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Fri May 15, 2020, 01:00 AM

The United States is a country to be pitied

By Eugene Robinson 
Washington Post Columnist
May 14, 2020 at 2:37 p.m. PDT

Only a handful of nations on Earth have arguably done a worse job of handling the coronavirus pandemic than the United States. What has happened to us? How did we become so dysfunctional? When did we become so incompetent?

The shocking and deadly failures by President Trump and his administration have been well documented — we didn’t isolate, we didn’t test, we didn’t contact trace, we waited too long to lock down. But Trump’s gross unfitness is only part of the problem. The phrase “American exceptionalism” has always meant different things to different people — that this nation should be admired, or perhaps that it should be feared. Not until now, at least in my lifetime, has it suggested that the United States should be pitied.

Thanks to Trump, we have no coherent national plan to survive the pandemic. But also thanks to the federal government — and I include Congress as well as the president — we lack the kind of sturdy economic safety net that protects unemployed workers and shut-down business owners in some of the hardest-hit European countries — nations that once looked up to the United States as a model. In the Netherlands, for example, the government is granting employers up to 90 percent of their payroll costs so they can keep paying their workers rather than resort to furloughs or layoffs. That kind of continuity ought to speed recovery when reopening becomes safe.

Here, nearly 40 million workers have filed for unemployment.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-united-states-is-a-country-to-be-pitied/2020/05/14/d2d98e9c-961e-11ea-91d7-cf4423d47683_story.html

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SunSeeker May 2020 OP
rampartc May 2020 #1
Cha May 2020 #2
SunSeeker May 2020 #5
Cha May 2020 #7
Rhiannon12866 May 2020 #8
Cha May 2020 #9
Rhiannon12866 May 2020 #10
Cha May 2020 #11
Rhiannon12866 May 2020 #12
appalachiablue May 2020 #3
gopiscrap May 2020 #4
brer cat May 2020 #6

Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri May 15, 2020, 02:23 AM

1. if anyone did not recognize us as a failed state before.

can there remain any doubt?

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri May 15, 2020, 02:50 AM

2. trumpgate and the repub Senators.

Life sure changed on a dime.

Mahalo for Eugene Robinson, SunSeeker.

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Fri May 15, 2020, 03:55 AM

5. Yup. Our democracy has been on life support since 2016.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #5)

Fri May 15, 2020, 04:02 PM

7. And, then we get hit with a Deadly Pandemic

Virus that was Ignored by the treasonous assface in charge.

What can I say?.. Hang in there Democracy Lovers!

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Sat May 16, 2020, 03:11 AM

8. It sure did! Kudos to Eugene Robinson for telling it like it is!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #8)

Sat May 16, 2020, 03:20 AM

9. Yes!

Rhiannon

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Response to Cha (Reply #9)

Sat May 16, 2020, 03:26 AM

10. I just watched the video of Eugene Robinson on MSNBC today

So looked to see if his column on this had been posted - he really is one of our best!

U.S. Is Lacking A Coherent Plan On Virus, Says Eugene Robinson - Morning Joe - MSNBC
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017582596

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #10)

Sat May 16, 2020, 03:28 AM

11. Thank you for that!

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Response to Cha (Reply #11)

Sat May 16, 2020, 03:30 AM

12. You're more than welcome!

When Eugene Robinson speaks (or writes), I've learned to pay close attention!

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri May 15, 2020, 02:54 AM

3. The Netherlands, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Japan and

more where workers with governments that are backstopping employees during this pandemic are living with much more security than in the US. No wonder Americans are worried and under chronic duress.

The US has slipped to a declining 'flawed democracy' from a 'full democracy according' to the economic index report.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri May 15, 2020, 03:04 AM

4. great article

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri May 15, 2020, 09:14 AM

6. K&R

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