Every single person should read this story. This is Trump's original failure on the coronavirus -- he was not on top of testing. And because of that, we haven't tested enough, we've had to socially distance and ultimately, we've had to stop our economy. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/us/testing-coronavirus-pandemic.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage
You could start by enacting a wealth tax on billionaires https://twitter.com/zackfinknews/status/1243948289604694018
A 90% wealth tax would net ~ $87 Billion from Gates + $49 Billion from Zuckerberg, while leaving them each $10BN and $5BN respectively. https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1243971395337453570
The media fawns on billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates donating 25 million dollars, which is like less than 25 bucks to them, while ignoring all the working class cashiers and janitors who risk their lives everyday keeping us fed and safe.
They are fucking elitists.
So that would be 0.0038% of their wealth3
What if instead of giving to 501(c)3 nonprofits unaccountable to the public, billionaires just paid enough taxes that the government had the resources to respond to crises like these
In #Detroit @Charlieleduff says:
Chief homicide detective & jail commander dead; police chief ill; nearby Highland Park PD chief on a ventilator.
~40 jail deputies & nurses tested positive
~400 inmates released w/o testing
Is there a leader out there who can help?
As toll grows, a new worry: Morgue capacity and bodies as sources of infection https://wapo.st/3dAixOh
As Michael Tessler notes in his @monkeycageblog & I talk about a lot, public opinion flows from the top down, w the public responding to signals from elites they trust.
Ds need to learn- you shape public opinion, only fools wait for it to shape them
“In at least 10 government reports from 2003-2015, federal officials predicted the United States would experience a critical lack of ventilators and other lifesaving medical supplies if it faced a viral outbreak like the one currently sweeping the country” https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/cnn10/ventilators-supply-government-warnings-coronavirus-invs/index.html
It's weirdly reminiscent of Bush's Mission Accomplished photo op. https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1243962221346140162
Marmite for all!! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/28/fruit-and-veg-will-run-out-unless-britain-charters-planes-to-fly-in-farm-workers-from-eastern-europe
Any company wanting a bailout should be told they need to register themselves in the UK for tax purposes going forward.
A hospital with room for nearly 500 beds has been closed for months in the center of Philadelphia.
And it will remain empty, city officials said, because they cannot accept the owner’s offer: buy the hospital or lease it for almost $1 million a month. https://nyti.ms/3btlNcw
The Department of Health rejected high-level medical advice about providing NHS staff with certain protective equipment during an influenza pandemic because stockpiling it would be too expensive, the Guardian has revealed https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/advice-on-protective-gear-for-nhs-staff-was-rejected-owing-to-cost
As long as he also signs every positive test result, death certificate and layoff notice . . . https://twitter.com/davidgura/status/1243693807545262080
Fascinating city by city data from the 1918 flu pandemic. Social distancing was effective. But cities that relaxed social distancing prematurely faced a strong second wave of deaths. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/how-cities-flattened-curve-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic-coronavirus/
Richard Branson is estimated to be worth $4bn & has used tax havens to avoid taxes. Entities like Virgin Healthcare have paid no corporation tax on £2bn NHS deals. Now he wants UK taxpayers to bailout Virgin Atlantic. SAY NO. Let him use his own wealth.
Almost 20 percent of essential workers on the front lines of coronavirus response in New York City—nurses, janitors, grocery clerks, child care staff, EMS workers, bus and truck drivers, and others—are non-U.S. citizens: https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-frontline-workers-non-citizens-scott-stringer-20200326-bzb6sg3ydbbxpkykhcozy5qspy-story.html
If half the country died, Donald Trump would be demanding the surviving half thank him for saving them.
For $2 trillion, you could give $500 billion to frontline health care facilities and then cut a $10,000 check to every single worker in America.
Please try to explain to me how this wouldnt be better than giving much of the emergency stimulus money to corporations.
Congress and President Trump put taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars to United Airlines in exchange for keeping their work force intact at least through September 30.
Immediately after the bill was signed, United announced upcoming layoffs—to begin after September 30. https://twitter.com/cnbcnow/status/1243624566125182977
Trump told Pence not to return the calls of Governors who are asking for help dealing with this pandemic.
That’s not just beneath the office he holds, but it is beneath any standard of human decency. https://twitter.com/kenvogel/status/1243668002949730310
147 people have died in #WA state, Mr. President. We’ll thank you when you do your job or get out of the way. https://twitter.com/DavidNakamura/status/1243664938486378497
Trump is trying to screw over Michigan because he doesn't think their governor is "appreciative" enough. The governor was told by vendors that the Feds instructed not to send supplies. Hey, Donald: Don't you remember that Michigan is a swing state? They'll remind you in November.
Whut? Lawyers I know in Detroit are asking why Michigan shouldn’t bring a federal suit to enjoin this vindictive presidential discrimination against the state and its citizens, citing the equality principle of Shelby County v. Holder (2013)(Roberts, C.J.). NY and Washington too! https://twitter.com/cherijacobus/status/1243583765080879105
I mean the president all but told sick people in Michigan to drop dead because their lady governor is too mouthy.
"I want them to be appreciative." - Trump today on not helping states whose governors don’t bow down to him.
To every @SenateGOP but Romney — you are responsible for keeping this incompetent lunatic in office. #shame
Just to be clear, @realDonaldTrump *STILL* hasn't actually used the DPA. https://twitter.com/steve_vladeck/status/1243652506686717959
The U.S. mortgage finance system could collapse if the Federal Reserve doesn’t step in with emergency loans to offset a coming wave of missed payments from borrowers crippled by the coronavirus pandemic https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/27/mortgage-system-collapse-coronavirus-pandemic-152338
As absolutely terrible and worrisome as these numbers are, it’s essential to bear in mind that if the testing was at the needed levels the numbers would probably be significantly worse... https://twitter.com/cleancircleorg/status/1243629883298910214
“A 17-year-old boy in Los Angeles County who became the first teen believed to have died from complications with covid-19 in the U.S. was denied treatment at an urgent care clinic because he didn’t have health insurance” https://gizmodo.com/teen-who-died-of-covid-19-was-denied-treatment-because-1842520539/amp?__twitter_impression=true
Four weeks ago: https://twitter.com/theleadcnn/status/1243642332722978818
Why does it appear low-income people are more likely to contract coronavirus?
* more crowded housing conditions
* less likely to be able to telecommute
* worse baseline of healthcare
* etc etc
This pandemic is both reflecting and exacerbating inequality.
Many people still aren't grasping the trickle-up economy. If you put the money into consumer's hands then it doesn't disappear. They go and spend it and then it keeps the whole economy functioning. This is what @AndrewYang tried to explain. Put the money in our hands.
Last night #Trump said #NY didn’t need 30k ventilators despite having 1/2 of US #Coronavirus cases. After wasting wks, finally “invokes Defense Production Act to force GM to make” them. Late means lives. #NY shldn’t have to wait 4 GM. #Coronavirus https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-invokes-defense-production-act-force-gm-make-ventilators-coronavirus-n1170746
Fox News right now is saying over and over again that the media just scaring people.
In the next breath they're also saying that Govs and Mayors made the wrong calls by not closing early so it's not Trump's fault.
I guess all this makes sense to these people.
If you’re worried about COVID-19, just wait until you hear about climate change!
Workers to Trump - stop putting our lives at risk unnecessarily, @maniscalco_joe reveals at @DCReportMedia.