Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

Texas' lieutenant governor suggests grandparents are willing to die for United States economy

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick speaks during a campaign rally in Houston Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick speaks during a campaign rally in Houston. AP
Deanna Wagner | 25 March, 2020, 06:47

Texas' lieutenant governor says the us should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70 will "take care of ourselves".

"If it's public health versus the economy, the only choice is public health", Cuomo tweeted on Monday night.

"We can not let the cure be worse than the problem itself", the president wrote in a tweet Sunday and later repeated during Monday's press briefing. "Let's be smart about it", Patrick said.

"I'm not living in fear of COVID-19".

The COVID-19 outbreak has devastated the U.S. stock market.

"No one reached out to me and said, 'As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?' And if that is the exchange, I'm all in", Patrick told Fox News. "I want to live smart and see through this, but I don't want the whole country to be sacrificed", he said. In the last month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged over 9,000 points and officials are bracing for a spike in the nation's unemployment rate as workers are ordered to stay home and businesses are forced to shutter.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott at a Capitol press conference in May 2019. Justin Miller
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott at a Capitol press conference in May 2019. Justin Miller

Trump, who has raised concerns about the damage that coronavirus prevention measures are doing to the United States economy, said he was eager to return for the country to return to normal as soon as possible, and suggested that an economic crisis might result in more deaths, through suicide, than a global pandemic.

"You can't go to that place", Pelosi told MSNBC from the Capitol when asked about Trump's suggestion that if public health experts had their way, they would "shut down the entire world".

After claiming that he had spoken to "hundreds of people" who were anxious about "an economic collapse", Patrick added that "my heart is lifted tonight by what I heard the president say, because we can do more than one thing at a time". "You can not put a value on human life". "Let's get back to living", Patrick concluded. Gov. Greg Abbott has been under pressure to order a statewide measure similar to the ones in California and NY, but he has resisted.

And though Republicans are bemoaning Democrats for trying to play politics with a crisis, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took it upon himself to use the governor's executive order for hospitals to suspend "all medically unnecessary" procedures to declare a statewide ban on abortions. It's creating the very sort of patchwork of differing local measures (such as paid sick leave) that Abbott and the rest of the Texas Republican Party have demonized for years.

"We could do a really good job of this in Austin, and if we're the only ones who do a good job it's not going to work", Adler said.

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But when you're dealing with the White House, sometimes you have to say things one, two, three, four times, and then it happens. And it's not either-or. "He's not here because we weren't discussing" issues that he is best at addressing, the president said.