By Tank Murdoch @TheNatSent
(TNS) No doubt upset that tens of millions of Americans have been thrown out of work due to widespread mandatory closures of businesses by governors and mayors given faulty coronavirus modeling, President Donald Trump is forming an economic task force aimed at making recommendations to reopen the country.
And the better news is, the task force will launch Tuesday, headed by newly appointed chief of staff and former U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows.
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Last week, Trump noted that his decision to rescind his “30 days to stop the spread” guidelines will be “the biggest decision Iâ€™ve ever had to make,” and we can certainly understand that.
But it’s more than just a decision about lives; it’s a decision aboutÂ livelihoods as well because poverty can and does kill just like a virus does.
Fox News reports:
“I want to get it open as soon as possible,â€ TrumpÂ told reporters at Friday’s briefing with members of the White House task force. “This country was meant to be open and vibrant and great.â€
The president added that he would formally convene an “Opening our Country” task force April 14 that will be comprised of doctors and business leaders. According to Trump, the second, smaller task force would “include names that you have a lot of respect for.”
In an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus,Â the governors ofÂ 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have issued so-called “stay-at-home” orders advising residents to remain indoors except to perform essential work, duties or chores.
Those orders, as well as federal social distancing guidelines and restrictions on public gatherings, have ground large portions of the U.S. economy to a halt. According to the Labor Department, more than 16.8 million people have filed for unemployment insurance since the middle of March, when the federal coronavirus guidelines went into effect.
The president said he was continuing to listen to advice and recommendations from Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, both of whom have warned that reopening too quickly could result in a resurgence of coronavirus cases.
â€œI listen to them about everything,â€ the president said, adding: â€œWeâ€™re not doing anything until we know that this country is going be healthy. We donâ€™t want to go back and start doing it over again.â€
But look, states are starting to suffer economically as well. In fact, a coalition of state governments is already demanding that taxpayers bail them out to the tune of $500 billion afterÂ theyÂ issued shutdown orders.
In a statement Saturday, the National Governors Association, a bipartisan group of 55 governors, said the stay-at-home orders issued across the country have crippled state economies.
The organizationâ€™s chair Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the vice chair New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the stimulus packageÂ CongressÂ recently passed overlooked the statesâ€™ needs when it comes to the crippling economies and lost revenue that funds a stateâ€™s needs.
â€œWe must be allowed to use any state stabilization funds for replacement of lost revenue, and these funds should not be tied to only COVID-19 related expenses.Â CongressÂ must amend the CARES Act to allow this flexibility for existing federal funding,â€ the organization said in a statement.
Uh, no. There are states — nine, to be exact — that haveÂ not shut down their economies and they’re doing just fine. Many of the states that did shut down had minuscule numbers of infections. So the decision was theirs and now they have to live with it.
Meanwhile, the president is going to be criticized by the garbage media and Democrats no matter what he does. If he keeps the current guidelines in place, we’ll have another Great Depression; if he makes recommendations to reopen, then every single coronavirus death will be blamed onÂ him (though it’ll be up to individual governors and mayors to actually implement them because the president never issued a national shut-down order as he was being pressured to do by the Left).
So Trump may as well implement some policies that strike a reasonable balance, and that includes getting our economy going again.
Poverty kills too.
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