Feel free to explain it to us when you are not so tired. Explain why you said that the shut down wasn't about the economy because Fox News or whatever.
First of all "shut down" is a conservative talking point term. There is no shut down proposed. There are physical distancing, mask wearing and, where necessary, shelter at home orders for all but essential workers. It is a far cry from not allowing a baseball game with a crowd of thousands or not having computer game designers go to crowded workplaces to shutting down all commerce. We have never done that nor has it ever been proposed.
I never said that getting a handle on this disease did not have economic consequences. It does. The inaction of the Trump administration and republicans in general have virtually ensured that the damage has been far worse. If we had followed the recommendation of the overwhelming
majority of scientists, had a national plan for physical distancing, mask use and stuck to it we would have saved well over 100,000 lives so far and minimized the economic damage to a great extent.
But, as they say son, you ain't seen nothin' yet. We have some 30 million Americans who very realistically will face eviction shortly and a very substantial number of republican senators (and no democratic ones) are for letting this happen. Care to guess what will happen when even a fraction of those folks become homeless? Then we scramble to put them into some kinds of congregate shelters or camps and provide them services. And, with the trajectory of the infection, a great many of them in red states where little is done for them on the state level too.
The US response to this pandemic, mostly because of the complete failure of the Trump administration is a tragedy of Biblical proportions. And it is one that the Republican party has to own all by itself. Had Moscow Mitch McConnell, backed by a group of republican senators, laid down the law with Trump early on, you would not be asking this question.
The time for letting people run from responsibility is over. The republicans are responsible for a very large part of the death toll. They are taking actions right now to ensure there will be very many more needless deaths. And they are trying to stop funding to help keep people in their homes. They do not even deny it so Maz, it will do you no good to try to argue the point. The educated and intelligent members of POFO already know this.
We are heading for an even worse disaster. Sadly there is a good chance that Trump will win again with the help of Putin and a great many very unintelligent Americans. If it happens then the American experiment is over. Social security will be destroyed, medicare gutted and the country will be little more than a third world economy with no middle class. The strong military will be the next to go because Putin would love to gut our global strength.
Cheating of all kinds will contribute to this but the majority of the blame will fall on uneducated, indoctrinated, unintelligent and apathetic so-called conservatives who followed an autocratic narcissist.
There is your answer Maz.