I’m listening to Larry Summers talk to Christiane Amanpour about the economic impact from the Cvirus. We agree on just about every point he is talking with her about. He says we’ll be seeing tens of millions of unemployed over the next 4-6 weeks. It is a national disaster.
You can’t run the government like an opportunistic shifty business. So sayeth Larry about the Covidiot in Chief putting his son in law in charge of anything. He and Mohamed Al Arian agree that this crisis will create a sea change in politics in this country. Thatcheristic Reagan Republicanism is DEAD. DEAD. DEADDDDD.
We need the kind of patriotism from our business leaders that we saw in the Second World War. Certainly isn’t happening at the moment. Denmark is brought up as a role model for how we should have handled this crisis. You’re better over-reacting rather than under-reacting is the answer. But we don’t seem to have the capacity or the will to do that.
Walls are not the answer when whole continents are affected by this virus. He was referring to the fact that the Cvirus hasn’t decimated Africa..yet. When it does, the impact on the rest of the world? Will we do like we did with Ebola and say, ho hum? No..because active cases of Cvirus can come back and get the people it missed the first time. It’s essentially gone backwards. Instead of starting in Africa like Ebola, it started in China, moved to the west and will end up in Africa. We can’t stop it from coming back when millions upon millions are infected.
So what’s the point of talking about all this? To not talk about it is to give up, and say we are licked. We will no longer be able to care for our citizens, because we lack the will and the resources to handle a crisis .. eventually of any magnitude. In essence, a third world country subject to complete decimation by climate change. Alas, Poor Yorick, we knew him well. But he is us, and we won’t ever be the same after this. I know, I said I was an optimist, but I’m losing that sense of optimism quickly because we don’t have the kind of leaders that can manage this crisis and provide what is needed. People: we’re on our own. Try to make the best of things.
Sorry to be such a downer. I wish it were different. We’ll get through this, but at what cost? Enough. I’m done. Didn’t take my temperature..couldn’t take any more bad news if it’s up. I’ll think about that tomorrow.
UPDATE: My temperature the next morning was 98.1° F.