I needed to go to a farm store yesterday to get a few things for the homestead and check on my business and take care of the animals that live there. While we were out we drove by quite a few places that were hiring.
And I pondered…
I am not allowed to work at my business because of social distancing. Even tho we had closed our doors and were doing curbside pick up, and practicing CDC guidance we were told we had to close.
With me out of work we have no income coming in. The solution? “All these food places are hiring your husband should go work there” because you know, running a large family isn’t a job and people are sexist… but sure, one of us could get a job at say Walmart or delivering Pizzas.
So lets recap. Its not ok for me to groom as I was the week before I closed, but I can cashier for far less than I make at my business and see 50x more people than I would at my business?
It literally made me cry.
The government has determined what and who is and is not essential. Not the people, but politicians who get paid no matter what. No cuts in salaries, pensions, they keep their health care.. no risk at all to them
How do we determine which business are essential? Essential to who? Why is the GE appliance park allowed to stay open and so many single owner/operated businesses required to close? We literally allowed the government to pick and choose who is not allowed to provide for their family and who is allowed to carry on with life as normal. That should scare you because there is no logic to the decisions. Using the words “essential” allows the state to give one persons livelihood preferential treatment over another’s. Using the words essential gives the state the authority to decide whether my personal needs
To ease panic, the government quickly and illegally enacted a $2Trillion bill that will give those out of work approx $250 million. Of course most all business will suffer loss, especially small businesses. Theres money for that too. I know aside from my personal loss of income I have salon bills that need to be paid, even if Im not open. Rent, utilities, insurance.. all needs to be paid. So what about the rest of the money spent in this $2Trillion bill?
Here’s some of the “vital” emergency coronavirus funding items…
$7,500,000 to the Smithsonian for additional salaries
$35,000,000 to the JFK Center for performing Arts
$25,000,000 for additional salary House of Representatives
$3,000,000,000 upgrade to the IT department at the VA
$315,000,000 for State Department Diplomatic Programs
$95,000,000 for the Agency of International Development
$300,000,000 for International Disaster Assistance
$300,000,000 for Migrant and Refugee Assistance pg 147
$90,000,000 for the Peace Corp pg 148
$13,000,000 to Howard University pg 121
9,000,000 Misc Senate Expenses pg 134
$100,000,000 to Essential Air carriers pg 162
$40,000,000,000 Responsibility to Workers Pg 164
$1,000,000,000 Airlines Recycle and Save Program pg 163
$25,000,000 to the FAA for administrative costs pg 165
$492,000,000 to National Railroad Corporation 167
$25,000,000,000 for Transit Infrastructure pg 169
$3,000,000 Maritime Administration pg 172
$5,000,000 Inspector General pg 172
$2,500,000 Public and Indian Housing pg 175
$5,000,000 Community Planning and Development pg 175
$1,500,000,000 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance pg 176
$720,000,000 to the public housing fund pg 177
$100,000,000 For Native Americans pg 183
$250,000,000 for Housing Block Grants for Tribes pg 182
$130,000,000 for AIDS Housing pg 185
$20,000,000 of which goes to one time grantees pg 186
$15,000,000,000 Community Development Fund pg 188
$5,000,000,000 in Homeless Assistance pg 193
$100,000,000,000 for Rental Assistance – pg 198
$7,000,000 enforce the Fair Housing Act – 203
$227,000,000 for grants to States for youth 2 activities pg 80
$261,000,000 for grants to States for dislocated worker
$10,000,000 for Migrant and Seasonal Farm workers
$100,000,000 for ‘‘Job Corps’’,
$15,000,000 for ‘‘Program Administration’’,
$6,500,000, to the ‘‘Wage and Hour Division’’,
$30,000,000, to OSHA
$10,000,000 for Susan Harwood training grants
$1,300,000,000, for ‘‘Primary Health Care’’,
$75,000,000, for ‘‘Student Aid Administration’’,
$9,500,000,000, for ‘‘Higher Education’’,
This stimulus will add an estimated $17,000 in debt per citizen, for a measly $1200 check. So why does a economy recovery bill involve so much more? And why were so many willing to ignore constitutional authority and procedure to get it passed?
This is corrupt and dangerous. And far scarier to me than any virus. At least we have a fair fight against a virus.
As of March 29, 2020, the outbreak of thecoronavirus disease (COVID-19) had spread to six continents, and approximately 30,935 people had died after contracting the respiratory virus. Around 10,023 of these deaths occurred in Italy.
That is a lot of people. When marketed correctly its scary. But lets give some perspective. I looked up flu deaths worldwide on average
Illnesses range from mild to severe and even death. Hospitalization and death occur mainly among high risk groups. Worldwide, these annual epidemics are estimated to result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 290 000 to 650 000 respiratory deaths.
I am not in the hospitals, I am not in contact with people who are ill. But I follow social media, I watch the news. I pay attention. And like many people, I’m conflicted. We do not know about testing. How tests are counted. Some are saying that any positive coronavirus test is being counted as COVID 19, coronavirus is the scientific term for a common virus that has many different strains and most people are infected by at some point in their lives.
I certainly don’t want to get sick, but that never stopped me from working before. If my body is at risk then that is my risk to take. If it comes down to making others ill, is that applied in any other scenario? Why this, why now?
I don’t trust it. Thats for sure. It may or may not have been created/released/orchestrated to teach Hong Kong a lesson, but it’s certainly being used to teach us all right now.