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(53,342 posts)
Mon Mar 2, 2020, 06:20 PM Mar 2020

So, how much would THIS cost?

Shut down everything for 2-3 weeks in the US. Govt issues “quarantine checks” to every household to make up for lost wages, maybe only at, oh, say, 80% of wages? All bills due receive a one-month forbearance

Obviously having enough food/toiletries/etc would be a huge issue to resolve and this is all probably way too cost prohibitive but we shouldn’t be in deficit spending for the current state of the economy. Deficit spending is supposed to be during down times to protect the economy and all Americans

I dunno. Just a wild thought....

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So, how much would THIS cost? (Original Post) Roland99 Mar 2020 OP
We can't shut down everything. TwilightZone Mar 2020 #1
I doubt it... Newest Reality Mar 2020 #2
So you are proposing something along the line of a temporary Universal Basic Income Sherman A1 Mar 2020 #3
Maaaaaybe Roland99 Mar 2020 #4
Sure, Trump would do anything to help procon Mar 2020 #5
It'll be paid for as soon as safeinOhio Mar 2020 #6


(25,428 posts)
1. We can't shut down everything.
Mon Mar 2, 2020, 06:28 PM
Mar 2020

That's logistically impossible.

Primary essential services:
The electrical grid
Water supply
Telephone/cell services
Police/armed forces
Air traffic control

Refuse collection

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_services

Newest Reality

(12,712 posts)
2. I doubt it...
Mon Mar 2, 2020, 06:29 PM
Mar 2020

People will just have to be good Americans and pick themselves up by their tissue boxes.

There is no substitute for the dignity of illness and the freedom to die. Disease happens and it is not an excuse to get some form of disaster welfare when able bodied people are able to exercise the independence of fevers, coughing, hacking, fevers and breathing difficulties in the way they see fit. Handouts will only discourage recovery and encourage idleness and dependence.

In fact, we won't even get tossed a free box of tissues.

Sherman A1

(38,958 posts)
3. So you are proposing something along the line of a temporary Universal Basic Income
Mon Mar 2, 2020, 06:33 PM
Mar 2020

to weather this storm?


(15,805 posts)
5. Sure, Trump would do anything to help
Mon Mar 2, 2020, 06:46 PM
Mar 2020

out the working class (cough-cough). Can you see him taking a break from stealing kids from their parents at the border to give folks a break on their bills. He probably wouldn't include certain groups, like democrats, women, minorities, immigrants, non Christians, the poor... So the only class remaining is the wealthiest, and Trump has no problem showering them with gifts.

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