Well said. Spot on.It was an imperfect solution that was passed with a necessary haste. That said, it might have been totally adequate if Americans had been able to properly quarantine, wear masks, socially distance themselves, and then work within a government system of contact tracing. In other words, it might have been enough to be much more safely open RIGHT NOW into some kind of “90% version of our economy”. But we were too bratty, undisciplined, and ridiculously politicized to pull that off, so more relief is necessary. Not “necessary” in the sense that it’ll hurt people lil feelings and sense of entitlement, but necessary in the sense that without it, the economy risks being so damaged that it is unable to reboot to its former size, productivity, and growth.
But our government is also bratty, undisciplined, and ridiculously politicized. And so now that the time for another—hopefully less hasty and more precisely distributed—relief package is PAST DUE, we are stuck in a partisan squabble that will cause destruction of the economy and increased opportunities for the virus to spread. We’re so great.