COVID-19 comments

Previous posts:

(3/26/20, 2:45pm ET)

Question: Now that the federal government has badly let down states and localities by, among other things, failing to provide assistance that accounts for lost revenue, what should states and localities do? Answer: Well, the very worst thing possible would be to adopt austerity economics. Instead, increase the tax burden on those who can pay and borrow where you can. This is a very rainy day, and no state or locality could have had reserves sufficient to deal with this moment.

(3/25/20, 1:00pm ET)

Still not enough attention being paid to what needs to be done to prepare for the next waves. That means not only maximizing production capacity for things like PPE and ventilators now, but also keeping production at high levels indefinitely so that we’re not caught short again. It also means fundamentally rethinking the absolutely intentional reduction in hospital-bed capacity that has been executed over the last 20 years. 

(3/24/20, 12:30pm ET)

(1) If anyone is actually serious about “getting back to work,” a far greater push will need to be made now to get to a point where UNIVERSAL testing can be done.

(2) Availability of vote-by-mail and 15-day, in-person voting period in all states is not something that can wait — except for those not interested in protecting our democracy in the era of pandemic.

(3) Much more attention must be paid by the media to the needed planning for the next (2020-21) wave of COVID-19.

(3/23/20, 12:30pm ET)

(1) Mainstream media return to “it’s partisan bickering” missing the fact that Dems and GOP are laying out very different substantive visions. Of course it is political — it’s a legislative process.

(2) Must read: “The Virus Can Be Stopped, but Only With Harsh Measures, Experts Say,” by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. in The New York Times. 

(3) At least in an emergency, let’s give up on using our general view of a politician (federal, state, or local) as a proxy for whether what he or she is saying has merit.