Reopen The Economy By Making Plans Instead Of Talking In Circles

Reopen The Economy By Making Plans Instead Of Talking In Circles

Reopen The Economy By Making Plans Instead Of Talking In Circles

The economy needs to be reopened and soon. That is the plain and simple truth of the matter. But how do we do that? Form task forces to talk in circles about making a plan? Or actually develop a plan?

Several states are and have formed regional coalitions to work on reopening their economies. 

Furthermore the CDC and FEMA have drafted a plan as well. 

“A team of government officials — led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — has created a public health strategy to combat the novel coronavirus and reopen parts of the country.

Their strategy, obtained by The Washington Post, is part of a larger White House effort to draft a national plan to get Americans out of their homes and back to work. It gives guidance to state and local governments on how they can ease mitigation efforts, moving from drastic restrictions such as stay-at-home orders in a phased way to support a safe reopening.”

Senator Ted Cruz is one of many who understands that keeping our economy closed indefinitely is unsustainable. 

As I stated above, we need to take more than a strong look at reopening the economy. We need to have an actionable plan. And no, Ezekiel Emmanuel, staying shut down for the next year while waiting for a vaccine is an idiotic consideration. Quite frankly, the cost to those who stay out of work for months if not years can cause MORE damage than this virus has. 

“Before the virus hit, America’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, the lowest in 50 years. Now Goldman Sachs predicts unemployment could spike to 15 percent by midyear. A St. Louis Federal Reserve economist grimly predicts 32 percent unemployment — worse than during the Great Depression.

Job losses cause extreme suffering. Every 1 percent hike in the unemployment rate will likely produce a 3.3 percent increase in drug-overdose deaths and a 0.99 percent increase in suicides, according to data from the National Bureau of Economic Research and the medical journal Lancet.”

Retail businesses have shut down, and we now see that the retail business as a whole took a huge hit in March. The numbers, quite honestly, will be worse by the end of April. Some, who are able to stay open, have seen a 50-95% drop in business. How long can those businesses survive that way? The answer is, THEY CAN’T. 

Furthermore, it isn’t just a restaurant closing for good that hurts the economy. As Bobby Stuckey points out, independent restauranteurs employ over eleven million people, making them the second largest employer in the country next to the federal government. 

“Tens of millions of jobs will vanish right behind ours. The restaurant industry directly employs tens of millions more people including the farmers, packers, beverage distributors, and delivery people up and down the food supply and delivery chain who depend on our revenue to stay in business. If we can’t open for business, this supply chain won’t last.”

So, what is the solution? Keep funding WHO? No. Talking in circles about making plans to reopen our economy? Not helping. Proposing an idiotic bill to pay $2,000 a month to people until employment returns to pre-Covid levels? REALLY not helping!

Or, proposing a plan such as the one that Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs has put together. 

It’s a Phased Reopening that specifically outlines what business should continue to do regarding keeping the work environment as virus free as possible. Retail stores adopt stringent guidelines regarding number of customers, deep cleaning, continual disinfection of high-traffic areas, taking temperatures on regular basis, and more. 

The proposal also includes parks, gyms, hair salons, and restaurants. 

“Restaurants whose primary business is food service may open to half the seating capacity of their dining area as permitted by the Knox County Health Department, or 100 patrons, whichever is lower. Tables should be spaced, and seating arrangements coordinated, following the public health guidelines of the CDC—which is maintaining a distance of at least six feet between persons. Follow this model for the first two weeks. Open to 75% of seating capacity or 150 patrons, whichever is lower, for two additional weeks. Consider opening to full capacity after four weeks of phased reopening.”

There is a great deal to consider with Mayor Jacob’s proposal.

Is it a set in stone plan? No. But it IS a plan. It’s a plan that is resonating well with businesses across Knox County. 

Understandably, people are hesitant about enacting the plan as is, and some believe it’s too soon to consider. In my opinion, the lockdown has become too costly to sustain. Therefore, let’s work to move beyond “talking” about a plan and do as Mayor Jacobs has done by actually creating the framework of one. 

We need to quit cowering in our homes. We CAN reopen our economy and do so wisely by continuing to follow all medical protocols, protecting the vulnerable, and put America back to work.

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  • Robin H says:

    This shutdown was NEVER about saving lives, it was about spreading them out so they didn’t overwhelm the hospitals. That’s happened, and hospitals are actually laying off staff. Stop with the slow roll, it’s time to resume our normal life. If you’re afraid than YOU stay in or wear a mask. I’m beyond sick of this.

  • njc says:

    Step 1: identify the counties and municipalities representing 90% of the infection.

    Step 2: Remove all restrictions on retail and wholesale outside those areas. Personal care businesses should limit to regular (thus local) customers and observe special precautions. Personal service (cleaning, home assistance) should limit to regular customers. All restrictions to be evaluated twice a week, and lifted locale by locale as disease rates drop within a 100-mile radius.

  • GWB says:

    But how do we do that?
    You really don’t need an “economic council” to do that. Just lift the restrictions. Maintain quarantine for specifically identified at-high-risk populations. And impose one new restriction: wear masks. Period. So simple a non-technocrat can figure it out. Maybe that’s too simple for a technocrat to conceive.

    We need to have an actionable plan.
    I have one! Ooh, oooh, ooh! Mr Kotter, pick me!

    people are hesitant about enacting the plan as is
    Of course! They’re afraid. Because they listened to the fear-mongers in the media and the gov’ts. They listened to the “experts”.

    And, I concur with Robin H and njc. Particularly the “identify the 90% population.” Just cordoning off NYC would have a HUGE impact on limiting infection. Or it would have if it had been done a month and a half ago. Epidemiologists who don’t know how to contain an epidemic. That’s just… sad.

  • talgus says:

    really hard to lift the restrictions when the 24/7 fear mongers continue unabated. Not a one has taken back their incorrect doom announcements.

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