Wisconsin Tavern League’s Opening Idea Not Fully Brewed

I was dismayed to learn that the Wisconsin Tavern League put a proposal forth to open their businesses across Wisconsin on May 1. All of us appreciate the financial hardships that businesses and employees are facing during this pandemic.  But it is also essential to appreciate that only data-driven recommendations and medical guidelines can be used to determine when businesses can reopen in our state.  Just because a special interest provides a great deal of campaign cash does not make them medical experts during a pandemic.

There is no doubt the tavern industry in our state has incredible economic clout.  The sales from restaurants and bars pour $10 billion into the state’s economy.  
No one is denying how many people this industry employs nor how much of an investment the business owners have put into their various establishments.  But at this point with a pandemic wreaking havoc there has to be a recognition that the financial  bottom line of the tavern industry is less important than the lives of the citizenry.  In fact, when compared to life and death their profit or loss does not matter at all,

It has been stated over and over that we must first see a 14-day downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses and COVID-19 symptoms being reported in the state before we open businesses.  In addition state health officials are setting a goal of 85,000 COVID-19 tests per week, averaging roughly 12,000 tests per day.  In addition to expanded testing, health officials will be increasing contact tracing in an effort to track the spread of the coronavirus.  That is a most critical aspect of the plan.

This testing regiment must be operating at the time we reopen as it is an essential step to take so to allow for faith to be created in workers about the safety of heading back to the workplace, and for customers who at some point will start to head to restaurants and movie theaters.  Without broad-based testing and the data which will result, there is no way for the economy to be lifted up in a manner that is very much needed.

We must not ask employees to go back to work, or encourage customers to again consider shopping in stores, watching a movie, or heading to a hair salon until there is data to support such action.

The most salient argument for opening businesses after the medical data supports such a move is to ensure that there is not an increase in virus cases to the point that we need to again shut down the state economy.  If that were to happen it would send a most severe body-blow to the business community, and it would frighten customers to the point that when the state would reopen (yet again) there would be little faith that employers could keep workers and customers safe.

There’s is one chance to open up businesses safely and do so in such a way as to gain the trust of the citizens. Prematurely popping the top for the Tavern League before state  leaders and professionals deem it appropriate would lead to more virus cases, deaths, and even more business closures.

This idea from the Tavern League is not yet fully brewed.

Can’t Pay Your Rent?…Help Donald Trump Pay His Rent!

Come on taxpayers!  Open your wallets for Donald Trump!

Where to begin with this story?  All around the nation millions are seeking ways to pay their rent in a timely fashion in the midst of a pandemic.  Severe financial repercussions are felt coast to coast.  And then we read this story in The New York Times about Trump.    I suggest if Trump is as rich as he would want us to believe he would just pay his own damn bills.  But of course, he is not as rich as he pretends to be and he is owned by Russian banks  (That is why we never see his taxes.  Given his ego we know that if fe were rich he would never stop showing us the returns.)  So instead he needs to beg money from the taxpayers of the nation.

President Trump’s signature hotel in the nation’s capital wants a break on the terms of its lease. The landlord determining the fate of the request is Mr. Trump’s own administration.

Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House, had been a favored gathering place for lobbyists, foreign dignitaries and others hoping to score points with the president. But like most hotels, it is now nearly empty and looking to cut costs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In recent weeks, the president’s family business has inquired about changing its lease payments, according to people familiar with the matter, which the federal government has reported amount to nearly $268,000 per month.

The Trump Organization owns and operates the luxury hotel, but it is in a federally owned building on Pennsylvania Avenue. As part of its deal to open the 263-room hotel, the company signed a 60-year lease in 2013 that requires the monthly payments to the General Services Administration.

Other Nations Seek Ways To Take Advantage Of Trump During Pandemic

It is not only the American public who notices the lack of credibility and gravitas that is coming from the Trump White House.  The world is watching too.

Nearly each afternoon Donald Trump takes to the podium and speaks not only to the American public, who has a growing dismay for his words and antics, but also world leaders and military operations in foreign countries.  They are also watching and assessing the governing ability of the United States.

One of the downsides that is most apparent when it comes to the news media coverage of this pandemic is the inability for any other story to make its way onto the television screens of the country.  As such this post, and the brief snippets of world events it contains might be eye-opening to some of my readers.  If you are a newspaper reader there is a chance that you are aware of these events.  In other words what the American public may not know, is certainly not unknown to foreign powers.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic China has been operating in the South China Sea with military aircraft and has been using more aggressive early warning and control aircraft. But more than the actual military aircraft involved is the question of the island chains that China claims as their territory which continues to be a very large international legal question.

Just last week Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy came extremely close to six American warships in the Persian Gulf.  It is also noted in the newspapers that Russia test fired an anti-satellite missile and twice buzzed American Navy planes over the Mediterranean sea.

Wishing never to be left out of the headlines for making news comes North Korea. They also test-fired suspected short-range cruise missiles and it needs to be noted in that case it was the first time they used such missiles in nearly three years.

There is no doubt that international players are watching the United States very closely as this pandemic takes hold of the country.  They are most conscious about the lack of leadership exhibited from this White House.  It is troubling to see so many rogue players and confrontational nations seeming to wish to take moves that run counter to international norms.

While there is a lack of credible leadership in the White House there will be those who take advantage of the existing circumstances. At the fringes that is what we are seeing play out on the world stage. It is not something we can dismiss, and it is not something that the television  news media in this nation should fail to report.  We need to be aware of international events, even during a pandemic.