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Opinion Herman: Dan Patrick is willing to die. Are you?

18:40  25 march  2020
18:40  25 march  2020 Source:   statesman.com

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Herman : Dan Patrick is willing to die . Are you ? Dan Patrick has suggested that senior citizens should be willing to chance getting COVID-19 to help the U.S. economy get back to normal. " Are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America

Herman : Dan Patrick is willing to die . Are you ? Governor Dan Patrick 's belief that grandparents would willingly die to save the US economy from tanking is getting horrified clap backs. Dan Patrick 's claim that grandparents are willing to sacrifice their lives to get the economy going again

Tucker Carlson, Dan Patrick are posing for a picture: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on © Fox News Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Monday, March 23, 2020. FOX NEWS

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who's as pro-life as they come, says he's ready to give up a life — his own — if it means better post-coronavirus lives for his six grandchildren.

And, by extension, he says he's ready for give up other lives — yours? — for the same cause.

Patrick's comments came Monday night on Fox's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" show. And they came after Patrick reached out to Carlson earlier Monday.

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Governor Dan Patrick appeared on Fox News' 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' and said the U.S. should go 'back Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Daily coronavirus updates: Get USA Tx Lt Gov Dan Patrick says grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their

Dan Patrick said Monday that plenty of seniors would be willing to sacrifice their lives in order to preserve the economy for their grandchildren. “ “No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all

"If you host a talk show, you get a lot of texts from politicians, all pushing their own perspective in their program and spinning it," Carlson said. "But this one was very different. It was from the lieutenant governor of Texas, who's been on this show before. He said something very long and thoughtful."

Carlson then read from Patrick's text:

"I don't pretend to be speaking for everyone 70-plus, but I think there are lots of grandparents out there who would agree with me that I want my grandchildren to live in the America I did. I want them to have a shot at the American dream. But right now, this virus, which all the experts say that 98% of all people will survive, is killing our country in another way.

"It could bring about a total economic collapse and potentially a collapse of our society. So I say let's give this a few more days or weeks, but after that, let's go back to work and go back to living. Those who want to shelter in place can still do so but we can't live with this uncertainty," Patrick wrote.

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Gov. Dan Patrick for claiming that “lots of grandparents out there” are willing to take a chance against the COVID-19 coronavirus in order to save the Hey Memaws and Pawpaws, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick thinks it's better for you to die than for the stock market to crash. You ready to die for the

“ Are you prepared to die for the economy?” I asked my 76-year-old grandmother as she fried an egg this morning. She turned to me as though I’d just asked her to bash herself over the head with Yet that ’s exactly what Republican Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said seniors are willing to do.

And then Carlson turned to Patrick on air, who said he turns 70 next week, "so I'm automatically in the high-risk pool."

"I'm living smart, listening to the president," Patrick said, "but I'm not living in fear of COVID-19."

One can argue whether that meets the definition of "living smart."

More from Patrick:

"What I'm living in fear of is what's happening to this country. And you know, Tucker, no one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?

"And if that's the exchange," he said, "I'm all in."

"And that doesn't make me noble or brave or anything like that. I just think there are lots of grandparents out there in this country like me — I have six grandchildren — that we all care about. And what we love more than anything are those children. And I want to you know, live smart and and see through this, but I don't want the whole country to be sacrificed. And that's what I see."

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Gov Dan Patrick appeared on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show Monday night where he shared his thoughts. There’s something that would be worse than dying.” Patrick responded, “Look, I’m going to do everything I can to live but if you said, ‘ Are you willing to take a chance?’ and you know

Dan Patrick : ‘Lots of Grandparents’ Willing to Die to Save Economy for Grandchildren. By Matt Stieb. Photo: Loren Elliott/Getty Images. “No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, ‘ Are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves

Patrick said, "Let's get back to work. Let's get back to living. Let's be smart about it. And those of us who are 70-plus, we'll take care of ourselves. But don't sacrifice the country."

Carlson asked if Patrick's message was that there is "something that would be worse than dying."

"Yeah," Patrick replied. "And, look, I'm going to do everything I can to live. But, you know, if you said, 'Are you willing to take a chance?' You know what, if I get sick, I'll go and try to get better. But if I don't, I don't. And I'm not trying to think in any kind of morbid way, Tucker, but I'm just saying that we've got a choice here. And we're going to be in a total collapse, recession, depression collapse in our society if this goes on another step. Several months, there won't be any jobs to come back to for many people."

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Patrick called for "a time certain" for the economy to reopen, but that three or six or 12 months is too long.

The problem, of course, with the Patrick strategy is that it also would put other people at risk, people of all ages. Predictably, his comments drew partisan fire via Twitter.

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Gov Dan Patrick . Patrick , a former right-wing radio host, told Fox News Monday night that "lots" of grandparents are willing to die in the COVID-19 "No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that

"The full stupidity of Lt. Dan's 'Let The Bodies Hit the Floor' philosophy is that even if everyone goes back to work and 2 million Americans end up dying, that may not be enough to stop the global economic effects of the" virus, state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, tweeted.

"It always makes my heart swell to know that wealthy people, like Dan Patrick ... are so willing and eager to sacrifice other people's lives," Wu tweeted. "Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, but I will happily trade my 401k and all my stocks to have my parents around and for my boys to have their Grandpa and Nanna. It's my life savings, but it's just money. I'd rather have my family."

Former nurse and state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, summed it up appropriately in a tweet reacting to Patrick's let's-get-back-to-work comments:

"I also have 6 perfect grandkids and want to help secure their future. But wow, that doesn't mean the only option is to risk further spread of this non-discriminatory virus by everyone returning to work w/o ensuring we contain the spread — which also affects young people."

Tuesday morning, as his words spread around the nation like, well, a virulent virus, Patrick issued a statement saying he'd been "very clear last night that we should continue President Trump's 15-day plan and if he believes we need more time, then we need more time. I trust his judgment."

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"But at some point, sooner rather than later, we must get back to work before our nation totally collapses. When you close the doors of every business in America, you cannot help but destroy the economy and with it the opportunity for the next generation to live the American dream."

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa wasn't buying it: "Republicans are not here to protect you or your family. The only thing they are concerned about is enriching themselves and their stock portfolios. They would see our family members die to bail out Wall Street."

And all this came on a day Trump went on TV to tell us, in defiance of what health care experts have advised, "I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter."

Patrick, Trump's Texas campaign chairman, said on a Tuesday afternoon tele-town hall meeting with supporters that he backs the president's optimistic assessment.

But he also said, "This is going to be with us for the long haul. It's can we live with it and go on and function as a normal society?"

Patrick believes the answer is yes. But for some number of Texans, embedded somewhere in this existential discussion is the question about the difference between livelihood and living.

You can't have the former without the latter.

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