Why closing down the economy for COVID-19 is a bad idea Monday, Nov 16 2020 

From the 11/15/2020 Chicago Tribune”

Biden aide says lockdown would be ‘last resort’
One of President-elect Joe Biden’s top coronavirus advisers said Sunday that a national lockdown of businesses and schools would be a “measure of last resort” to fight the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across the United States.

The number of infections has grown by 5 percent or more in 47 states in the past week, with a national average over the past week of 145,401 new cases per day.

“In the spring we didn’t know a lot about COVID, we responded, in a sense, with an on-off switch,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general tapped to help lead Biden’s newly named COVID-19 task force, told Fox News Sunday.

“We just shut things down because we didn’t know exactly how this was spreading and where it was spreading, but we learned a lot more since then.”

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Closing down the economy for COVID-19 is a bad idea because:
1. It causes massive suffering for too many American businesses, workers, consumers, and students.
2. It’s bad politics
and the most important reason:
3.It’s unnecessary

1. It causes massive suffering for many businesses, workers, and consumers, and students.
Congress, falsely claiming the federal government can run short of dollars, has been reluctant to send more stimulus dollars into the economy.

So, hundreds of thousands of businesses, especially restaurants, food-service, and travel-related businesses either have gone out of business or have been forced to lay off employees.

The human toll in lost income has been, and will be, monumental. America will be headed toward 3rd-world status, as poverty creeps across the land.

As for students, distance learning simply does not cut it. The education is inferior. American students are losing months from their best learning and best-earning lives, months that cannot be made up.

Today’s students rapidly are becoming America’s “Lost Generation.”

2. It’s bad politics
As foolish and harmful as Trump has been, in his demands that states and cities “open up,” without offering any COVID-19 response plan, he is politically astute.

The people are dying, Trump knows their immediate concern is feeding their children, paying their rent, and avoiding financial destitution. They are so desperate, they will risk their lives to have income.

The politician who closes his/her economy is the politician who will have a more difficult fight in the next election.

3.It’s unnecessary
The combination of 100% mandatory mask-wearing, plus moderate social distancing, would be sufficient to create the equivalence of “herd immunity.”

We as a society all give up a few our liberties so that our entire social structure can function.

We wear set belts in the car (“Click it or ticket.”) For modest discomfort, we save our lives and those of our passengers.
We don’t smoke in airplanes, buses, elevators, restaurants, theaters, and most other public venues.
We wear helmets when riding motorcycles.
We vaccinate ourselves and children, which has substantially eliminated childhood diseases, and reduced influenza.
We don’t urinate, defecate, or go naked in public.
We don’t talk in a theater.
We give some of our money to charity.
We attend funerals and wakes.
In most places, we don’t carry machine guns.
We don’t beat people.
We obey laws.

America is not a one-person island. We cooperate, and cooperation requires doing some things, not for ourselves only, but also for others.

There are dozens of ways we give up freedoms, and one of those many ways would be to wear a mask, for the good of society.

Everyone would prefer not to wear a mask, just as everyone would prefer not to be forced to wear a seat belt. Wearing a mask can be uncomfortable, hot, sweaty. and cumbersome. You have to remember to take one with you. And, masks hide our facial expressions, which are a primary method for our communication.

But wearing a mask is the single, most effective way, to end the COVID — more effective than washing your hands or disinfecting surfaces, and probably more effective even than social distancing.

With the exception of restaurants, most businesses could operate with everyone wearing masks. Most offices could operate. Most production and delivery facilities could operate. Most schools, hospitals, and doctors could function.

With the exception of the players themselves, most sports could operate.

Masks work. If you wear a mask and I wear a mask, the likelihood that either of us would communicate the virus to the other is quite low.

A nationwide mandate that everyone must wear a mask, would effectively end the transmission of COVID. This surely is a small price to pay for herd immunity to a deadly disease.

Had we done this back in May, the disease would be rare, if even existent, today.

