The ‘Michigan Militia’ ought to leave Lansing and let more prudent Michiganders figure out what to do about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s irrational virus lockdown.
Shutdowns and bailouts are unsustainable for 18 months to two years. We need a new and better set of strategies, and we can’t put it off any further.
In California, the pandemic seems likely to give the state’s political and corporate elites a new license to increase their dominion while continuing to keep the middle and working classes down.
What some who don’t live in Georgia may not realize is that Gov. Brian Kemp’s original shelter-in-place order was not a total lockdown.
People who regularly would attend in person are now learning how to do it from home. But just as there are distinct types of people for in-person worship, there are distinct types of worshipers online.
It’s the pandemic iteration of ‘Have you stopped beating your wife yet?’ ‘If we don’t stay home, 1.4% of all Oregonians could die.’ The current numbers don’t even come close to that.
If the American public stays home en masse even after public officials lift stay-at-home orders, the ‘re-opened’ economy will look nearly as morose as the current one.
These lockdown activities won’t keep Virginians sane, but they will make their impending descent into madness more entertaining.
While this shutdown has already done enormous damage, it is the uncertainty about when and how it will reopen that could prove far more destructive in the long run.
It is vitally important, literally life and death, that the proper costs and benefits are weighed with the decision on how much and how long to shut down economic activity through the pandemic.
Keeping the economy humming along like normal was never an option. Even without government intervention, much of our society would eventually shut down on its own.
In some cases, living paycheck-to-paycheck is unavoidable. In other cases, people need to wake up and take a long look at their foolish finance habits.
There is no question that Trump lost the battle of his own making. It is also true that this is not the final battle in whether the country seeks to uphold rule of law at her border.
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