The Coming COVID-19 Aftermath
There will be some last effects even after COVID-19 fades out. Correctly understanding the CAUSE of the negative side effects is key to not repeating the same stupidity next time, and there will be a next time.
Small Businesses essentially live paycheck to paycheck so to speak, starting out. So, when they have to close their doors for weeks, maybe months, they lose out on some serious revenue required to stay in business. A lot of small businesses will go under, but what or WHO caused their demise? Did COVID-19 cause this? Did the virus order them to close their doors or face financial and regulatory punishments? No. The local, city, and state government did. So many businesses were deemed as “non-essential” by the local governments and were forced to close down by the governments. If they didn’t obey the government, they would face fines and regulatory punishments, hurting their businesses anyway.
Unemployment And Loss of Healthcare
This drives consumers to big corporations because there are less mom and pop shops around. I’m sure they were all for this. All the small business employees are laid off. Shop owners close down and become jobless as well. Dreams of your own company and business are shot to hell. Unemployment goes up and people are without health insurance. All because it was the government that told you that you are non-essential to society and to close down or else.
As shops and store fronts close down, there is a growth in vacant office space and buildings. The owners of the vacant office space no longer receives revenue for renting out that space, but they still have to pay local, state, and federal fees and taxes on it. Sometimes these owners have to layoff employees to compensate for the loss in revenue. Unemployment goes up and people are without health insurance. All because the government told their tenet that they must close.
The manufacturers and distributors of the goods from that mom and pop shops that closed down are then also face losses of revenue. Some of them may have to layoff staff to compensate for the loss of revenue from servicing small businesses. Unemployment goes up and people are without health insurance. All because the government told their partner to close down. Even these manufacturer and distributors may even be forced to close as well.
Then, to top it off, the local governments order a “free” people to “shelter-in-place” or remain indoors or face criminal prosecution. This effectively prevents the purchase of goods. The drops the customer volume, drops revenue, and damages the small businesses that are allowed to remain open. So even the small businesses who the government deemed “essential” are still hurt by the governments actions. Some of them may need to lay staff off to compensate for the loss of revenue. Unemployment goes up and people are without health insurance.
All because the government ordered businesses to close and their slaves, oh, I mean their citizens to avoid going outdoors, they effectively crush 44% (1) of the economy.
So, what does the government do to SOLVE THE PROBLEM THEY CREATED? Print and spend invisible money.
First, the Federal Reserve drops their interest rates to almost zero, thinking that will get investors to dump money into bonds and boost federal revenue for the economy… nope. No one really fell for it. But, on the bright side, now the federal government doesn’t have to give back so much in interest to investors now that they dropped the interest rate so low…
Then, Trump dumps 800 billion into the banks. But, within 5 hours of the stockmarket opening, that value was wiped away and not a single small businesses or citizen would benefit from that. That didn’t do shit but increase inflation and hurt the value of the dollar.
So, what do the all wise powerful think of next? You guessed it, more spending and more debt. But this is where it gets good. At first the COVID-19 Stimulus package was estimated to be around 1.8 TRILLION, $1,800,000,000,000.00!!! It contained an idea for giving about $1,200 to each adult citizen. What’s odd is that would only come out to about 180 to 250 billion dollars… WHERE IS THE REST OF THAT 1.8 TRILLION GOING? There were some provisions for small business LOANS, which, would be a good-sih thing. BUT, most of it would go to big corporations as a form of bail out for industry specific corporations.
But then The Democrats started licking their lips in seeing an opportunity to fuck America even more. They held out and the billed failed, twice. They wanted to add stupid shit in the bill to fund their trash agendas that had nothing to do with the suffering people and businesses. All this hoopla about essential funding and saving lives, and Dems want to fund abortion during this crisis (5). Even the left leaning USA TODAY published an article titled “Democrats try to hijack coronavirus stimulus for liberal Christmas in March.” (6) James Clyburn, a democrat from South Carolina, even stated: “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” WOW, now is the time for this? Let us keep in mind, the virus doesn’t G.A.F. about your race or gender, and thousands are sick while millions are feeling the effects of it, regardless of their race and gender. Despite all this, Democrats impose racial and gender pay equity provisions, diversity on corporate boards, increased use of minority-owned banks by federal offices, a grab-bag of other diversity-themed requirements, and increases the collective bargaining power for unions and cancels all the debt owed by the U.S. Postal Service to the U.S. Treasury. For the global warming crowd there are increased fuel emission standards and required carbon offsets for airlines, plus tax credits for alternative energy programs. It gives $100 million to juvenile justice programs, and suspends various aspects of enforcement of immigration laws. The Democrats have no shame nor do they really give a shit about all those effected by this government manufactured crisis.
