3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment last week. 3.28 MILLION. Let’s not even begin talking about how this is a record-high, easily destroying the previous record set decades ago. Let’s not even begin talking about how the economic “experts” predicted roughly half that number before it was published. Over THREE MILLION Americans have lost their jobs in the past week. Where is the relief package? Being voted on today by the witch called Nancy Pelosi. Not yesterday, when the news came out. Not yesterday, when people could’ve been helped. Not DAYS AGO when the Senate had a bill prepared that was approved BIPARTISANLY before Chuck Schumer decided to screw the American people (with help from Nasty Nancy) and back out of the deal, only to vote on a VERY SIMILAR package days later that included more communist wish-list items.
The Democrats decided to SCREW the American people and let them SUFFER just so the economy could take a massive hit, just so they can attack President Trump (some in the media were all too quick to pull the trigger on that one) and just so they can attempt to keep their permanent political underclass chained up to their bony wrists.
If I sound angry right now, you can bet your sweet behind it’s because I DEFINITELY AM. Now, allow me to put some things into context, because, while I definitely am angry as hell at the Democrats trying to screw over the American people (while giving all the money to their rich, elitist friends in academia), there is cause for calm despite the troubling present times.
Perhaps the single biggest reason is simply that this is a far more temporary situation than any other economic crisis.
You see, the economic crises of the past have all been caused due to an inside issue. The 2007/08 financial crisis was the result of the credit crisis, an issue that would take a long time to solve almost regardless of who is president (though it would’ve helped if Obama didn’t put a strangle-hold on businesses and the economy for his entire tenure). There were other financial crises at the time, such as the housing market bubble popping, companies like GM getting bailed out (a big reason as to why I oppose Boeing or any other big business being bailed out), etc.
People couldn’t get credit, couldn’t get a new house, tons of people were unemployed and the country went into recession. It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as the Great Depression in the late 1920s, but it was bad nonetheless.
The news of over three million Americans being laid off in a single week is absolutely awful (and expect fairly similar numbers to come in the future if something isn’t done about it, which I will cover momentarily) and Congress was twiddling its thumbs about how much money to give to Howard University, how much money to give to useless crap like wind and solar energy, how LITTLE money it would give back to the American people (and basing it off of tax returns from two years ago, which is mind-numbingly idiotic as the situations are much different for many people between then and now, so someone who made $100k in 2018 but is now unemployed does not get any money, but someone who made $70k in 2018 and is still employed will get the money), how much money to give to illegal immigrant programs like DACA while detracting money for the wall and the biggest joke of all, how much money these Congresspeople will pay THEMSELVES, as if they needed the pay raise they are giving themselves.
But regardless of what selfish idiocy Congress was debating and negotiating at a time when people are SUFFERING because they can’t go to work precisely because the GOVERNMENT told them they can’t go to work, this is a financial crisis (that is only beginning) that can easily be mitigated and halted fairly quickly.
How? Open the economy back up for most people. Now, hear me out people who disagree and tell me that we need to keep it shut down because of the Chinese coronavirus. I’m not saying that the virus is no longer important neither am I trying to downplay it.
However, let’s take note of a few things. First of all, remember all the doomsayer “experts” who predicted hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of deaths in most countries? Well, they’ve basically said “woops” and revised their predictions to a few tens of thousands. Right now, we have barely just crossed the 1,000-death line in the country, with at least TEN times as many people having died from the flu in the same time period (despite the same self-isolation and social distancing measures taking place in that time span, really pointing to a higher death rate for the flu).
I’m not saying that the Wuhan virus is “just the flu”. What I am saying is that the two are comparable because they are ROUGHLY the same type of disease, both being the cold virus, both being contagious and neither having a cure.
Second, you can both have procedures in place so that the most at-risk individuals, meaning those in their late 50s and 60s, are self-isolating and self-quarantining, being taken care of, while having the vast majority of the work force go out to work with little to no chance for death.
Now, I know what some may say: “But the point of not going out to work is to not catch it and risk passing it along to older people, particularly those we love in our own home.”
I understand that, but here’s the thing: you can still isolate yourself from your loved one AND WORK TO GIVE THEM FOOD, SHELTER, ETC.! Because you know what’s worse than catching the virus? Catching the virus while out of work, out of supplies, and risking living on the streets, maybe even being driven to suicide.
Most people cannot afford to have the economy shut down like this. They either do not earn enough to be able to save a bunch of money, or are altogether not practical at saving money. And this is without even taking into consideration small businesses which are basically gutted under this situation.
As an example, take what Zachery Ty Bryan, a Hollywood actor from the 1990s sitcom "Home Improvement" (he played Brad Taylor, the eldest son), wrote in an op-ed for Fox News: "[D]uring a recent conversation with a longtime friend who works in the entertainment industry, she expressed concern that if the coronavirus shutdown goes on too long, they won't be able to make their monthly housing payment." Zach is talking about the working class in Hollywood, the people who make the shows and movies run in the first place, not really being able to work and therefore not being able to make payments for things they need to live.
When Trump said that we can’t let the cure be worse than the disease, this is what he was talking about: letting the economy shut down out of fear of a disease THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE will survive.
Those in the workforce tend to be those who would survive getting this disease. They don’t need to be quarantined or self-isolated. They can go to work. They might worry about an older loved one getting the disease as a result, but if they can barely feed themselves, they HAVE to go to work.
What’s more, who knows exactly how many people have the disease and will survive it anyway? The Chinese government did whatever it could to basically weaponize this, shutting down any whistleblowers, keeping outside help from coming in, lying to everyone about how well they are containing the virus and allowing for people in the VERY REGION to travel outside of China.
This disease has been in the U.S. for months now, and we just barely got to 1,000 deaths. Now, that’s not nothing, and I feel sorry for the loved ones of those who passed as a result, but you can have those least likely to get the disease (or, rather, least likely to die from it) working largely uninhibited.
I’m not calling for the economy to be opened up for Trump’s sake or for the sake of his re-election chances. I doubt the vast majority of people unemployed would blame Trump for it (though the media and the Democrats will do what they can to blame him) because it can be pretty obvious on whom the fault actually lies: the Chinese Communist Party (primarily, and they should be forced to pay all reparations for the damage they have caused) and the Democrats stalling out the relief package that was ALREADY AGREED TO by Democrats, waiting to pass it and hurting Americans in the process. I have no doubt in my mind that Trump will CRUSH either Joe or Bernie come November.
So I’m not calling for the economy to be opened for the benefit of Trump; I’m calling for the economy to be opened back up because people NEED to be able to work. They can’t afford this shut down any longer. No economy can operate with people not working. This isn’t prioritizing the economy over people’s health. It’s prioritizing their ability to work, earn a living, afford their medical care (for those who still can. Thanks, Obama) and making sure that the very temporary virus crisis does not evolve into a long-term financial crisis.
Once people have the ability to work, there will be mass hiring sprees with people getting their jobs back, which is why I am relatively calm about this. It’s bad right now, and it might get worse before it gets better, but it’s very temporary. Once the virus stops being such a massive deal, once people are allowed to go back to work, there will be plenty of job openings. But not if this problem is extended, businesses lose tons of income and are incapable of hiring people back, which is why the economy needs to be opened back up over the next few days or weeks (hopefully, by Easter, like Trump suggested). It cannot wait much, if any, longer than that.
I hope and pray that the Democrats turn to God and stop screwing people over, but if they do not, I pray that they will face the direst of consequences electorally come November. These communists cannot be allowed to win because it is clear where their priorities lie: themselves. They will do whatever they can to ensure they have their slaves; their permanent underclass.
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