American Consequences - May 2020

government mandating your business to shut down... and decimating your future prospects. We wish you the best in the coming months. Congress is on our side. They don’t want us to get sick or die. I mean, who would spend over a million dollars to get a job that only pays $174,000 a year? Anyone can see that they aren’t in it for the money, because it doesn’t pay that much. They must be spending that much money on their election for their love of America, and the American people. That must be why they made everybody stay home for a month, because they didn’t want any of us to get sick. – Ray F. Steven Longenecker comment: Ray, we take your point as it was intended and have to chuckle... Though it gets even better, of course, since only rarely is it their money that politicians are spending to get elected. P. J. O’Rourke comment: And even more rarely is it their money that politicians are spending on all the spending that they vote for. Re: The ‘Big Lie’ Behind COVID-19 Just letting you know I enjoyed the article. I have and always will follow my grandmother’s advice: Get lots of rest. Eat fresh fruits, veggies, and watch your starches (sugars she used to call them). Drink lots of water, tea is good just watch your sugars. In the spring (I live in the mid- Atlantic region), come in before it gets damp or you’ll catch the croup. Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Bathe after being outside in the spring to rid yourself of pollen. And wash your hands! – Tina M.

e-mail. Cash can speak louder than any kind of virtual transfer of value. It’s visceral, it’s real, and it has an impact that zapping your phone in one direction or another never will. Re: Our Upside-Down Coronavirus World The death of trust... As a fairly new reader, this resonates with me. I’m a Nurse Manager in a hospital, so I am seeing the epidemic firsthand – no one can tell me it’s just the flu or a fake illness. However, my husband and I own a business that we literally started in our garage 15 years ago. Last year was our most profitable year ever, although it will never make us wealthy, it does provide an income for my talented spouse and three employees. We live in the tourism-dependent Sonoma Valley wine country in California. Now, we likely will go bankrupt... Events and gatherings here in the Wine Country will not come back for at least 18 months. Need I mention that I am 67 and my husband is 66. Not a lot of time to waste... My 401k shrank, we have savings but will have to use them to pay the taxes on what we made last year, property taxes on our home, etc. We have my job... But hospitals will now start to lay off staff as well. – Claire G. Steven Longenecker comment: Claire, we hope that the eventual reopening treats you and your business well. Simply by having some savings, you’re ahead of most Americans. But, of course, no matter how big of a “rainy day fund” you have, it’s not a panacea against the

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