I am starting a new “Unfit To Govern“ post. The original post was getting long.
HuffPost 3/20/2020: Trump Responds To Question About Coronavirus Fears By Bashing ‘Terrible Reporter’
Washington Post Opinion, Stuart Stevens 3/18/2020: Republicans like me built this moment. Then we looked the other way
Stuart Stevens is a writer and Republican political consultant who has advised a pro-Bill Weld super PAC in the 2020 election. His book about the Republican Party, “It Was All A Lie,” will be published next month.
What is happening now is the inevitable result of a party that embraced fear, weaponized xenophobia and regarded facts as dangerous, left-wing landmines that must be avoided.
Yes, elections have consequences. Those of us in the Republican Party built this moment. Now the nation must live with those consequences
Posts & Articles that speak to the Trump / Republican handling of the current medical / financial crisis:
Paul Krugman 3/9/2020: Trump Can’t Handle the Truth And neither can the rest of America’s right.
Robert Reich 3/9/2020: How to Respond to the National Emergency
In short, our imminent coronavirus and economic crises won’t respond to trickle-down economics.
Instead, Congress must immediately enact an emergency $400 billion.
The money should be used for
1. Coronavirus testing and treatment.
2. Paid sick leave and family leave this year, renewable for next year if necessary.
3. Extended Medicaid and unemployment insurance.
4. Immediate one-time payments of $1000 to every adult and $500 per child, renewable for next year if necessary.
Nicholas Kristof 3/11/2020: 12 steps to Tackle the Coronavirus. President Trump and other health officials need to act immediately, while there is time.
David Leonhardt 3/12/2020: Europe’s Not The Problem.The lack of American tests is.
Vanity Fair 3/12/2020: How Trump Made America Far Less Prepared For Coronavirus.
Paul Krugman 3/19/2020: 3 Rules for Covid-19,The Trump Pandemic.
I’ll leave health policy to the experts. On economic policy, I’d suggest three principles.
First, focus on hardship, not G.D.P.
Second, stop worrying about incentives to work.
Third, don’t trust Trump.