Wednesday, October 5, 2022

How $600 Billion Was Stolen From the American People; How Will We Handle Schooling in the Next Emergency? and other C-Virus related stories

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How $600 billion was stolen from the American people:
“COVID fraud” is at this point a redundant phrase. Congress appropriated more than $5 trillion for COVID relief but almost $600 billion may have been lost to fraud — an astounding 12%. Washington’s pandemic pratfalls are the greatest federal boondoggle of this century.
Prosecutors are having a turkey shoot nailing COVID crooks: More than 1,500 have been indicted and almost 500 have been convicted. On September 14, the Justice Department announced the creation of three COVID-19 fraud strike force teams.
When President Biden recently signed a law to extend the time to prosecute COVID fraud, he declared, “My message to those cheats out there is this: You can’t hide. We’re going to find you.” But the sheer amount of fraud makes it unlikely that the vast majority of thieves will be charged.
Policymakers acted as if waiving standard federal fraud protections would somehow thwart the COVID virus. On September 22, the Labor Department inspector general estimated that COVID-19 unemployment fraud amounted to $45 billion and could exceed $163 billion. “Overseas organized crime groups flooded state unemployment systems with bogus online claims, overwhelming antiquated computer software benefits in blunt-force attacks that siphoned out millions of dollars,” NBC News reported.
Prison inmates, drug gangs and Nigerian racketeers easily plundered the program. One swindler collected unemployment benefits from 29 different states. In the first year of the pandemic, Maryland detected more than 1.3 million fraudulent unemployment claims — equal to 20% of the state’s population. --->READ MORE HERE
Editorial: How will we handle schooling in the next emergency?
There was little question that the coronavirus pandemic would have widespread ramifications.
It would hit the economy. It would hit social services. It would hit government and retail, and let’s not forget hospitals.
But from the beginning, one of the main concerns was how it would impact education.
The answer is becoming clear. The pandemic slammed schooling into the boards like an angry hockey player.
Today’s high school seniors have dealt with an interruption in their education that is unlike anything in recent memory.
They didn’t finish ninth grade with their classes, being sent home on March 13, 2020, with the idea that they might miss a week or two. Their sophomore year may have been remote if their parents opted that way, or it might have been in the classroom — except when high positive numbers would close a school here or there or when they might have come down with the virus themselves. Junior year tried to get back to normal, but how much of it was catching up?
Now they are facing typical 12th grade decisions like which college or career or branch of service, but are they as prepared to do that as the Class of 2019 was? --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to relevant/related stories and resources:

Pelosi still using COVID as an excuse for House members to skip showing up to vote

Physical Activity Still Not Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels, Study Says

USA TODAY: Coronavirus Updates

WSJ: Coronavirus Live Updates

YAHOO NEWS: Coronavirus Live Updates

NEW YORK POST: Coronavirus The Latest

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