Disaster, it seems, is the new terra nullius, even as Trump claims that China is to blame rather than 12 weeks of White House incompetence. Still about profit as Trump tried to profit from a vaccine while ignoring the need for COVID-19 testing.
The US has exceeded 4,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than double the amount since Friday.
Ignorance is the coin of the GOP realm. Democrats are more likely to address public needs and resist looting the Federal purse.
WASHINGTON ― Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that Democrats are preparing a relief bill totaling at least $750 billion in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak that is battering the nation.Schumer said the proposal, which he plans to unveil in detail on Tuesday, would get money into the hands of the American people and include federal funding to fight the spread of the disease.“We will need big, bold, urgent federal action to deal with this crisis,” Schumer said in a statement. “The kinds of targeted measures we are putting together will mainline money into the economy and directly into the hands of families that need it most.”The plan includes measures that would boost hospital capacity, unemployment insurance, affordability of coronavirus treatments, forbearance of all federal loans, small business assistance, child care, remote learning, food delivery and public transportation costs, among other provisions.Schumer said the bill would “ensure our medical professionals have all the resources – including physical space and equipment – they need to provide treatment and keep Americans safe, among other people-focused initiatives.”The proposal represents the opening bid from Democrats for a larger federal response to the crisis. However, what the package ultimately looks like will depend on Senate Republicans, who control the chamber.
And if it is a free market, why shouldn’t firms fail, especially when needs aren’t equal and corporations want to retain a share they might not deserve.
— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) March 16, 2020