COVID-19 Special: Government Power, Wasteful Spending, and China’s Faults

Please note: an expanded audio version of this article is available in my Hidden Headlines Podcast, Episode 55 (available on this website, or SoundcloudiTunes, Google Play, etc). 

I’m coming out of my media hibernation because I feel some critical elements of the current health crisis are not being properly brought into the light by the majority of media reporters and commentators.

As for my personal health, I’m slowly but surely doing better and the long-term prognosis is really uplifting. I really appreciate your thousands of prayers and words of encouragement.

First off, I know the coronavirus is real—my 24-year-old son in Switzerland had it.  Talking to him via WhatsApp during the course of his illness made it apparent this virus was akin to a very rough version of the flu which lasted for the better part of a month. That said, from a purely mathematical standpoint this epidemic is not statistically significant. No one in the mainstream media has addressed this fact, but percentagewise the virus thankfully kills very few people–although it must be emphasized that those who do lose their life experience terrible respiratory distress. That’s why my wife and I are doing our very best to protect her 95-year-old parents from getting this terrible illness.

It should also be noted that forecasters at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine) examined the latest COVID-19 data at a local, national and international level. While at this writing the U.S. death toll for the pandemic is now past 1,000, with 68,000 confirmed infections (not including many thousands more who had the virus but were never seen by medical professionals), we may be on a path to more than 80,000 deaths in the U.S. alone.  The concern is that severely infected patients will overwhelm hospital capacity nationally as soon as early April even if so called “social distancing” measures are respected. That stated, our government’s plan to deal with this virus is to close most businesses and urge otherwise healthy people to shelter in place.  This has never been done before. In the past shelter in place orders were given to protect the population from natural disasters such as storms and floods, terrorist attacks and mass shootings. We have also experienced quarantines, where the sick are mandatorily kept from the general population. However, never in history has the confinement of a healthy population been used to fight a disease. While some may argue the current shelter in place is currently a wise move, let us not be so naïve to think that in the future such a command could be used by power hungry politicians to better control the masses, as I explain in the podcast.

What’s particularly troubling about this virus is the lack of a cure.  What’s also troubling is the fact that there are a multitude of players, both nationally and internationally, who are gaming this sickness to their advantage—as I also explain in the podcast.

All said, give this another couple weeks and it’s easy to predict that those who have blown through their free government money and are without funds to buy food, booze, pot, gas, dog food or whatever, are going to start to get way more than stir crazy. Perhaps that’s when the shelter in place will voluntarily include business owners boarding up shop, residents doing the same to their homes, as well as making sure security systems (including those of the Second Amendment variety) are up to speed.


Secondly, I was not offended by President Trump referring to this illness as the “China Virus.” All indications are that COVID-19 originated in an open air “wet market” in Wuhan, China.  Many experts are convinced the virus was transferred from a bat (considered by the Chinese to be a delicacy that supposedly improves poor vision) to a human. Such a viral transfer from animal to human is not unprecedented in China. By the way, go online and look at these markets for yourself—they are beyond grotesque. Exotic animals, birds, dogs, cats, monkeys, bats, and livestock are slaughtered with filthy cleavers for takeout. When God presented Moses with the kosher dietary laws penned in the book of Leviticus, he did so for a reason. The stuff sold as consumable food in these markets is not to be eaten by humans for a reason. We can become sick and die.

What isn’t being reported is that in November, as COVID-19 was spreading in Wuhan, China, the communist party’s primary concern was ensuring that the local People’s Congress gathering in Wuhan in January would take place as planned ahead of the National People’s Congress assembly in early March. In order to keep their political schedule intact, the communist party downplayed the seriousness of the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan. This resulted in a steady spread of infections.  Next came the Chinese New Year in late January.  Nearly half of Wuhan’s population (nearly five million people) left the city for their various holiday plans without objection. The virus was thus carried to other parts of the Chinese mainland and around the world, leading to today’s pandemic.


Third, in a supposed political effort to fight the coronavirus, the Republicans in our Congress were suckered into a TWO TRILLION DOLLAR emergency aid package with outlandish Not one senator even had time to read the final language of the bill they voted for.

$2 Trillion is ten-percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Unreal.

While President Trump is publicly cheering the Senators for their unanimous support of the coronavirus funding, what he’s actually thrilled for is the fact that this congressional unanimity is another step in assuring his victory in November. By the way, while the two trillion does add to the national debt, prior to this aid package the debt total under the Trump administration had risen only 10-percent. During the eight years of Obama it rose 100-percent.

I provide all the details in my podcast, but let me show you a little of what is in this Two Trillion Dollar crap sandwich:


  • Nancy Pelosi’s version includes a section entitled, “Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity.” The legislation stipulates: “Any corporation that receives federal aid related to COVID-19 must maintain officials and budget dedication to diversity and inclusion for no less than five years after disbursement of funds.”
  • $25 million in the Senate bill went to the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. During the past ten years, the center received $68.3 million in federal grants (2010-2019). The Kennedy Center has total assets of $557 million. The Pelosi bill earmarked $35 million.
  • $75 million in the Senate bill funded the Corporation For Public Broadcasting. Why does National Public Radio and Big Bird get a coronavirus subsidy? The Pelosi bill allocated $300 million.
  • $1.2 billion in the Pelosi bill to require airlines to purchase expensive “renewable” jet fuel. It was $200 million per year in grants (2021-2026) to “develop, transport, and store sustainable aviation fuels that would reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.” The Senate bill eliminated this provision.
  • The Senate bill allows the Food and Drug Administration to speed up the review of sunscreen products (sunburn is not tied to the coronavirus, but can occur if you drink too many Corona’s on the beach).

Rahm Emanuel, the former Clinton Administrative counselor once said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”  Nancy Pelosi has simply employed an age old liberal tactic. Shame on her.

Thanks for allowing me to pop-off. I hope you’ll check out the podcast.

May you allow the God of Heaven to richly bless you,  no matter what the circumstances.


Brian Sussman

Reader Interactions


  1. James M. says

    Excellent analysis and commentary. Yes, this is an awful illness, and yes there are too many unscrupulous characters taking advantage of this crisis.
    Good to have you back, Brian.
    James M.

    • Brian Sussman says

      Thanks, James.
      I certainly don’t want to downplay this illness, but just wanted to point out some stuff the mainstream media is purposely ignoring.
      May God bless you.

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