Do not Listen to Andy Biggs; You will live longer and prosper more that way

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Arizona Congressional District Five Representative Andy Biggs

Arizona District Five Congressional House Representative  Andy Biggs has been on a roll of mostly fake news the last couple of days on Twitter and Fox News.

Appearing on Fox Business on Tuesday (please click here to access the video link,) Mr. Biggs said he would not support any additional stimulus for the United States economy (he did not support the other measures) because it would:

  • Add to Debt (says the person who voted for the 2017 Trump Tax Cut)
  • Not be necessary because the fundamentals of the economy are there (remember when John McCain said that in 2008? How did that work out for him?)
  • incentivize the unemployed to stay out of work (he and Sylvia Allen must share the same brain.)

In the interview on Fox and Twitter, Mr. Biggs maintains that a lockdown in Arizona is not necessary because hospitalizations and death rates are down. He also said the number of positive tests collates with the number of new cases.

None of that is true.

AZ Central reported that a new record in hospitalizations was set yesterday. In an article by Alison Steinbach, she noted:

“Emergency department visits and counts of inpatient beds, ICU beds and ventilators in use for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients hit their highest-ever numbers Tuesday, according to hospital data.”

“The highest jump came in emergency department visits, with 1,093 suspected COVID-19 patients treated Tuesday, compared to 956 Monday.”

“All those hospital metrics, posted on the state website Wednesday, surpassed previous records reported on Monday. As of Tuesday, 85% of current inpatient beds and 83% of ICU beds were in use for COVID-19 and other patients.”

“Wednesday’s report of 1,827 new cases was the second-highest number of cases reported in a single day, following Tuesday’s 2,392 new cases reported. Before that, the record was 1,654 new cases reported June 12.”

20 more people died on Wednesday as well.

To be fair, Mr. Biggs is correct to point out that a lockdown may cause lapses in medical treatment like chemotherapy and increases in domestic, child(although there are no firm numbers because children are not in school,) and alcohol and drug abuse.

It should also be pointed out that Mr. Biggs is probably not going to do anything to help victims of abuse or people in need of medical treatment anyway whether or not there is a lockdown.

Joan Greene, the 2018 Arizona Congressional District Five Democratic Nominee, and 2020 candidate responded to Mr. Biggs claims via Twitter:

Matt Grodsky, the spokesperson of the Arizona Democratic Party, issued a statement which read in part:

“Instead of working on ways to save American lives or provide relief to struggling families, Rep. Biggs is sticking to his inane talking points. It’s clear to Arizonans that Biggs is beyond clueless on the realities of this crisis.”

Andy Biggs is not good for Arizona Congressional District Five.

His Know Nothing views on economics and the course of COVID 19 do not serve the people.

He is not good for Arizona.

He is not good for the United States.

Vote him out in November. You will live longer and prosper more that way.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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