Fauci on US coronavirus cases: "What we unfortunately expect as we move into December in the next few weeks may see a spike superimposed on the spike we're already in." pic.twitter.com/KlBiDPhbz3
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 29, 2020
Annie Lowrey / Atlantic:
America failed on COVID-19, but the economy is fine. Why?
The US entered the coronavirus recession with some structural advantages. Its success cannot last long.
The United States was better not only in shape but also in function of addressing the economic fallout from the pandemic. It had top-notch monetary policy: that spring, the Federal Reserve, the most capable technocratic institution in the country, calmed the financial markets with a soup of letters of special programs while interest rates fell to zero and the markets flooded with cash.
Still, Washington was improbably different from fiscal policy, at least earlier in the year. In the US, people have fewer, more stingy, more complicated and more conditional safety nets than in many other advanced economies – less generous “automatic stabilizers” in economic parlance. But when COVID-19 hit, Congress Democrats were negotiating a series of enormous, highly effective temporary stabilizers with Republicans willing to make it big, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Under the $ 2.2 trillion CARES Act, Congress made loans to small businesses to no avail. sent 1,200 checks to most Americans; Gig workers added to unemployment insurance system; and add $ 600 weekly to unemployment checks.
The latter is a big reason why the pandemic didn't have a major impact on the elections. Democrats need to better report how they helped. Instead it was "Nothing Happens to Congress" rather than "Won't Republicans".
NYT editorial team:
Let's talk about higher wages
The nation and the Democratic Party desperately need a replacement for the tired story of tax cuts fueling economic growth.
One of the Republican Party's major achievements in recent decades has been the relentless propagation of a simple formula for economic growth: tax cuts.
The formula doesn't work, but that hasn't affected its popularity. This is partly because people like tax cuts. But it's also because people like economic growth, and while the cult of tax cuts has attracted many critics, it lacks obvious rivals.
Democratic politicians have tended to help people left behind by economic growth, the difficulties that economic growth creates, and the problems that economic growth cannot address. When Democrats talk about promoting economic growth, they often sound like Republicans with a few concerns – the party's friendlier, better tax cut.
This is not just a political problem for Democrats; It's an economic problem for the United States. The nation needs a better story of the drivers of economic growth to garner support for better public policies. The painful lessons of the past few decades, as well as recent economic research, point to a promising candidate: higher wages.
Before this month, had anyone seriously advanced the electoral college argument that Trump allies are now making: that it would allow state lawmakers to overturn the referendum and vote for their party's candidate?
– Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 29, 2020
New York Times:
Covid overload: US hospitals are running out of beds for patients
As the coronavirus pandemic rises across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to adequately care for patients.
Tracey Fine lay on a stretcher in an emergency room hallway for 13 hours in excruciating pain, with lesions on her face and scalp.
All around her, Covid-19 patients filled beds at the Madison, Wisconsin hospital. Her nurse was so tormented that she could not remember Ms. Fine's condition and the staff were slow to bring her pain medication or food.
At a small rural hospital in Missouri, Shain Zundel's severe headache was found to be a brain abscess. His condition would normally have required surgery within a few hours, but he had to wait a day while doctors struggled to find a neurosurgeon and a bed – eventually at a hospital 375 miles away in Iowa.
From New Mexico to Minnesota to Florida, hospitals are teeming with record numbers of Covid patients. Smaller hospital staff have repeatedly had to ask larger medical centers to accept one more patient, just one more, but many of the larger hospitals have severely restricted the transfers they will accept as their own halls and wards are overcrowded.
It looks like the GOP's strategy of "indulging in the presidential electoral fraud conspiracies to fuel the Georgia runoff election" will backfire spectacularly. https://t.co/kGvOh96CM3
– Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) November 29, 2020
Amanda Mull / Atlantic:
The logic of the pandemic restrictions is falling apart
Because of this, you can eat in a restaurant but not have a Thanksgiving Day. .
As the weeks went on, my confidence began to wane. The number of new cases in NYC skyrocketed each day, increasing the risk of indoor transmission, but Josh kept going to restaurants. Maybe he misunderstood something about risk. Maybe he would want to know. The next time he wrote about COVID-19, I told him as gently as I could that it would be a good idea not to eat inside if he was trying to stay safe.
