Texas' Dan Patrick: many seniors willing to sacrifice for economy

Clay Curtis
March 25, 2020

"I just think there are lots of grandparents out there in this country like me - I have six grandchildren - that's what we all care about".

"My message is: Let's get back to work", said Patrick, who emphasized that he is a grandparent.

After claiming that he had spoken to "hundreds of people" who were anxious about "an economic collapse", Patrick added that "my heart is lifted tonight by what I heard the president say, because we can do more than one thing at a time". What I'm living in fear of is what's happening to this country. Let's back to living. We will not put a dollar figure on human life.

Gov. Dan Patrick stirred the debate against the lockdown measures to fight coronavirus when he said that the damage to the economy was just too much and that he was personally willing to take the chances. "And I want to, you know, live smart and see through this, but I don't want to see the whole country to be sacrificed, and that's what I see". "No one should be talking about social darwinism for the sake of the stock market".

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Patrick, who said he will turn 70 next week, said that he did not fear COVID-19, but feared that stay-at-home orders and economic upheaval would destroy the American way of life. We can have a public health strategy that is consistent with an economic one. Do we have to shut down the entire country for this?

Patrick noted, as the president has, that COVID-19 has yet to reach the mortality rate in the USA that it has in other countries.

Gilberto Hinojosa, the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, released a statement condemning Patrick's remarks. We'll leave it up to you to decide which better describes Lt. Gov Dan Patrick. It's chilling, it's so nakedly selfish as to be nearly amusing, and it's incredibly stupid-re-opening the American economy now will very likely have the effect of overwhelming our nation's hospitals, at which point things could get so bad that there would be no choice but to shut it all down again. And I only wish we had done this sooner, because it's like a wildfire.

Health officials have made it clear that it is vital for people to stay home and for businesses to remain close for weeks in order to slow the spread of the deadly virus. Texas has more than 700 cases of the coronavirus and eight deaths, with most of the cases in the major metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Late last week, in response to a reporter's question about the president calling COVID-19 the "Chinese Virus", Cornyn went out of his way to issue a racist and false defense: China was "to blame", he said without hesitation, because its people "eat bats and snakes and dogs".

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