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Pandemic Panic: Can Governments Protect Jobs and Markets?

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The COVID-19 virus has infected populations around the world and slammed the global economy. While it is unclear where the coronavirus pandemic is headed, experts believe that it will lead to a worldwide recession.

Mauro Guillen, professor of international management at Wharton and the creator of an online course on the coronavirus crisis that the school plans to launch on March 25, believes that the challenge on the economic front is whether policy makers can find a way to prevent firms from laying off workers and if they can help calm panicky markets.

 As more state governments in the U.S. have adopted a shelter-in-place strategy in recent weeks to contain the pandemic’s spread, media reports suggest that the Trump administration might be cooling off on the idea. Predictions that unemployment in the U.S. could jump to more than 20% and a Goldman Sachs forecast that GDP could shrink by 24% in the second quarter is believed to have prompted rethinking about social distancing. Guillen, however, believes that the U.S. could learn from China’s experience in this regard. “The Chinese experience indicates that social distancing and shelter in place work,” he says.    

 In a conversation with Knowledge@Wharton, Guillen discusses the state of the pandemic, the response of governments around the world, and some lessons learned so far. “We need to rethink the implications of this interconnectivity that we have in the world and see whether we have made our economy prone to disaster just because we have been emphasizing efficiency too much,” he says.

 An edited transcript of the interview appears below:

Knowledge@Wharton: The coronavirus pandemic has swept around the world with astonishing speed. Things seem to be changing every day, if not every hour. What is your assessment of the crisis as it stands today, and where is it headed?

Mauro Guillen: From a public health perspective, this is a global crisis. It is a pandemic with many different instances of local transmission of the virus. From an economic and a financial point of view, it’s a crisis that has infected financial markets, particularly the equity markets, and it threatens global supply chains. I think it would produce a recession — a worldwide recession — especially in the countries that are the most affected by the virus. The impact has been sudden. I think it will persist for a few weeks, if not months.

Knowledge@Wharton: Some people say that the markets are overreacting, and this is going to be a sharp but short recession. Another point of view is that we have not yet seen most of the impact and this is likely to last much longer. What is your view?

On the economic front, the challenge is whether policy makers will find a way of preventing small or medium-sized firms from laying off workers.

Guillen: I think we must consider different scenarios. In terms of the public health or epidemiological aspects, we still don’t know how the virus is going to behave once we put in place social isolation or social distancing methods that many governments around the world are implementing. We also don’t know how the virus will respond to higher temperatures in the northern hemisphere once we move to spring and summer. How good or how bad this will be depends partly on that.

On the economic front, the challenge is whether policy makers will find a way of preventing small or medium-sized firms from laying off workers. Depending on the country, between 40% and 60% of employment is in smaller firms. If those firms go bust, or they have to lay off workers, then that’s going to have a negative multiplier effect across the economy. When people lose their jobs, they spend less. In some cases, they get no income or they get unemployment subsidies but they spend less. We are in a consumer-oriented economy. Around 65% of GDP is consumption. If large numbers of people get unemployed, then that’s going to have a ripple effect throughout the economy. That, in turn, will also make investors much more pessimistic about the future.

Knowledge@Wharton: In the U.S., the Federal Reserve recently cut interest rates almost to zero. It also announced a series of other steps to ease the crisis and bolster the economy. But the markets in Europe and the U.S. have not been reassured. Do you think these steps are enough? What else should the government be doing?

Guillen: We need to understand the psychology of the markets. When the markets see that the Federal Reserve has taken such extreme measures as cutting rates to nearly zero, [they think] that this will help the market. But at the same time, they realize that if the Federal Reserve is willing to go so far as to cut interest rates to near zero, the problem is more serious than they thought.

The other factor is that it’s not yet clear how investors should price the risk. Right now, what we have is a lot of uncertainty. And remember, uncertainty is the situation in which we don’t know how to calculate the probability of different scenarios in the future. What we need is for investors to find a way to price the risk of assessing in a quantitative way what the exposure is going to be, and how long it might take for the economy to come back. But right now, those conditions are not there. That’s why I think we see the markets going down 10% one day and then the following day coming up 5%. Investors are looking for clues or information as to how to price the problem.

Knowledge@Wharton: In your view, how should the risk be priced?

Guillen: The single most important thing to do is for investors first to calm down. For instance, most of us have investments in the stock market in the form of pension funds. Unless we are retiring in the next five years, I don’t think we should be concerned about this downturn. Secondly, much of what’s going on right now may be driven by speculators or investors who could easily put their money into other asset classes such as bonds or gold or perhaps private equity. We need to distinguish between those who have long-term interests in the stock market and other investors who are looking for a short-term gain. Those who are thinking about alternative investments right now need to reassess their positions. You can lose money in the stock market but you need to have more of a longer-term perspective.

 Knowledge@Wharton: Do you think that algorithmic trading platforms are also playing a role in contributing to the volatility that we see in the markets?

Guillen: I hear from experts that there’s a lot of computer-based automatic algorithmic trading going on. That’s why a number of years ago we introduced the emergency fuse switch whereby if the Dow or the S&P 500 dropped by a certain percentage point of the markets opening, or during the trading day, then trading would be suspended for a few minutes. The trouble is that since this crisis started, the switch has been activated [multiple] times.

Knowledge@Wharton: The circuit breaker, as they call it….

Guillen: Yes, the circuit breaker. It’s important to again put things in perspective. For most of us what really matters is the long-term performance of the stock market. It’s not these short-term gyrations. Having said that, a lot of wealth has been destroyed already and there’s more to come. But let’s also puts things in perspective. The stock market is today where it was a year and a half ago, or two years ago. So, in most cases, what we’re seeing is paper gains essentially dissipate, right? Those gains never materialized because there are a lot of long-term investors in the market.

Knowledge@Wharton: Since the crisis began in China, what is your assessment of the way in which the Chinese government responded both to the health issues, as well as to the economic issues sparked by the pandemic?

The single most important thing to do is for investors to calm down.

Guillen: The Chinese government at all levels has been improving its response. During the first six weeks or so, the response was awful, in the sense that they kept it quiet. They didn’t inform people in China or outside of China. I’m talking about November, December, early January. Then they started to think more carefully about the threats implicit in this virus. They put in place draconian measures that I’m hoping we will be able to avoid here in the United States.

But it was already too late for some other countries, like Italy or Iran. Or now Spain, and possibly France, where the number of cases has been growing exponentially. So, I would praise the Chinese for realizing at some point that they needed to inform the world, and they needed to be transparent about this. But I would hope that next time they do become transparent from day one, as opposed to a few weeks into the epidemic.

 Knowledge@Wharton: Has China done enough? What could the country have done differently?

Guillen: It seems that so far there are two countries that have been able to bring the virus under control without implementing harsh measures: Singapore and South Korea. Hong Kong has also done a reasonably good job. China apparently has already been able to reduce the rate of growth of the epidemic. While new cases are being reported, each day the number of new cases is smaller than the day before. That means the methods are working out.

