….my thoughts are not clear. I don’t know what I am trying to say here….bear with me…please feel to add in what is missing….send ridicule and abuse if it is stupid…..here goes:
I will start with the old saw; ‘to a hammer everything looks like a nail.’ That basically means, that a one-trick-pony can only do the one trick regardless of the request. That means that a limited skilled person does not bring a lot of tools to the workshop nor the skills necessary to do anything with them. And I am seeing our governments acting like a bag of hammers.
How the hell does stimulating the economy (which can’t work long term anyway) do ANYTHING to cure a disease? Isn’t that a bit like taking a hammer to fix electronics or a knife to a gunfight? Honestly? A primitive shaman throwing pig entrails in to the air and chanting is at least focused on the patient. Trump/Trudeau is ranting and throwing money at corporations and ignoring the patients. I’d prefer the shaman if I was ill.
OK, OK. I know that giving away money is a nice gesture even if the money they are giving away is OURS in the first place. And I might even be convinced that some support for small business might be in order such as restaurants ORDERED to close. I get that. But, really…? Why give away the taxpayers moolah when all they have to do to achieve the same thing more equitably is to suspend interest payments? The banks lose cashflow but NOT their principal and they can tack on their greedy pound of flesh later. No money transfusions necessary. Well, not as much money anyway.
And, with that stupid massive and misdirected expenditure off the table, the government can then put that money to where it is really required: mfg’ing of medical supplies and accelerated development of a cure.
How is giving money to an airlines gonna help anyone but airlines pay CEOs extra bonuses and banks get their financing payments?
Trump wants ‘Mericans in church and at work by Easter. He ‘needs the money’ for the economy. He is an idiot, of course. The USA is well on course for being the hardest hit first world country and most damaged economy on the planet. Why? Because all their efforts at mitigating this problem have been directed to ‘fixing’ the economy and NOT fixing the actual citizens. Trump is just the stupidest hammer of the bunch but all countries thinking that subsidizing business or industry is a cure for anything are equally as idiotic.
“Dave! What about poor tenants who can’t pay their rent because Walmart laid them off?”
My first answer (probably wrong) is that $500 towards one month’s rent isn’t gonna do much of anything. The ‘giveaway’, if there is to be one, has to be at least at the family welfare level otherwise you are just throwing money away. Interest suspension floats all boats! Go all in or go back to the parliamentary cafeteria and attend a committee meeting.
This emphasis on ‘money-as-a-cure’ is not only stupid and ineffective, it exposes the essential impotence of government. They can’t DO anything! They can dish out money. They can extort some of that money back in taxes and fines. They can pass paper laws and they can and do pontificate and meet ad nauseam.
Viruses don’t care.
Viruses only care about finding new hosts. That’s it. Our efforts to redirect our attention from that very REAL problem by UNSUSTAINABLY stimulating the economy is an embarrassing admission that we are helpless in the face of a real and present danger and that we are led by imbeciles.
Imbeciles already awash in debt, dealing inequitably and promoting division and greed instead of community. These hammers are not only stupid, they are corrupt and evil.
Over to you:
Any critique of this blog is welcome save for the obvious ones where someone describes some poor doofus who was saved by a cheque for $500 or a story about some people who are happy with some rent abatement. Of course some money infusions are going to help individuals.
But when you keep everyone in society on the margins of financial well-being, a few hundred bucks at the right time will make only for great human-interest fodder for the media at the very most. Even the lucky recipient of $2000 will acknowledge that such a monetary gift does nothing for their cough and fever. “Gimme money’ is the new mantra of the masses but it won’t cure C-19.
One more thing: Trump/Trudeau wants the stock market to rebound. For him, the stock market is a political health indicator. The problem is that the stock market is NOT a nation’s overall health indicator. The market is an indicator of how the rich and elite are doing but it means nothing directly to Joe Sixpack. Joe can’t get toilet paper. He is not counting his Berkeshire Hathaway dividends.
So, my point: we have created a uni-dimensional government mindset. Money, money, money. Meet and spend money. Later, we meet and take money. Our governments have abandoned what used to be the greater realm of ‘government work’ and privatized as much as they could. Now that they have streamlined their function to just that of stealing from the poor and giving to the rich, their range of powers has been severely reduced. What can they do? Where are the government labs? Where is all the equipment? Where are all the doctors, nurses and medicines? Where is the leadership?