It’s kind of weird. We’re seeing record coronavirus cases across the country right now. All of the scientists are telling us that we’ve crossed the tipping point and the rest of this winter will be brutal. Yet, somehow, none of the hospitals are out of space — and many are operating at reduced capacity. Death tolls are still a fraction of what we saw in April. How can that be possible? You know the answer to this. The pandemic has been blown out of proportion so politicians can justify increasing their power over citizens. The goal was always to destroy the economy, the one accomplishment the media couldn’t take away from President Trump.
People keep blaming economic problems on the virus. That is not correct. The real culprit is shutdowns, and Sweden is the proof. They never shut down. As a result, they have seen greater per-capita infection rates than any other Nordic country. They are also the only Nordic country that hasn’t had a decline in their GDP. Sweden has seen net economic growth this year. Very few countries in the world can say the same.
In March and April, the U.S. instituted massive shutdowns. It was done by each state rather than at the federal level, but we saw the GDP drop by a third in just a few weeks. It was the largest and fastest GDP drop in the history of the world. At the same time, we cut more than 20 million jobs out of the economy. Shutdowns put us in this situation, not the virus. Our entire economic problem right now is solely the result of political decisions.
The following months proved just how powerful a Trump economy really is. We saw the fastest economic growth in the history of the world. The GDP grew by more than a third the following quarter. When all was said and done, by October, we had recovered 90 percent of what was lost. It was a miracle.
Job growth was also incredible. We added millions of jobs every month and cut record unemployment in half in just six months. In May, unemployment was five points higher than any point during the Great Recession. By April, it was lower than in 2012, the end of Obama’s first term. Let that sink in for a minute.
Now, Democratic governors across the country are instituting new lockdowns. States with Republican Governors like Texas and Florida are maintaining their commitments to avoid further lockdown. Their economies are now going to have to float the entire country because locked down states like California, New Jersey, New York, and Illinois are tanking.
We saw 709,000 new jobless claims in one week of November. The latest statistics are not yet in, but they will be worse. We’re losing millions of jobs again, and this isn’t because of the virus. Hospitals are not out of space. We have two proven effective vaccines with more on the way. This is about governors trying to take credit for fighting a virus in a way that never made sense in the first place.
Governors instituting lockdowns do not care about the damage they are creating. In Michigan, Whitmer is outright defying the ruling of the courts. In New Mexico, they are closing down grocery stores. How well do you think that will end? We are in a crisis, but it isn’t the result of nature. It is a manufactured crisis created by Democrats because they want more power. This is the moment where we decide if we are going to save America or let it fall.