On Thursday, March 12, the U.S. stock market experienced its worst day since October 19, 1987 (“Black Monday”). They recovered somewhat today, March 13, but economists fear a recession looms on the financial horizon.
The above expression is what many people had on November 9, 2016. It’s also the same expression I had when I found out Madonna really wasn’t a virgin. Then, I remembered – the song said “LIKE a Virgin”.
“The Left is doing everything they can to blow COVID-19 and the fluctuating economy out of proportion.”
– Right-wing political activist Ed Martin, in an email earlier this week to his followers on why he believes the COVID-19 fiasco is having such a negative effect on the U.S. economy.
An attorney and politician from Missouri, Martin now runs the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, a group founded by the late Phyllis Schlafly in 1972 in response to the then-growing women’s and gay rights movements.
“Is this perhaps a ploy to try to take down President Trump’s roaring economy that we have by sabotaging the markets, by creating fear porn and fear-mongering while they’re also killing Chinese people by the thousands? Is that a strategy that the deep state would actually use?”
– Conspiracy theorist Ann Vandersteel, speculating that the coronavirus outbreak may have been orchestrated by the “deep state” and/or the British government in order to destabilize global markets, weaken the American economy and prevent President Donald Trump from being reelected.
Sometimes, when people become severely ill with an influenza-type agent, they begin to hallucinate and start seeing things that aren’t there. In this case, however, the new coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to be inducing phantasmagoric hysteria in a variety of people. Then again, that often happens when folks don’t read more than religious texts and a TV guide. It’s almost unfortunate fatal viruses don’t target stupidity.