This was certainly a memorable Memorial Day with a virus shutting down the nation and the world.
No one person can be blamed for this COVID-19 from going viral. But there is plenty of blame directed at President Donald Trump for not putting in place measures to stop the virus from spreading throughout this nation early enough. Is a state or city able to detect and track a virus that began in China, moved on to Europe, and eventually spread to our West Coast and New York? Do cities have a Centers for Disease Control to detect such things. No, they don’t.
Can anyone tell me just what our national policy is for fighting COVID-19? Is there any national coordination? We are the only country among the developed countries without either of those things. It is no wonder we are number one in deaths and in numbers of people contracting the virus. We also are the only developed country to have a for profit health care system and not universal coverage for all.
President Trump states that “It is the states’ responsibility” to fight COVID. However, the United States is at war with the virus with no national policy. If New York or New Jersey were invaded by Chinese or Russian troops just whose responsibility would it be to fight that war?
My brother was an admirer of Franklin D. Roosevelt who (whether you like him or not) did lead us out of a depression, and World War II against the Nazi’s and other fascists. He didn’t do it by invoking a “states’ rights” and “Federalism” approach. We united as a nation. He invoked powers forcing corporations to retool in order to make weapons to save our democracy. The government passed laws protecting working people and giving them things like union rights, unemployment insurance and Social Security. We had universal childcare paid for by the government throughout WWII. All this to fight a two-front war: Economic Depression and Nazism.
In January and February, President Trump totally ignored information from our intelligence services regarding the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe and Asia. He cut back CDC the past three years so this critical operation became non-functional. In March he totally dismantled the federal Pandemic Response Team. He told Americans they can drink disinfectant to stop the virus and use a dangerous drug proven not to be effective in fighting the disease. He and Moscow Mitch McConnell held up the passage of stimulus money earmarked for small businesses and states. Our President prefers to play golf on Memorial Day Weekend rather than work on projects that would help Americans stay safe so they can return to their jobs.
I am sure the citizens of this great country did not intend for billions of federal subsidies to find their way to wealthy corporations while small businesses go broke. Clearly, it’s time for a change in leadership at the top of our federal government. People need to vote for a change in DC. Let’s drain that swamp!