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🚿 thought: US's response to COVID is un-American (long)

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America is great because we do more. We are Nike's Just Do It. We do more, we do bigger, we do better, we get creative, and we don't sit around at home. To quote a video posted here, we are "New York Tough" So why did we sit at home? Because we didn't have enough testing, contact tracing, PPE, and hospital beds. We focused more on flattening the curve beneath the line, rather than raising the bar. Why tf did we pay people to sit at home, when we should've spent a huge fraction of that stimulus money on building our production capacity and making the things we needed. Don't say we couldn't do it, because we needed to distance. We are doing it now! While distancing! We've demonstrated that we can still make masks, sanitizer, makeshift hospitals, etc while in the midst of a pandemic, in a safe way. Why didn't other countries do it? That's like asking, why isn't any other country as Great as America. We could've done it sooner. We could've done it instead of shutting everything down. Instead of saying everybody stay home, Trump should've said "Cuomo. Here's $1T. ($29T to other states) Go Build a hospital ASAP" and Cuomo could've said "Yo construction companies, distilleries, manufacturers, shipping companies, etc. Stop what you're doing. Here's are tons of RFPs for fully functioning and fully stocked temporary hospitals. Price tag is more money than you can imagine and I need them yesterday. Go use it to hire, train, and give raises to all these underpaid laborers, who would otherwise be unemployed - people that you're going to need in order to fill the Demand. Then, Trump could've turned to FDA/CDC and said "y'all messed up. Lax your damn standards and seek out Bids from Big Tech & Pharma to provide fast methods for testing and contact tracing. We want to catch this fast. That would've allowed GDP to continue growing (maybe slowly), training/upskilling of our underskilled population, more capacity, and potentially a lasting increase in hospital capacity, PPE production capacity, and new tech for tracing & testing. Instead-- we gave people a Amazon Prime / Rent budget. I'm actually quite pro-Trump, but in this perspective I very much dislike how he handled this. More social distancing wasn't the only answer. Ideally, just stay out of things. But if you're going to get involved, at least be Active and build solutions. Instead, we chose laziness & passivity. We chose to succumb to COVID, to let it shut us down. When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, we made the Nuke. When Russia began threatening our aerospace/space defense, we beat them to the Moon. When China accidentally spread Coronavirus, we...copied the communists & socialists did. We shut down everything. We watched Netflix, Zoom-ed, and rode Peletons.

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Maybe you’ll consider voting against him? He treated a pandemic like a PR problem to keep hidden until the possibility of containment had run. This response to the Trump Plague is just the latest management, responsibility and accountability black hole from this administration.

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I agree with a lot of what you said. There were months where we knew this virus was coming and was bad and there were no preparations done. We could have been ramping up production and test kits. We could have been getting ready. Instead, it came and then we were faced with having to sit and wait it out while businesses closed around us. It was handled so badly. We could have absolutely prevented so much of the economic disaster. The lack of coordination at the federal level is just astonishing. The whole point of being part of the UNITED States is that when something like this happens we should be uniting together, not competing with each other for supplies and coming up with different policies that are inconsistent.

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It’s hard to unite when you’re so committed to being the President of the Red States of America. You reap what you sow.

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I agree with a lot of what you said but the problem is the current administration has been ridiculously short sighted. For the last three years the goal of the administration has been to siphon resources and capital out of the economy and into the hands of the ultra wealthy. Not because it makes sense but because it benefits key donors. This means that the pattern of income erosion the great majority of consumers have faced starting since the Reagan administration has been heavily exacerbated. Even thought siphoning money out of the economy has been their stated goal, Republicans are not that stupid. They realize the consumer is the heart of the economy. If the consumers can't buy goods, then all of their donor's businesses will feel the pain, that means instead of spending money in fighting covid, they have to spend it keeping the economy alive. This situation makes the next problem worse, and that is crowding out of businesses. If the government starts throwing way too much money at the economy, and companies have way too much money on hand, they will start outbidding each other for scarce resources including labor. Driving prices up and causing runway inflation. Now a little bit of inflation js not a problem, it's positive even. But remember Trump gave wealthy companies $1T in tax cuts, now its giving them $1.5T in bail outs. Plus the fed has sent a couple $T more in QE. Just to make sure the anemic economy they created survives the shock. If you pour more money in, you are could end up like Venezuela. Low to no taxes, and runaway hyperinflation. Last thing is that to do what you asked, you require intelligence and leadership skills. Trump nor any of the current Republican leadership has any of that. Save McConnell maybe, but he puts his intelligence to ensure the economy can be drained rather than to benefit the country. Trump is a media figure and a showman, he has no idea how manage a country, which is why he tried to intimidate the virus rather than prepare for it when he was first informed in January. What you recommended makes sense. The problem is that saving the economy and fighting Covid are two opposing goals, and republican policies ensured that the economy existed balanced over a knife's edge making fighting this virus almost impossible. Its why we have had the least effectiveness in fighting the virus among developed nations.

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My friend what are you 🚬? I’d like to try it too.

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I'm sober, never smoked a cigarette. I'd love to discuss flaws in this thought, edit it and improve on it.

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Additionally this post won’t last 10 minutes so get in your comments soon.

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Moderators have itchy trigger fingers. Oftentimes they’re right but have deleted a few posts that didn’t make sense.

Did you ever succeed in any of your project by just throwing resources in? If we can get it done in 2 months with 1 associate, here’s 2 associates and get it done in 1 month, right? That really works. You talk about throwing 28T in to build things - aside from skilled labors, where are the materials we will be getting? Once done, how are we going to get more trained healthcare professionals in a month? Money? We can’t even get the ventilators out fast enough and Trump is angry tweeting at that. You think we will have enough hospitals and healthcare professionals out fast enough with more money?

Yes, there are good reasons to think we could have. Look at the Central Park tents / hospitals. Look at the Military Boat. Or universities, hospitals, convention centers that are now vacant, being repirposed. Private sector could've added to that? We don't need to be very skilled to add hospital beds. Look at the PPE being built by private companies like 3M, some of which being sold to foreign countries cuz they pay a higher price), or ocal distillers shifting equipment to make sanitizer rather than liquor. Or private suppliers making make masks. Look at how many tech professionals are building data dashboards who could put that to use for more complex systems with sensors & inputs for tracing. Look at all these private companies who made early testing kits which were banned because error rate was too high. So was SK's because they deregulated, but even then this allowed for faster tests and therefore faster isolation of the positives. We should do/have-done more of this. Sooner, and if we were going to fund anything, fund that.

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You’re talking about treating the symptoms. Social distancing prevents the disease. All the production, etc. is being done by at-risk individuals. That said, I agree that earlier action would’ve prevented a slowdown for big businesses. They would’ve had more time to prepare and transition to wfh. Then again huge parts of the economy can’t wfh. Their employers therefore can’t keep them on, and have no interest in loans for a business that isn’t open.

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