These are people, I swear, when they put one foot forward, they have absolutely NO idea of what to do with the other foot Tom Jimson Drowned Hopes
Welcome back. I swear, some nights the fun just never ends! As many of you already know, earlier this week the European Union announced that they are reopening their countries for travel from other countries, having successfully knocked down, and at least for the present, the coronavirus. But there’s a catch there. Having taken care of their own business, the EU is in no hurry to reintroduce the virus to their countries. And therefore, the United States is on an embargo list for travel to the EU. In other words, we ain’t traveling to the other side of the pond anytime soon.
Let’s pause for just a moment for a brief review of recent global history. In late February heading into early March, the coronavirus was rampaging over the glove. At about the same time that most European countries were affecting draconian measures to try to stall the damage of the virus, many American states were instituting their own lockdown provisions to fight the virus. When I say many American states, feel free to read progressive Democratic Governors who trusted science. At that point, statistically, pretty much everybody was on a level playing field.
Flash forward 4 months. The countries of the European Union, whose countries acted swiftly with a unified government response, have largely got the virus under control. Meanwhile, the United States is now the leading health crisis for the entire globe. What in the hell happened to have the European countries flattening their rate of infection, while the United States sets a new record every damn day?
There are a couple of reasons for this. The European countries spoke with a centralized, unified response, putting their entire nations under the same, unified restrictions. The Trump administration refused to even consider the virus a national emergency, leaving 50 separate state Governors to deal with the problem through a hodge-podge of restrictions and regulations. And the European governments quite properly diagnosed the virus as a healthcare emergency, while Trump read it as a political issue with economic ramifications. This was a tragic miscalculation.
But the worst miscalculation was Trump mandating that states reopen as quickly as possible, in order to juice up the economy, his only platform to run on. There was an ingrained fallacy in this. Following the initial collapse of the stock market as the companies tried to come to grips with the new world order, it turned out that the companies that occupy the Dow Jones 500 were well enough protected to rebound fairly quickly. While tens of millions of Americans filed for unemployment, the Dow made up almost half of its initial losses within a few weeks.
But here’s the McGuffin. In a few days, the European Union will reopen for business. And the United States isn’t invited to the party! Most Asian countries have also flattened out their curves, and they’re ready to both travel, and receive travelers to get back to business as usual. The United States as quickly as possible. And because they took the time and trouble to get their curve under control, they will be welcome visitors in EU. The EU reject list is actually rather ratified, but still includes countries like Russia, Brazil, and The United States.
Trump has been ballyhooing nonstop about Making America Great Again! But as much as no man is an island, neither anymore is any country. The US economy us no longer a monolithic institution, it is part of something greater normally referred to as The Global Economy. And the United States has just been left out of the global economy poker table, and just when the stakes were getting interesting.
Granted, most large, multinational US companies have offices in other world power markets. But there are still times when the personal touch is needed. And US business executives are about to be excluded from having a seat at the table. And it couldn’t happen at a worse time. Southern and southwestern states are already rolling back their early reopening plans in response to the insane spikes of the coronavirus due to the hurried re-openings when every signal flashed red. If those don’t work, mark my words, you are going to see states start to once again reimpose mandatory stay-at-home orders. And that will be Trump’s Waterloo.
America still exports goods, and products, as well as services. Should the US states begin to shut down again, there goes poultry, beef, pork, and produce, along with manufactured goods that the US produces. And when this shit burger hits the fan, US companies are not going to have the necessary people where they need to be internationally to even try to put out the fires. It is going to be a debacle, mainly because the United States, by its negligence, put itself at an unnecessarily disadvantageous position. Donald Trump purposefully forced an early reopening of the US economy in order to further his own short term gains. But the US economy is not an island, and if states start re-instituting lockdown orders, there won’t be any quick bounce back from the stock market this time.Strap in, rough seas are ahead.
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