ALEC Leading Right-Wing Campaign to Reopen the Economy Despite COVID-19

Documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) show that a powerful corporate lobby front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is playing a leading role in the right-wing movement to push for early reopening of the economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has cost the United States 61,680 lives to date.

ALEC is a corporate pay-to-play operation where legislators and corporate lobbyists vote behind closed doors to adopt model legislation on a broad range of public policy issues.

Common Dreams


Nearly 900 workers at Tyson meat plant in Indiana test positive for coronavirus

The coronavirus infected 890 of the 2,200 people at the plant located in Logansport, Ind., local station WISH TV reported Wednesday. 

The updated number is more than 700 additional confirmed cases at the plant than the Cass County Health Department reported last week, according to the Indianapolis Star

Tyson announced last week that the company would voluntarily close its facility and work with county officials on a plan to reopen. 

The Hill


“We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” (Trump, 1/22/20)

…in a “couple of days” the number of cases in the United States “is going to be down to close to zero.” (Trump, Feb., ’20)


Government orders 100,000 new body bags as Trump minimizes death toll

The GOP Becomes the Party of Trump

Republicans adopt Trump’s mental illness manifestations as “strategy”: Lie, deny, blame others:

A new Republican strategy memo advises Senate candidates to blame China for the coronavirus outbreak, link Democrats to the Chinese government and avoid discussing President Trump’s handling of the crisis.

Washington Post

Remember “Death Panels”? How Republicans Became the Party of Death

People are disposable. So is income. For the ‘pro-life’ party, one is more important.

But the political way out [of the coronavirus crisis] reveals a stark divide, and some true madness. For Republicans, that pro-life slogan of theirs is just another term for nothing left to lose. They are now the party of death.

When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas doubled down this week on prior remarks elevating commerce above life — There are “more important things than living,” he said on Fox News — he was speaking for a significant slice of his party. People are disposable. So is income. But one is more important.

NY Times

Trump Madness: Manufacturer of Lysol Issues Warning to NOT Ingest Its Disinfecting Products

A leading disinfectant producer has issued a strong warning not to use its products on the human body after Donald Trump suggested they could potentially be used to treat coronavirus.

During Thursday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, an official presented the results of US government research that indicated coronavirus appeared to weaken faster when exposed to sunlight and heat.

The study also showed bleach could kill the virus in saliva or respiratory fluids within five minutes, and isopropyl alcohol could kill it even more quickly.

Mr Trump then hypothesised about the possibility of using a “tremendous ultraviolet” or “just very powerful light” on or even inside the body as a potential treatment.

“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute,” he said. “And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?

“Because you see it gets in the lungs and does a tremendous number on them, so it’d be interesting to check that,” he said.



Man Dead From Taking Chloroquine Product After Trump Touts Drug For Coronavirus

FDA issues warnings on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine after ‘serious poisoning and death’ reported

Right-Wing Funders of Anti-Quarantine, Anti-Mask, Protests

While the recent protest by right-wingers opposing quarantines, business shutdowns, and wearing masks are promoted as “grassroots” efforts, that’s a lie.

Just like the teabaggers, these protests are funded and promoted by right-wing groups. Example:

The Michigan Freedom Fund, which said it was a co-host of the rally, has received more than $500,000 from the DeVos family, regular donors to rightwing groups.

The Guardian

From today’s news (4/20/2020):