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CSM Chuck Stafford
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He does love to spend
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PVT Joshua Blotzer
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all politicians do.
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PO1 Tony Holland
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Other People's Money
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The question is NOT how much, but on WHAT? (See U.S. Constituion Article I, Section 8 and Amednment X).
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A stimulous payment comports (at least tacitly) with Conservative ideals.

Amendment V -- "...nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

By mandating a shut down of the economy, the Federal Government shut people out of their Right to work or use their property (which includes their own bodies) to earn an income -- acquire/retain the fruits of their investment/labor. -- In other words, they were deprived their right to private property.

Ergo, the Federal Government is REQUIRED by the Spirit of Constitution to issue "just compensation" to make recompense.

The REAL question is: Did we really need to shut the economy down to "flatten the curve?" There is every indication that we did not -- and certainly not any longer than two weeks. Why?

First, we had every reason to believe that the 2.2 million dead projected by Neil Ferguson’s team at Imperial College London was wildly overstated -- based on their previous and wildly inaccurate doomday models for mad cow disease, bird flu and swine flu. (https://www.cato.org/blog/how-one-model-simulated-22-million-us-deaths-covid-19, et al.)

Second, the need to "flatten the curve" was to keep from overwhelming our Medical Capacity while we mobilized. Even with the shutdown, there were models that projected we'd have to ration healthcare. And while some medical facilities were stretched thin, we never came close to reaching the modelled need for medical capacity. (https://www.npr.org/2020/05/07/851712311/u-s-field-hospitals-stand-down-most-without-treating-any-covid-19-patients, et al.)

Third, Sweden never lockdown and they had fewer "deaths per million" than th USA (https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104709/coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants/) Also, Sweden has not experienced the "second spike" or any of the other costs and non-Covid-19 related losses of life that the USA is and will suffer as a result of the unecessary lockdown (https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200528-why-most-covid-19-deaths-wont-be-from-the-virus and https://www.city-journal.org/deadly-cost-of-lockdown-policies).

So, rather than whine about how much Trump is spending, perhaps we should raise the issue of the needless loss of our Liberties based on the recommendations of unelected bureaucrats who never lost their paychecks.
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