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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Between 300,000 and 1 million public-sector workers could soon be out of a job or sent home without pay, according to a new estimate from the National League of Cities. The steep reductions in staffing levels could affect education, sanitation, safety and health, local leaders warn, potentially leaving critical public services in utter disarray.

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In Michigan, some unstaffed highway rest stops are shuttered. In Santa Barbara, Calif., local librarians are out of a job. Dayton, Ohio, has ordered furloughs at nearly every agency, and in Arlington, Tex., police officers and firefighters may soon see painful cuts.

Even as President Trump and top Republicans contend that only big-spending, liberal-leaning states are to blame for their mounting budget woes, a Washington Post review found the economic havoc wrought by the coronavirus is far more widespread " saddling Democratic and Republican mayors and governors alike with souring finances and major revenue gaps. Some local governments have already started laying off or furloughing thousands of their workers, and the numbers are likely to grow markedly in the absence of federal aid.

Never let a crisis go to waste without falsely setting it within a partisan frame, blaming the innocent for a reality far beyond their foresight and control.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-29 12:12 PM | Reply

Mr. Norquist, your bathtub is ready.

#2 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-29 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Trump is hurting the people who need to be hurt.

Deplorables will be ecstatic to see all those non-whites living in the big Democrat-run cities suffer.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-29 04:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Billionaires get Trillions with no strings attached, Cities get threats and offers of help with strings attached.

The GOP only care about their donors.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-29 05:22 PM | Reply

Are cities important to the economy?

Anyone know?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-29 05:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

All you laid-off Kentucky briars can get in line at Sen. McConnell's house for your next meal. He will lend a helping hand...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2020-04-29 06:24 PM | Reply

As a Kentuckian I can tell you, Moscow Mitch doesn't give a flip about me or any others in this state. Unless you are rich.

#7 | Posted by zelkova at 2020-04-29 08:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Never let a crisis go to waste without falsely setting it within a partisan frame.

#1 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2020-04-29 12:12 PM

Your complete lack of self awareness is astounding.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-04-29 08:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

As a Kentuckian I can tell you, Moscow Mitch doesn't give a flip about me or any others in this state. Unless you are rich.

#7 | POSTED BY ZELKOVA AT 2020-04-29 08:01 PM | FLAG:

Yes. He was ok when he was much younger and serving in local government, county judge for example. Much less partisan. He's utterly disgusting now.

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-29 08:30 PM | Reply

I agree!

#10 | Posted by zelkova at 2020-04-29 09:11 PM | Reply

With this much infrastructure crumbling away, more prisons will have to be built
and the white house remodeled into more of a plantation house.

#11 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-04-29 10:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"more prisons will have to be built"

And with the Eighth Amendment granting prisoners a right to health care that you and I do not enjoy during this pandemic, that will be very, very profitable indeed!

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-30 12:17 AM | Reply

Your complete lack of self awareness is astounding.

#8 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

For the most part, there's been bipartisan agreement in the nation's capital about throwing trillions of dollars at the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But there's one area where the parties have diverged: federal aid to states and cities.

Democrats have practically begged Republicans to help throw a lifeline to governors and mayors facing fiscal crises, while Republicans have told Democrats the GOP has no interest in a "blue-state bailout".

The political dynamic is bizarre in large part because Donald Trump and his allies have an overwhelming incentive to help states and municipalities, whether Republicans realize it or not. (T)he economic havoc wrought by the novel coronavirus is "saddling Democratic and Republican mayors and governors alike with souring finances and major revenue gaps."

Republican leaders, at least so far, have preferred to play political games. For example, they refused to even consider adding state aid to the economic package that passed last week. Pressed this week on the same issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he expected Democrats to reward the GOP with political priorities in exchange for doing the obvious thing. The president soon after adopted a similar posture. www.msnbc.com

Never let a crisis go to waste without falsely setting it within a partisan frame ("blue-state bailout"), blaming the innocent (cities and states) for a reality far beyond their foresight and control.

ROC complete lack of reality perception is astounding, yet fully expected. He's nothing but an oblivious partisan ideologue trying to mask his own cognitive dissonance by projecting it onto others who don't suffer from his blindness, especially as it pertains to the non-disputed facts of this unarguable issue.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-30 09:01 AM | Reply

Sorry Dems. You can't have this one. The world isn't stupid enough to fall for your partisan hate. You can't go around and want decisions made that will significantly hurt the economy by quarantine and then turn around and whine and complain that the economy is suffering. Dems want the economy to fail. Reps want people to die. That's all that partisan hate is saying right now. All those with intelligence and a high school education that don't have partisan hate are just laughing at both sides.

#14 | Posted by humtake at 2020-04-30 09:24 AM | Reply

So the economy has to be saved regardless of if people die.

Do you understand that according to most polls, Americans are not ready to go back to work or restaurants, movie theatres, or sports arenas because they don't care to risk the health and lives of themselves and their families?

Are you guys nuts? Nobody wants to die for an economy where all the wealth goes to a handful of rich guys. Guys sitting behind a phone or a computer in their gated communities telling the peons (essential workers) "get out there and make me some money"!

