Coronavirus: Republicans Move Towards Sacrificing Old People for the Economy - 2020-03-24
You can see it glowing in the fried dough of his face. Not only does El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago want to "reopen the country," as he put it in his Fauci-less meeting of the Coronavirus SuperFriends on Monday night, he wants to do it with parades and banners and buntings and fireworks, the whole ceremony celebrating himself, the Wartime President who apparently is adapting George Aiken's solution for Vietnam to the current pandemic crisis. He wants to declare victory and get out.
However, it's not just the president*. Over the past couple of days, the response in certain quarters has turned ghoulish. Quite simply, it is becoming a kind of revealed wisdom on the right that we're going to have to take some casualties—especially among we Olds—to get the economy moving again. The editorial page of The Wall Street Journal pointed the way, as it has on so many soulless conservative projects since the Reagan days, gently hinting that some sort of balance has to be struck between public health and the health of the economy. This is not an unreasonable discussion for reasonable people to have at some point. Unfortunately, it engaged that spark-gap in the presidential* cortex that makes him glom onto any passing idea and ransack it for something that will make him look good. (See also: chloroquin). And once the president* started sharing this view, the other, lesser maniacs in the ranks of Republican politicians threw open the afterburners.