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Terry H. Schwadron

Oct. 31, 2020

Bragging by Donald Trump aside, it now seems apparent that some kind of vaccines to counter coronavirus will emerge within the next weeks — or couple of months. That prospect, of course, raises a ton of new questions, from effectiveness to quantity, distribution and cost.

If possible, the White House put yet more pressure on a vaccine with televised remarks by Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that the feds cannot hope to control the pandemic, just the treatments. …


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Terry H. Schwadron

Oct. 29, 2020

These days before election are forcing us to look hard at the power of Denial and the demands of Impatience.

Of course, official Donald Trump whitewashes of current events to see only what he and his supporters want to see reflects a wanton disregard for all the things that Trump says he wants — a safe and prosperous America. And it overwrites a failure to come up with a stimulus bill that can enable the country the space to react to the disease.

Somehow, Denial provides a tool for the Trump campaign to mask the reality of a pandemic undergoing wild growth once again, as well as masking serious economic problems that simply cannot go away without addressing coronavirus. But the degree to which he refuses the reality of contagion on public health, on the limitations of daily life, on the tolls for families and on the economy itself frankly are offensive. …


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Terry H. Schwadron

Oct. 29, 2020

If Donald Trump gets his way in re-election, one new self-benefit he will give himself is the right, through a newly announced executive order, to run a scythe through the many federal agencies to root out anyone he believes less than fully loyal to him personally.

It’s a dream come true for him, though in the off-chance that, say, Joe Biden wins this election, this effort likely will prove futile and join a slew of other executive orders that will hit the wastepaper basket.

For Trump and a coterie of conservative advisers, this order is the weapon with which to attack Trump’s perceived “deep state” of bureaucrats out to sink him. In plain terms, the order strips Civil Service protections from a wide swath of federal employees, and reclassifies them into jobs that can be considered replaceable by political appointees. …

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