These three governments — Singapore, South Korea and China — have different kinds of policies. All of them seem to have worked so far. There are some differences in terms of how harsh the measures have been, in terms of how it will change the lives of people. What we don’t know yet is the full impact of the virus in China in terms of the economic implications. We still don’t know by how much GDP growth will be reduced, or even if the Chinese economy could enter a recession, which would be unprecedented.

Knowledge@Wharton: Many commentators have praised the way that Singapore and South Korea have dealt with the crisis. What are some of the steps that they took? What could other countries learn from their experience?

Guillen: It was essentially three things. The first one is test, test, test and test. You need to know where the contagion is taking place. You need to contain the virus at that point. Number two is, make sure that your health care system is ready for the cases. That means hospital beds. That means personnel. That also means certain kinds of equipment like respirators. The third is to convey, communicate very clearly to the population, “This is what you need to do if you want to avoid being affected by the virus.”

In many countries there is a lot of confusion about what every person should do. Should they wear masks? Should they wash their hands more frequently? Should they avoid large gatherings? Some of those things are more important than others. We know now that it is far more important to wash your hands than to wear a mask. So, I think those are the three things. Test, prepare the health care sector, and then lastly communicate clearly to the population what it is that they need to do.

Knowledge@Wharton: How do you view the response of governments in Europe? You mentioned Italy, Spain and France. Have they been taking the right steps?

Guillen: They have now, up to a point. But it’s too late. Once Italy got into a lot of trouble, the writing was on the wall for the rest of Europe. Europe is a borderless area, at least until now, with a lot of flights, a lot of people moving around. Once they saw the problem in Italy, they should have acted faster in terms of taking or adopting measures. What they haven’t done either, so far, is come up with a fiscal response to the crisis. Especially also helping the small and medium-sized enterprises.

Imagine that in the United States, we have Ohio being like Italy, with mounting cases and all of that. But then the other 49 states essentially waiting to see what happens, as opposed to taking measures. That would have been a big disaster, right? So far, we have avoided that in the United States. But in Europe, with such an integrated economy, about three weeks ago or four weeks ago when it became readily apparent that Italy was in big trouble all of the other countries — not just the neighboring ones, all of the other countries in Western Europe — should have taken more decisive action.

The U.S. has suffered in a way from the same problems as in Europe [with] containing the virus itself. We have done a much better job from the point of view of containing the economic and business impact.

Knowledge@Wharton: Is there anything else that the European governments should be doing that they have not yet done, in your view?

Guillen: The single most important thing right now, as I said, was to test, test, and test. They’re doing a far better job in Europe than we are here in the United States. The second one is the health care system. It seems as if they are a little bit lagging behind in terms of making sure that the health care system is ready and creating more capacity. In some countries, they’re using hotels. They’re trying to equip hotels with the necessary devices for the milder cases of the disease, reserving the hospital beds for the more serious cases. Lastly, as I was mentioning earlier, it’s only been recently that people in France or in Spain, for instance, have been told clearly, “This is what you’re supposed to do.”

Knowledge@Wharton: What is your view of the way in which the U.S. government has responded to the crisis?

Guillen: The U.S. has suffered in a way from the same problems as in Europe. There is lack of coordination when it comes to the epidemiological aspects — containing the virus itself. We have done a much better job from the point of view of containing the economic and business impact. The Fed has acted very swiftly and quite drastically by reducing interest rates down to nearly zero. I take it that the Treasury Department and the Congress will agree on some kind of a fiscal plan for small and medium-sized companies. And also perhaps some bailouts for industries that are going to be directly affected, such as tourism, airlines, cruise lines, and so on.

These are industries that employ a lot of people and you want to avoid job losses. I was expecting this. I was expecting that on the economic front we will do a much better job because back in 2008 with the financial crisis, we were so much more effective than Europe. But now we have another ingredient here, another side to this, which is the epidemiological issue. This was completely absent in 2008. I believe that in countries like Singapore or South Korea, perhaps also in China, they have done a much better job than we have so far in this aspect.

Knowledge@Wharton: What are the main lessons learned so far from the way in which governments have responded to the crisis, that can play a role in helping us deal with crises in the future?

Guillen: Unfortunately, we have learned very little. We live in an interconnected world. Even within a country such as the United States, everything is interconnected. Over the last 20 years or so, there has been too much of an emphasis on being very efficient. We have reduced all the buffers in the system, all the duplications, because they’re costly. Companies are operating with zero inventories, supply chains are run on a just-in-time basis, and so on.

Such a fine-tuned system, that is very efficient, works very well when conditions are stable. But if you get a major shock or a disruption, such as a public health crisis or let’s say the earthquake and tsunami in Japan a few years ago which disrupted global supply chains and the global economy, then it’s like an accident waiting to happen. During normal times, everything works really well. But if there’s some kind of disturbance — it could be an earthquake, it could be a hurricane, it could be an epidemic or it could be a terrorist attack, for example — then, you get into a lot of trouble. We need to rethink the implications of this interconnectivity that we have in the world and see whether we have made our economy prone to disaster just because we have been emphasizing efficiency too much.

What’s important is that from now on, all of us as individuals, companies, organizations, the government — we all do the right thing. Sometimes there’s debate as to what the right thing is, but now we certainly have awareness. People are keenly aware of the fact that this is a serious issu

