Just absolutely, unbelievably dangerous and irresponsible.
I get the whole "We're not doing a lockdown!" "We need to open up the economy!" (whatever that means, given that generally speaking, "the economy" is open, just not doing so hot these days) stuff... but why the anti-mask approach? Why not encourage responsibility?
Earlier this year, people would say "We shouldn't have to shut down! We'll social distance! We'll wear masks! We can be responsible!"

And so places eventually opened...

And those same people are now like "I shouldn't have to wear a mask or social distance!"
It's just been an unending game of goalpost moving.
"Sports are canceled."
"NO! BRING THEM BACK! EVEN WITHOUT FANS, WE COULD AT LEAST WATCH ON TV!"
"OK, sports are back, but without fans. The games will be televised."
"NO! I WANT TO GO THERE!"
"OK, limited capacity and masks, but sure."
"FULL CAPACITY AND NO MASKS!"
It was never about "opening up the economy." It was about people being upset that they were being asked to make small changes to their lives that didn't affect them in a meaningful way. And that was too much. They just want to pretend the pandemic doesn't exist. It does.
I worry about humanity's collective ability to address problems like climate change if governments and businesses couldn't do what was needed to address the pandemic.
And yes, this is another huge issue. The general message is, "good luck and hope you don't catch the virus." If you're working a minimum wage job that doesn't provide health insurance or sick leave, you're being forced to do the unthinkable.
It's not a matter of "Well, YOU can stay home if you're afraid of the virus" or whatever people keep saying. Most people can't just choose to forego paychecks. They have bills and rent and groceries.
Stay home and starve/get evicted. Go to work and risk catching the virus knowing that if you get sick you'll lose your source of income and could end up tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt — and that's if you survive. What horrible choices.
The answer all along was for the government to pay people to stay home. Print money, send it out. Keep businesses closed unless they are absolutely essential. Pay the people at those businesses extra. Let the virus fade away without people to infect.
Would it have been expensive? Absolutely. Very. But "expensive" is the result no matter what happens. The economy was always going to lose trillions of dollars. Now it's trillions of dollars and an entire year of death and suffering. This didn't need to happen.
There was no answer to this problem that would have ended with a thriving economy and a lower national debt. That just wasn't an option at any point here. But our stubbornness and unwillingness to take care of each other ensured we'd get the financial loses AS WELL AS the death.
It's hard to look at what's happened with this pandemic, what's still happening with it, and what undoubtedly WILL happen with it moving forward, and not feel overwhelmingly sad for humanity.

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There’s nothing NY Post has published that’s scandalous so far? No, “hey, we got a bunch of emails” in itself is not news. Image
Biden released his taxes. His finances are out there in the open. People can go check them if they want. That’s one of the reasons why it’s good for candidates to release them!
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