Sounds like a pimp to me.

#15 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-04-30 12:48 PM | Reply

Dems want the economy to fail people to live for the economy.

Reps want people to die for the economy.

That's all that partisan hate...

#14 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

FTFY

MAGA!

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-30 12:53 PM | Reply

States can just declare bankruptcy. Like Humpy and the billionaires and millionaires do. Problems "solved"!

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-30 01:05 PM | Reply

"Never let a crisis go to waste without falsely setting it within a partisan frame, blaming the innocent for a reality far beyond their foresight and control."

I've been saying that all along. The fallout from the response to COVID is worse than the COVID itself.

#18 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-04-30 01:08 PM | Reply

Really? How many people died this week from the "response to COVID"?

#19 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-04-30 01:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's all that partisan hate...

This marks the 63rd time Hummer has used the word "hate" in April alone.

#20 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-04-30 01:38 PM | Reply

"The fallout from the response to COVID is worse than the COVID itself."

What you're saying is losing money is worse than dying.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-30 02:22 PM | Reply

"What you're saying is losing money is worse than dying."

And access to public services. Don't forget that.

#22 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-04-30 02:42 PM | Reply

What you're saying is losing money and access to public services is worse than dying.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-30 02:44 PM | Reply

"Really? How many people died this week from the "response to COVID"?"

How many were left jobless?

#24 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-04-30 02:52 PM | Reply

"What you're saying is losing money and access to public services is worse than dying."

What I've been saying forever is that you take the at-risk population and isolate them so that the non-at risk population can go about their lives.

People like you say that isolation would be too burdensome for those at risk...the preferable solution being to ruin lives so that those at risk aren't burdened.

#25 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-04-30 02:54 PM | Reply

"People like you say that isolation would be too burdensome for those at risk..."

When have I said that?
Never.

How do you isolate everyone in a nursing home?

Just how?

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-30 02:56 PM | Reply

Coffins.

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-30 02:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

How do you isolate everyone in a nursing home?

Just how?

#26 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Coffins.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-30 03:00 PM | Reply

So MadBomber if we consider anyone with heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma and multiple other comorbidities as being "at risk" I think that works out to about half the American adult population.

How do you plan on isolating half the adult population?

???

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-30 03:02 PM | Reply

"Really? How many people died this week from the "response to COVID"?"
How many were left jobless?
#24 | POSTED BYMADBOMBER

Can your life come back?

Can your job come back?

#30 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-30 03:03 PM | Reply

And access to public services. Don't forget that.
#22 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

Shouldn't mean a thing to those one man islands known as pulled up by own bootstrap "c-c-conservative" alpha males.

Right?

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-30 03:13 PM | Reply

People like you say that isolation would be too burdensome for those at risk...the preferable solution being to ruin lives so that those at risk aren't burdened.

#25 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

Despite your claims to the contrary you clearly don't understand the 'flatten the curve' concept.

#32 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-30 03:14 PM | Reply

#27 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

FF

But only because that's the real answer to Snoofy's question to Mad.

And a likely end for more people under his "plan".

#33 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-30 03:38 PM | Reply

How many were left jobless?

#24 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

I've been jobless (temporarily) 4 times during my 40 year career. I haven't been dead at all, so far.

How can you equate the two? Some people have to die so that other people can make money?

#34 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-04-30 04:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Libertarians" reject the concept of a society to which they owe anything.

#35 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-04-30 04:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"How do you plan on isolating half the adult population?"

I don't consider isolating anyone...that is a decision they would make on their own. But once they did, it's not difficult. The M50 gas mask is absolutely overkill, but will easily filter out a virus. And any chemical weapon attacks. Combine that with a chem suit and you have all you need to go out into the world. A decon station just outside your front door would allow you to clean up before you entered your house, keeping it virus free as well.

For those in nursing homes, quarantine using entrapments into areas where the patients live, using a similar system. But instead of using a filter to clean the air you breathe in, you reverse it to clean the air you breathe out.

I'm not sure why you needed to ask me this. We put people on the moon, and thousands of feet underwater. This seems pretty easy.

#36 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-05-01 08:06 AM | Reply

"Despite your claims to the contrary you clearly don't understand the 'flatten the curve' concept."

Feel free to mansplain it to me.

#37 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-05-01 08:07 AM | Reply

"I've been jobless (temporarily) 4 times during my 40 year career. I haven't been dead at all, so far."

Really?

How long were you jobless for? Were you jobless because the government was prohibiting you from working?

#38 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-05-01 08:08 AM | Reply

"How can you equate the two? Some people have to die so that other people can make money?"

Hit men make money killing people. If someone is willing to put themselves at risk in order to earn a living, who the ---- are you to tell them they can't.

As I've maintained from the start. If you're scared of this thing, hunker down. Hunker down until you die of old age if you like...I don't really care, because it's YOUR CHOICE. But if you think you have the right to make that choice for others, you're either an arrogant ------- or an authoritarian.

"Libertarians" reject the concept of a society to which they owe anything."

I'm making the argument that society deserves the right to choose. You're arguing that it's a decision they have no right to make on their own.

#39 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-05-01 08:12 AM | Reply

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