Madbomber is a perfect example of someone cognizant of history but unable to realize the underlying currents upon which it was navigated.
This is an unprecedented time not seen for over 100 years. The world today is far different than it was in 1918, far more interconnected than ever, even if a world war was going on then.
America has always risen to meet whatever challenges its confronted with and it never sacrifices any individual without first trying to do everything possible within reason to save them.
The whole world economy is shutting down because of this pandemic. Commerce is limited to the things directly or tangentially related to sustaining life and health right now. There is no reason for a fully functioning economy because the global markets aren't currently viable as usual.
To me this is common sense. If I were in charge, I would have put our most creative business minds hard at work months ago figuring out a way to hit a global "pause" button so that the unprecedented upheaval this virus created wouldn't destroy otherwise healthy industries and businesses reacting to something wholly out of their control. America has always functioned under the credo of "if you can dream it, you can make it real."
The government should have announced weeks ago that everyone employed would receive their normal pay for as long as isolation is necessary, whatever the cost. And that anyone needing assistance would find it available in some form or another. Then we create or adopt the means for making it so.
Again, what we're talking about is taxpayers protecting THEMSELVES and the businesses that employ them. At the end, the taxpayers will have to foot the bill, so why not preserve what everyone has worked so hard to create instead of letting panic and profiteering undermine our economic foundations?
To me this is common sense, and I allow that others might have better ideas than me, and I welcome any positive input. We don't need to make sisyphean choices. We do what we do in America, innovate, create, protect each other and persevere. We don't leave our most vulnerable behind. Ever.