Traitors Cabal Tuesday

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Fantasize for a moment that we could set aside politics and operate based upon common sense. What would the federal government do to best mitigate the devastation that this pandemic will visit upon human beings? It would, first of all, provide free healthcare to everyone. It would distribute medical resources nationally based on the greatest need. Then, to protect people from the necessary economic deep freeze we are all in due to social distancing, the government would pursue measures that would get everyone through this time in one piece: It would subsidize the nation’s payrolls, so that workers could stay in their jobs and businesses could restart easily; it would suspend rent, for people and businesses alike; it would send everyone a monthly basic income to pay for necessities until this is over; and it would avoid allowing small businesses to go bankrupt, because those represent millions of jobs that people need to return to.

Those are all obvious steps to take if your goal was to protect humans. But imagine, instead, if you had an entirely different goal: protecting capital. What would you do then? Well, you would prioritize the health of corporate balance sheets, rather than human bodies. You would keep the healthcare industry, now booming, in private hands; you would stimulate consumer demand via unemployment benefits, rather than by keeping workers on existing payrolls, in order to create an enormous pool of cheap and desperate labor; you would pursue tax cuts for the investor class; you would welcome the opportunity to allow debt to pile up on individuals; and you wouldn’t be too sad about small businesses going bankrupt—they are, after all, just ceding market share to bigger, richer businesses. You would use this crisis to create a greater, not lesser, concentration of wealth. You would emerge on the other side with more, not less, inequality. The truth is, it would be easy.

Hamilton Nolan @ INTHESETIMES

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9 Responses to Traitors Cabal Tuesday

  1. David B Benson says:

    Basta!

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  2. Micki says:

    According to worldometer, the count is 100,030

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  3. Micki says:

    For a WA Sate county to move to Phase II…

    To apply for a variance, counties must have an average of less than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period. With 35 confirmed cases reported by the health department in the past 14 days and a population of more than 229,000, according to 2019 U.S. Census estimates, Whatcom County is averaging 17 new cases per 100,000 people the past 14 days.

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  4. Carol says:

    Cut my hair again today, I didn’t get it quite right last week. It’s still not good but that’s because I can’t see like I used to.

    I made home made Tapioca, two pots of coffee for the next few days and I mowed the ranch, which looks beautiful. So, thunder and some rain about an hour ago. Didn’t last long, I’ll be able to walk around the place. Well-drained soil.

    I watched the video of that Minneapolis cop killing that man with his knee on his neck. Brought me to tears, WHY are you doing that to him? The people who watched the murder were all shouting at that cop and the other one standing by, letting it happen. It looked like he rolled his knee on the guy’s neck a few times which made me squirm. All 4 cops there were fired, but there needs to be charges for the killer and the one who stared the crowd down while they tried to get the killer to get his knee off the man’s neck.

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  5. Den says:

    Go on, take a drink:

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  6. jimhitchcock says:

    Shorter version:

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