Right, exactly. Most of the things they do make no sense. For example, some nurses I know have been flying places, and they say in the airport it is very strict that everyone stays 6 ft apart. However on the airplane, they sit people close together as usual and say that is safe. So it all comes down to money.One of the really sad side-effects of the pandemic has been that it has profited billionaires significantly and is again driving the gap between ridiculously rich and dirt-poor further apart:
Companies’ attempts at hazard pay have been paltry and fleeting as employees are threatened for protesting working conditionswww.theguardian.com
In Australia this billionaire feast has been even worse than in the US:
It's been offset here by quite generous unemployment pay, which got doubled during the pandemic, because otherwise a whole lot of mortgages would have defaulted and people would have been unable to afford accommodation (expensive even to rent in many parts of Australia, including its capital cities and regional centres, such as our own) - but of course, cynically speaking, because with all the layoffs, the unemployed were now a large enough fraction of the population for their votes to be important...
...and guess who's gonna pay this bill in the end - that's right, ordinary people's taxes, not the people who profited from the pandemic... those people do creative accounting and mostly avoid paying tax altogether... which is a big part of the problem.
I think that's completely spot on! Have you taken out copyright on this metaphor? Because if not, I think I'm going to start using it a lot! 🥳I mentioned the Buzzard theory before. I think I'd now say, instead of left or right, that Big Business and Big Government are the two wings of one buzzard.
We had an initial lockdown here in WA at the start of the pandemic, just in case the virus had gotten in - and it had, through the mismanagement of the Ruby Princess cruise ship in Sydney, where all 2000 passengers were let off the ship without testing or quarantine despite respiratory symptoms. (Contact tracers were kept very busy by that debacle.) Several of these travellers ended up positive and spreading it to family members in WA before being picked up and isolated, but they managed to nip it in the bud, and we've never had documented community transmission outside of to family members, here in WA, and no documented community transmission at all for months now (still cases in quarantine for returned travellers).I get incredibly frustrated that WalMart can be open the entire pandemic while almost every small business is under tight restriction. And in some states, WalMart could be open 24 hours but a church built for 1,000 could only have 10-25 people inside. Don't get me wrong. I find huge churches bizarre. I'm more a "50 people or less" kind of guy and increasingly sympathetic to home churches. But...why are churches and small businesses "bad" and big businesses "good"? If Amazon can operate its enormous warehouse at 100% capacity, with workers running around 24/7, the why can't a Thai restaurant open at 50% capacity for 6 hours?
I've just read the summary, very interesting indeed! 😎An interesting take on business and government can be found in "The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America".