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In the far-off past of 2017, a common refrain of Chicago politicians and their sycophants in the media was that the murder wave in the windy city was actually the fault of other states. Yes, the reason Chicago had so many murders was because Indiana had such lax gun laws. Apparently many of the guns involved in homicides in ChiTown had been bought in the Hoosier State. Not one of these stories pointed out that Indiana has a much lower homicide rate than Chicago. This indicates that maybe the homicide rate in the home of the Bulls may have nothing to do with gun laws.
The Obama administration inherited a poor economy and enacted many ambitious programs to improve it. Most libertarian and conservative economists predicted that these fixes would be ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst. When the economy basically stagnated throughout his entire administration, as predicted, the Great Obama spent the entirety of his two terms blaming the previous administration. Once the Orange One was elected, the economy surged, and, of course, Barry O took credit for that.
This year, there have been high-profile deaths of unarmed minority suspects at the hands of police in Austin, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Atlanta, Georgia. Guess which party has controlled the mayor’s offices and city councils of those cities for decades. Guess who has also not taken any responsibility for the failures in policies, procedures, training and supervision that resulted in these occurances.
Last week, I said this in a post on excessive deaths and the Wuhan Virus:
I didn’t do a deep data dive, but I’ll bet that, if you exclude New York, the pandemic resulted in fewer overall deaths in the US.
However, after Governor Cuomo’s interview by the lickspittle Jimmy Fallon*, I decided to do at least a shallow dive. I’ve kept checking the CDC page on the COVID-19 death statistics. I took the numbers from yesterday and threw them onto a spreadsheet. I was a little bit off:
Note that the number of Wuhan Virus deaths don’t add up to the total reported elsewhere. This is because the cause of death reports can take four weeks or more to be officially tabulated by the CDC. Still, this is all the data since 2/1/2020 and the death rate peaked in mid-April, so it’s a pretty good indicator of what is going on.
I won’t claim to be an epidemiologist, but the numbers are pretty obvious. There have been 66,063 “excessive deaths” during the pandemic in the US; only 57% of them are from one state. Note that both New York state and the city had excessive deaths beyond what the Wuhan Virus caused. Obviously, homicides have skyrocketed in the Big Apple for some reason, but those are actually a very small fraction of total deaths. Something else is going on, as well.
The states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas have been in the news lately for supposed “surges” in Wuhan cases. And the numbers have crept up. In my last post, I said this:
For instance, the “virus-ravaged” states of Georgia, Florida, and Texas are at 98, 99, and 99 percent respectively.
As you can see, the numbers are now 101, 103, and 101; in other words, 1%, 3%, and 1% over normal. Altogether, those five states have about 1/7th the excessive deaths of New York. Those states are never going to be even close to having the same death rate.
Now, look at the top five jurisdictions for excessive deaths. Altogether, they account for almost half of the Wuhan Virus deaths in the US, and 104% of the expected deaths. In other words, the rest of the country had fewer deaths during the pandemic. Notice something else about the top five jurisdictions?*** Notice anything about the five “plague” states?
So Cuomo was governor of a state where over 30,000 people died unnecessarily. And who’s fault was it? Donald Trump’s, of course. Oddly enough, in the parts of the country not managed by Cuomo and other Dims, we actually did pretty well.
But neither Cuomo nor his apologists will admit that maybe they have maybe, possibly made an itsy-bitsy mistake. No, you just have puff pieces and interviews with his own brother. Juan Williams, on The Five yesterday, said that Cuomo “flattened the curve.” Yea, the same way that Zapp Brannigan dealt with the killbots:
I guess sending wave after wave of infected patients to nursing homes eventually “flattens the curve.”
* I can imagine an interview from the 1930s: “Comrade Stalin, now that you’re single, what is your dating life like?”**
** I am in no way comparing Josef Stalin to Mario Cuomo. Stalin starved about 6,000,000 in Ukraine. Cuomo is only responsible for about 1/200th as many deaths.
*** I know, the governor of Massachusetts is technically a Republican.Published in