Trump Will Sacrifice Tens of Thousands to Reopen Economy, Win Reelection
May 11, 2020 at 3:50 AM - Views: 73 #314180
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The author, Dan La Botz, ran for US Senate on the Socialist ticket in 2010.
President Donald Trump is driving the United States toward complete loss of control of the coronavirus pandemic, a development that will lead to tens or even hundreds of thousands of deaths and further devastation of the economy. Today the United States has 1.3 million known cases and 78,763 official deaths while 40 million people or 24.9% of the workforce are unemployed. With Trump’s plan for reopening next month’s death toll will continue to rise and the economy could virtually collapse.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control prepared detailed guidelines for reopening, including recommendations for child care programs, schools, religious groups, employers with vulnerable workers, restaurants and bars, and mass transit. But, as The New York Times reported, “White House and other administration officials rejected the recommendations over concerns that they were overly prescriptive, infringed on religious rights and risked further damaging an economy…”
The alternative—more testing, more contact tracing, a more gradual approach—would mean fewer deaths, and is preferable, but also unlikely to revive the economy and certainly not before November. So Trump is not interested.
Reopening is Trump’s reelection campaign. He needs a strong economy to win reelection in November, and to win he is willing to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of lives. Yet it is clear that his reopening strategy is likely to lead within a month to a second wave of infections, increased cases and more deaths, which will force more business closings. Trump may not only take hundreds of thousands of lives, he could also destroy the economy in the process, and, ironically, lose the reelection.
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May 11, 2020 at 4:05 AM #314184
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Economy is sunk. 30% unemployment doesn’t reverse itself in 6 months. Maybe 6 years, if the proper policies were followed. Which they won’t be. Both parties firmly believe in shoveling money to the 0.01% and austerity for the rest of us.
May 11, 2020 at 5:29 AM #314254
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He won’t win if he kills off his base.
May 11, 2020 at 6:54 AM #314269
May 11, 2020 at 6:47 AM #314268
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Kill off too many workers and even 1% will eventually notice they can’t get the stuff they need to maintain their 1% status.
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
May 11, 2020 at 7:08 AM #314271
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seriously took their advice on how to go about an ‘opening up’, that would be something I could accept. Such behavior should not be too much to ask from a president. (I suspect that is how President Sanders would have proceeded.) Unfortunately this president considers himself a genius whose ‘gut’ is a better source of wisdom than all the advice from the experts.
National problems (slavery/racism, income inequality, pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more national sovereignty.
A CEO, an American worker and an immigrant sit at a table with a dozen cookies in front of them. The CEO grabs 11 of them, then leans over and warns the worker, "Watch out for the immigrant. He is trying to get your cookie."
May 11, 2020 at 7:18 AM #314274
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a genius whose ‘gut’ is a better source of wisdom
Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites
May 11, 2020 at 9:05 AM #314293
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…..and they are LOVING the idea of sacrificing the elderly and disabled!” – Molly Conger
May 11, 2020 at 4:18 PM #314357
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