My suspicions were correct. With restaurants reopening for the state and city, Josh, who only wanted to be identified by his first name to protect his privacy, assumed that local health officials had found a patchwork of precautions that would make eating indoors safer. He and his fiancé had even gone a step further and created a Google map of places they knew were particularly strict on temperature tests. They were listening to the people they should be listening to – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently published a book about how to control the pandemic – and follow all the rules.
Josh was irritated, but not because of me. If the food inside couldn't be made safe, he wondered why people were being encouraged to do so. Why were temperature tests necessary when weren't they actually useful? Why make rules that don't guarantee people's safety?
All of America has this kind of honest confusion. While a misinformation segment of the population immediately rejects the expert consensus on virus safety, so many other people like Josh try to get everything right but run counter to science without realizing it. Of all things, security protocols often mislead them. In the country's new devastating wave of infections, there is a dangerous gap between the realities of transmission and the rules that have been put in place to prevent it. “If the health authorities present rule after rule without clear, scientifically sound justification, their advice appears arbitrary and capricious,” says science journalist Roxanne Khamsi recently written in the Wired. "That undermines public trust and makes it difficult to implement meaningful rules." Experts know what needs to be done to keep people safe, but confusing guidelines and confused messages from some of the country's most famous local leaders are preparing people to die.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on @WNAX on the record-breaking increase in new COVID-19 cases in the state: "I don't think people should be alerted. We're where we expected." Https://t.co/ViVWSHSEUd
– Jeremy Fugleberg (@jayfug) October 30, 2020
Just terrible, from a head of government.
Kathleen McLaughlin / Montana Free Press:
Like “Dr. Annie shares the flat head
When the commissioners in this county of about 104,000 inhabitants in January Dr. When Annie Bukacek was appointed to the health department, they might have known that they were ending up in a political hornet's nest. "DR. Annie", as she is called in the Flathead Valley, is a well-known and outspoken opponent of vaccinations.
Then, as the coronavirus spread in Montana and the crisis deepened here and across the country, she became a leading voice locally and in this politically purple state against state restrictions to curb its spread.
In a widespread video posted on social media, Bukacek doubted the official COVID-19 death toll and said medical professionals were pressured to attribute non-COVID deaths to the virus. However, in many communities like New York City, it is believed that deaths from the virus have now occurred initially undercounted. Many public health experts say historical comparisons show that the statewide numbers are still there Underestimation of the death toll from COVID-19.
THREAD: I have just spent 3 days with frontline workers at hospitals in a part of Appalachia where hospital stays have more than doubled in the last month. But hospital workers say many in their hardest-hit communities still don't believe COVID is real. Misinformation is widespread.
– Dasha Burns (@DashaBurns) November 28, 2020
20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump's quest to overturn the election
As divided as Trump's aides might have been over his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, many of them gave in to their boss and encouraged him to continue to struggle with legal redress. They were "happy to scratch his itch," said this counselor. "If he thinks he's won, it's like" Shh. . . we won't tell him. "
For example, Trump campaign participant John McLaughlin discussed with Trump a post-election poll that Trump received with a positive approval rating, a multitude of countries that the media considered "unfair and biased against him," and a majority of voters who believed their life was better than it was four years ago showed two people familiar with the conversation who discussed private conversations on the condition of anonymity. As expected, Trump did it.
When the state of Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 districts were closed. The researchers found that coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out countries – while falling in areas where masks were required. Http://t.co/UMLQzeBVAb
– NPR (@NPR) November 29, 2020
And as of 2016, David Wong / Cracked with the best Trump voter declaration you will ever read:
How half of America went out of their fucking minds
I will explain the Donald Trump phenomenon in three films. And then some text.
There's this universal acronym that epic adventure films use to distinguish the good from the bad. The good guys are simple people from the country …
… while the bad guys are decadent assholes who live in town and wear silly clothes:
in the Star Wars, Luke is a farm boy …
… while the bad guys live in a shiny space station:
🚨🚨BREAKING: Wisconsin's President Recount is complete. Joe Biden received 87 votes and again won the state.
Trump is the first presidential candidate in history to lose recounts in two different states.
Trump and his allies remain 1-39 in post-election litigation.
– Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) November 29, 2020
Trump is wrong about the election result. I've been particularly careful with this word for the past four years, but it's the word that fits here. pic.twitter.com/a3uTUGK1nv
– Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 29, 2020