Without regard to any party politics, the GUARDIAN predicts a major cultural change in the USA and perhaps the world which will last for generations in the wake of the COVID 19 crises.
The following scenario is not a prediction, but a reality currently in place.
Day care businesses will diminish as parents stay home and work via internet/computers. Kids have guidance, no need for tax breaks for day care. Crime will be reduced with homeowners present.
Schools close and the need for food programs, diminishes along with the day care aspect. Energy costs and some wages will diminish.
Traffic is reduced to a mere trickle, parking fees diminish, fuel costs and pollution are reduced. Similar domino scenarios would apply to other disciplines.
City and county buildings are mostly closed. Revenues from traffic and parking tickets will be diminished.
A host of meetings and activities have been eliminated and when one stops and thinks, we are able to do without a whole bunch of services and material items.
Now for the debate part. Do we visit local restaurants to keep the staff and owners from going broke or do we stay away in droves for fear of spreading the virus?
“Social Distancing” has become a routine term. Dirty hands are subject to social shaming, and extending a “welcoming hand” is a sign of ignorance (better to touch toes, bump elbows, nod and say howdy).
Political or not, we simply fail to comprehend where the money will come from when it comes to BILLIONS of dollars to airlines, thousands to each individual. The wisdom of closing bars and restaurants in some states may make some sort of medical sense, but the economics escapes us.
Even advertising seems pointless in many cases. Who can buy a new car, bathroom remodel, or vacation when they are unemployed?
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