I urge each “no-masker” to be a patriotic American, thinking not only of yourself, but of your fellow Americans, and agree to a nationwide mandate.Watch Trump Fondle an American Flag at CPAC

We are all on this lifeboat together, and this is not a good time to demand your right to do as you please.

Patriotism is more than hugging a flag. It take unselfish cooperation to “make America great, again.”

Given the choice of closing the economy or a national mask-mandate or doing what we are doing, I would choose the mask mandate.

People are getting sick. People are dying. America is dying.

We can’t continue to do nothing.

We must take action. The national mask mandate is the path out of this mess.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

The mystery of masks Sunday, Nov 15 2020 

The vast majority of us covers our nose and mouth when we sneeze or cough. It’s virtually universal.

Why do we all do it?

It simply is a matter of courtesy and health. We don’t want to subject someone to our germs.

Those who don’t cover their faces are considered boors, slobs, dorks, boobs, vulgarians, dunces, losers . . . well, you get the idea.

So, it seems quite puzzling that some people are so vehemently opposed to wearing a mask.

Especially during the current pandemic, not only do your sneezes and coughs transmit COVID-19, but even talking, singing, shouting and yes, breathing, can transfer the virus.

So if you agree that covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze is wise, clearly the same rules apply — even more so — when in the midst of the pandemic of a deadly disease.

When you see people protesting against wearing mask, aren’t you tempted to ask, “Didn’t your mother ever teach you common courtesy?”

Yes, President Trump has discouraged mask-wearing, but is he really the best example of how to act?

This is a man who continually spreads lies and insults anyone who disagrees with him.

This is a man who has cheated on three wives, groped women, cheated the IRS, cheated employees, lied about the COVID, lied about the climate, and associated with an assortment of felons and miscreants.

Is that the way you act? Is that the way you want your kids to act? Is he an example you and your family wish to follow?

It has been acknowledged by the medical community that mask-wearing can reduce the spread of a deadly and virulent disease.

Why would anyone be so selfish and unconcerned about others, as to protest against something so simple as wearing a mask?

Yes, the world contains a great number of selfish and stupid people, but why would anyone want to be one of them?

Wear a mask. It’s not hard to save lives — including your own.

“We have this firestorm of coronavirus all across the country,” emergency medicine physician Dr. Leana Wen said. “It’s not one or two hotspots, the entire country is a hotspot of coronavirus infection.”
More than 10.9 million people in the US have been infected with coronavirus, and more than 245,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
At least 1,266 new deaths were reported on Saturday alone.

 

IT CAN SAVE LIVES, SO WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Why the GOP Senate fiddles while America dies. “I don’t know what we’re trying to accomplish.” Wednesday, Jul 29 2020 

Imagine you are Jeff Bezos, the $175 billion man. Your children are starving. They ask you for $10 so they can buy some food. You debate about whether to offer even $2.

That is the GOP Senate, today.

Parties remain divided over virus aid package
Some Republicans balk over price tag as deadline looms
By Lisa Mascaro Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The differences over the next coronavirus aid package are vast: Democrats propose $3 trillion in relief and Republicans have a $1 trillion counteroffer. At stake are millions of Americans’ jobless benefits, school reopenings and eviction protections.

Given that the federal government already has demonstrated it has unlimited money, and that infusions of money protect the economy and the people of America, why the reluctance to spend?

Striking any agreement between Congress and President Donald Trump by Friday’s deadline for expiring aid will be daunting.

“We cannot afford to fail,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said.

The outcome will be a defining one for the president and the parties heading into the November election as an uneasy nation is watching and waiting for Washington to bring some end to the health crisis and devastating economic fallout.

Given that adding dollars to the economy will stimulate economic growth, and a growing economy will benefit Trump’s re-election chances, why is it the Democrats who wish to spend and the Republicans who are reluctant?

Key to the debate is the $600 weekly unemployment benefit bump that is expiring for millions of jobless Americans.

Republicans want to slash it to $200 a week as an incentive to push people back to work.

