B0ycey wrote:I don't really know what you want me to address. If we carried on and let this whole affair have the right level of responsibility, ie isolate the vulnerable and didn't pay people to sit on their ass and scare everyone shitless with panic, we would have the supplyline running normally. This was a global fuck up so isn't down to America only. And now everyone wants to buy their shit with their free Benjamins in a market that wasn't running. I did actually say this was going to happen like two years ago when everyone was on their 'fuck the economy, health is more important campaign'.
You are just wrong.
1st gas prices are set by OPEC & the world market.
2nd, the US depends on stuff from overseas. The rest of the world was not under US's control. It also shut down. Therefore, the US would still be seeing shortages of many things now.
Like late said, China had massive mandatory lockdowns. That is what worked in other nations in Asia, along with *everyone* wearing a mask. Repuds call both of those things an abomination of freedom.
Also, Asian nations had masks for everyone, the US didn't have enough masks for even all healthcare workers.
Your plan might have been better than what we did do, however, it would have needed some 2-week lockdowns and massive mask wearing to come close to Asia's success.
Without those 2 elements your plan would have killed more Americans. However, the economic impact would have been less, I think.
. . . IMHO, the deaths would have out weighted to benefits by a country mile.
Yes, I said that there might be price increases, because of the impact of the pandemic on the US and world economies. Yes, the extra income may make the prices increase more. However, this will not be hyper inflation. OTOH, disruptions were unavoidable, so shortages and resulting price increases were unavoidable.