Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
I heard an Obama-era medical advisor say, “Normal will be Fall 2021.”
Most of the news is about “reopening.”
The Prez says, “Testing is not going to be a problem.”
New York state’s budget is going to be cut by eight billion dollars – no mention of where those cuts will fall.
The president plans to use the much-talked-about Defense Production Act to get the meat—particularly pork—packing industry going. Pork production has become a “critical industry.” At the beginning of this mess, he did not think masks or ventilators were critical. Pork is not in short supply, but “it could be,” he says. A few days ago, the pork promoters said without help they will not be able to keep their pigs going and will need to euthanize them.
I grew up across the street from a farm; they raised pigs, and though I never spoke to the farmers, it seemed obvious they easily could have kept their pigs for another six months or a year, at any point. The places that are in the news are likely not pig farms, but pig factories.
The term “first responders” and “critical workers” is expanding. I hear reference to warehouse workers, grocery store cashiers, and delivery people – perhaps they will become the new heroes. It would be nice if they would be noticed or at least paid a bit more; perhaps it would give rise to a real middle class again. Like after WWII when America expanded economically, the population increased, and though maybe not sustainable, there was growth, people bought homes, traveled, educated their kids.
If working-class people made more money, they would have enough to spend beyond their monthly expenses – imagine. Americans with savings.
Make America great again.
Flowering trees, NYC as a village, Soho’s next chapter.