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Those Who Want the Country to Stay Shut Down are Still Employed

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You’ve lost your job or on the verge of losing it due to the economy having fallen faster than a pre-teen girl looking at the cover of Tiger Beat. You don’t have any prospects due to the state of said economy. You don’t know how you’re going to pay your bills much less feed your children.

The fear you feel is palpable and legitimate. You begin to wonder if this lockdown is truly worth it, especially as you learn that the virus isn’t nearly as deadly as previously advertised. You pray to God that the lockdowns lift and lift soon so that your chances of being employed go up and your ability to provide for your family stays static.

You flip on your television for news about the status of the country and you’re presented with a politician or a talking head telling you that the country should stay on lockdown for weeks, possibly months more.

You wonder to yourself how they could take that position given the information we have about the virus. You wonder why they would reach such a conclusion when you’re just one of the millions who is trying to find hope for the future and finding none.

They feel that way because they have the safety and means to do so.

Earlier today, some news drifted across my feeds that set me off. Over at the Daily Wire, Ashe Schow covered how CNN is incredibly keen to have the lockdown continue by releasing an article titled  “5 common arguments for reopening the economy — and why experts say they are flawed.” Schow points out that the “experts” that are consulted for this article aren’t economists at all, but purely medical experts. CNN then proceeds to throw up one strawman argument after another in order to convince the reader that every exaggerated argument they hear is a dumb one.

Earlier today, KRON-TV released an article detailing how L.A. County has decided that they will keep the stay-at-home orders in place through July “with all certainty”:

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday said the county’s stay-at-home orders will “with all certainty” be extended through July, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The county last week relaxed some restrictions, allowing some retailers to offer curbside pickup with social distancing, and also permitting some beaches to reopen this week.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting, Ferrer said the easing of restrictions will be slow due to the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the county.

Relaxing restrictions won’t decrease death tolls. If the quarantine was working in the first place, there wouldn’t have been an increase, yet there is. Regardless, the person making that decision is Ferrer and LA County officials, all of whom are earning a paycheck.

I think it should be made clear that not all of these officials are making these decisions because they’re power-hungry. Don’t get me wrong. Many are definitely doing it to exert and maintain their newfound authority. However, many are listening to doctors tell them that the best way to deal with the virus is to quarantine and stay on lockdown.

This presents a problem. Doctors can tell you the best way to deal with sickness but they can’t tell you how to deal with economic downturn. It’s not their job. They haven’t put a lot of study into what happens when a civilization’s economy goes belly-up. It’s definitely important to listen to medical professionals in situations like these, but we can’t allow them to dictate how the entire show is run. They aren’t qualified for that.

What’s more, if a politician can’t see past this one simple fact then they aren’t qualified for their position either. It’s clear that this level of economic suppression unsustainable.

All things considered, there are a lot of decisions about our daily lives being made out of pure ignorance. Part of that ignorance is not knowing what it’s like to have to struggle to maintain a home. If your politician isn’t already lifting lockdown restrictions, at least as fast as Texas is, then you need to show said politician what it’s like and rid yourself of them with either a recall election or voting someone else in the next election season.