600 Doctors Call on Trump to End Shutdown that Causes Dangerous Health Effects
More than 600 doctors signed a letter to President Trump calling for him to end lockdowns across the US that are crushing the nation’s economy. The doctors say the loss of livelihoods are causing poverty, loss of homes, despair, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicides. It is the view of these doctors that these effects are more deadly than the virus. -GEG
More than 600 doctors signed onto a letter sent to President Trump Tuesday pushing him to end the “national shutdown” aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, calling the widespread state orders keeping businesses closed and kids home from school a “mass casualty incident” with “exponentially growing health consequences.”
The letter outlines a variety of consequences that the doctors have observed resulting from the coronavirus shutdowns, including patients missing routine checkups that could detect things like heart problems or cancer, increases in substance and alcohol abuse, and increases in financial instability that could lead to “[p]overty and financial uncertainty,” which “is closely linked to poor health.”
“We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients,” the doctors say in their letter. “The downstream health effects … are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.”
The ‘Mayor of Skid Row’ Says Los Angeles Has a Homeless Problem Because Politicians Get Money from Keeping It, Not Solving It.
California has the highest poverty rate in the US in spite of the fact that it has a high minimum wage and abundant social programs. Stefan Molyneux visits Jeff Page, an activist known as the ‘Mayor of Skid Row’ in Los Angeles, who tells him the problem began in 1967 when the city created the Skid Row containment zone as an area to corral the homeless and mentally ill who overflow government institutions. Downtown LA is being revitalized, Skid Row has become valuable real estate, developers want the homeless out of there, and they want taxpayers to cover the cost. So, in 2016, voters passed Measure HHH, which allotted $1.2 billion to house 10,000 homeless people. Corruption followed the money. Developers said it would cost $450,000 per unit to house the street people. How much it would cost to keep them there was not a topic of concern. There was ample margin for sweetheart deals with cronies at every level of the project. Jeff calls the politicians, developers, and non-profit agencies that flourish in this racket “poverty pimps,” because they consider homeless people merely as a commodity – something you use to make money. He says the LA Police Department is also in on the scam. They have a $2-billion budget that would go away if the crime rate dropped. Crime must remain high to justify large budgets. The system is flawed by design. [This is the reason private charity always outperforms public charity. Governments can never overcome poverty because they are the greatest cause of it.] -GEG
El Salvador: New President Takes Responsibility for Drowning Deaths of Father and 2-Year Old Daughter in Rio Grande
Following the drowning deaths of a man and his young daughter who were trying to enter Texas illegally, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, who has only been in office for one month, declared, “It’s our fault.” While some leftist Democrats blamed Trump for the tragedy, President Bukele, who campaigned on fixing his country, pointed out that the dead man and his family fled El Salvador due to poor living conditions. He asked, “What if there’s a little girl who had a decent school here, a decent health care system for her and her family, a decent house with water supply, a job for his parents, for his mother and his dad, a decent job, living in a zone where a gang member would not come to rape her and kill her family?”
When a father and his two-year-old daughter from El Salvador drowned
in the Rio Grande trying to illegally enter the United States last week,
Democrats running for president immediately blamed President Trump.
But the new president of El Salvador, who took office just a month ago, declared “it is our fault.”
“People don’t flee their homes because they want to,” Salvadoran
President Nayib Bukele said during a weekend press conference in San
Salvador. “They flee their homes because they feel they have to.”<
“We can send all the blame to any government we like,” he said. “We
can say President Trump’s policies are wrong. We can say Mexico’s
policies are wrong. But what about our blame? What country did they
flee? Did they flee the United States? They fled El Salvador, they fled
our country. It is our fault,” said Bukele, who took office on June 1
after campaigning on fixing the country’s many problems.
On Monday, some 200 relatives and friends gathered for a funeral
ceremony for the father and daughter, Óscar Martínez and 23-month-old
Angie Valeria Martínez. They carried flowers and green palms, with some
carrying signs bearing the logo of the Alianza soccer team favored by
The father and daughter were found face down on the Mexico side of
the river across from Brownsville, Texas. Bukele said the Salvadoran
government failed to protect the 25-year-old Salvadoran and his
“We haven’t been able to provide anything, not a decent job, not a
decent school,” he said. “What if there’s a little girl who had a decent
school here, a decent health care system for her and her family, a
decent house with water supply, a job for his parents, for his mother
and his dad, a decent job, living in a zone where a gang member would
not come to rape her and kill her family?”
the father clearly bears the responsibility for trying to cross a
dangerous river while carrying his daughter, some Democratic
presidential candidates pointed the finger elsewhere. Robert “Beto”
O’Rourke said there’s only one person to blame: “Trump is responsible
for these death.”
