Iâ€™m hoping my frustration is felt across-the-aisle, in a non-polarized way.
Am I the only one who thinks that the $1200 relief check is a mix between a joke and an insultï¿¼, for the average American family?
I am not denying the obvious benefit: it will be a lifesaver if thereâ€™s an emergency medical bill, a car or household appliance that needs immediate repair, and imminent bill payment that will keep a debt collector at bay (for a minute).
But beyond that immediate injection of relief, what happens? Whatâ€™s the plan?
-Students loans will still be there
-Mortgage payments/rent will still be there
-Groceries and utilities will still be there
-Salaries will still be stagnant and not catching up with inflation
-Unemployment (if one qualifies for it) will still be a mere 6 months and COBRA is not cheap!
Not sure what planet our lawmakers live on but $1,200.00 wonâ€™t take anyone very far in 2020.
Meanwhile do you know how long it takes to a CEO to make $1,200.00?
I am not saying I want CEOs to make less money after all I am completely enmeshed in, and benefiting from the liberal economy model and would be quite a hypocrite to deny that.
But wouldnâ€™t it make sense the billionaires pay more taxes so we can inject that tax dollar into real solutions to help families.
Bill Gates agrees he should pay more taxes and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s not the only to think that.
The $1,200 check is not as outrageous as Marie-Antoinetteâ€™s infamous cake, but the out-of-touchness of it is getting me worked up.
Today a pickup truck full of corpses showed up at the Philadelphia city morgue. They were pulled out by their feet.
There is a lot that we do not know about this virus, however let us focus on what we are pretty sure is true:
People without any symptoms whatsoever can be carrying and can transmit this virus to others. So that means that anybody that you see could potentially be carrying the virus and could give it to you. There is no way of knowing at this time how you will react to the virus; young or old, sick or healthy.
At this point in time what we donâ€™t know is very important. It would be nice to know alot of things about our current situation such as:
How long will it take before someone who has the virus still be contagious?
How will we personally react to the virus?
How exactly contagious is the virus?
How is the virus really spreading?
How contagious is it through the air? From talking, breathing, walking on the street? Walking through the park? Walking through our apartment building? Walking into an elevator? Walking into a subway car or bus?
There is a lot of talk about the 6 foot rule. You must truly question this! Where is this 6 foot rule coming from? Do you really think that the 6 foot rule is enough? Do you really feel comfortable being just 6 feet from someone who is absolutely contagious? How do you know if the person six from you is contagious or not?
Oh yes, more questions than answers if you really think about it!
We strongly suggest that you seriously think things through, from your trip to the grocery store to just walking down the street on the sidewalk. How safe is each of these activities? A run in the park? A walk in the park? Where do you go that is safe and is not safe? When do you think it will be safe again by looking at the numbers in the maps? This is a time to really look at the raw data that is out there being collected by journalists and news organizations.
Just one year ago we were putting up pictures and talking about the Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve. We were admiring the Trilliums and Bluebells. We have been worried about the oil pipeline that they wanted to put through the preserve and of course global warming.
Watching this crisis unfold in real time. Everything has been going pretty much as expected. Not enough supplies in the hospitals and people dying because of it. Healthcare workers getting sick and dying because of a lack of supplies. A complete mis-management on the Federal government level. Hospitals are fending for themselves, states are fending for themselves. Pretty much everyone is on their own.
There will be a pre-mature re-opening of the economy with lots of fanfare. Many people will be smart and continue self isolating. Many people who do not have the luxury to do that will be forced to go to work and put themselves in danger. They will also be putting everyone else in danger that they are around so there will be a lot of people who are going to be put in grave danger because of this very bad decision.
If you are in a position to be able to still work from home and have that luxury please do not be tempted to go out and go on as life was before.
Before you are tempted into putting yourself in danger ask yourself the hard questions about testing and also about contagion. Who is contagious and how can you know if they are or are not contagious even if they are your some of your best friends?
Just wait. Give it some time, give it the time that you know it needs. We need people who are thoughtful and cognizant of the real dangers of this situation to do the right thing. This summer they will probably have the economy reopened- bars will re-open and maybe even your friends will have gatherings and get-togethers. However it is most advisable to continue to avoid these until we really see the numbers come down to very significant levels. Now mind you we may not see these numbers because they will not be shown to us -there will still not be proper testing and we are going to be living in the dark.
There will be plenty of gaslighting and we will most certainly be in the dark so as long as we do not have the information we need to make informed decisions. We must stay on the side of caution and continue to stay home. If we have that luxury.
What is most comforting to us is to see our family and our friends that we may have not have seen in these dark times.
However comforting these times we look forward to may be could become what is the most dangerous thing for us and for our friends and family. Itâ€™s an insidious disease. That is why I urge you to continue the self distancing and the staying at home policy until we really know what is going on. We must not jump the gun and put the cart before the horse. As much as we want to see our friends and go to the local bar and see our family we must resist the temptation especially as the weather gets better and we feel like things are getting better. We must be smarter than that. Look at what other countries are doing now.
If we donâ€™t do it right the disaster will continue on and continue on.