When 800,ooo federal employees were out of work for a whopping 35 days, we were inundated with sob stories from fat-and-previously happy employees lamenting where their next meal was coming from and how they’d pay their bills. With 22-plus million Americans out of work from a government-imposed Coronavirus #ShutDown and a state government-prolonged #LockDown, there is no equivalent sense of urgency from those who are currently living comfortable lives while their constituents have faced loss of income for going for weeks with inconsistent ends in sight.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, introduced on April 25 a road map for the state’s reopening. While the numbers of new cases and deaths remain high, total hospitalizations have remained flat for the past week. Hogan plans to begin a phased, data-driven reopening in early May.
— Epoch Times, 4/26/20
A contrast in the sense of urgency perspective is in order.
We’re not seeing too many media stories of the hardships locked-down Americans are enduring at the hands of governors who are arbitrarily keeping them from putting that all-important food on their tables.
It could rightfully be argued had federal and state elected and employees had their paychecks cut off, the calls for reopening the nation and getting back to work would be entirely different.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who enacted some of the most aggressive stay-at-home measures in the country, defended her decision and echoed Hogan’s call for a measured approach to reopening. Whitmer, a Democrat, extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until May 15 while easing restrictions on some activities such as boating and golfing.
In New Jersey, the situation on the ground suggested that the state may be weeks away from a phased reopening, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat.
— Epoch Times, 4/26/20
China needed our economy to be as damaged as theirs, COVID-19 predictions and dubious “data” models were efficiently used to foment public panic, and Democrats saw this as a crisis too good to waste.
Based on their previously documented priorities, certain new developments may worry the well-fed privileged….
“In addition to meat shortages, this is a serious food waste issue,” John H. Tyson claimed. “Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation. Millions of animals – chickens, pigs and cattle – will be depopulated because of the closure of our processing facilities. The food supply chain is breaking.”
— Fox Business, 4/27/20
As along as government employees, governors, mayors and high-paid journalists continue to receive their paychecks uninterrupted, there will be no sense of urgency and the American people will continue to be pawns of a political system that can’t allow the economy to rebound prior to the November presidential election.
That’s what this is really all about.