Given that millions of people are out of work, not because they quit, but were fired, and there are not enough jobs available to hire them back, why do Republicans insist there is a need or even a way to “push people back” to non-existent jobs?

Defending cuts to unemployment assistance, Republicans said the federal supplement is too generous, on top of state benefits, and people should not be paid more while they are at home than they would if they were on the job.

Given that giving Americans more money will allow them to spend more, which will help American businesses survive, why are Republicans concerned that the federal supplement is “too generous”?

With the virus death toll climbing and 4.2 million infections nationwide, both parties are eager for relief.

There is some agreement that more money is needed for virus testing, to help schools prepare to open in the fall and to shore up small businesses.

Half the Republican senators are expected to oppose any bill.

They warned against caving to liberal demands and worried the price tag will balloon past $1 trillion.

The Republicans come to the negotiating table hobbled by infighting and delays. Conservative Republicans quickly broke ranks, arguing the spending was too much and priorities misplaced.

“It’s a mess,” said Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. “I don’t know what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Those words, “I don’t know what we’re trying to accomplish,” will live in infamy, for that is exactly the situation. Here are what seem to be the Republican goals.

  1. Re-elect themselves.
  2. Re-elect Trump.
  3. Grow the economy.
  4. “Open” the economy.
  5. Get people back to work.

But they want to accomplish the above without:

  1. Aiding consumers so they will spend more.
  2. Aiding schools so they can create virus-free environments.
  3. Aiding states so they can, in turn, aid their counties and cities.
  4. More virus testing.
  5. Demanding mask-wearing.
  6. Offering any kind of unified recovery plan.
  7. Doing anything liberals might like.
  8. Benefitting the poor and middle-income groups.

When you don’t know what you are trying to accomplish, there is no hope you ever will accomplish it.

There are two steps Congress and the President could take that very quickly would return America to some semblance of normal:

  1. Pump dollars into the pockets of consumers.Your maks protects me.png
  2. Universal mask-wearing.

With regard to mask-wearing, the fault lies directly at the feet of the President. Recently there appeared an article that read like this:

Shops: No shoes, no shirt, no service.
People: OK. No problem.

Traffic Laws: Wear a seatbelt in a car or be ticketed. No drinking and driving.
People: OK. No problem.

OSHA; At work in a dangerous place you must wear safety gear.
People: OK. No problem.

Airlines: You must be seated, with your seatbelt buckled and your tray table up. No smoking.
People: OK. No problem.

Do not go down the “up” escalator.
People: OK. No problem.

TSA: Remove your shoes & belt; empty your pockets; put your luggage on the belt; and go through the X-ray machine.
People: OK. No problem.

Schools: Children are not allowed to bring guns into the school.
People: OK. No problem.NO ANIMALS ALLOWED IN A FOOD FACILITY SIGN (ALUMINUM SIGN) | HPD ...

Food processor: No animals allowed in a food facility.
Workers: OK. No problem.

Today’s stores: Please wear a mask to reduce the risk of infecting others and yourself with the deadly CORONA virus.
People: Don’t try to take away my rights and freedoms. If the President doesn’t have to wear a mask, neither do I.

Way back, on May 5th, 2020, we published:

The surprisingly simple way to open America in 14 days and avoid a depression.
COVID-19 transmits primarily through the air by droplets. Stop the droplets and you stop the transmission. The incubation period is 14 days. If everyone wore a mask, even just a simple cloth mask, the virus would cease to be transmitted in two weeks.

The was 2 1/2 months ago, and nothing that has happened since, to change the prescription.

Even without social distancing, even with handwashing, even without scrubbing down facilities, even without a cure or a vaccine, the simple act of universal mask-wearing would create a kind of “herd immunity” that would end the disaster.

Yet here we are, still fiddling. And America is burning.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10.Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTYFchilde

The elevator problem in a COVID-19 world. Thursday, Jun 11 2020 

MY MASK PROTECTS YOU; YOUR MASK PROTECTS ME. WEAR A MASK.