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But that aside, the president is acknowledging a genuine and intensifying debate over whether social distancing, if enforced too rigidly and for too long, could leave so many people destitute, isolated and despairing that what America sacrifices rivals what it gains. Editors’ Picks You Can Take Care of Yourself in Coronavirus Quarantine or Isolation, Starting Right Now The Accusations Were Lies. But Could We Prove It? Everyone’s Talking About Canned Tuna. Here’s How to Make It Delicious. Continue reading the main story ADVERTISEMENT Continue reading the main story “Look, you’re going to lose a number of people to the flu,” he said during the town hall. “But you’re going to lose more people by putting a country into a massive recession or depression.” That unease is hardly confined to the president and to glib conservative supporters of his like Dan Patrick, the 69-year-old lieutenant governor of Texas, who said in an interview on Fox News on Monday night: “I’m not living in fear of Covid-19. What I’m living in fear of is what’s happening to this country. And you know, Tucker, no one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival, in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.” The issue of trade-offs and of how best to balance epidemiological and economic concerns has informed many articles in the Opinion pages of The Times, receiving more measured consideration from my colleague Tom Friedman, from two academic titans and from a public-health expert, David Katz, who recently wrote, “I am deeply concerned that the social, economic and public health consequences of this near total meltdown of normal life — schools and businesses closed, gatherings banned — will be long lasting and calamitous, possibly graver than the direct toll of the virus itself.” That perspective transcends political party. A prominent Democrat, for instance, said to me, “Will we lose more Americans to suicide than to the coronavirus?” That was days before Trump, during the town hall, said that if the country is locked down for long, “you’re going to have suicides by the thousands.” This is excruciatingly tough stuff, and yet Trump is pre-empting the thorough and thoughtful deliberation that it demands — and painting himself into a corner — with pledges that the economy will roar back and that America will “be open for business very soon, a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting — a lot sooner,” as he said on Monday. If you’re an enemy of “soon,” you’re on thin ice with him. I can hear it cracking under Anthony Fauci even as I type. The president’s obsession with the economy is an extension of his obsession with wealth. He has only two lenses through which he sees the world, two yardsticks by which he measures everyone and everything: money and celebrity. He can’t pretend otherwise because he doesn’t bother to try. FRANK BRUNI’S NEWSLETTERGet a more personal take on politics, newsmakers and more with Frank’s exclusive commentary every week. Sign up here. ADVERTISEMENT Continue reading the main story During Sunday evening’s briefing, when he was supposed to be comforting Americans on the precipice of financial ruin, he instead lamented the billions of dollars he had supposedly forgone to be president. Our self-glorifying “wartime president” morphed into a self-pitying Daddy Warbucks. “I think it’s very hard for rich people to run for office,” he said. “It’s far more costly. It’s a very tough thing. Now, with all of that being said, I’m so glad I’ve done it. Because, you know, there are a lot rich people around. I’ve got a lot of rich friends, but they can’t help and they can’t do what I’ve done, in terms of helping this country.” I’m glad he’s glad. Scratch that. I’m dumbfounded. It has been observed, accurately, that he’s exactly the wrong leader for this crisis because he has thinned the ranks of responsible professionals in government, because he has hollowed out relevant departments and agencies, because he devalues science, because he degrades information and because he parted ways with credibility years ago. But it’s worse than that. He’s facing judgment calls that require an emotional depth and a moral finesse that simply don’t exist in him. America is relying on him, of all presidents, to care as much about vital signs as about dollar signs. He did that when he asked the nation to stand still for 15 days, but can he continue to do it? I’d have doubts if the economy were merely the biggest of many bragging points for him, if it were just a major part of his political profile. But it’s all-defining and all-consuming, the repository of his vanity and an expression of his virility. 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I know, most of the responsible news networks still treat Trump with respect, despite his never having done anything (that I can think of) that warrants it. I guess it is just too ingrained in our psyches to realize that even the president of the US can be a complete failure at leadership. In this crisis the only thing he cares about is how to bring the stock market back so he wont lose as many voters. Whether I get the virus and die, or you do, matters not one iota to him. With the number of cases still expanding almost exponentially, he is perfectly willing to reduce travel restrictions despite the consensus of all medical staff trained in handling viral epidemics in hopes that the stock market will rebound. ReplyRecommendShareFlag david s commented 7 minutes ago D david s dc2m ago I have heard people say that this is a black swan event- to use a Wall Street financial term. The combination of a worldwide pandemic and depressed economy. I would add that it is really a “triple” black swan event. The depressed economy, the pandemic and a President that does not care about our country– only himself. We are in serious trouble folks. ReplyRecommendShareFlag Reader In Wash, DC commented 9 minutes ago R Reader In Wash, DC Washington, DC4m ago Tens of 1000s of people die in the US every year from the flu. This flu is much weaker. Only 20K have died globally AND there is no vaccine. Easy solution. Isolate the old and vunerable and everyone else go back to regular life. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag Steve Ell commented 9 minutes ago S Steve Ell Burlington, VT4m ago Do you really have to ask that question? In the late afternoon’s press briefing/campaign rally, trump took credit for the rise in the stock market today. Of course, he accepts no responsibility for the greatest and most rapid decline in history over the last several weeks. And after trump suggested that chloroquine is a valuable treatment for coronavirus, a couple in Arizona ingested a form of the chemical used to kill parasites in aquariums. The husband died. The wife was hospitalized. Does trump bear any responsibility for that? His statement was, at best, dangerously uninformed. At worst, he could be the next Jim Jones. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag Larry Finkelstein commented 19 minutes ago L Larry Finkelstein Amherst, Ny15m ago The answer to the headline is YES. Reply2 RecommendShareFlag Lillies commented 19 minutes ago Lillies Lillies WA15m ago Perhaps no one has told Mr. T: Dead people can’t vote. But then, given the depravity of the republican party at this point, if they could find a way for a corpse to vote, they would. Reply4 RecommendShareFlag Octavia commented 19 minutes ago O Octavia New York15m ago RE: your headline. Why ask questions we all know the answer to? Reply1 RecommendShareFlag Jonathan commented 19 minutes ago J Jonathan Rodgers15m ago Answer: Trump would personally shoot half of us on Fifth Avenue to get re-elected. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag Truth at Last commented 19 minutes ago T Truth at Last NJ15m ago His selfishness and low-intelligence level defies explanation. Reply5 RecommendShareFlag Flavius commented 19 minutes ago Flavius Flavius Padua (EU)15m ago I’ writing from Italy. A lot of people here are dying and dying from the coronavirus. Most of them are old people, retired for a long time, already undermined in the body by major diseases. Even before it cost us a lot of money to care for them; now even more so. We’re getting into debt to do this. We know very well that the economic and social costs that we will face in the years to come will be enormous. And yet we are doing it. Are we unconscious? Are we unresponsive? No, we are doing what we are doing for our old people and for all the other sick people, because it defines us as civilisation. I remind you that the Nazis did what they did because they had made the principle of “survival of the fittest” their own, both on an individual level and on that of entire peoples and states. So ask yourselves: what kind of civilization do you want to be? Kind regards from Padua (EU) Reply4 RecommendShareFlag L commented 19 minutes ago L L midwest15m ago Yep, pull the plug on Granny. Death Panels to be guided by the stock market. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag Beth & Charlie commented 19 minutes ago B Beth & Charlie Penna.15m ago Just like President Clinton paid insufficient attention to Al Queda’s preparing for an attack on the United States (1998-2000), so too the Democrats, in their obsession with impeachment, likewise too their eyes off the ball. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag Tim Lynch commented 19 minutes ago T Tim Lynch Philadelphia, PA15m ago Can dead people spend money? Reply2 RecommendShareFlag ernie commented 19 minutes ago E ernie far southeast pa15m ago “And clear thinking is sometimes impossible — and conscience inaccessible — when you’re this crazy in love.” … with yourself. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag mltrueblood commented 19 minutes ago M mltrueblood Oakland CA15m ago Is this man insane? Time for blue states to close their borders and follow the science, let red states follow their money-worshipping leader into Coronavirus oblivion. But, we’ll be happy to take your old folks into our protective hands since you value your dollars a tad more than you value them. Sounds harsh? Well… yeah. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag gern blansten commented 19 minutes ago G gern blansten Back woods15m ago Of course he will. It’s what his corporate overlords, and his rabid constituents, want. Profit uber alles! Reply2 RecommendShareFlag Winthrop commented 19 minutes ago W Winthrop New Hampshire15m ago Hasn’t the malignant narcissist activated a legal tripwire yet?! Reply2 RecommendShareFlag levinth commented 19 minutes ago L levinth MTV15m ago his dollar signs…your vital signs…you actually think there is any competition in the trumpkins’ mind? Reply1 RecommendShareFlag Alexander Harrison commented 19 minutes ago Alexander Harrison Alexander Harrison Wilton Manors, Fla.15m ago Mr. Bruni’s MALEVOLENCE does not help the situation ONE BIT.Now is not the time to attack the president’s character or motivations which you and your colleagues have been doing for the past 3 years.Present crisis should bring us together as a people, as citizens, help to close us up, but you seek to separate and divide the American people further. But I overlook your cattiness, “mechancete” and tell myself at least he, meaning you, gave a homeless 4 legged pet a home. Apart from that,I see nothing redeemable!You and your colleagues have wished Trump to fail from the outset.Whether 1 is for or against his policies, a sense of fair play is necessary, and you have not shown any.”Il faut ce qu’il faut!” ReplyRecommendShareFlag Jasmine Armstrong commented 19 minutes ago J Jasmine Armstrong Merced, CA15m ago Trump is a morally bankrupt narcissist. He cares for no one beyond himself. