At this point, we ought to be agreeing that the outcome of this election may change the occupant in the White House—no small thing. But it’s not going to immediately fix what’s ailing the country:
The national economy, and our very health, education and welfare, rocked by a pandemic.
It should be a truism that our consumer-spending economy can’t be stable unless we address the ravages of the coronavirus. That’s a connection Donald Trump can’t seem to make. We can’t reliably have consumers seeking services or employees or a more certain business future without making our workplaces and gathering spots as safe as possible.
So said officials at the Fed, the financial markets and endless numbers of voters this week.
Donald Trump just wants magic. Joe Biden just wants science to rule. And many voters, apparently on either side, just want the headache to stop.
We should have passed some version of those national stimulus plans that are stuck on the shoals of political partisanship. With some certainty of income in place, small businesses can afford the temporary shuttering and limitations that public contagion will require.
And maybe, just maybe, we could trust state health officials and governors to open more or limit more depending on the contagion.
Of course, all this logical talk is exactly at the center of the election dispute. Trump just wants magic. Joe Biden just wants science to rule. And many voters, apparently on either side, just want the headache to stop.
Getting the Job Done
Here’s a simple plea: Knowing there are complications here, let’s get an agreement that the country wants neither total lockdown nor total wide-open contagion pits. Let’s pony up the dough to build in protections that help us over the hump. This is exactly the kind of work that should have been under way since last January and February when we learned about this beast.
There are plenty of good reasons for making the election central, but it’s not going to fix the problem we have to address. We need some certainty, and that comes with information-based hard work and a good chunk of fix-it money.
That’s what the “stimulus” bill being batted around in Washington is supposed to provide.
But there is always a political reason it isn’t moving yet. The Senate Republican caucus probably gets the gold star for worst performance on this, but somehow there is enough blame to share.
Worse, there are reports that we never even got the money that was passed in the spring fully distributed through all the federal bureaucracy.
Apparently, we’re spending our money on immediate food, health, rent and construction. We paid out all the aid on unemployment bonuses and small business loans that allowed for rent payments and payroll promises, but not for the continuing start and stop of small businesses.
Paying the Price
There are consequences, of course, starting with renewed concern about available hospital beds and protective gear and personnel, and extending to school programs in disarray, closed restaurants and bars, a service industry in free-fall.
Amidst all the bluster, the government is being twisted away from actually solving problems to making it look as if problems are being addressed—without doing the work.
An NBC News report this week detailed how a New Hampshire company, the only major American manufacturer of protective gloves, lagged in getting federal money through the stimulus program—with the result being American manufacture of the needed gloves won’t really get going until next summer.
The slow response by the Trump administration amid a mounting shortage of medical gloves is setting off a scramble for protective gear again as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are exploding.
So, we’re buying gloves from China in an overheated market, paying more than double the normal price for goods that could have been produced in this country—the expressed goal of the same administration.
What’s true in this case can be read more broadly as a failure to connect the appropriate dots for the restoration of safe jobs or safe consumerism. That, in turn, means that we’re looking at very different views of an economic recovery, with administration officials scrambling to make everything look as politically advantageous as possible.
So, instead of using their time most efficiently to distribute food boxes, non-profit agencies are reporting that they are spending hours removing a self-serving Trump letter from federally supplied food packages out of fear that they will run afoul of laws prohibiting them from outwardly political activity.
What should be the prime issue in this election is sheer incompetence.
Arizona Republican likens Trump’s loss to Japan getting nuked while losing WW II — but as a good thing
President Donald Trump on Monday allowed President-elect Joe Biden's transition to proceed -- while vowing he would never concede.
Despite Trump losing the election, some Trump supporters are refusing to accept the outcome.
One Arizona Republican in Congress, Paul Gosar, drew upon the historical knowledge him learned on his way to becoming a dentist in a bizarre analogy he posted on Twitter.
Gosar suggested the Trump movement would be like an Imperial Japanese soldier in World War II who refused to surrender until 1974.
Neal Katyal predicts law schools will teach a ‘Worst Mistakes in Court’ class on Trump’s ‘pathetic’ 20-day fiasco
Prominent lawyer Neal Katyal is best known for having tried over 40 cases before the United States Supreme Court and serving as acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.
But he also has spent more than two decades as a law professor at Georgetown.
He drew upon all of that experience for a Monday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
"Someday a law school class is going to be called 'The Worst Mistakes in Court' -- and it will be just about these 20 days," Katyal predicted. "Because this legal strategy is so pathetic it makes Trump's coronavirus strategy look competent by contrast."
Trump vows he ‘will never concede’ — in 11 pm conspiracy-filled rant
Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential to President-elect Joe Biden, but is still refusing to concede.
White House aides reportedly convinced him to allow Biden to begin his transition by telling him he did not need to use the word "concede."
But that word appeared to be on his mind late Monday night.
"What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history?" Trump asked while continuing to lie about the election being corrupt.