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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe, Sweden ... has allowed the world to examine what happens in a pandemic when a government allows life to carry on largely unhindered. This is what has happened: Not only have thousands more people died than in neighboring countries that imposed lockdowns, but Sweden's economy has fared little better. (T)he coronavirus is blamed for 5,420 deaths in Sweden, according to the World Health Organization.

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The elevated death toll resulting from Sweden's approach has been clear for many weeks. What is only now emerging is how Sweden, despite letting its economy run unimpeded, has still suffered business-destroying, prosperity-diminishing damage, and at nearly the same magnitude of its neighbors.

Sweden's central bank expects its economy to contract by 4.5 percent this year, a revision from a previously expected gain of 1.3 percent. The unemployment rate jumped to 9 percent in May from 7.1 percent in March. "The overall damage to the economy means the recovery will be protracted, with unemployment remaining elevated," Oxford Economics concluded in a recent research note.

Swedish businesses are stuck with the same conditions that produced recession everywhere else. And Swedish people responded to the fear of the virus by limiting their shopping " not enough to prevent elevated deaths, but enough to produce a decline in business activity.

Here is one takeaway with potentially universal import: It is simplistic to portray government actions such as quarantines as the cause of economic damage. The real culprit is the virus itself. From Asia to Europe to the Americas, the risks of the pandemic have disrupted businesses while prompting people to avoid shopping malls and restaurants, regardless of official policy.

So the numbers prove that the pandemic is a health crisis that drives the economic reaction, not an economic problem that can be solved without first eliminating the virus' spread (something many have been saying from the beginning).

It's totally unforgivable that the US federal government refuses to acknowledge reality as the virus is peaking yet again during its still first wave of infections.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-07 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Yea. But Trump said it's a hoax.

No amount of proof or reality will convince his supporters otherwise.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-07-07 02:01 PM | Reply

We have yet to even experience an actual second wave yet..

#3 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-07-07 06:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"But their death rate (insert xxxx and xxxx)..."

- The poster in the U.S. military stationed in Germany, who was mentioning Sweden as an example of how great a country does when they don't shut down.

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-07-07 07:51 PM | Reply

The poster in the U.S. military stationed in Germany, who was mentioning Sweden as an example of how great a country does when they don't shut down.

Per million people, Sweden has suffered 40 percent more deaths than the United States, 12 times more than Norway, seven times more than Finland and six times more than Denmark.
Maybe this will stop his ignorant rantings on this subject once and for all.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-07 08:16 PM | Reply

There is are no waves.

This is not the flu. We are five months into a pandemic with no end in sight.

It's a very contagious novel virus. There is no cure. And there is no plan.

We never flattened the curve. WE are The Cautionary Tale.

Whatever the hell it is we are doing as a country for The Gawds sake, DONT DO WHAT WE ARE DOING.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-07-07 09:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"WE are The Cautionary Tale."

Speaking of cautionary tales,
Federalism is a terrible approach to handling a National emergency.
If only we could have anticipated that, and invented some kind of Federal Emergency Management Agency decades ago, that could spring into action at a moment's notice...

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-07 09:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump's new campaign slogan: Swedes are Pikers!

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2020-07-07 11:31 PM | Reply

If only we could have anticipated that, and invented some kind of Federal Emergency Management Agency decades ago, that could spring into action at a moment's notice...

#7 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-07-07 09:19 PM | FLAG:

A fast FEMA? lol

What's your strain this evening?

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-07-08 09:24 AM | Reply

If anybody was curious, the last time FEMA was efficient, it was run by a friend of Bill Clinton who was a confederate flag flying, ostrich boot wearing, dip chewing redneck that never went to college. The guy focused FEMA on being great at building up emergency communication systems and he was gifted at it, even slashing the classified FEMA spending from $100 million to $7.5 million. There has been a lot of mission creep since and their performance during disasters subpar. The only thing they get praised on is distributing money.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-07-08 10:57 AM | Reply

That's subjective.
FEMA was effective under Clinton. It was effective under Obama after he rebuilt it.
It became a target for derision under Bush (who I'd LOVE to have right now over this Republican bozo).

#11 | Posted by YAV at 2020-07-08 11:14 AM | Reply

"Per million people, Sweden has suffered 40 percent more deaths than the United States, 12 times more than Norway, seven times more than Finland and six times more than Denmark."

But are we done yet? No, we're now just seeing red states with increasing numbers, our country is much bigger than those other nations so it is hard to predict what percentage of deaths we will end up with.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-08 02:12 PM | Reply

What's your strain this evening?
#9 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

As usual, it's "your credulity."

Trump had all the tools in the shed to treat this like an emergency.
He simply chose not to use them.

See Also: George W Bush making the political calculation to ignore the August 6 PDB, and the Pearl Harbor Level Event that followed, as foretold in the PNAC document.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-08 07:44 PM | Reply

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