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag Fintan commented 19 minutes ago F Fintan CA15m ago Yes, Frank, he will. I’ve always thought that President Trump was incompetent and incapable of empathy, but his statements and actions relating to COVID have convinced me that he truly has a mental disorder. This is a man who is both out of his depth, and out of his mind. Reply2 RecommendShareFlag Art Sills commented 19 minutes ago A Art Sills Florida15m ago Fight or flight. This pretend president has always fled to his golf courses… Fled to his rallies … Those self-pleasuring orgies … Childish bragging, bullying …Tender tantrums. This nation is going through its crucible. He wants to flee back to the cradle. Reply2 RecommendShareFlag Nick Swift commented 19 minutes ago N Nick Swift UK15m ago You voted this obscene child into office. Congress has the power to throw him out. Precisely now is the time, because this is treason. ReplyRecommendShareFlag WTig3ner commented 19 minutes ago W WTig3ner CA15m ago Silly question. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag JePense commented 19 minutes ago JePense JePense Atlanta19m ago Bruni – one has to be a MORON not to deal with trade-offs! All very easy for you Frank as you sit isolated from those who suffer and will suffer! ReplyRecommendShareFlag charles r commented 19 minutes ago C charles r bridgewater nj19m ago In response to your headline:what kind of stupid question is that? We all know what this dotard is going to decide.There is no suspense here. Remember this is the moron who stared into the sun during a solar ecllipse Reply2 RecommendShareFlag Bey Melamed commented 19 minutes ago Bey Melamed Bey Melamed new york19m ago Thanks, Frank, for a(nother) brilliant view of our reality. If the idiot in charge could fathom your wisdom, we would all be much better off… Reply1 RecommendShareFlag T R E Mendous commented 19 minutes ago T T R E Mendous Holland19m ago There is one way to get rid of him vote!, with your heart & your brain. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag terryg commented 19 minutes ago T terryg Ithaca, NY19m ago Donald Trump is a sociopath who lives by his own set of rules. He has no regard for others. Fools like Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx should realize they are only props in a Trump show and are easily discarded. No matter how many die, Trump will declare victory. In the Bible, the devil is described as the “King of liars” I believe he has met his match. Reply2 RecommendShareFlag asian observer commented 19 minutes ago A asian observer Narberth, PA19m ago Trump puts his narcissistic self above all else and he spits in the eye of decency. ReplyRecommendShareFlag Johan D commented 19 minutes ago J Johan D Los Angeles19m ago How can this even be a question? Where have you been the last three years? Lazy reporting. ReplyRecommendShareFlag James commented 20 minutes ago J James Toronto20m ago It’s quite simple really. Trump’s only hope of re-election is/was a strong economy, certainly not his honesty, decency and empathy. Without a national health care system, why would the current administration care how many people get sick? If they do, that’s their problem. If they don’t, everybody wins. So long as they are not a tremendous strain on his bottom line, Trump will keep sending ‘em down into the mines — with plenty of others ready to replace the ones that don’t make it back up. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag David Albrecht commented 21 minutes ago D David Albrecht Kansas City21m ago Quick ordering of priorities: 1. His dollar signs 2. Dollar signs he hopes to somehow acquire. 3. Everything else (this should actually be stated as “nothing else”, because if something is out there that isn’t him, his ego, or his money, it doesn’t actually exist). ReplyRecommendShareFlag Markymark commented 23 minutes ago Markymark Markymark San Francisco23m ago Our incurious president will do whatever he can get away with to preserve his shot at reelection. 100 lost lives? 1,000 lost lives? Millions of lost lives? Nothing more than the cost of doing business. The republican donor class has taken a big hit and is putting enormous pressure on their elected minions to restore ‘life as they know it’. The next two weeks will reveal much about the character of our leaders. Reply5 RecommendShareFlag Steve commented 23 minutes ago S Steve Portland, Maine23m ago Governor Cuomo answered this best today: it’s not a choice of public health or the economy; both can be done. Trump just needs to listen to the governor of his native state. But no one should hold their breath for that one. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag Paul Wortman commented 24 minutes ago P Paul Wortman Providence24m ago Quick as a bunny, Donald Trump believes he can summarily resurrect the economy and his fading hopes for re-election this Easter in his own version of playing God. While he may void the CDC guidelines and sound the all clear to businesses and tell their employees to “hop to it,” his failure to confront the Covid-19 virus all but guarantees that like Pharaoh on this Passover he will end up with rotten egg on his face as workers fall ill and die and hospitals are unable to deal with the crush of new cases from the ultimate plague he couldn’t deal with. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag Michael Talbert commented 24 minutes ago Michael Talbert Michael Talbert Fort Myers, Florida24m ago Does Trump think it’s okay for millions to get sick and die if it will enhance the stock market? Trump has no empathy for anyone. The dead are mere obscure numbers. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag Dadof2 commented 24 minutes ago D Dadof2 NJ24m ago I’m going to suggest a far more sinister motive. All the worst-hit states are Democratic and almost certainly won’t vote for Trump in November. For example, New York’s main Dem voting bloc is the City…It’s like he really, really wants people in Blue states to die. There. I’ve said it. Trump has put the economic consequences as “worse” than the virus. What’s worse than death? The market crashing as long as those dying are “other” people, especially people who didn’t vote for him. How can I see such a dark sentiment? LOOK at what he’s saying, who he’s encouraging, not condemning the eugenics of Tex Lt.Gov Patrick! These are terrifying times and NOTHING will get Trump’s attention focused on doing the right thing unless he or his family gets sick with this virus. Reply2 RecommendShareFlag Diane Baker commented 24 minutes ago D Diane Baker Oakland, California24m ago Any conversation about re-opening the workplace must wait until after we have tests. Duh. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag KenC commented 24 minutes ago K KenC NJ24m ago You do understand that even Trump is just a pawn in the billionaire’s game, right? Reply2 RecommendShareFlag Stella commented 24 minutes ago S Stella Toronto24m ago We have to build a wall. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag Mark McIntyre commented 24 minutes ago Mark McIntyre Mark McIntyre Los Angeles24m ago “Money & Celebrity” Yep, you nailed it, Frank. Those are Trump’s elixirs of choice, and going cold turkey is killing him. He doesn’t even drink. Perhaps he should, as I could use a stiff one every time he opens his mouth. We’d all like to see the country re-open for business, but doing that prematurely will cause the number of cases and deaths to skyrocket, overwhelming under-staffed and under-supplied U.S. hospitals. In case Trump forgot, that’s why we’re sheltering in place! Reply2 RecommendShareFlag Barbara commented 24 minutes ago B Barbara Los Angeles24m ago Republicans and a Trump trotted death panels to try to derail the ACA. Now they are the party of death. His Texas campaign manager is happy to die for Trump’s economy and says the rest of the country’s seniors are happy to follow vin the Pied Piper. Sorry I’m not going to put my life on the line for the most incompetent White House in my memory. The most hard hit states are Democratic so it sounds like withholding vital supplies is revenge – too harsh – no not for Trump and his base. McConnell is playing the spoiler with the relief package. President and Senator Death. You own it. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag Detachment Is Possible commented 24 minutes ago D Detachment Is Possible NYC – SF24m ago The proposition that a de facto destruction of our economy based on models that change daily and deal with the hypothetically possible, may, could and so on scenarios simulated by playing what if games based on daily changing info is utterly preposterous. Public will not allow it. Those trying to impose it would get punished politically. Media is now past the Trump derangement syndrome, they plainly lost it. Country will move towards finding a balance between hysteria and wishing the problem away. Prudent and balanced risk management specific to epicenters and populations involved will prevail. ReplyRecommendShareFlag SR commented 24 minutes ago S SR Colorado24m ago If Trump opens the economy knowing it will cause fatalities, as clearly appears to be the case, who will call this what it truly is? Involuntary mass manslaughter. Passive genocide. Reply2 RecommendShareFlag ChristineMcM commented 24 minutes ago ChristineMcM ChristineMcM Massachusetts24m ago “He has only two lenses through which he sees the world, two yardsticks by which he measures everyone and everything: money and celebrity.” Which is an extremely sad way to live. Take away one or the other–of in the case of death, both–and you’re cooked. So much for legacy: “He died thinking he was the richest, most famous man in the world.” But what I don’t get about his insistence he’s going to “reopen the country” by Easter is this: how can you force people back to work if they’re sick? He may want everyone to help ignite American consumerism, but what if people just don’t feel like celebrating because their best friend just died of coronavirus, or feel like flying because, gee, there are so many great places to visit right now, right? It’s easier to ask for sacrifice to save lives than it is to demand people now sacrifice theirs. With all due respect to the Lieut.Governor of Texas. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag SU commented 24 minutes ago SU SU NY24m ago I believe and I know , Discussion in Europe or just north of our Country is not like this. Again American political club of right wing find new demon. “If Corona virus is a pandemic in a century so what , it is worst socialist thing send to us from Communist China.” Right there we already wedge the public deeply in two piece. Trying to avert disastrous death and sickness group Trying avoid loosing any money group. That is my friend Right wing lunatic is going play from now on. Are you against America, so you are with Coronavirus. In rest of the world entire ide a, how we can optimize the damage, it is serious and very challenging but they are trying to unify the public. That is not the case in US, Trump is already put split in our national psyche. Do you want economic death or real death? Choose one. That is our president and that is republican party. What we are expecting? These very people ridiculed Sandy hook Massacre and sided with NRA. Reply1 RecommendShareFlag RMF commented 24 minutes ago R RMF Bloomington, Indiana24m ago A man without a heart or a brain in charge of healing the sick, and caring for the disadvantaged. The closest political analogy we can find in History is when Caligula was Emperor of the Roman Empire, and he had his horse named a Senator. The Fates can be so cruel, can’t they? Reply1 RecommendShareFlag KenF commented 24 minutes ago K KenF Staten Island24m ago I have zero respect for this “man.” He is devoid of empathy, and cares about nothing but himself. He may be the least intelligent person to ever hold the presidency. He considers himself smarter than anyone, about everything, which is a sure sign of ignorance. He has zero self-awareness. And yet, almost half of America still supports him. That is the real tragedy. Reply3 RecommendShareFlag READ MORE Readers in India subscribe for ₹25 a week. 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OPINION|Will Trump Put Dollar Signs Above Vital Signs?

