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What Trump Should Do…

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To My Readers:

I have sent the following note to Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Holman Jenkins of the WSJ Journal. It is a MUCH better idea than squandering $2 trillion sending out checks to…EVERYBODY. Here is what the President needs to do. Forward this to your Congressman if you agree:

President Trump needs to mobilize the Army to set up Civil Conservation Corps/WPA-type work camps to rebuild America. Virus-test each recruit who shows up, train them, then put them to work. The mobilization would be similar to the WWII effort, when crash courses turned no-nothings into navigators, bombardiers and radiomen in mere weeks/months.

Taxpayers would be getting a much better value for their $2 Tr than sending checks/debit cards out to every household.

This would be a huge political winner for the President, but also for America. Everyone has talked about rebuilding America’s infrastructure, but this is a great opportunity to actually do it.

Sincerely,

Rick Ackerman

Please do not ask trading questions!

  • Mark Sullivan March 24, 2020, 4:55 pm

    I want to like this idea, *but* there are hurdles I don’t see ways around.
    First, there aren’t enough tests. There won’t be enough tests for a couple months at least, nor are there enough personnel and spaces to do the testing.
    Secondly, testing negative does not mean they won’t get it later. Large groups of people that test negative (the result of this work corps) are what we had 6 weeks ago… all this would do is re-congregate future victims.
    There are other hurdles… management, manpower, and logistics – are these folks now in the Army? Anyone currently in government/military is working 18 hour days right now just to deal with this.
    Anyway, those are my thoughts.

    • Ben March 24, 2020, 6:54 pm

      “First, there aren’t enough tests. There won’t be enough tests for a couple months at least, nor are there enough personnel and spaces to do the testing.”

      Not sure if you’re taking the following into consideration or not, but there is a new test coming out by the end of March…

      https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200323/new-test-will-give-covid-19-results-in-45-minutes

      But I’m not sure how accurate it is or isn’t. Guess we’ll find out in another week.

    • Rick Ackerman March 24, 2020, 7:38 pm

      Testing will certainly be important, and it would probably need to be as vigilant as the porn industry’s frequent testing of all actors for STDs. The mobilization could expand with the ability to test. The Army hasn’t been mobilized for any such effort, and my guess is that military manpower exists to build the CCC camps.

  • Ben March 24, 2020, 4:16 pm

    YES!!!

    Furthermore, if any corporation wants a bailout, they should be required sell to the highest bidder and surrender the proceeds as a down payment on the _loan_ they are given, with which they must make and build things, right here in America, that we need.

    I’m sick and tired of all this oink, oink, oink at the trough shit! Reinvest in America or learn to love skid row!

    As for student debt: cancel only for STEM degrees — especially medical, but all STEM degrees are needed at this time.

    As for myself, I’ve helped ten people to mask their faces, by making masks — and teaching them how to do it — from micro filter vacuum bags… which are plentiful on the market and Made in USA!

    Meanwhile, Hanes, various alcohol distillers, cruise lines, the Army Corps of Engineers, and even Elon Musk (apparently, bought and delivered 1,000 ventilators to CA hospitals)…

    Real America is working and getting things done, while the special interests and their Congress dawdles on how to best serve themselves. Nonetheless, I will send them the letter you so pointedly wrote, Rick!

    &&&&&

    Thank you, Ben. Still trying to get my message past Hannity’s balky email server.
    RA

  • Pan March 24, 2020, 12:33 pm

    You’re a sweet guy Rick, if only huh?