Will it take years or decades to recover from Trump's incompetence?

Thom plus logo While other countries have eliminated or controlled the coronavirus, we learned today that Donald Trump chose specifically not to order test kits, personal protective equipment or ventilators way back in January because Jared Kushner advised him that it might spook the stock market if the nation were to prepare for the pandemic.

Now the Fed chief, Jerome Powell, is warning that our cratered economy could remain bombed out for years because Republicans' and the Trump administration's response to it have been so small and ineffective.

Most of the other developed countries of the world have been able to get the virus under control and keep their unemployment rate well below 10%, some below 6%, through early and aggressive action.

Trump's response, on the other hand, has caused America - 4.5 percent of the world's population - to have a third of the world's coronavirus cases and over a quarter of the world's coronavirus deaths, in addition to the most severely damaged economy in the developed world.

This bungling forces us to confront a terrible question: Will the next president be able to undo Trump's damage and the GOP's obstructionism in a few months, or is it going to take years or maybe even decades to put America back together?

-Thom

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Hephaestus 2 weeks 6 days ago
#1

Could be enough yo-yo's to vote the 'bad smell' in again... now there's a prospect!

Xfilerose 2 weeks 6 days ago
#2

So it would be fair to say in summary that djt's medical career resembles that of Dr Kevorkian and his political career resembles the same path.

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bobbler 2 weeks 6 days ago
#3

Dare we count the dead because they were afraid of smoking the stock market (which happened anyway of course). Trump matters not, because any Republican would've done the same. And Judging from the primaries, I'm not sure about Democrats would have done better. We need to get corporations out of politics to restore democracy.

Legend 2 weeks 5 days ago
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What New Hell Will Trump Rain Down on America Next?

Thom plus logo Trump campaigned on nostalgia for the past, with a slogan calling to make America great "again."

And, indeed, he has re-created many of the most notable moments in past American history.

He's brought back the pandemic of 1918, and the widespread death associated with it.
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