Will Trump Put Dollar Signs Above Vital Signs?

I worry, given his obsession with the economy.

Frank Bruni

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President Trump on his way to the White House briefing room on Monday.
President Trump on his way to the White House briefing room on Monday.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

Listening to our marginally articulate president the other night, I suddenly understood: The economy wasn’t merely his pride. It was more like his lover. He can’t get enough of it. He won’t be kept from it.

Ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no pandemic grim enough.

Briefing after briefing, I see it, sense it: how he itches to feel that rush again. He digresses from the terrifying present and uncertain future to revisit the heady past, when he lavished trinkets on the Dow and it purred on cue, telling him how potent he was.

Having it turn on him is more than he can bear. It has addled him — I mean even further. “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down,” he said during the White House briefing on Monday evening, as if other countries planned their own obsolescence. He repeated those words — “this is not a country that was built for this; it was not built to be shut down” — and then trotted them out yet again at a town hall on Fox News on Tuesday, apparently convinced that their profundity demanded it.

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He also boasted — for the zillionth time — about how the economy just before the pandemic was the best economy ever. Those lips! Those eyes! They’d be reunited, he and his amour. They’d be together again when the credits rolled.

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My metaphor may be lighthearted but my concern sure as hell isn’t. There are difficult choices ahead, because what’s necessary to save lives and what’s necessary to salvage livelihoods are in tension. Our leaders have to figure out how much disruption is too much disruption.

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That’s the calculus that Trump is signaling with his and his allies’ new favorite refrain: “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem.”

That’s what was on his mind when, during the Monday briefing, he insisted that the health and economic threats of the coronavirus were separable. “We are not going to let it turn into a long-lasting financial problem,” he said. “It started out as a purely medical problem, and it’s not going to go beyond that.”

News flash: It already has. But that aside, the president is acknowledging a genuine and intensifying debate over whether social distancing, if enforced too rigidly and for too long, could leave so many people destitute, isolated and despairing that what America sacrifices rivals what it gains.

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“Look, you’re going to lose a number of people to the flu,” he said during the town hall. “But you’re going to lose more people by putting a country into a massive recession or depression.”

