Test First, Then Work

I just came from Meijer and am happy because I was able to buy toilet paper. Yea. The lady behind me was an 80-year-old Trump supporter. I know this because we talked. I told her that I believe that we do need to get back to work, after everyone gets tested for the virus and those that test positive are set apart from the elderly and sick. She was clearly concerned about getting it, but what I said shut her up instantly. Common sense will do that to denial.

As I have said previously, Americans are not going to respond well to being expected to stay at home for months on end. We do need to get back to work. However, to do so without knowing who has the virus will only spread it.

Trump is worried about the economy. So am I. But Trump is a moron. Trump’s base is precisely those people that are most likely to croak from the virus: elderly white people who don’t believe in science. Killing off his own base will not help his re-election chances. Duh.

If Americans starting dying off, how is that going to help the economy? When your market dies, how do you stay in business? Trump’s assumptions are ridiculously false. Not slightly off, but laughably unintelligent.

This is where we start to realize that there is no us and them. There is only us and we all have to survive. If the workers die, so do the company’s profits. If people can’t make their house payments, everyone’s property values go down. How do conservatives not understand this? Imagine millions of Americans suddenly being homeless. What would that do to our healthcare system? Can people in homeless shelters maintain social distancing? I can’t imagine so.

Wealthy people simply do not understand, on any level, just how profoundly dependent they are on their low-wage workers. But they are about to find out.

About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

2 responses to “Test First, Then Work”

  1. Ninasusan says :

    The wealthy and you are right….the typical old, white, outspoken evangelicals…I have no possible understanding of their beliefs or bullshit

  2. cdhoagpurple says :

    It is so sad precisely because I do understand their beliefs and bullshit.

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