Texas lieutenant governor says seniors would rather face coronavirus than kill economy

Texas Lt. Gov.: Grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy

Texas Lt. Gov.: Grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy

First, I hope Dan Patrick realizes that he's not speaking for all seniors, because I have a strong hunch millions of older Americans would be far less eager to put their lives on the line in order to prevent short-term economic hardship. And that doesn't make me noble or fearless or anything like that. "No one should be talking about social darwinism for the sake of the stock market". "Let's get back to living", he told Carlson.

Texas has more than 350 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths related to the virus.

"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 America loves for its children and grandchildren?' And if that is the exchange, I'm all in", Patrick said.

'I've talked to hundreds of people. and just in the last week, and making calls all the time and everyone says the pretty much the same thing, that we can't lose our whole country.

The sentiment matches a push by Trump that began Sunday night and went into a Monday evening news conference in which the president argued the proposed cure - meaning a shutdown of American society and the economy - was worse than the disease. "Let's be smart about it", Patrick said.

Patrick said that he trusted the president's judgment, should he decide to extend the period another week, but that some businesses could not wait an uncertain period of several more months.

India's 1.3bn population locked down to beat coronavirus
He had, notably, placed the onus on people to fight it and not announced any specific plans that his government would take. The 21-day lockdown is set to begin at midnight in a measure which Modi says is intended "to save India and every Indian".

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. "I'm also a small businessman".

More than a dozen Texas cities and counties have announced stay-home orders, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

"The point is, our biggest gift we give to our country and our children and our grandchildren is the legacy of our country, and right now, that is at risk", Patrick continued.

The CDC has recommended that there be no gatherings of more than 50 people for the eight weeks and that all adults over the age of 65 stay home if possible.

"You can't go to that place", Pelosi told MSNBC from the Capitol when asked about Trump's suggestion that if public health experts had their way, they would "shut down the entire world". Gov. Greg Abbott has been under pressure to order a statewide measure similar to the ones in California and NY, but he has resisted. "And so when it comes to statewide interests, I'm looking at what is in the best interest for people around the state of Texas".

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