Virus, depression continue

The GOP continues to lead the country into death and depression.

Over 5 million infected, 160,000 dead. Latest red/blue state numbers:

  • 2.85 million cases in red states. That’s 876,000 more than my last update.
  • 2.06 million in blue states. 348,000 since the last update.

Florida and Texas have managed to surpass New York’s formidable total.  But so has California, which is responsible for almost half of the new blue-state cases.

Worldwide, similar right-wing nutjob Bolsonaro has led Brazil into nearly 3 million cases.

As ever, this was an avoidable catastrophe.  South Korea: still under 15,000 cases. Canada has 119,000 cases, or 1/5 of the case rate we have.

Meanwhile, the economy shrank 9.5% in the 2nd quarter, the worst performance ever, exceeding even drops during the Great Depression. Naturally, the GOP responded by doing nothing, letting the extra unemployment benefits end.  Oh, they did have a plan: they proposed to prevent employers from being sued if their reopening policies made their employees die.

That’s the modern GOP.  Why choose between plague and economic catastrophe when you can have both?