White House: We're Going to Have to Let Some People Die So the Stock Market Can Live - 2020-03-23
Needless to say, telling people to get back to their normal lives within a fortnight is not at all what health experts have recommended. In fact, many agree we'll have to practice social distancing for at least a year and perhaps up to 18 months, the alternative literally being the death of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Faced with that choice, most people would probably go with the former, even if it meant major damage to economy. And then you have the ghouls of Team Trump:
Appearing Monday morning on Fox News' America's Newsroom, Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow agreed that a pivot away from strict coronavirus measures could be on the horizon. "The president tweeted at midnight that we can't let the cure be worse than the problem," Fox News anchor Ed Henry declared. "He seemed to be talking about, in another week or so, making a decision to try to get the economy back open…How do you do that?"
Kudlow responded that "we'll have to try to do that" because the "economic cost to individuals is just too great," adding that the administration will need to see how everything plays out after more Americans are tested for the virus. "But the president is right," he exclaimed. "The cure can't be worse than the disease, and we're gonna have to make some difficult trade-offs."