Global-Warming Expert Says the Number of People Dying from Weather-Related Disasters Has Fallen by 95%
Bjorn Lomborg, an economist who served as director of the Danish government’s Environmental Assessment Institute, thinks that global warming is a problem, but says the number of people dying from weather-related disasters has dropped by 95% over the past century. Despite claims by weather alarmists that there will be mass death within 12 years unless the Green New Deal is implemented, the fact is that only 20,000 people die every year from bad weather out of the worldwide population of 7.7 billion – and these deaths have nothing to do with so-called warming. Poverty causes far more death than weather. Free enterprise, technology, and opportunity will raise people who are poverty-stricken to a higher standard of living, but penalizing carbon emissions will produce just the opposie effect, which meas it will increase unnatural death rates. -GEG
California Has the Most ‘Liberal’ Government and the Highest Poverty Rate in the Nation. Cause and Effect.
Despite California having a vigorous economy, 20% of Californians are suffering economic hardship, mostly due to the cost of housing. Moderate wage earners age 35 to 44 are leaving California due to rising crime, heavy traffic, a growing homeless epidemic and, especially high taxes. [These are the natural effects of collectivism. Only the wealthy and the impoverished will remain in the state. Eventually, everyone will be impoverished except the ruling elite.] -GEG
Despite efforts by state legislators at creating a socialist utopia, California still has the highest poverty rate in the nation at 19%, despite a 1.4% decrease from last year according to the Census Bureau.
And while California has a “vigorous economy and a number of safety net programs to aid needy residents,” according to the Sacramento Bee, one out of every five residents is suffering economic hardship – which is fueled in large part by sky-high housing costs, according to Caroline Danielson, policy director at the Public Policy Institute of California.
“We do have a housing crisis in many parts of the state and our poverty rate is highest in Los Angeles County,” she said, adding that cost of living and poverty is often highest in the state’s coastal counties. “When you factor that in we struggle.”
Silicon Valley residents in particular are leaving in droves – more so than any other part of the state. Nearby San Mateo County which is home to Facebook came in Second, while Los Angeles County came in third.
“They’re looking for affordability and not finding it in Santa Clara County,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com.
It’s not just housing prices driving the exodus, of course. Punitive taxes – more than twice as much as some other states, are eating away at disposable income. Nearby Arizona’s income tax rate is 4.54% vs. California’s 9.3%, while the new tax bill may accelerate the exodus.
Reasons for the mass exodus include rising crime, the worst traffic in the western world, a growing homelessness epidemic, wildfires, earthquakes and crazy politicians that do some of the stupidest things imaginable. But for most families, the decision to leave California comes down to one basic factor…
As you may or may not be aware, we’ve mentioned the flood of various types of Californians fleeing the state for various reasons; be it wealthy families who want to keep more of their income safe from the tax man, or poor residents leaving the Golden State because they are being crushed by the high cost of living.
To that end, the Orange County Register notes a significant outmigration of people in their child-raising years – as the largest group leaving the state, some 28%, are those aged 35 to 44.
According to IRS data from 2015-2016, the latest available, roughly half of those leaving the state make less than $50,000 per year, while roughly 25% of those leaving make over $100,000.
What did the OC register conclude?
Thanks to unaffordable housing, California’s moderate wage earners are going to have to leave the state, while only the wealthy and the impoverished residents will remain.
But the big enchilada in California — by far the largest source of distortion in living costs — is housing. Over 90 percent of the difference in costs between California’s coastal metropolises and the country derives from housing. Coastal California is affordable for roughly 15 percent of residents, down from 30 percent in 2000 and 30 percent in the interior, from nearly 60 percent in 2000. In the country as a whole, affordability hovers at roughly 60 percent.
This is not really news, but it is a great editorial presented by TV anchor, Liz Wheeler. In just three minutes, this vibrant young lady gives three reasons, complete with examples, that socialism does not work. She concludes that, under socialism, after the state takes all the money from the rich and the middle class, eventually it runs out of people to tax, and everyone becomes equally poor. -GEG
San Francisco: Major Convention Cancels Due to Homeless Problems of Drugs, Behavior and Feces
Tourism is San Francisco’s biggest industry, bringing in $9 billion a year, employing 80,000 people and generating more than $725 million in local taxes. A major convention canceled future plans due to open drug use, threatening behavior, and mental illness that are common on the streets. Last week, more than 16,000 complaints of human feces littering the streets were logged with the city. Needles and garbage near homeless encampments also add to the problem.
In a move that is alarming San Francisco’s biggest industry, a major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe.
“It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of S.F. Travel, the city’s convention bureau.
D’Alessandro declined to name the medical association, saying the bureau still hopes to bring the group back in the future.
As a rule, major conventions book their visits at least five years in advance. So when D’Alessandro and members of the hospitality industry hadn’t heard from the doctors about re-upping, they flew to the organization’s Chicago headquarters for a face-to-face meeting with its executive board.
A non-profit group is trying to raise $100 million to help solve the city’s homeless crisis. Tara Moriarty reports.
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And with good reason: The group’s annual five-day trade show draws 15,000 attendees and pumps about $40 million into the local economy.
“They said that they are committed to this year and to 2023, but nothing in between or nothing thereafter,” D’Alessandro said. “After that, they told us they are planning to go elsewhere — I believe it’s Los Angeles.”
Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO of the San Francisco Travel, in his office at the group’s headquarters in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. It’s not just hotel owners who are getting the brunt of tourists’ complaints about how disgusting San Francisco’s streets have become. It’s also S.F. Travel, the city’s visitor bureau that’s in charge of promoting the city and bringing conventions and conferences here. Increasingly, their clients are fed up and threatening to scratch SF off the convention circuit.
The doctors group told the San Francisco delegation that while they loved the city, postconvention surveys showed their members were afraid to walk amid the open drug use, threatening behavior and mental illness that are common on the streets.
It didn’t help that one board member had been assaulted near Moscone Center last year.
26-Year Old California Mayor Proposes Universal Basic Income Free Money as Solution to Poverty
California: Michael Tubbs, the 26-year old Mayor of Stockton, is the first in the US to provide a universal basic income ($500 per month) to low-income residents. Stockton was the largest city in America to claim bankruptcy during the financial crisis, it has double the state average of unemployment, and half of those working are earning minimum wage. Critics fear it will create a welfare state. [Stockton already IS a welfare state. We predict that, when the ‘experiment’ is finished, it will be seen as a colossal failure, but those who are well paid to administer the welfare state will claim that the only reason it failed is that $500 was not enough. The result will be another ‘experiment’ at $1,000, and another at $2,000, and so on to eternity.] -GEG
Why California Is the Poverty Capital of America
California has the highest poverty rate in the US, based on the cost of housing, food, utilities, and clothing. With 12% of the American population, California is home to about one in four of the nation’s welfare recipients. The welfare state, supported by a massive bureaucracy of 883,000 full-time state and local employees, is incentivized to expand its ‘customer’ base by bringing in more and more welfare recipients, which includes illegal aliens. In short, California is the poverty capital of America because it is ruled by collectivists. -GEG
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.
Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).
It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, some states — principally Wisconsin, Michigan, and Virginia — initiated welfare reform, as did the federal government under President Clinton and a Republican Congress. Tied together by a common thread of strong work requirements, these overhauls were a big success: Welfare rolls plummeted and millions of former aid recipients entered the labor force.
The state and local bureaucracies that implement California’s antipoverty programs, however, resisted pro-work reforms. In fact, California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives.
Self-interest in the social-services community may be at fault. As economist William A. Niskanen explained back in 1971, public agencies seek to maximize their budgets, through which they acquire increased power, status, comfort and security. To keep growing its budget, and hence its power, a welfare bureaucracy has an incentive to expand its “customer” base. With 883,000 full-time-equivalent state and local employees in 2014, California has an enormous bureaucracy. Many work in social services, and many would lose their jobs if the typical welfare client were to move off the welfare rolls.
Further contributing to the poverty problem is California’s housing crisis. More than four in 10 households spent more than 30% of their income on housing in 2015. A shortage of available units has driven prices ever higher, far above income increases. And that shortage is a direct outgrowth of misguided policies.
“Counties and local governments have imposed restrictive land-use regulations that drove up the price of land and dwellings,” explains analyst Wendell Cox. “Middle-income households have been forced to accept lower standards of living while the less fortunate have been driven into poverty by the high cost of housing.” The California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1971, is one example; it can add $1 million to the cost of completing a housing development, says Todd Williams, an Oakland attorney who chairs the Wendel Rosen Black & Dean land-use group. CEQA costs have been known to shut down entire homebuilding projects. CEQA reform would help increase housing supply, but there’s no real movement to change the law.
Extensive environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions make energy more expensive, also hurting the poor. By some estimates, California energy costs are as much as 50% higher than the national average. Jonathan A. Lesser of Continental Economics, author of a 2015 Manhattan Institute study, “Less Carbon, Higher Prices,” found that “in 2012, nearly 1 million California households faced … energy expenditures exceeding 10% of household income. In certain California counties, the rate of energy poverty was as high as 15% of all households.” A Pacific Research Institute study by Wayne Winegarden found that the rate could exceed 17% of median income in some areas.
Looking to help poor and low-income residents, California lawmakers recently passed a measure raising the minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022 — but a higher minimum wage will do nothing for the 60% of Californians who live in poverty and don’t have jobs. And research indicates that it could cause many who do have jobs to lose them. A Harvard University study found evidence that “higher minimum wages increase overall exit rates for restaurants” in the Bay Area, where more than a dozen cities and counties, including San Francisco, have changed their minimum-wage ordinances in the last five years. “Estimates suggest that a one-dollar increase in the minimum wage leads to a 14% increase in the likelihood of exit for a 3.5-star restaurant (which is the median rating),” the report says. These restaurants are a significant source of employment for low-skilled and entry-level workers.
Shocking: American Prosperity Has Been Fatally Wounded by Collectivism
While the US used to be a rich country, an increasing number of Americans now are living in poverty. Half of the people in the US have no savings and cannot raise $400 on a day’s notice. Politicians refuse to address the death of the middle class because that is the consequence of their own controls over the economy. America is following the deadly path of collectivism only a few steps behind Venezuela. –GEG