That unease is hardly confined to the president and to glib conservative supporters of his like Dan Patrick, the 69-year-old lieutenant governor of Texas, who said in an interview on Fox News on Monday night: “I’m not living in fear of Covid-19. What I’m living in fear of is what’s happening to this country. And you know, Tucker, no one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival, in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”

The issue of trade-offs and of how best to balance epidemiological and economic concerns has informed many articles in the Opinion pages of The Times, receiving more measured consideration from my colleague Tom Friedman, from two academic titans and from a public-health expert, David Katz, who recently wrote, “I am deeply concerned that the social, economic and public health consequences of this near total meltdown of normal life — schools and businesses closed, gatherings banned — will be long lasting and calamitous, possibly graver than the direct toll of the virus itself.”

That perspective transcends political party. A prominent Democrat, for instance, said to me, “Will we lose more Americans to suicide than to the coronavirus?” That was days before Trump, during the town hall, said that if the country is locked down for long, “you’re going to have suicides by the thousands.”

This is excruciatingly tough stuff, and yet Trump is pre-empting the thorough and thoughtful deliberation that it demands — and painting himself into a corner — with pledges that the economy will roar back and that America will “be open for business very soon, a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting — a lot sooner,” as he said on Monday. If you’re an enemy of “soon,” you’re on thin ice with him. I can hear it cracking under Anthony Fauci even as I type.

The president’s obsession with the economy is an extension of his obsession with wealth. He has only two lenses through which he sees the world, two yardsticks by which he measures everyone and everything: money and celebrity. He can’t pretend otherwise because he doesn’t bother to try.

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During Sunday evening’s briefing, when he was supposed to be comforting Americans on the precipice of financial ruin, he instead lamented the billions of dollars he had supposedly forgone to be president. Our self-glorifying “wartime president” morphed into a self-pitying Daddy Warbucks.

“I think it’s very hard for rich people to run for office,” he said. “It’s far more costly. It’s a very tough thing. Now, with all of that being said, I’m so glad I’ve done it. Because, you know, there are a lot rich people around. I’ve got a lot of rich friends, but they can’t help and they can’t do what I’ve done, in terms of helping this country.” I’m glad he’s glad. Scratch that. I’m dumbfounded.

It has been observed, accurately, that he’s exactly the wrong leader for this crisis because he has thinned the ranks of responsible professionals in government, because he has hollowed out relevant departments and agencies, because he devalues science, because he degrades information and because he parted ways with credibility years ago.

But it’s worse than that. He’s facing judgment calls that require an emotional depth and a moral finesse that simply don’t exist in him. America is relying on him, of all presidents, to care as much about vital signs as about dollar signs.

He did that when he asked the nation to stand still for 15 days, but can he continue to do it? I’d have doubts if the economy were merely the biggest of many bragging points for him, if it were just a major part of his political profile.

But it’s all-defining and all-consuming, the repository of his vanity and an expression of his virility. And clear thinking is sometimes impossible — and conscience inaccessible — when you’re this crazy in love.

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Bill commented 5 minutes ago

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Bill
Madison, Ct

If they are worried about their grandchildren and I don’t believe they are, then they should be worried about climate change. They aren’t because they really don’t care about their grandchildren.

Richard Phelps commented 5 minutes ago

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Richard Phelps
Flagstaff, AZ

Does a bear relieve itself in the woods? I know, most of the responsible news networks still treat Trump with respect, despite his never having done anything (that I can think of) that warrants it. I guess it is just too ingrained in our psyches to realize that even the president of the US can be a complete failure at leadership. In this crisis the only thing he cares about is how to bring the stock market back so he wont lose as many voters. Whether I get the virus and die, or you do, matters not one iota to him. With the number of cases still expanding almost exponentially, he is perfectly willing to reduce travel restrictions despite the consensus of all medical staff trained in handling viral epidemics in hopes that the stock market will rebound.

david s commented 7 minutes ago

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david s

I have heard people say that this is a black swan event- to use a Wall Street financial term. The combination of a worldwide pandemic and depressed economy. I would add that it is really a “triple” black swan event. The depressed economy, the pandemic and a President that does not care about our country– only himself. We are in serious trouble folks.

Reader In Wash, DC commented 9 minutes ago

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Reader In Wash, DC
Washington, DC

Tens of 1000s of people die in the US every year from the flu. This flu is much weaker. Only 20K have died globally AND there is no vaccine. Easy solution. Isolate the old and vunerable and everyone else go back to regular life.

Steve Ell commented 9 minutes ago

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Steve Ell
Burlington, VT

Do you really have to ask that question? In the late afternoon’s press briefing/campaign rally, trump took credit for the rise in the stock market today. Of course, he accepts no responsibility for the greatest and most rapid decline in history over the last several weeks. And after trump suggested that chloroquine is a valuable treatment for coronavirus, a couple in Arizona ingested a form of the chemical used to kill parasites in aquariums. The husband died. The wife was hospitalized. Does trump bear any responsibility for that? His statement was, at best, dangerously uninformed. At worst, he could be the next Jim Jones.

Larry Finkelstein commented 19 minutes ago

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Larry Finkelstein
Amherst, Ny

The answer to the headline is YES.

Lillies commented 19 minutes ago

Lillies
Lillies

Perhaps no one has told Mr. T: Dead people can’t vote. But then, given the depravity of the republican party at this point, if they could find a way for a corpse to vote, they would.

Octavia commented 19 minutes ago

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Octavia
New York

RE: your headline. Why ask questions we all know the answer to?

Jonathan commented 19 minutes ago

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Jonathan
Rodgers

Answer: Trump would personally shoot half of us on Fifth Avenue to get re-elected.

Truth at Last commented 19 minutes ago

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Truth at Last

His selfishness and low-intelligence level defies explanation.

Flavius commented 19 minutes ago

Flavius
Flavius
Padua (EU)

I’ writing from Italy. A lot of people here are dying and dying from the coronavirus. Most of them are old people, retired for a long time, already undermined in the body by major diseases. Even before it cost us a lot of money to care for them; now even more so. We’re getting into debt to do this. We know very well that the economic and social costs that we will face in the years to come will be enormous. And yet we are doing it. Are we unconscious? Are we unresponsive? No, we are doing what we are doing for our old people and for all the other sick people, because it defines us as civilisation. I remind you that the Nazis did what they did because they had made the principle of “survival of the fittest” their own, both on an individual level and on that of entire peoples and states. So ask yourselves: what kind of civilization do you want to be? Kind regards from Padua (EU)

L commented 19 minutes ago

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L
midwest

Yep, pull the plug on Granny. Death Panels to be guided by the stock market.

Beth & Charlie commented 19 minutes ago

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Beth & Charlie
Penna.

Just like President Clinton paid insufficient attention to Al Queda’s preparing for an attack on the United States (1998-2000), so too the Democrats, in their obsession with impeachment, likewise too their eyes off the ball.

