Open Thread | COVID-19, Our Economy, and The Dangers Republicans Pose to All of Us

The greatest threat to this country is the Republican Party.


They suffer because of unemployment.
They suffer because of hunger.
They suffer because their children aren’t receiving the educational instruction that they should.
If they are an entrepreneur, they are suffering because they have lost their life’s work, or are about to lose it.

They don’t want to give out anymore stimulus.
They don’t want to start back giving out additional UI benefits, which kept a lot of families afloat when they were happening.
They don’t want to fund the Post Office – because they have been trying to privatize it for forever.
They don’t want to give a boost to state and cities, because they are in Blue States, and they want to force them into bankruptcy and be on the wretched levels of the Red States.


You’re going to come back at me with that?
I will remind you, in the midst of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression…in 2009…
The Republican Party chose ECONOMIC TREASON against this country rather than help President Obama in his attempt to bring this country back.

What do they care that we’re in the middle of a Global Pandemic?

Remember we have two Senators in Georgia, whose first instinct, after finding out about COVID-19 in private briefings – was to MAKE MONEY OFF IT IN THE STOCK MARKET.

And, while they were in the meetings to craft the first stimulus….THEY WENT OUT AND MADE MORE MONEY OFF IT.
And now, will purse their lips as to why the average American doesn’t need a boost – a hand up from the Government. And, have the nerve to do it with a straight face.

A tale of two economies….in the time of COVID-19.

The Covid Divide: The pandemic has plunged some into poverty, and boosted savings for others

By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Business
Updated 3:53 PM ET, Thu December 10, 2020

For many Americans, the economic effects of the pandemic have been devastating. Millions have lost jobs. Food and housing insecurity has soared. And roughly half of US households reported a drop in income this year, according to
Life will get worse for them if they don’t get more financial help or paying work soon.
But others — lucky enough to keep their jobs and even work from home — have ended up financially better off, or at least unaffected, thanks to such factors as a rising stock market, increased savings, or a boost in demand for their business.

He never imagined he’d be in this situation
Unfortunately, Barnell Garrett finds himself in the “worse off” category.
In March, his job as a hotel sales manager in Seattle disappeared — first through a furlough, then a permanent layoff.
Garrett’s unemployment benefits expire at the end of December, and he doesn’t know if he’ll qualify for an extension. His health insurance costs are now $641 a month, well above the $150 he was paying when his employer subsidized his premiums. He’s considering withdrawing about $25,000 from his 401(k) to pay off the extra credit card debt he accrued during the pandemic to pay for groceries and insurance, as well as a private loan he took out a few years ago.

He says he can pay his bills through January, but if he doesn’t get help soon, he will have to move in with his mother if he can’t find a much cheaper place to live. Now approaching 40, he never imagined he’d be in this situation.

Garrett said he doesn’t expect the hotel industry, where he’s built his career, to bounce back quickly so he’s looking at other industries for a job. He’s willing to take a pay cut, but is shocked at how low the pay on offer is — even when an employer requires a college degree and years of experience.

“Several of the jobs I interviewed for initially looked like good-paying jobs, but during the interview I learned that they pay barely above Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and are lower than my monthly unemployment,” Garrett said.
Her 401(k) is already tapped out

Olivia Bukosky said last year she was a working mom living a middle class life in Owings Mills, Maryland.

This year, she lost her job in property management, drained her 401(k) and has been collecting unemployment benefits and food stamps.
She’s behind on rent and worries she’ll be evicted in January if her landlord can’t secure rental subsidies from the state.
If that happens, Bukosky said, she’ll either have to stay with friends or move back to the home she still co-owns with her husband, whom she is divorcing. “But it’s not a good environment.”

She wishes the divorce could proceed, but that will have to wait. “I cannot collect alimony until we go to court. I can’t afford a lawyer and Legal Aid will not even look at divorces until the pandemic is over,” she said.
Financially steady, but not unaffected

For some people, the pandemic has meant neither boon nor bust.
Originally from the Netherlands, Jan Jansen, a retired physician, and his wife, Catharine, moved to Santa Fe a few years ago, after decades of living and working in Indianapolis.
Their income has remained steady — thanks in part to a rising stock market. And they’ve ended up spending less because they aren’t able to go to restaurants or travel. Instead, they’re donating to food banks and giving money through their church.
“It’s sad to see how a country can completely fail its population,”Jansen said.

Multiply their stories by MILLIONS.
How many breadwinners were among the 300,000 DEAD?

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22 Responses to Open Thread | COVID-19, Our Economy, and The Dangers Republicans Pose to All of Us

  1. Liza says:

    I actually thought about this. My reasoning is that Barr so no advantage in helping Trump, probably believing his loss was inevitable.

  2. Liza says:

    Bill Barr and Trump are breaking up…

  3. Liza says:

    Another milestone in the endless election.

    California voted. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the electoral college vote.

    • Liza says:

      I watched “Get on Up” a few weeks ago. Chadwick Boseman was such a good actor, definitely on a trajectory to be one of our greatest actors. This was a huge loss for American cinema and the arts.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊

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