No one is saying that Trump is not an irresponsible asshole and sociopath who doesnt care about anyone. I never said that. But the point of my original post, which you clearly dont understand and being the bad faith actor that you are given the repeated ad hominem attacks and petty name calling you engage in, also refuse to understand just to spew your venom at me, is that at the end of the day, we CANNOT KEEP THE ECONOMY SHUT FOR ANOTHER 6 - 12 MONTHS and expect the government to keep a $21 trillion economy afloat and think we are gonna come out of the other end ok.
The very people that you, as a beacon of compassion and empathy, claim to care about - ie. the poor and middle class - will be hurt by a devastated economy and the domino effects of the wreckage. This isnt just about stock markets you ignorant tool, this is about average people who are out of a job and no means to support themselves- be it rent, food on the table, healthcare etc. that will be hurt. The rich can ride this out, it is the rest of us I worry about. The Romney and Rand Paul’s of the world wont run out of hospital beds, ventilators and meds, we will. They wont run out of food, we will.
To repeat, if we keep this up for more than a month or two, we might face not a recession but a full-blown depression, which would be financially ruinous for hundreds of millions and have its own disastrous knock-on effects in mental, emotional, and physical health, including for the elderly and sick who already face the greatest risks from the virus.
In that case, we are looking at a century-defining calamity that could bankrupt the government; wreck nearly every business in America, large or small; disrupt supply chains and create critical shortfalls of food, medicines, and other essential items; lead to dramatic increases in deaths of loneliness and despair; tempt political leaders, including the president, to disavow democratic norms in the name of public health (including by seeking to postpone elections); and create widespread, perhaps deadly, civil unrest.
You clearly do not seem to care about that as you reminisce about the good old great days of the depression and how grand they were. For you, apparently the cost of ruining the lives of nearly 350 million people is acceptable. I am saying the issue is a bit more complicated and nuanced than that. You point the finger at me for not caring, but it is you who is shortsighted and doesnt care. Or understand cause you are too busy foaming at the mouth at me about Trump when this isnt about him.
For the record, again, I never said we not have lockdowns for a month or two max, but several is catastrophic. These lockdowns, according to the WHO, are supposed to buy us time for testing and targeted quarantines, not sit around hoping for the best, which sadly is what our Administration doing: they are not doing anything to test, to buy those on the frontline PPEs or to protect anyone. That is where the criticism should lie.
If the devastation of the economy as outlined above is something that is acceptable to you, and given your idiotic responses it clearly is, then at least admit it instead of trying to bullshit your way out of it with these half cocked, nonsense arguments. This is, by the way, NOT just a Trump position. I held this theory long before he said anything and when governors first announced lockdowns saying this could go into the summer and beyond. The article I quoted is from the NYT and notably not by a Trump supporter and quite a few liberals have been arguing along similar lines. Trump is an idiot who clearly wants this done for the wrong reasons, but in the end, the argument that we cannot and should not devastate our economy by having year long lockdowns like that has merit on its own and should not be automatically dismissed cause someone you dont like says so. I dont give a damn about Trump, I give a damn about the facts and the people who will be hurt in far more numbers than will succumb to the virus if this goes on for months on end.
As stated above, sooner or later, people will figure out that it is not sustainable to keep tens of millions of people in lockdown for 6 to 12 months or use population-wide edicts rather than measures designed to protect the most vulnerable; or expect the federal government to keep a $21 trillion economy afloat; or throw millions of people out of work and ask them to subsist on a $1,200 check.