The Government Must Protect Families From BECOMING Homeless.

For some of us, this Christmas will bring a flood of emotions. Many Americans will be shopping for gifts this year. Yet, there is another group, that will be biting their fingernails. They will be hoping for a present from Santa Claus, called a lifeline.

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Many months ago, I warned about the ramifications of not doing enough to take care of Covid-19. Many people were on pins and needles to get the country back open and moving. The virus wasn’t contained properly, so the movement created a unprotected path for the virus to grow.

Now here we are at the end of 2020 with an uncontrolled spread. Here in my county, we’re at level one which means the virus is uncontrollable. It’s the worst possible outcome for our city. Late last night before I went to sleep I read an article about Ken Paxton. Apparently he wants to withhold covid funds from Houston or better yet Harris county. I don’t think people understand the amount of evil that goes into the idea that welcomes the destruction of a group, based on their political standing.

This virus has brought out the worst in people. It is showcased how little people cared about protecting life, responsibilities, and their ability to think for themselves. The sad part, is that covid-19 might have been controllable had it not been so politicized. It’s almost as if people took advantage of the pandemic to advance their own standing in communities.

Now we head into the new year, many families will become homeless very soon. If Congress doesn’t do something, these families and their landlords will soon face ruin. What causes homelessness? A sickness, a death, or an inability to provide for oneself causes homelessness. In this situation the sickness was covid-19, the virus was so devastating that it took a toll on millions of Americans.

Most of the time, when we talk about covid-19, we only hear about the deaths that occur. While the deaths are perhaps the most horrid outcome, a lot of us do not think about the economic devastation. Yet, perhaps the saddest part of all of this, is that people could slow the spread.

Take Ubereats for example, one of my relatives uses Ubereats as a side hustle. He stated that Ubereats has a really good system that makes sure drivers are safe, but you still find occasional customers who want food delivered to them, face to face. Even though the company is trying to protect its drivers, you still have people who don’t understand the importance of proper social distancing. For the most part, Ubereats expects the deliveries to remain contactless, which means the delivery driver is supposed to deliver the food to the door and alert the customer.

Due to the fact, that some customers still want to act like Covid-19 isn’t a thing, many drivers have decided to stop delivering. This means restaurants will cut back on orders, which means less money, and having fewer staff members in their establishments. The lack of social distancing and mask wearing creates problems for the whole community.

Because of the government’s inability to press on the importance of social distancing and mask wearing, we are now looking at a spiraling downfall. The fact is, these companies have to lay off and close due to poor habits. Their workers have no other options of earning income. In the end, it leads to homelessness caused by the government’s response to Covid-19.

It’s bad enough when you mess up and put your family at risk, but it’s like 10 times worse when it’s not your fault. Some of these states have thrown their citizens to the gutter. Some of these same leaders will sit here and brag about not wearing masks, and then pop in line to receive the vaccine before anyone else.

I know this is a long rant, and I’m sorry for that. But as I gaze out my window thinking about the difficulties of removing myself from my blankets due to my depression, I can’t help but wonder how my fellow Americans are feeling right now. I guess I am blessed because my junk is all in my head. I love you all we will get through this together.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and think there’s no exit, please seek out help. The National Suicide Hotline Number is 1 800-273-8255. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation due to violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Numbers to know right about now. https://www.hudexchange.info/homelessness-assistance/  (202) 708-1112 , https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/  703-549-1390, https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ 1-800-SAL-ARMY

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How DID Trump’s Mishandling Of COVID-19 Information Shape Current Numbers?

COVID-19 officially hit cruises like The Diamond Princess around the early part of the year. These cruises would carry people across various parts of the world with newly infected people walking the virus to their home shores. News has surfaced from a recent video with President Trump talking about the severity of the virus.

What we now know:

Trump knew the 7th of February that the COVID-19 disease was airborne.

He also knew how dangerous the virus was and that the virus was killing both young people.

With this information going public, we now have to look back at what happened around that time regarding the outbreak. At the end of January Trump placed a ban on people coming from China due to the virus. This informs us that he knew something before February. The bans on other nations being hit by COVID-19 did not take place until after the beginning of March.

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/DOD-Response-Timeline/

The beginning response to COVID-19 looked pretty textbook at the end of January. It would appear that everything was being implemented to prevent the spread behind the scenes. However, the problems start in February due to implementing things that should have taken place early that month. It took Trump over a month for his travel ban regarding China to include other parts of the world.

By this time, you still had cruises in the water and people walking around not having accurate information about the virus. As he was declaring COVID-19 a national emergency in the second week of March, he was coming off a rally downplaying the severity of the virus, by saying it was a hoax.

Perhaps it was moments like these that helped create the largest gap in understanding what the virus could do, and how the virus could upset life. Off and on, Trump would publicly struggle to define COVID-19 as the monster he privately referred to it as being in the infamous interview. In many cases, those missed chances to declare the virus as the true danger to the American public presented the American people a false sense of safety. It would be the deciding factor in how many American families would choose to protect themselves, or not protect themselves from COVID-19.

At the end of the day, Trump defended his decision by summing it as a means of trying to prevent panic. Yet, every day he tries to push panic in our homes and lives by turning us against each other. Yet the spin continues.

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Texas Is Once Again Back Under Disaster Declaration Because Of COVID-19.

