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The Swansen Report - Issue #27

The Swansen Report - Issue #27
By Paul W. Swansen • Issue #21 • View online
A matter of perspective…

It’s all a matter of perspective. Let’s look at numbers from the CDC of deaths from all causes for the past couple of years.
  • Heart disease: 655,381
  • Cancer: 599,274
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 167,127
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 159,486
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 147,810
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 122,019
  • Diabetes: 84,946
  • Influenza and pneumonia: 59,120
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 51,386
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 48,344
Total of 2,894,893 deaths in 2018 from all causes listed above.
Total of 2,855,000 deaths in 2019.  (Note, numbers, and causes listed are from the CDC.)
Where were the government, federal, state, and local task forces to address these issues for the past two years?  No scientist or health expert could be found to preach to the country about the evils of the major causes of death listed above.  No national mask mandate was recommended.  No national, state, or local lockdown was recommended.
Given the ongoing pandemic paranoia that continues to permeate our country, the question needs to be asked.  Question asked of your local mayor, county commissioners, state governors, and yes, even the President of the United States.  Can you prove that the measures you are imposing and promoting will save more lives than it will cost?
How many lives, one, three, or five years from now will be impacted or lost from the 10 top causes of death listed above?  With statewide recommendations and restrictions on travel, attending church, business closures, and family gatherings, what is the cost-benefit analysis to our city, state, and country?  
How many businesses have been closed, never to open again due to pandemic restriction measures put in place?  What is the economic cost to the city, state, and families who are no longer able to work? Daycare and schools are closed, forcing families to lose half of their income so one parent can stay at home with the children.
Federal, state, and local leaders have failed to lead from the front.  I’ll agree with Wisconsin Legislator Speaker Vos, that what the state has been doing over the past nine months to address all aspects of the pandemic isn’t and hasn’t worked.  I’ll side with Wisconsin 74th District Representative Meyers on his lack of taking some amount of responsibility for the issues as well.  Both sides of the Wisconsin State elected officials have failed us.  I see a total lack of leadership, along with a lack of science-based decision-making.  There has been a completely disproportionate response to the virus, and our once strong economy being destroyed right in front of our very eyes.  Our city’s finances are in shambles.
I continue to await answers to my questions posed in How Many Wisconsinites?
  “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” -Frederick Douglass
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