To the editor:

The pandemic is upon us, and there are not enough of anything that could save lives. Respirators, masks, testing kits, ICU beds: who knew that we would be needing this stuff?

Certainly not our Commander in Chief, who can’t even get a two sentence tweet right. As the months went by, playing golf and hosting rallies, life was too good to worry about a flu that was a hoax anyway. His budget requests for next year cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 16%, and he planned to trim an extra $50 million from global health security.

Trump’s cuts started back in 2018 with the elimination of disease security programs and an 80% reduction in CDC funds for preventing global disease outbreaks. $30 million was cut from the Complex Crises Fund that was to deploy disease experts in time of health epidemics. Overall in 2018, Trump called for a $15 billion in reduced healthcare spending. Who knew this would be such a bad idea?

There are 80 million Americans who are underinsured or have no health coverage at all. No other developed nation has left such a mass of citizens unprotected from a health catastrophe. For weeks Trump downplayed the danger, and did nothing to remediate the shortages of respirators and test kits. It was like there was nobody home.

In a system bought and paid for by the major corporations, we have the most egregious incompetent in charge of the public good. Ring around the rosie.

Fred Nagel


Johnson Newspapers 7.1


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