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Well apparently, Greg Abbott extended the disaster declaration. While it is most certainly too little too late, we are now headed for a state of unknown in our areas. While he has extended the declaration, he is still going on with the opening of the government which is crazy. Take a second to think about this. He is telling people that we have to extend the declaration, but he is still opening the state back up. https://www.kltv.com/2020/05/13/gov-abbott-covid-disaster-declaration-extended-all-texas-counties/

We now have nurses talking about troubling spikes in cases of COVID-19. Some like the man in the video below detail situations that we really haven’t seen in this state. https://www.kvue.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/austin-coronavirus-nurse-fight-against-covid-19/269-94ac9c6e-e66b-4cb3-83e6-df0d6c13bcf9

It’s kind of sad when you think about it. At this moment we have mayors who are fighting their hardest to keep cities like Dallas, Austin and other large cities safe while Paxton our AG is going around threatening them for trying to keep Texans safe. The government opened too soon, they were shielding people from getting in trouble for breaking the laws which were put in place to contain this virus. This created a vacuum of confusion. There were no real consequences for people who did not go by the laws which were never enforced because the Republicans wanted to play God.

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Just this weekend I reported a situation where hundreds of people were found at one of our local parks without any protective wear.

While some of our leaders fell on the side of clueless, some of the establishments aired on the side of safety. Places like Ross and Cinemark refused to open due to the risk of COVID-19. If you look at the way admission was being handled at the parks, you knew there were still large problems in terms of this virus. There was no human contact with the worker as they waved people through.

Just a week ago people were standing on the outside of the Texas State Capitol with signs wanting to return to work and get hair cuts. Well, I hope it was worth it. I hope that hair cut was worth the cup of pain that is now following because they couldn’t learn how to trim dead hair. This virus isn’t going to be the death of us, the people in office will be the death of us because they are too busy playing God.

Texas Starts Reopening State Parks & Some Retail Stores With Certain Guidelines This Week.

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At the end of week we will mark a very telling move in our battle to stay COVID-19 free. For many of us, we have been monitoring our movements, and listening very closely to our government. This week in some ways, that will change. If ever there was a time when people turned their back on the government, I think you will see it happening this week with the COVID-19 situation.

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It’s simple for many of us, we are not engaging in risky behavior like mass gathering until we hear the CDC say it is ideal for the government to reopen. Our government has shown that they cannot be trusted to do the right thing in regards to following advice from the CDC. Take Texas for example, A three phase rule was put into place as a road map for reopening the states. Texas has not mastered the first rule which details a decline in COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days. Not only has Texas not mastered the first phase, but Texas hasn’t tested nearly enough people to claim any sort of success. If anything lawsuits have helped to bring us to where we are today.

It’s simple, some of us are not caving. In my city, we already have multiple businesses as essential. We have pawn shops, loan places, banks, restaurants (Drive Thru), gas stations, grocery stores, home improvement stores, Best Buy (saw cars in parking lot), Target, Walmart’s, Sams, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Aldi open to the public. Our COVID-19 numbers keep going up which probably have something to do with the amount of things that never really closed down. The retail section of Governor Abbott’s move to reopen Texas does not bother me as much as the move to open state parks.

Social distancing was put in place to prevent large amounts of people from standing near each other in the stores, but nothing really mandated any of the organizations I named above to shut down. If anything, what the new retail policy will look like, will be more stores having to deliver, take togo orders, and utilize shipping opportunities. As of this date, our numbers continue to increase, so does the largest city in our county. We were the epicenter for a month or two. Now, the city outside of Fort Hood has taken on that title. Killeen which is the largest city in Bell County happens to be the feeder city to the Army base. There have been reports of soldiers coming down with the virus and once again the numbers in Killeen are rising everyday.

So, with new guidelines opening up more places, we will see some rises in COVID-19. There’s no telling how many people have COVID-19 in this state because we never really shut down. Churches stayed open for service, while schools shut down for the rest of the school year.

My fear is seeing something like we saw in Florida this past weekend. Our state parks are known for cookouts, swimming, fishing, and loads of recreational outlets. I do not see how park rangers will be able to monitor all parks and people congregating on hundreds of acres in various places. It’s like the drinking thing, you aren’t supposed to bring beer to the parks, yet people do it all the time. Are you telling me that the rangers will look at every park goer and monitor their face and enforce the mask, six feet apart, and limited 5 person per group order the entire duration of their stay? Parks are open for hours. How will the recreational lovers eat if they are participating in a cookout? That face mask will have to come off.

It just seems like a disaster waiting to happen. It will encourage more gathering and the chance to spread something that many people might not know they have. The weather here in Texas is very unpredictable, it could be 58 today and tomorrow the temperature could reach 80 degrees. So, it wouldn’t be uncommon for people to just pass something off as being a seasonal cough or sickness caused by the weather. I would feel so much better if we were not seeing rising numbers of COVID-19.

However, there is a glimmer of light for our county. While the number of people contracting COVID-19 continues to climb, the number of people cured also continues to climb in our area. We have more than enough hospital beds due to this area being surrounded by hospitals. I wish I could say the same for some of the other areas in Texas. I grew up in a small country town with only one store, and one Post Office. That is a recurring situation in many of the small towns in Texas. Some of these towns have hospitals that might be at least 15 to 20 minutes away in other cities.

So, once again, I hope we do not see a rise in cases. However, I do not see how we will miss a surge with more options for people to gather. While the cases are not overwhelming yet, it could change if people get careless. We need to know how many people in this state currently have COVID-19. It would help people monitor their movements a little more.