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To the GOP It's Worse Than Death

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I don't think it should pass without being commented on that the head of the Republican has finally, explicitly articulated what has long been known by just about everyone else to be the fundamental operating principle of the GOP.

Referring to the very real damage to the economy being done by the social distancing measures which public health officials say are critical to stopping the spread of the corona virus, President Trump recently declared, "We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself." Meaning, according to the President, the toll being taken on the economy cannot be justified by the fact that if those social distancing measures were to be dropped, the spread of the virus could very well spiral out of control, resulting in a death toll in the millions in the U. S. alone.

In other words: not making money (if even temporarily) is worse than death itself.

While this clear, definitive, statement of "principle" of Republican values could not come at a worse time in our nation's history, I believe it should be duly noted as such. This is because if we do survive this pandemic, at least we will be able to point to this moment in history and be able to state unequivocally that life itself comes in, at best, second to money, on the GOP list of primary human values.

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I think this is not a black and white issue. If the economy were to fail completely and we lost transportation, oil, food, and all the appurtenances of modern civilization, many people would die as a result. There's only so much dietary support in the grass growing outside your dwelling.

So the question should not be "saving lives vs. the economy" but something more nuanced. I, myself, think it very unlikely that printing a lot of money to keep everyone going while everything shuts down for several months would lead to such dire effects, but that's where the discussion should be, in my opinion. Will farms continue to plant crops? Will trucks still deliver the food? Will there be oil to fuel the electrical grid? Those kinds of topics.

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Okay, so how about we lift the social distancing rules until, say, just a million people die, and then put them back into effect? Would that be "nuanced" enough for you?

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Texas Lt Governor Patrick has given the same rationale in greater detail, and a search easily finds it. When they talk about the economic pain, I wonder if they mean that to the workers too, or just management and owners.

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Texas Lt Governor Patrick has given the same rationale in greater detail, and a search easily finds it. When they talk about the economic pain, I wonder if they mean that to the workers too, or just management and owners.

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