Civilization returns. pic.twitter.com/t2U9hjV52R— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) May 11, 2020
The ongoing catastrophe that the United States is now experiencing is the direct result of the “economic team” in the Trump White House getting their way in February:
April 2 – Gov. Bill Lee issues “stay-at-home” order in Tennessee. Gov. Greg Abbott’s “stay-at-home” order goes into effect in Texas.
April 3 – Gov. Brian Kemp’s “stay-at-home” order goes into effect in Georgia.
April 24 – Georgia begins to reopen.
May 1 – Tennessee’s “stay-at-home” order expires and reopening begins. Texas’s “stay-at-home” order expires and reopening begins.
In February, the “economic team” and “public health” team were fiercely at odds about how to respond to the threat posed by the coronavirus. The “economic team” led by Steve Mnuchin shot down the idea of suspending international flights from Europe. It would have “spooked the markets.” Trump listened to both sides and after consulting with his donors made the call to “ride it out.”
The problem here is that it was always a fantasy that the virus was “just the flu” and that the public would be willing to just “ride it out.” The lockdowns that were imposed in March followed the change in public behavior rather than the other way around. California was the first state to go into lockdown on March 19. Americans were already changing their behavior before then. Now that several states have reopened, only a minority of the public has resumed their normal lives as the polling said would happen all along, which illustrates the absurdity of trying to elevate the economy above public health in the first place.
Ramzpaul gets to pose as John Galt though in empty restaurants and shopping malls. As a result of this kind of thinking, the United States and Britain have the highest death toll in the world while other countries like Australia and New Zealand are restarting their economies without the virus. Reopening the economies of the states without suppressing the virus will only drag this out while other countries that have suppressed the virus form new relationships.
Note: This is so obvious that even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is worried about it.