Approximately 350 demonstrators, not including the many protesters riding in cars around the Chicago Loop, opposed Pritzker’s lockdown on May 1, 2020. The protest included many families, including women and children. Despite the large police presence, social distancing was not enforced, and the police made no effort to do so. 44 states are beginning to ease restrictions on our economic freedom.
While the Nazi-like lockdown is devastating the Chicago economy, political corruption and blatant incompetence is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, according to James L. Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).
“The McCormick Place debacle is a good example,” said Tobin. “After spending millions (some say close to $70 million), there do not seem to be enough patients to justify the McCormick Place field hospital. Of the 254 medical workers the state contracted to hire for McCormick Place, 170 have already been re-assigned. But the state health department said there are still 84 assigned to the convention center, which now has just nine patients. That’s nine medical workers for every patient.
“McCormick Place has treated just 29 patients, and plans to expand the facility to 3,000 beds were scaled back. What an incredible waste of taxpayer dollars by inept and corrupt Chicago politicians and bureaucrats!
“The state additionally spent $460,000 for 180 iPhones, which remain boxed.
An April 3 article in The Sun showed how reckless the boondoggles in Chicago had become, and how the situation has deteriorated into a bidding war.
“A Chicago hospital offered nurses $106,000 to work eight weeks at the pop-up medical center housing coronavirus patients in McCormick Place. Nurses would be paid over $100,000 to work for two months.
“These nurses would receive $125/hr for the first 40 and $187/hr for overtime according to the breakdown. It would come out to be 40 hours/week with 44 hours of OT resulting in a gross weekly pay of $13,250. Nurses who are accepted also would receive $400 to pay for travel to and from Chicago as well as free lodging.
“The Soviet-style politicians running—and ruining—Chicago need to come to their senses.
- Open up the city to revive the local economy.
- Cut sales and property taxes.
- And press Springfield Democrats to kill Gov. Jay Robert ‘J. B’Pritzker’s Income Tax Theft Amendment appearing on the November ballot.
The current coronavirus lockdowns, forced isolation and resulting catastrophic damage to the U.S. and world economies are based on faulty data and assumptions, according to a growing number of noted researchers.
“We need some straight talk, straight thinking and political courage to prevent another Great Depression,” said James L. Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).
Joseph C. Sternberg, writing in the April 24, 2020 edition of the Wall Street Journal, explained that the “experts” were probably correct when they initially stated that the goal “was not to vanquish the virus but merely to try to control its spread so as not to overwhelm health-care systems.” In other words, they realized that “we can’t stop the virus, we can only slow it.” Now this view is attacked. “This is the biggest fact about the pandemic that remains politically impossible to say,” said Sternberg.
Scott W. Atlas, MD, the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, writing in the April 22, 2020 edition of The Hill, points out that the overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19. The recent Stanford University antibody study now estimates that the fatality rate of infected is likely 0.1 to 0.2 percent, a risk far lower than previous World Health Organization estimates that were 20 to 30 times higher and that motivated isolation policies.
Furthermore, Dr. Atlas reveals that vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem. The coronavirus is so mild that half of infected people are asymptomatic. The pandemic has been falsely portrayed as a problem requiring mass isolation. In fact, infected people without severe illness are the immediately-available vehicle for establishing widespread immunity.
Additionally, people are dying because other medical care is not getting done due to hypothetical projections.
“Critical health care for millions of Americans is being ignored and people are dying to accommodate ‘potential’ COVID-19 patients and for fear of spreading the disease,” says Dr. Atlas. “Most states and many hospitals abruptly stopped ‘nonessential’ procedures and surgery. That prevented diagnoses of life-threatening diseases, like cancer screening, biopsies of tumors now undiscovered and potentially deadly brain aneurysms.”
“It is a scandal, and really tragic, that this pandemic has become a political football that has put our entire economy at risk,” said Tobin. “Bureaucrat fear mongers such as Doctors Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx are doing our country a great disservice by perpetuating fear and dread. And some politicians want to keep our economy shut down until there is no more coronavirus. By that time, the U.S. will have gone back to the stone age.”
“Stop forced isolation and keep it voluntary only for vulnerable persons such as the elderly and pregnant women. Let our stores and restaurants open again. Now is the time to stop this drift toward fascism.”