If you were reading this site on May 5, 2020, you saw “The surprisingly simple way to open America in 14 days and avoid a depression.”

The message was:

If you wear a mask, your virus-carrying saliva will not be transmitted to others. And if everyone else wore a mask, their saliva would not reach you.

Additionally, your own mask does afford you some protection.

So, if everyone wore a mask, the double protection would simulate a form of “herd immunity.”

We would not have to close down businesses. We would not have to wait for a cure. We would not have to wait for a vaccine.

Normal life could go on.

Today, I read an article about the problem with office building elevators. Here are a few excerpts:

The Elevator Arises As The Latest Logjam In Getting Back To Work
Written by By Lauren Weber, Midwest correspondent, Posted on June 11, 2020 by Jerri-Lynn Scofield

As America begins to open up, the newest conundrum for employers in cities is how to safely transport people in elevators and manage the crowd of people waiting for them.

If office tower workers want to stay safe, elevator experts think they have advice, some practical, some not: Stay in your corner, face the walls and carry toothpicks (for pushing the buttons).

Not only have those experts gone back to studying mathematical models for moving people, but they are also creating technology like ultraviolet-light disinfection tools and voice-activated panels.

To mitigate those risks, elevator experts stress, those riding elevators should wear masks, resist touching surfaces as much as possible and use items such as disposable tissues or, indeed, those toothpicks to touch the buttons.

Also, use hand sanitizer frequently.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends limiting time in elevators and taking one-directional stairs instead, when possible, as well as maintaining 6 feet of distance.

Karen Penafiel, executive director for the National Elevator Industry Inc. trade association, also recommends people face the elevator walls and not talk to minimize the spread of respiratory droplets that could carry the coronavirus.

The article also included the following illustration:

Do you see anything wrong with this?

–Resist touching surfaces.
–Disposable tissues.
–Toothpicks to touch the buttons.
–One-directional stairs
–Stay in a corner
–Face walls
–Ultra-violet light
–Hand sanitizer
–6-feet distancing
–Don’t talk
–One person per trip
–Avoid touching walls and handrails

Not only are they burdensome, impractical, and some are downright silly, but they don’t solve the problem: The COVID-19 virus is transmitted primarily by airborne saliva droplets inhaled.

That problem is addressed best by wearing masks.

–Six-feet distancing in an elevator is mostly impossible, but anyway, 6-feet is insufficient.
–Face the wall or stand in a corner? Really? Never heard of air circulation?
–One-directional stairs? Have you ever worked in a high-rise office building? (I don’t get the “one-directional” part. The person behind you will walk right into your droplets still floating in the air.)
–Carry toothpicks, tissues? Let’s get real.
–Don’t talk? How about don’t breath, cough, or sneeze?
–One person per trip? You’ll get to your office just in time to leave.

And look at that illustration. The person isn’t even wearing a mask, the #1 transmission preventative. In the entire 1,000-word article, the word “mask” appears just twice, inconspicuously.

If everyone wore a mask, you could take an elevator without worry. If you touch a button, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. That’s it.

No need to find a corner to hide in. (There are only 4 corners.) No need for ultra-violet light (which has not proven to work on COVID-19). No need to walk up 40 flights of the “UP’ stairs, and then find the “DOWN” stairs to walk down. No need for impossible and useless social distancing in a closed elevator.

MY MASK PROTECTS YOU; YOUR MASK PROTECTS ME. WEAR A MASK.

We don’t even need a N-95 masks. Ordinary, cheap, surgical masks, like the kind outside of hospital rooms, will trap our saliva just fine.

If everyone else wore one, we all would be protected. COVID-19 would become less a problem than the seasonal flu (which also would be stopped by masks).

Doctors and nurses have been wearing those cheap masks long before there was a COVID-19 virus. Why? To protect their patients.

Remember this slogan:

MY MASK PROTECTS YOU; YOUR MASK PROTECTS ME. WEAR A MASK.

Every elevator building should mandate masks and give out free ones, and those who violate should be prevented from entering.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10.Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

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