Everyone who was surprised that Trump gave up on controlling the virus, raise your hand.
No, I don’t mean when they admitted it. Everyone is surprised when they admit stuff.
No, it was evident from the beginning that there was never any effort to control the virus. In fact, there was sabotage of governors and CDC who did try to lessen the virus damage.
It makes sense though, from the Trump/Republican* point of view.
For one thing, it’s hard. Beyond the capability of Trump to deal with — a virus can’t be intimidated or sued, insulted, or bought off. Worse, when you try to govern, you will make mistakes and be criticized for them. Trump would never do that.
That’s only half the story, though. The lesser half.
WHY would Trump or any of his family or any Republican* make any attempt to control the virus though listening to scientists, issuing effective guidelines, etc.?
There is NO MONEY TO BE MADE trying to control the virus.
Vaccines, though, are a golden opportunity. You start by shoveling tons of money to big pharma — they WILL show their gratitude monetarily and other ways. Then, when a vaccine IS developed, you can sell it at the price the market will bear, along with more government subsidies (and more gratitude), AND you can produce updated, more expensive versions in perpetuity.
Now, we’re talking real money! You know, in case herd immunity is never reached.
March 20, 2014
September 30, 2017