We already see major airline companies and travel companies begging for government TAX PAYER handouts. THIS IS NOT HOW A FREE MARKET WORKS. This is NOT capitalism. In a capitalistic free market, these poorly managed companies would fail. They would go through the bankruptcy process AND THEN GET BOUGHT UP BY A BETTER MANAGED COMPANY. But, no, that’s not how American Corporate-capitalism works. Mommy Daddy government keeps alive shitty companies and their poor management systems and styles. In return, these companies are dependent on the government when in need. They take federal loans, and gradually pay them back with interest. It’s a perfect Federal Government-Corporation relationship.
The massive banks LOVE American and the Federal Government. They are usually the first to get free bail out money. Trump just threw 800 Billion at them and they eat that shit up like candy. Now, with the Trump Stimulus package, they will get even more. Yum yum. Don’t forget, these massive banks got close to a Trillion dollars in 2001 and 2008. So, are The American People suppose to foot the bill for massive banks every 10 years or so?
People are dumb enough to think that if Delta Airlines goes out of business that suddenly there will be no more flying as a means of travel… If they were just allowed to fail, they would get bought up by another company and manage them better, maybe even get you better rates and reduce package handling fees. But not, you want the federal government to continuously save these companies with poor business models. Remember, the travel industry got a massive bail out in 2001 AND the government created an ENTIRELY NEW organization, funded by MORE tax dollars, the TSA (7).
The Local Governments.
Then you have all the State and Local governments so quick to declare a state of emergency so they can dig into the federal slush funds too. California, broke ass state, was quick to declare itself in a state of emergency, especial after Trump said he would cut their states federal funding. Everyone wants to dip into that federal fund. BUT IT’S ALL TAX DOLLARS! And when no one is working, no taxes can be taken, where is all this money going to come from?
We The People
The fact is, We The People, are a bunch of government bitches. Revolutions took place in situations when the government acted this way toward their people. We have become lazy AF. Even “conservatives” cry about losing their government checks… MAYBE only 2% of the entire “free” people can actually live free from government dependence.
The government demands and commands you to close your business and 99% of the private business owners do what they are told like punks.
Then, people of the community, willingly, without protest, go to the remaining 1% of business owners and threaten them with civil and criminal action if they don’t obey and comply to the government mandate to close down.
Then, states, like California, order a “shelter-in-place” imposed on their citizens. And like obedient government slaves, they all comply.
The government tells Churches and religious centers of worship to close their doors and that their worshipers are not allowed to assemble and freely worship. And these religious leaders comply like some unbelieving sissy. Like their faith is less important than the commands of the state. They try to justify the weak-mindedness by saying “keep the peace and be cautious” yet, these guys are willing to send missionaries to West Africa where they face murder, assault, and THE EBOLA VIRUS. Can’t be anymore weak and hypocritical than this. Where is their “keeping the peace” and “cautious” demeanor there? Well, if your religious book isn’t important enough, there is another writing:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble“
This isn’t rocket science. NO LAW can prohibit the FREE exercise of religion AND THE RIGHT of the people to peacefully ASSEMBLE. But, you cower when the government tells you to close your church doors and can’t host a worship service anymore… WTF is wrong with you people? And this document was thought of DURING A TIME OF A SERIOUS CRISIS, like a post-revolution society with no finalized government!
WHO IS THE CAUSE OF THIS SITUATION?
We can easily see that The Government caused this situation and their solutions will just cause more problems long term. BUT, WE THE PEOPLE, elected these weak “public servants” and WE THE PEOPLE comply with and bow to their poor leadership. WE THE PEOPLE share in the blame. And as we start to see our freedoms fade away and our dependence on the government grow, we can only blame ourselves. But that’s okay, you’ll ignore this and keep electing the same shitty politicians and screw the nation and your grand children. And, they, will blame you.