Christopher Mallis wrote:We can’t stay on lockdown forever. There’s an economy that needs to recover and the longer we wait, the worse it gets. Things are gonna start opening up with all the limitations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Which relative would you like to sacrifice to "save the economy?" You seem to have no problem saying other people will have to die to "save the economy," so which one of your elderly relatives would you like to give up? Which life is worthless, so we can "save an economy"? I'll wait while you decide.
Yes, that's always the retort, regardless of the argument being made. Because obviously the death count was zero yesterday, and it'll explode as soon as things start to reopen. Ignore all the facts that inform the opinion on re-opening, because those people are just idiots anyways.
Did you drive somewhere today? So who's life did you declare "worthless", since you in fact risked your own life and the lives of everyone you drove by while taking that trip? I'll wait while you decide.
We take calculated risks all the time in our daily lives. Now suddenly, in this one very specific situation, it's becomes so absolute and a risk we should avoid at all cost?
Chris wrote:If a state opens back up, guess what those business owners no longer have access to? That's right... those CARE Act grants are only for shut down states.
So now the small business is forced to open. But no one shows up. And they have to let go of an employee or two. But guess what, that laid off employee can now only get a small amount of unemployment because he/she no longer qualifies for the extra help because this state is now open. So the small business owner now has to pay the unemployment instead of letting the federal funds take care of it during the disaster.
Opening up merely puts ALL responsibilities to the small business owner, while giving them no help along the way. It's insane watching the sheep fall for this.
That's simply not true. No one is being forced to open, no one is losing access to aid simply because their state lifted a stay-at-home order, no one automatically looses unemployment benefits. At some point, sure, but nothing any state can do now will make that happen at least until the end of the summer.
People need to drop the headline implication that "re-opening" is the same as "pretending that this never happened".