Trying to Live in the New Normal in the USA
There is no going back and there is no normal
With a one-size-fits-all broad stroke, the US has been shut down.
There are many opinions and explanations about this decision.
Since when did it become OK to destroy businesses and keep students out of the classrooms?
If the aged are the most vulnerable, why not give them guidelines of safety to follow and leave everyone else to make their own decisions?
People die every second of every day in the world. How many of these deaths in the U.S. were from other issues like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, or maybe from a surgery that had to be postponed?
The media reports the number of deaths, lumping it all together and inferring that the deaths were all caused from the virus. Is this true?
We should all check these reports and form our own opinions.
Checking on Google, I found that the CDC estimated that from April 12, 2009 thru April 10, 2010 there were 60.8 million H1N1 cases, also known as Swine Flu, with 274, 304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths.
I vaguely remember this, but I do believe that the U.S. was open for business and classrooms were active.
There will always be disease and pestilence. Science cannot stay ahead, because they don’t see what’s coming.
Fortune reported that in the U.S. in February 2018, influenza was killing up to 4,000 Americans a week. Again, I don’t recall shutdowns, constant news reports, constant death counts.
But now, every windbag politician gets his/her face in front of a camera for their 15 minutes of fame.
And the governors are enjoying exercising “power” over their states, having people arrested and spied upon by drones.
Did I just fall asleep and wake up in a Communist country?
The Great Depression Recession
Personally, I don’t see anything great about either of these terms.
If you have older relatives that lived thru the Great Depression, I’m sure they will tell you about the great food lines and unemployment lines. No jobs. no food, no money.
As our economy is being destroyed, are we headed for soup lines?
There were news reports on food lines in different cities today and not enough food to go around, but we have farmers plowing under crops and dumping milk.
There was also a report on the meat industry in this country saying there will be a shortage of meat and pork. I heard on the news that pork farmers are killing their baby pigs because they can’t sell their pork.
There is no excuse for this outrageous behavior, except that there are no profits for agricultural farming so rather than give it to some who could truly benefit from it, they’ll destroy it.
We always have hunger, poverty and homelessness in the U.S. We are told that this country is the most powerful and richest country in the world. Everyone is not rich and many are hungry.
Some school children get their meals at school, but now that the schools are shut down, are they eating? I’m sure the children of the political families are eating as usual.
There is always talk of other countries not having enough food. Are we trying to become like them?
A Change is Coming
The U.S. has changed many times in my lifetime.
So much so, that I don’t even recognize it. I never imagined an economic shutdown. We are all going to be impacted by this for many years to come.
Think of your children and grandchildren.
This economic shutdown was caused by the government. Who in their right mind would shutdown an economy and destroy the lives of millions, because of a pneumonia type virus?
Again, issue safety guidelines for the most vulnerable and let them decide for themselves what is safe.
What is the death count from suicides and murders caused by this shutdown?
It has been reported that the suicide hot lines have been receiving a record number of calls.
Are we thinking about the many people living in dangerous situations with violent abusers and child abusers?
Imagine the horror these people are facing daily, if you can.
This is not the country I grew up in!
There’s a disinfectant for that!
I have always washed my hands many, many times per day, so being told to do this was not an inconvenience.
So, by washing our hands and not coughing, sneezing and spitting on each other, we should be able to keep some germs from spreading. Did we just figure this out?
Isn’t this just good manners? Isn’t this what we teach our kids? Well, maybe not.
But, as adults, do we need to be told to wash our hands? Apparently so, as I have observed many well dressed women leaving the ladies restroom without washing their hands. Tho, they did check their makeup and hair!
Common sense please people!
I have seen on news reports about buses, subways, grocery stores and the like being cleaned, as we all stand 6 ft. apart. Someone said the other day, that when this is over, we’ll have to keep cleaning.
Well, what were you doing before the virus?
We all know that public restrooms, transportation and anywhere that the public congregates is probably not as clean as it should be.
All this rush to cleaning and disinfecting is like closing the barn door after the horse is out. Cleaning should have been done all along.
I think it’s a good idea that food servers in restaurants wear masks and gloves.
I don’t like the idea that people bringing food to the table may have been sneezing and coughing in the kitchen. And kitchen staff should wear latex gloves, but they would need to change them often as they handle different foods. Who will monitor this?
I have worked in kitchens and have seen some issues that you don’t want to know about.
I’m all for tables being farther apart. I never liked sitting in a fancy restaurant and listening to the conversation at the table next to us. I do understand the margins that restaurants operate on and plate cost. I know that many will not be able to succeed after these changes are made.
And what can you say about the airlines? Uncomfortable seating and too many damn people! So if they have to take out some seats, it will probably make a stressful trip a little less stressful.
And definitely require airline passengers to wear face masks. The air on a plane is a science project!
And Hooray for not shaking hands! I don’t know where those hands have been!
So, these new conditions do not seem to be too painful, but masks are hot and uncomfortable.
There will be some people that will decide to sign up for online college courses and learn from home. Think of the money that will save.
Will this be the end of some student debt?
Working remotely from home has proved doable for many.
This will probably become a new trend and a very good thing for many people.
Again, people working from home don’t need many new clothes, fancy coffees, lunches out and parking garages.
Some people may have developed a new opportunity that they hadn’t even thought of due to being at home.
When you have to do without certain things, you replace those things with something else and possibly never go back to the old ways.
Often times, we find that change is good.
There are pros and cons to everything and what works for some may not work for others.
The American people are creative and resourceful and they can and will take adversity and turn it into opportunity.
That is, if the politicians stay out!
Career Politicians Versus the More Important Working American
Instead of having career politicians that have never had a real job or business, debate our future, why not have real American workers in their states decide what is best?
Politicians do not understand every day working life in America, so how can they know what is best for the American people?
And no politician should have a political agenda to get their hands on money that is meant to help working Americans!
Personally, I am tired of looking at all the politicians, doctors and media flapping their gums about this virus. Since this is supposed to be new, how can they form any meaningful statements that will benefit you?
There have been many comments made that were unfounded. You know what they were, so I’m not going to repeat them here.
Take Nothing For Granted
We are all probably guilty of taking life in America for granted.
We expect to see over filled grocery store shelves and an abundance of everything.
I’ve only seen empty store shelves on cable news reports about other countries, but not the U.S.
Well, coming to an area near you …Shortages!
How are you planning for the unknown in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?
Are you hoarding food and supplies? Do you even know what to stock up on?
Do you have a stash of cash at your fingertips, just in case there is a problem with banks?
Isn’t it amazing how quickly our lives have changed?
The American people are expected to accept what they are told by the powers that be, but for how long?
Remember Humpty Dumpty? He had a Great Fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again!
Does this English nursery rhyme describe the economy going forward?
I certainly hope not.
Too many cooks spoil the soup and right now there are too many leaders stirring pots in all the States.
Do not put your trust and faith in elected leaders.
Which one of these elected politicians are going to bed tonight worrying about where their next paycheck is coming from?
Let’s get the Hot Air out of Washington, D.C.!
No wonder the glaciers are melting!
Stop the perks for the politicians, take away their paychecks, definitely put a huge mask over their faces and social distance them from the American public.
Welcome to the New Normal!