Do you not understand what a pandemic is? We've already suffered 2.6 times the number of deaths that the entire Vietnam War cost us. Do you not think that simple fact would disrupt the economy no matter what the government did?

Notice how effective the premature opening of the economy in red states has been. The economy was going to take a serious hit no matter what the government did. Those countries that took protective measures, and stuck with them, will experience economic recovery far sooner than the US will recover from its botched pandemic response.

One point the pandemic has made, to those not too blind to see, is that universal health coverage and an effective social safety net would have mitigated the economic consequences far more than ideology and wishful thinking have.

I’m a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, have a wonderful wife and family, am a working software engineer, and a committed citizen.

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