Tim Lynch commented 19 minutes ago

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Tim Lynch
Philadelphia, PA

Can dead people spend money?

ernie commented 19 minutes ago

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ernie
far southeast pa

“And clear thinking is sometimes impossible — and conscience inaccessible — when you’re this crazy in love.” … with yourself.

mltrueblood commented 19 minutes ago

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mltrueblood
Oakland CA

Is this man insane? Time for blue states to close their borders and follow the science, let red states follow their money-worshipping leader into Coronavirus oblivion. But, we’ll be happy to take your old folks into our protective hands since you value your dollars a tad more than you value them. Sounds harsh? Well… yeah.

gern blansten commented 19 minutes ago

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gern blansten
Back woods

Of course he will. It’s what his corporate overlords, and his rabid constituents, want. Profit uber alles!

Winthrop commented 19 minutes ago

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Winthrop
New Hampshire

Hasn’t the malignant narcissist activated a legal tripwire yet?!

levinth commented 19 minutes ago

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levinth

his dollar signs…your vital signs…you actually think there is any competition in the trumpkins’ mind?

Alexander Harrison commented 19 minutes ago

Alexander Harrison
Alexander Harrison
Wilton Manors, Fla.

Mr. Bruni’s MALEVOLENCE does not help the situation ONE BIT.Now is not the time to attack the president’s character or motivations which you and your colleagues have been doing for the past 3 years.Present crisis should bring us together as a people, as citizens, help to close us up, but you seek to separate and divide the American people further. But I overlook your cattiness, “mechancete” and tell myself at least he, meaning you, gave a homeless 4 legged pet a home. Apart from that,I see nothing redeemable!You and your colleagues have wished Trump to fail from the outset.Whether 1 is for or against his policies, a sense of fair play is necessary, and you have not shown any.”Il faut ce qu’il faut!”

Jasmine Armstrong commented 19 minutes ago

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Jasmine Armstrong
Merced, CA

Trump is a morally bankrupt narcissist. He cares for no one beyond himself.

Fintan commented 19 minutes ago

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Fintan

Yes, Frank, he will. I’ve always thought that President Trump was incompetent and incapable of empathy, but his statements and actions relating to COVID have convinced me that he truly has a mental disorder. This is a man who is both out of his depth, and out of his mind.

Art Sills commented 19 minutes ago

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Art Sills
Florida

Fight or flight. This pretend president has always fled to his golf courses… Fled to his rallies … Those self-pleasuring orgies … Childish bragging, bullying …Tender tantrums. This nation is going through its crucible. He wants to flee back to the cradle.

Nick Swift commented 19 minutes ago

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Nick Swift

You voted this obscene child into office. Congress has the power to throw him out. Precisely now is the time, because this is treason.

WTig3ner commented 19 minutes ago

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WTig3ner

Silly question.

JePense commented 19 minutes ago

JePense
JePense
Atlanta

Bruni – one has to be a MORON not to deal with trade-offs! All very easy for you Frank as you sit isolated from those who suffer and will suffer!

charles r commented 19 minutes ago

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charles r
bridgewater nj

In response to your headline:what kind of stupid question is that? We all know what this dotard is going to decide.There is no suspense here. Remember this is the moron who stared into the sun during a solar ecllipse

Bey Melamed commented 19 minutes ago

Bey Melamed
Bey Melamed
new york

Thanks, Frank, for a(nother) brilliant view of our reality. If the idiot in charge could fathom your wisdom, we would all be much better off…

T R E Mendous commented 19 minutes ago

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T R E Mendous
Holland

There is one way to get rid of him vote!, with your heart & your brain.

terryg commented 19 minutes ago

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terryg
Ithaca, NY

Donald Trump is a sociopath who lives by his own set of rules. He has no regard for others. Fools like Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx should realize they are only props in a Trump show and are easily discarded. No matter how many die, Trump will declare victory. In the Bible, the devil is described as the “King of liars” I believe he has met his match.

asian observer commented 19 minutes ago

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asian observer
Narberth, PA

Trump puts his narcissistic self above all else and he spits in the eye of decency.

Johan D commented 19 minutes ago

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Johan D
Los Angeles

How can this even be a question? Where have you been the last three years? Lazy reporting.

James commented 20 minutes ago

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James
Toronto

It’s quite simple really. Trump’s only hope of re-election is/was a strong economy, certainly not his honesty, decency and empathy. Without a national health care system, why would the current administration care how many people get sick? If they do, that’s their problem. If they don’t, everybody wins. So long as they are not a tremendous strain on his bottom line, Trump will keep sending ‘em down into the mines — with plenty of others ready to replace the ones that don’t make it back up.

David Albrecht commented 21 minutes ago

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David Albrecht
Kansas City

Quick ordering of priorities: 1. His dollar signs 2. Dollar signs he hopes to somehow acquire. 3. Everything else (this should actually be stated as “nothing else”, because if something is out there that isn’t him, his ego, or his money, it doesn’t actually exist).

Markymark commented 23 minutes ago

Markymark
Markymark
San Francisco

Our incurious president will do whatever he can get away with to preserve his shot at reelection. 100 lost lives? 1,000 lost lives? Millions of lost lives? Nothing more than the cost of doing business. The republican donor class has taken a big hit and is putting enormous pressure on their elected minions to restore ‘life as they know it’. The next two weeks will reveal much about the character of our leaders.

Steve commented 23 minutes ago

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Steve
Portland, Maine

Governor Cuomo answered this best today: it’s not a choice of public health or the economy; both can be done. Trump just needs to listen to the governor of his native state. But no one should hold their breath for that one.

Paul Wortman commented 24 minutes ago

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Paul Wortman
Providence

Quick as a bunny, Donald Trump believes he can summarily resurrect the economy and his fading hopes for re-election this Easter in his own version of playing God. While he may void the CDC guidelines and sound the all clear to businesses and tell their employees to “hop to it,” his failure to confront the Covid-19 virus all but guarantees that like Pharaoh on this Passover he will end up with rotten egg on his face as workers fall ill and die and hospitals are unable to deal with the crush of new cases from the ultimate plague he couldn’t deal with.

Michael Talbert commented 24 minutes ago

Michael Talbert
Michael Talbert
Fort Myers, Florida

Does Trump think it’s okay for millions to get sick and die if it will enhance the stock market? Trump has no empathy for anyone. The dead are mere obscure numbers.

Dadof2 commented 24 minutes ago

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Dadof2

I’m going to suggest a far more sinister motive. All the worst-hit states are Democratic and almost certainly won’t vote for Trump in November. For example, New York’s main Dem voting bloc is the City…It’s like he really, really wants people in Blue states to die. There. I’ve said it. Trump has put the economic consequences as “worse” than the virus. What’s worse than death? The market crashing as long as those dying are “other” people, especially people who didn’t vote for him. How can I see such a dark sentiment? LOOK at what he’s saying, who he’s encouraging, not condemning the eugenics of Tex Lt.Gov Patrick! These are terrifying times and NOTHING will get Trump’s attention focused on doing the right thing unless he or his family gets sick with this virus.

Diane Baker commented 24 minutes ago

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Diane Baker
Oakland, California

Any conversation about re-opening the workplace must wait until after we have tests. Duh.

KenC commented 24 minutes ago

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KenC

You do understand that even Trump is just a pawn in the billionaire’s game, right?

