We’ve got two separate issues with the lockdown:
- The lockdown was insane and retarded, no element of it made any sense whatsoever
- The government forced this lockdown on us, and the government is responsible for this collapse, therefore they have a duty to help the people whose lives they’ve destroyed
Many libertarians and conservatives are pointing out the first thing, but then not addressing the second thing.
Most infuriating was when Ted Cruz – who never stood up against the lockdown – mocked people for not being able to buy food after the government took their jobs.
Why stop there? Why only $2k/month? And why exclude non-citizens or non-Americans? Why not send $100k/month, every month, to every person on earth? And also prohibit any of them from working. In the magical world of free-money socialists, why, exactly, wouldn’t that work? 🤔 https://t.co/UM8Uc1LaTN
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 8, 2020
There is no room for this sentiment. What has happened has happened. We can talk about the stupidity of it until the cows come home, but we’re still going to be in a situation where no one has a job because the government purposefully and inexplicably destroyed the American economy with their lunatic hoax.
The U.S. economy is sinking, and some on the far left have a preposterous plan to prevent Americans from drowning in more unpaid bills and debt: Stay home and don’t worry about anything. The government will send you a check for $2,000 every month.
If only it were that easy.
Since the onslaught of shutdowns to flatten the curve and prevent the nation’s health care system from being overwhelmed, more than 30 million Americans have lost their jobs. The unemployment rate has skyrocketed to 14.7 percent. Families throughout the United States are struggling to buy food and pay their bills because the government will not let them return to work.
To date, Congress has allocated more than $2.4 trillion in coronavirus-related economic aid. From the CARES Act to the Paycheck Protection Program, Congress has tried to keep businesses afloat and employees on payrolls. Obviously, as the most recent unemployment report shows, this stopgap strategy is not working.
Perhaps we should pause and reassess the necessity of the draconian shutdown strategy. After all, we have flattened the curve, and at this point it does not seem that health care facilities are in danger of being overrun. Wouldn’t it make a lot of sense to focus on how to safely reopen the economy so Americans can return to work and retain their self-reliance?
Yet, according to prominent Democrats in Congress, instead of smartly reopening the economy, we should double-down on Keynesian economics and just print more money than ever. In other words, Americans ought to stay home and get “paid” by the U.S. government.
According to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), “The government has told people we need to shelter in place to keep safe. So it’s the government’s obligation to provide for basic expenses while we’re telling people not to work. It’s really that simple.” Khanna is just one of many congressional Democrats who are calling for the federal government to send Americans monthly payments for who knows how long.
I am 100% against the shutdown, and I don’t know the context of that Khanna quote – but that one statement alone is completely impossible to argue with.
The government did do this. They destroyed the jobs of millions of people, they collapsed every small business. They did this by force. The shutdown was not a suggestion. It was forced on the people. So the fallout absolutely is their responsibility. They should have to pay people.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) recently tweeted, “Bills come in every single month during the pandemic and so should help from our government.” Harris has endorsed a plan called the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act, which would send $2,000 per month to Americans who make less than $120,000 per year. Married couples would receive $4,000 per month, as well as $2,000 for each child.
Oh, and the checks would be sent for up to three months after the coronavirus crisis ends. This raises an interesting point: When and how will we know the “crisis” has ended, and the payments will be stopped? This alone should raise one’s eyebrows.
The crisis isn’t ever going to end.
There never was a coronavirus crisis – that was just a stupid hoax invented by the media and the government. The problems of the coronavirus could have been solved by telling old people and otherwise vulnerable people to stay inside and have food delivered to them. We could have locked down the nursing homes and kept the staff inside the quarantine zone for several months. There were all kinds of options to protect the vulnerable.
Instead of doing any of these things, the government decided to shut down the entire society and implode the economy.
So I mean – figure it out. I don’t know. But either the government is going to feed people, or they’re going to starve. There isn’t a third option.
American history is full of examples of government programs that were intended to be temporary yet continue to this day. In fact, several provisional measures and programs enacted during the Great Depression are still in place today.
A cynic might say that some Democrats are using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to push their progressive agenda. For years, many on the far left have advocated for monthly government programs in the form of a universal basic income (UBI).
Keep in mind, all of this fervor over the UBI in far-left circles predated the COVID-19 pandemic by a few years, at least. So, given the historical context, is it such a logical leap to assume that some on the left are using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to introduce another “temporary” welfare program that is almost assuredly going to be popular among Americans who receive it?
Benjamin Franklin reportedly said, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Could a UBI in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic inadvertently lead to this nightmare scenario?
Look, bro, let me help you out with something: there is no path forward that doesn’t lead to a nightmare scenario.
We basically are faced with a binary choice here:
- Let tens of millions of people starve as a result of the actions of this government, or
- Start giving people free money until hyper inflation starts, at which point we’ll start putting larger numbers on our notes until the whole thing just collapses in on itself
You can try to figure out something in between those two options. But you’re going to have a hard time. The only thing is really to give people less money so that inflation happens slower.
Crazy third options potentially exist. Technically.
For instance, you could take everyone whose life was destroyed by this planned economic collapse and move them into gigantic government housing complexes, where they are provided directly with food by the government. This is a “Mega-City One” type option.
These complexes would be an absolute hell, riddled with drugs and crime, and there would be no real way to police them. It would be a kind of prison situation, where you just put people in and told them to fend for themselves.
In the longer term, you could try to reestablish a manufacturing base in the country, and rebuild the economy that way. But you would need actual, serious leadership that simply does not exist in our government, which is literally the single most corrupt government in all of human history.
There is going to be a lot of bullshit partisan back and forth on this issue, with Republicans saying that it was wrong for the government to do this but also that the government can’t be held responsible for its actions and people are just going to have to starve. On the other side, Democrats will say that the government was right to do this, but that they must provide the people with money to buy food.
Everyone will have a comment on this, and all of them will be benign.
Ultimately, this is the intelligent take, which anyone who is honest and has an IQ over 90 is going to come to eventually:
The government did this on purpose. That means that they have some kind of plan to follow up this first act. They are going to do whatever they were planning to do, and we are going to see the purpose of this hoax unfold.
Of course, most people are too scared to admit that this was all done on purpose, given all that this implies. So most who recognize the insanity will claim that it was the result of incompetence.
Obviously, the incompetence theory can be easily dismissed by pointing out that this system is run by money, and no businesses other than Walmart and the vaccine industry would support this total collapse. So, the entire elite had to have been on board with this.
A record number of 219 CEOs stepped down in January. CEOs of Mastercard, Linkedin, T-Mobile, IBM, Harley-Davidson, Credit Suisse, Salesforce, UPS, Match Group (owns okcupid, Tinder etc), Disney all left shortly before this crisis started exploding. They all fucking knew.
— Learned Dr. Kantbot, PhD (@KANTBOT20K) March 21, 2020
I don’t have any reason to believe the plan will work, but there is definitely a plan. All you have to do is look at statements from top technocrats to figure out what comes next. The plan involves remaining in a permanent state of fear of viruses, with various degrees of lockdown going on forever, while also implementing some form of digital currency with UBI. All independent businesses are going to be gone, so you will be able to use your UBI card – which will eventually be replaced with a computer chip in your right hand – at Walmart and other big-box stores.
There might also be a war with China, and definitely some major war in the Middle East.
None of us have any control over what happens next. The best thing we can do is try to organize the people, to use these protests to build a new political bloc in opposition to this brutal government.