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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:54 PM

The handling of the stimulus is pathetic and I fear it will cost many lives.

The compliance and subservience to Trump's inaction and incompetence by lawmakers on both sides, makes me feel sick. Yes, we need to help those who need financial help, but I feel we have completely lost focus on the thing that is causing the need for a two trillion dollar package - Covid 19. What does the two trillion do about it?

What the hell are lawmakers doing to stop the spread of the disease? That question hasn't been answered.

For a minuscule fraction of two trillion dollars, we could be doing a lot to bring it under control. Widespread testing for a start. We need to know who has it and we need to isolate those people to instantly stop this virus in its tracks. But Trump says no to this, so our lawmakers must comply. What the hell is wrong with them? Wake up! We are going the same way as Italy and Spain. Over 10,000 new USA cases just today.

Healthcare workers and all those facing the public need to have results from testing within a day, so they aren't going back onto the front line, waiting for results. Those who have already had it in any industry and have fully recovered, they can go back to work.

I am not going to name individuals, for I will risk my post being flagged, but I heard one senior lawmaker being interviewed who didn't talk about testing, didn't talk about getting the same level of equipment to medical workers that proved to provide protection in China and South Korea, didn't talk about what we need to do to get on top of this epidemic to save lives. Ten percent of cases in Italy are healthcare workers. That is the route we are going down. We can spend two trillion dollars but medical workers are being told to make their own masks. The real heroes are those on the front lines, putting their lives at risk, worried about becoming infected and passing it on to their families, working long hours in intolerable stress, watching people die, making or witnessing painful decisions about who can live or die with the resources they have. For fucks sack, lawmakers give them the support they need.

This is pathetic and I don't see any real pushback on our own side. Every single essential worker who is facing the public needs to be wearing a mask, pharmacy workers, supermarket workers, gas station workers, repairmen, etc. They are not. Why not, when we have two trillion to spend?

We can expect Trump to be prepared to sacrifice many lives and allow the insidious spread of the disease to accelerate, but why the hell aren't our own lawmakers taking this seriously? Sorry, but they are taking as seriously as they think climate change is a real problem. Their inaction is going to kill a lot of people. It is blood on their hands on both sides.


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Reply The handling of the stimulus is pathetic and I fear it will cost many lives. (Original post)
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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:25 PM

2. This is the third stimulus bill and probably at least one more

I believe number two was all state money and equipment. I can see why you say no talk of prevention. This isnít that Bill.

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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:30 PM

3. This is technically emergency aid, not a stimulus

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