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Kellyanne Conway told reporters that concerns about the economy were overblown, just as a majority of economists have said a recession may be approaching, brought on by key Trump policies.

Speaking to reporters in the driveway of the White House on Monday — regular press briefings have been canceled for months — Conway lashed out at journalists for covering the indications of a possible recession.

“It’s nice to see the media finally cover the Trump economy. You seem to cover it only when you can use the ‘Sesame Street’ word of the day, ‘recession,'” Conway said. “The fact is, the fundamentals of our economy are very strong, and you know it.”

On Monday, an overwhelming majority of economic experts made it clear that they disagree with Conway’s assessment of things.

Some 74 percent of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics in a report released Monday said they are concerned about the possibility of a recession by the end of 2021.

“Thirty-four percent of the economists surveyed said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021. That’s up from 25 percent in the February survey,” the Associated Press reported.

“An additional 38 percent of those polled predicted that recession will occur next year, down slightly from 42 percent in February. Another 2 percent of those polled expect a recession to begin this year.”

In previous surveys, the economists expressed concerns about Trump’s trade war dampening economic growth and weakening the economy.

Because of the trade war initiated by Trump, American goods are not being purchased in international markets. Farmers have been among the hardest hit, with the massive market in China for products like soybeans now completely cut off.

Last week, four major banks warned that Trump’s ongoing trade war could lead to a recession.

Instead of ending his trade war, Trump is tapping billions from American taxpayers to bail out the farmers. Yet the money farmers are receiving in federal payments doesn’t make up for what they would earn on the global market. Farms have been forced into bankruptcy at an alarming rate, jumping 45 percent in the Midwest since Trump started his trade war.

A host of other products are experiencing price increases attributable to the Trump tariffs.

American businesses are suffering, American consumers are paying the price, and experts are warning that the country could be heading toward a recession.

But according to Conway, who is not an economist or financial expert, everything’s fine, the economy is strong, and that’s all media should be reporting.

 

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Poll: Most Parents Oppose Rapid School Reopening

Numerous local school systems around the country are plowing ahead with plans to resume in-person instruction despite growing evidence that children are just as capable of spreading the coronavirus as adults.

Classes were set to begin on Monday in Baker County, Florida. Masks for students will be optional, not required. "It looks like it's back to normal this morning, honestly," a local television reporter observed as parents dropped their kids off in the morning. Many students wore no face coverings.

The Trump administration and the GOP have pushed for full reopening of schools for months."Schools in our country should be opened ASAP," Donald Trump tweeted in May. "Much very good information now available."

"SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!" he reiterated on July 6.

"The science and data is clear: children can be safe in schools this fall, and they must be in school this fall," demanded Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on Aug. 1.

"I believe our schools can, and should rise to the occasion of re-opening for in-person education this fall," agreed Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) two days later.

"The CDC and Academy of Pediatrics agree: We can safely get students back in classrooms," tweeted House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) last Tuesday.

But while Scalise, Mike Pence, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have all cited the American Academy of Pediatrics in their arguments for reopening, a new study by the group and the Children's Hospital Association raises red flags about how safe that will be.

Their report found 338,982 reported coronavirus cases in children as of July 30 in the United States. Between July 16 and July 30, the nation saw a 40% increase — 97,078 new infected children.

Last week, a high school student in an Atlanta suburb posted a photo online showing few students wearing masks in a crowded school hallway. Since that time, at least six students and three adult employees in the school have reportedly contracted the coronavirus, and the school temporarily has switched to online classes.

Another Georgia school district has already seen at least 13 students and staff members test positive since reopening a week ago.

A recent study in South Korea found that children aged ten and older spread the coronavirus at the same rates adults do. A separate study in Chicago suggested young kids might also be effective spreaders.

These contradict the false claims made by Trump and his administration that kids have an "amazing" near immunity to COVID-19.

"If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely, but almost immune from this disease, so few. They've got stronger, hard to believe, and I don't know how you feel about it, but they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this," Trump told Fox News on Wednesday.

"You got to open the schools. They have a stronger immune system even than you have or I have," he told Barstool Sports on July 23. "It's amazing. You look at the percentage, it's a tiny percentage of one percent. And in that one case, I mean, I looked at a couple of cases. If you have diabetes, if you have, you know, problems with something, but the kids are in great shape." Children have made up nearly nine percent of all cases, even with schools mostly closed.

And DeVos incorrectly said in a July 16 interview, "More and more studies show that kids are actually stoppers of the disease and they don't get it and transmit it themselves."

In early July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for how schools could operate more safely during the pandemic.

Trump publicly ridiculed the guidelines, dismissing them as "very tough & expensive" and "very impractical."

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.