I step into this thread about twice a day, take a whiff of the general stink, then usually leave without posting. This thread definitely has issues. I mean there are good people on both sides (which just saying this alone will probably get me moderated) but what amuses me the most is how both sides of this debate have both deniers and pundits on both sides... we have conservatives who think not isolating is BS, and conservatives who think not isolating is the bees knees. And we have the liberals who think isolating is BS, and liberals who thinks isolating is what will save us.
But here is where I stand... I think we should try to be smarter about this. We should agree that isolating works, it should be easy to prove that it is the right thing to TRY and do. We should help out businesses and individuals but not with a blank check, but with proper oversight. We should try and fight inflation, we should try and keep the economy up, but not by sacrificing lives, no life should have a price tag on it, no matter what age you are. Youth does not outweigh old age just because they have so much more to look forward to in life, that is a hollow argument. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, no matter your age. We need to come together as a nation, and as a global society, no matter your politic. Somebody saying they are willing to risk their own lives for the “better Earth we need to leave our grandchildren” need to wake up and realize that your grandchildren have been dealt the same hand we all have right now, it may suck, but hey, we ALL had to live through the 2008 finacial meltdown, and nobody had to die to get through that. We need to realize that trying to save an economy that will recover just fine in 10 years is the price of being human on this planet right now. It’s no reason to risk my life, just so your grandkids don’t have to live through a 10 year recession at most. I mean, do people think life is that worthless, that we trade it for some short term profit, just so people are not burdened by a recession? That kind of worship of the dollar is reprehensible. IMHO. I am sheltering in place, I am paying my cleaning ladies to NOT come and clean my house each week, I am donating to charity to help those in need, and I am buying food for the people in my family hit hardest by this whole affair. I am giving back to society by putting limits on my freedom right now because that is the proper societal response to a pandemic. If your opinions differ, OK, but realize that spreading this virus is a death sentence to a fraction of society, and anything that can be done by the many to help the few is not asking too much from me, or those richer than me. Do you not feel a sense of responsibility to do with your wealth that which helps us all? Anyone else want to use this soap box? I am done with it.