Napoleon used to say an army is guided by its stomach: and here we are running out of food. In the worst possible way. When every bit of available food is used, it is merely a famine. When thousands upon thousands of gallons of milk are being dumped, it is fodder for civil riots. Our government, be it at the Federal level or each of our 50 states (semantics at this point) has to think “Got Milk?” among other things, and set up emergency measures for adequate distribution. We are not talking about confiscating anything from anyone, but making sure the bounty of our land makes it to market. If we need the help of our National Guard to deliver potatoes from the heart of Idaho to the shores of Hawaii, so be it. If Detroit needs to continue to fabricate masks and shields for months and possibly years to come, so be it: nobody is buying American cars anyway.
Winston Churchill’s war treatise “While England Slept” could be an excellent illustration of what is NOT being done in the United States as we merely wait out the COVID-19 pandemic: now that we know (maybe some of us always did) this is neither a hoax nor a joke, the last thing we ought to do is obsess about “reopening for business”.
The mortality rate of COVID-19 is LOW by pandemic standards. Yet, as the richest nation in the world, should we look benignly at losing up to one million people? It will happen if we rush into “reopening.” Not to mention the fact ongoing protests and demonstrations do not make things any better in slowing the curve.
PS: I suggest you all cancel your vacation at Lake of the Ozarks!