncpol https://t.co/qajPmx3XU7
— Brooke Medina (@Brooke_Medina_) March 23, 2020
Pope's puppets have been harping about Certificate of Need requirements for years, so of course they are giddy about the suspension of those requirements now. But we really do need a healthy debate about this. If anybody reading this can explain why keeping CON in place is a good idea, please do.
@NCPolicyWatch editorial cartoonist @ColeToon neatly sums up public opinion on @SenatorBurr https://t.co/kO4K92twBn #ncpol #ncga #ncgov #bluenc #RichardBurr pic.twitter.com/pLl4wWUlKl
— Rob Schofield (@Rob_Schofield) March 23, 2020
I think he should be drawn and quartered, but a simple beheading would suffice.
#NC #ncpol #NorthCarolina #Trump https://t.co/fZYDQjgqJ7
— SaintsChick889 (@SaintsChick889) March 23, 2020
Somebody apparently edited the crap out of this, because he doesn't attack anybody or brag about himself. Then again...
THIS IS WHY WE NEED BORDERS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
Dude, we have borders. We also have a borderline insane President...
Democrats need to hold the line on the rescue package. We won’t get another shot at it for a long time and this is crucial aid that needs to get to working families. https://t.co/ejhq6Kd1EZ #NCPOL
— Thomas Mills (@tmillsNC) March 23, 2020
As long as that $500 Billion discretionary (Trump decides) corporate slush fund is in place, it won't be right.
Executive order closes a number of businesses like hair salons/movie theaters/gyms, reduces mass gatherings to 50 people (instead of 100)...sounds very similar to restrictions announced by Wake County yesterday #ncpol
— Colin Campbell (@RaleighReporter) March 23, 2020
I'm glad we've held back on shelter-in-place. I know many would disagree with me on this, but that's a step too far.
State employees always appreciate the conservative management of the retirement funds by @DaleFolwell. He is putting employees and retirees, rather than corporate interests, first. As it should be. @SEANC #ncga #ncpol https://t.co/kOdHUbYC9U
— Ardis Watkins (@ArdisWatkins) March 23, 2020
Keep digging that hole, SEANC...
Democrats letting the economy tank in order to get more solar panels sums up their party so well right now. #ncpol https://t.co/c81eeOe3MB
— Neal Inman (@Neal_Inman) March 23, 2020
Republicans setting aside $65 Billion for Coronavirus response while throwing $500 Billion at corporations sums that party up rather well, too.
Got my delivery from the @RaleighWineShop and am now fully prepped for Whatever Comes Next #coronavirusNC #raleigh #wine #food #SocialDistancing #ncga #ncpol pic.twitter.com/DoJDoxvHr9
— Rob Lamme (@RobLamme) March 23, 2020
It's nice to see lobbyists aren't suffering during these hard times. Yes, that was snarkasm...
When patients — especially low-income patients — ask where they can get a #coronavirus test, the answer: call the local health department.
But these departments have bled resources for years. #COVID19NC #ncpol #ruralhealth https://t.co/QcTPfcC2ey
— NC Health News (@NCHealthNews) March 24, 2020
These numbers are nothing short of infuriating:
According to reports by the Trust for America’s Health, North Carolina ranks 40th in the nation in spending on public health, even as the organization ranks the state’s health departments in the “highest tier” of preparedness. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, North Carolina appropriated a total of $157 million for public health. That’s only inched up since 2009 when North Carolina spent $147 million and ranked 42nd in the country on spending.
For a number of years in the mid-2010s, North Carolina was one of only a handful of states where public health spending actually shrank, instead of increasing. That was true again with the 2 percent decrease for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. North Carolina was one of only eight states where funding decreased, even as the state racked up a budget surplus.
You won't hear BergerMoore talking about this, because they don't want to slow down their annual tax cut bonanza. These guys are literally killing us.
Shareholder suit accuses @SenatorBurr of securities fraud
Alan Jacobson, a shareholder in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, sued Burr in federal court on Mon, alleging that the senator used private information to motivate a mass liquidation of his assets #ncpolhttps://t.co/Hpw0sxx1T3 pic.twitter.com/ajzqzEuO6y
— Mark (@_therealmark_) March 24, 2020
I'd much prefer Federal criminal charges over a private lawsuit, but this is a damn good start.
On that upbeat note, here's your Onion:
.@SenatorBurr: "Jesus Christ, when did everyone get so uptight about this? I remember when we used to celebrate people who used their talent and connections to get rich from death and anguish." https://t.co/aemRR8VVQg
— The Onion (@TheOnion) March 21, 2020
I bet he has said something along those lines in private. Dude has no grasp of ethics, at all.
I've got 2-3 of these coming up in the next few weeks, and I'm not looking forward to them...