CV Central - 5/20/2020 - "Cleft by Division: America's Political Problem Meets Economic Uncertainty"
The seventy second episode features a review of the highly contentious partisan response amidst the question of how we build a functional economy that can be sustained in the face of pandemic and urgent human need. We start by seeing how the locations where the outbreak happened shaped the public narrative and now we have a fight being set up as the false division of health versus economy. People themselves report they want the choice for both as health should be covered and payments sustained to mitigate risk. In particular focus are the unemployment payments which are now being attacked in certain quarters for making some Americans wealthier than they were before while working, which at that modest amount, should have us questioning much more. With home building dropping, mortgage foreclosures still rising, and uncertainty bad enough before a second wave the Pentagon privately admits likely, why are so few people asking why we rush so hard to defend an economy that clearly needs to be rethought?
Live tracking numbers from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html
How Democrats and Republicans are getting even more hostile: https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-coronavirus-increasingly-exacerbates-the-red-blue-divide-11589810871
The impending fight over who gets stimulus next: https://www.wsj.com/articles/next-wave-of-coronavirus-stimulus-payments-hinges-on-debate-over-reopening-economy-11589880603
Most Americans want health care coverage and financial support during pandemic: https://www.studyfinds.org/three-in-four-americans-agree-universal-healthcare-is-needed-during-coronavirus-pandemic/
Home building collapses 30% in April reflecting impending issues industry wide: https://news.yahoo.com/us-home-building-collapses-30-april-amid-pandemic-132851119.html
68% of unemployed doing better financially than working before: https://www.newswars.com/68-of-unemployed-workers-in-the-u-s-are-eligible-for-payments-that-are-greater-than-their-lost-earnings/
Internal Pentagon Memo has them preparing for a second wave and ongoing global problems with Covid: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/coronavirus-vaccine-pentagon-memo
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