One of Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisors is suggesting a 4-6 week national lockdown to battle Covids recent surge. Michael Osterholm told yahoo finance during an hour long interview that the lockdown was needed to not only control the virus but also to protect the US economy.
Citing low interest rates he told Yahoo, “We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages, for individual workers,”. He went on to suggest small businesses would also receive bailouts during a lockdown.
The Federal budget deficit is currently on pace for a record year with October at $284 billion and over a $3 trillion deficit estimated for the year. The national debt currently stands at a staggering $27 trillion.
Osterholm went on to tell yahoo that if we imposed a national lockdown, “then we could lock down for four to six weeks, and if we did that, we could drive the numbers down,”…“Like they’ve done in Asia. Like they did in New Zealand and Australia.”
While Australia and New Zealand have kept cases down, they’ve done so with draconian lockdowns for extended periods. Meanwhile several European countries including Great Britain imposed strict lockdowns early on, experienced spikes in cases after reopening and recently imposed further strict lockdowns lasting into December.
A national lockdown in the US may be hard to enforce due to Constitutionally guaranteed states rights and ultimately may come down to individual governors discretion.
Governor Ducey of AZ imposed lockdowns and business closures during the spring but has backed off the closures since. The Governor recently indicated he would not reimpose lockdowns in AZ but pressure from some groups and many in the media have been persistently rising.
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