Stella commented 24 minutes ago

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Stella
Toronto

We have to build a wall.

Mark McIntyre commented 24 minutes ago

Mark McIntyre
Mark McIntyre
Los Angeles

“Money & Celebrity” Yep, you nailed it, Frank. Those are Trump’s elixirs of choice, and going cold turkey is killing him. He doesn’t even drink. Perhaps he should, as I could use a stiff one every time he opens his mouth. We’d all like to see the country re-open for business, but doing that prematurely will cause the number of cases and deaths to skyrocket, overwhelming under-staffed and under-supplied U.S. hospitals. In case Trump forgot, that’s why we’re sheltering in place!

Barbara commented 24 minutes ago

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Barbara
Los Angeles

Republicans and a Trump trotted death panels to try to derail the ACA. Now they are the party of death. His Texas campaign manager is happy to die for Trump’s economy and says the rest of the country’s seniors are happy to follow vin the Pied Piper. Sorry I’m not going to put my life on the line for the most incompetent White House in my memory. The most hard hit states are Democratic so it sounds like withholding vital supplies is revenge – too harsh – no not for Trump and his base. McConnell is playing the spoiler with the relief package. President and Senator Death. You own it.

Detachment Is Possible commented 24 minutes ago

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Detachment Is Possible
NYC – SF

The proposition that a de facto destruction of our economy based on models that change daily and deal with the hypothetically possible, may, could and so on scenarios simulated by playing what if games based on daily changing info is utterly preposterous. Public will not allow it. Those trying to impose it would get punished politically. Media is now past the Trump derangement syndrome, they plainly lost it. Country will move towards finding a balance between hysteria and wishing the problem away. Prudent and balanced risk management specific to epicenters and populations involved will prevail.

SR commented 24 minutes ago

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SR
Colorado

If Trump opens the economy knowing it will cause fatalities, as clearly appears to be the case, who will call this what it truly is? Involuntary mass manslaughter. Passive genocide.

ChristineMcM commented 24 minutes ago

ChristineMcM
ChristineMcM
Massachusetts

“He has only two lenses through which he sees the world, two yardsticks by which he measures everyone and everything: money and celebrity.” Which is an extremely sad way to live. Take away one or the other–of in the case of death, both–and you’re cooked. So much for legacy: “He died thinking he was the richest, most famous man in the world.” But what I don’t get about his insistence he’s going to “reopen the country” by Easter is this: how can you force people back to work if they’re sick? He may want everyone to help ignite American consumerism, but what if people just don’t feel like celebrating because their best friend just died of coronavirus, or feel like flying because, gee, there are so many great places to visit right now, right? It’s easier to ask for sacrifice to save lives than it is to demand people now sacrifice theirs. With all due respect to the Lieut.Governor of Texas.

SU commented 24 minutes ago

SU
SU

I believe and I know , Discussion in Europe or just north of our Country is not like this. Again American political club of right wing find new demon. “If Corona virus is a pandemic in a century so what , it is worst socialist thing send to us from Communist China.” Right there we already wedge the public deeply in two piece. Trying to avert disastrous death and sickness group Trying avoid loosing any money group. That is my friend Right wing lunatic is going play from now on. Are you against America, so you are with Coronavirus. In rest of the world entire ide a, how we can optimize the damage, it is serious and very challenging but they are trying to unify the public. That is not the case in US, Trump is already put split in our national psyche. Do you want economic death or real death? Choose one. That is our president and that is republican party. What we are expecting? These very people ridiculed Sandy hook Massacre and sided with NRA.

RMF commented 24 minutes ago

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RMF
Bloomington, Indiana

A man without a heart or a brain in charge of healing the sick, and caring for the disadvantaged. The closest political analogy we can find in History is when Caligula was Emperor of the Roman Empire, and he had his horse named a Senator. The Fates can be so cruel, can’t they?

KenF commented 24 minutes ago

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KenF
Staten Island

I have zero respect for this “man.” He is devoid of empathy, and cares about nothing but himself. He may be the least intelligent person to ever hold the presidency. He considers himself smarter than anyone, about everything, which is a sure sign of ignorance. He has zero self-awareness. And yet, almost half of America still supports him. That is the real tragedy.

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OH CAROLE

HELLO,

 

PRIVET,

SHALOM CAROLE

 

HOW ABOUT CHRISTMAS CAROLS?

THIS TIME THEY BE DIFFERENT THAN NOVEMBER RAIN ?

WHAT DO U SAY CAROLE?

OH AND YEAH I AM WITH U .. ON THIS -LIKE MORE THAN 100 % – FOR DOALD ITS LIKE 19,000 %

AND SINCE U ARE ALSO A JEW –  I WILL  ADD A FEW – LATER ON CAROLE  FOR BOTH U AND – YOUR  8 PACK JOE AND HIS SUPER PACK :)

ANYWAY, WITH THE CV – IS CHINESE VIRUS – THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED

YESH BEAUSE U KNOW ACRLE, NUMBER S?  CALELD GOEMTRIC PROGRESSION –  ITS CALELD EXPONETAL –  OR LOG NORMAL – THAT RAISES SO FAST –  THAT JEWS HAVE TO ASK HINDUS :) SO, TAHTS WHAT HAPPENED IWTH  DONALD AND THE CHINESE VIRUS

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From: Carole King
Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 3:55 AM
Subject: please read this, AJAY
To: AJAY MISHRA

As a leader, Donald Trump is at best useless and at worst dangerous. And it’s going to get even worse if he’s in office for another 4 years.

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As a leader, Donald Trump is at best useless and at worst dangerous. And it’s going to get even worse if he’s in office for another 4 years.

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2. When state governors asked the President of the United States to help provide vital medical equipment, Trump said, “We’re not a shipping clerk.”

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3. Donald Trump has told more than 16,000 lies since taking office. We can’t trust him.

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Every dollar goes toward making sure Americans vote for the Democratic nominee in numbers too big to ignore, suppress, or dispute.

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We’re all in this together, and we will get through this together.

Carole King

TO JOE BIDEN – FROM ME : ” HE SAID WHAT? ” WAR TIME PRESIDENT” ? OK – WHEN U THINK WAR DO U THINK MILITARY? OK.. DO U SEE MILITARY NOW? I DONT – DO U? DOES MILITARY BUILD HOSPITALS IN AFGHAN AND BAGHDAD ? – OK, WHY ARENT THEY BEING BUILT IN UNITED STATES : YEAH THEY DID BUILD ONE IN WUHAN – IT TOOK THAM 2 WEEKS TO BUILD A HOSPITAL : AND RUSSHIA IS FOLLOWING SUIT TOO – WHY ARENT U – WHEN U ARE AT WAR ?

TO JOE BIDEN AND HIS TEAM FROM AJAY MISHRA CV –

AND THIS IS HIS CV

DONALD TRUMP A WAR TIME PRESIDENT

WHO

ISNT PREPARED TO FIGHT THE WAR

AND

IS RELUCTANT TO JOIN THE WAR

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