Tom McClintock wants us to believe that he cares about his constituents. His recent column, “The Unseen Death Toll of Covid-19 Measures,” talks about the devastating impact of poverty on health outcomes. But we see through his false posturing. He’s just joining the death cult that Donald Trump and his supporters are building.
Tom McClintock’s never cared much about poverty or universal access to health care. He’s a “pull yourselves up by your bootstraps” kind of politician, who stubbornly refuses to accept the fact that too many people in America don’t have boots, much less bootstraps. His policies consistently favor the rich over the poor, and he has angrily and scornfully rejected any attempts to ensure that everyone in this country has access to healthcare. So it’s not surprising that McClintock’s new column — suddenly and uncharacteristically expressing concern about poverty and access to medical treatment — is just another attempt to whitewash his true goal.
That goal is evident in his column, which embraces an obvious fallacy to support his full embrace of the death cult brewing on the right. McClintock claims that the CDC’s initial projection of 200,000 to 1.7 million deaths in early March was an exaggeration, which he claims is proven by the lower projection Drs. Birx and Fauci gave on March 30. But as this article notes, the CDC’s earlier grim projection “did not factor in the efforts now underway to address the epidemic, but rather what could happen if no action was taken to slow the spread of of the disease.” McClintock ignores the critical fact that the U.S. death toll is lower precisely because of our extreme mitigation efforts, pretending that the lower death rate proves that the CDC was wrong. His claim, in essence, is that the success of the mitigation efforts proves that no mitigation efforts were required after all. He wants us to go back to work.
McClintock’s article is striking both for his full embrace of the death cult that is forming on the right — insisting that the economy is more important than people’s lives — and for what it doesn’t mention. McClintock does not discuss the many other steps this country could take to address poverty and access to health care without condemning tens of thousands of people to a horrific, solitary death. He says nothing of testing for COVID-19, and the success of countries like South Korea in protecting lives and the economy by widespread testing. More testing likely would reveal that COVID-19 is much more widespread than the Trump administration wants us to believe. He also does not mention the GOP’s ongoing giveaway to the wealthy, and the demand on the left that the country support people directly, instead of relying on the right’s failed “trickle down” approach to giving away money. Like the Trump administration and too many in the GOP, he’s abandoned these reasonable steps to mitigation. He’d rather condemn people to death than adopt policies at a federal level that might expose how badly the Trump administration has bungled its response to COVID-19.
California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.
Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time.
Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
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