Interesting discussion. I am just catching up, been busy with fence work, etc.
I have to disagree with that logic Billy. All the advanced countries of the world have tackled the COVID challenge more or less the same. Reduced movement, increased biosecurity measures, basic public health stuff. Plus fairly generous wage replacement programs to keep people home and not in financial distress. So the US is not an exceptional population / case, at least not due to social or cultural reasons. The mortality rates in the US can be compared to any number of other countries. And the comparision is not good at all. I accept that the for profit medical corporations are incentivized to call cases COVID. It is also true that undiagnosed fatalities at home typically are not counted as COVID deaths on death certificates. That amounted to roughly 180 additional deaths per day in NYC at the height of their disaster not counted as part of the pandemic.
The other significant deviation from the common approach is the stunning neglect of the basic needs of the working poor. No doubt this has unnecessarily compounded a bad situation. In the longer term it seems certain to touch off an almost unbelievable default on mortgages and personal debt. Likely enough to destabilize real estate markets and financial institutions.
Didn’t you guys have a big “tea party” in Boston long ago?..
Something about protesting taxation without representation. How do you imagine those dispossessed people feel about their representatives when they are going bankrupt, while the feds saw fit to pour 14 trillion to fully reimburse the wealthy for their sketchy bets on the stock market? Seems like enough to make people mad, maybe grab a hatchet and bust up some tea chests. And maybe make it known they want the old leaders run off.