Updated: Mar 29
| Washington Examiner | by Tiana Lowe
It's more than just tweets. President Trump is reportedly planning a strategy to slowly release separate tiers of workers out of quarantine. PerAxios, the elderly and immunocompromised would still be required to remain in isolation, but some workers could return to their normal work routines.
Contrary to the partisan hand-wringing over Trump's obvious restlessness with the national shutdown, Trump's developing back-to-work plan ought to instill confidence in the public. Trump has only doubled down on his demand that Congress authorize immediate cash relief to consumers, so it's not as though his willingness to strategize about what comes next signals defeat. If anything, it's practically necessary, positioning us to be far more prepared for the secondary stage of the coronavirus than we were for the initial outbreak, and it's politically expedient, a warning sign to Democrats holding the crisis relief bill as a partisan hostage.
The spectrum between our current global shutdown and returning to life as before is vast, and it's impossible to believe that we'll be at either extreme two months from now. Our immediate quarantine is vital to cordon off those who had the coronavirus but weren't symptomatic and to ramp up production and dissemination of testing, treatment, and masks. Bars and schools won't be open any time soon, but Trump's reported plan understands a necessary reality: We need those who cannot earn income from home back at work.
It won't just be the elderly and immunocompromised stuck at home. Likely every worker who can work remotely, largely white-collar workers and middle- and upper-income earners, will be required to continue to do so. But then masks could be allocated to those who must work on-site, like those in the manufacturing or beauty industries. And those workers happen to be disproportionately lower-income. It's not the stock market that will most benefit, but rather those workers who need economic relief the most.
Furthermore, after a month of rightly lambasting the Trump administration for botching the initial coronavirus outbreak, to criticize Trump for planning for the inevitable is pure hypocrisy. If Nancy Pelosi wants to suicide bomb a crisis bill that would help laid-off parents feed their children so the Kennedy Center can get more funding, that's on her. The train is leaving the station, and Trump is just planning accordingly. READ MORE