All Tied Up in Politics: The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis

Comments on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing.

Don’t expect a politically blind review by me.  Dr. Birx was not present.  Nor was the head of the Warp Speed vaccine program.  Dr. Redfield of the CDC, Dr. Fauci, and Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. of HHS for procurement were being questioned.  

In General, the Republicans were backing Trump’s actions and blind push forward, including HCQN and Zinc, as I am now watching.  

Rep. Jordan of Ohio seems to be the Ranking Republican member.  He is grinding on Dr. Fauci about trying to halt the Black Lives Matter demonstrations as Coronavirus unsafe, completely ignoring the effects of federal forces breaking arms and ribs with baton strikes, knocking people down, firing massive amounts of pepper spray on individuals, flash grenades, rubber bullets, and constant tear gas.  Rep. Jordan seems to want Churches, any and all businesses, schools, and especially gun stores to be open, even without any safety measures, backing Trump’s approach.  A Democratic Representative put two studies in the record showing that the BLM demonstrations did not lead to Coronavirus outbreaks.  (Pictures that I saw showed that everybody was masked and they were all outdoors.  Of course, the few destructive provocateurs as well as the few sadistic federal forces should be arrested.)

Another Republican Rep. is now harping on China.  It’s as if the White House programmed their attacks.

Democratic Rep. Bill Foster of Illinois is a special scientist from UCI Physic’s point of view, since he received his Ph. D. Here working with the Neutrino study group.  After working at Fermilab, he became a businessman, and then a Congressman.  He asked intelligent scientific and management questions.  He pointed out that the program for the rapid development of vaccines was founded in the Obama administration in 2013 by funded NIH research, and complained that the present Administration continually deeply cuts their budgets.

The Admiral Dr. Gerard claimed that 75% of tests came back within 5 days, but Dr. Fauci said that slow test results invalidate the effects of tracing.  Rep. Velazquez emphasized the long lines at sites for minorities to be tested.

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland comments that the limit of 100 on Church services was the same as on cinemas.  He points out that anti masking protesting does spread the Coronavirus.  Apparently Jared Kushner formulated a secret testing plan, but the White House dropped the plan, and left it up to the states to make a mess of it, since only Blue states were infected at that time.

While Republicans were stressing that children were not seriously affected by the Coronavirus, none mentioned what happens when they infect their teachers or staff, and bring the virus home and infect their parents quarantining them for two weeks, or grandparents who could be hospitalized.  Republicans claimed that there were unspent funds given to states to adapt schools, but Democrats weren’t sure about that.  Nobody discussed funds to provide virtual students with computer equipment and internet access. 

I was really upset when the Rep. Gohmert (R-Texas) tested positive, and we learned that he and other Republicans has forced their staffs to work without masking.  You would think that even OSHA had rules requiring masking when workers could inhale dangerous particles in the air.

I only saw the last two hours of the three hour hearing.  It is being reshown on C-SPAN (115) at 6 PM tonight. 

This was the House special committee to help fight the Coronavirus.  It stank with Administration political defense, counter charges, and defenses against the counter charges.  This was another reason why we are failing to counter the Coronavirus, as other leading nations have.

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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