A friend just told me his boss (who’s the CEO but in general runs the company in a very modernized/worker friendly way) is willing to allow work from home but refusing to take more safety precautions b/c “the whole #COVID19
thing is a hoax from the biased media”. #MAGAMasochism https://twitter.com/StartActIII/status/1238713056026296320
The whole story really highlights the problem with the unholy alliance between business owners, supply side economics (that aren’t worker friendly) and the @GOP
. In a public health crisis, the CEO mentality still attempts to maintain profits while skimping on worker well-being.
IOW, the CEO mentality is very much aligned with Trump’s inclination to minimize the threat of Coronavirus/COVID19, not just b/c many of them voted for this disaster and still support it, but b/c acknowledging the scope of the problem then working to fix it requires less profit.
They don’t want things to shut down for safety and containment of the virus, they want to keep plugging along like there’s nothing to
here. They don’t wanna pay workers for sitting at home in CDC-induced quarantine if they aren’t able to maintain pre-COVID productivity levels.
Some businesses may slightly loosen their CEO/GOP mentality around working virtually or brief extensions of approved leave, but overall the fact remains that our social safety net isn’t strong enough to mitigate the callousness and greed of the 1%. Hence the #FamiliesFirstBill
This situation is unique b/c the virus won’t spare people who think it’s a hoax, it’ll trickle up to the top no matter how hard Trump, Fox “news” and the GOP lie and deny it. This is the Congressional Ds’ opportunity to preview and pass worker/family/America-friendly policy. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1238637414874316801
Historically we know the 1% makes bad/inhumane choices largely for the sake of profit and political power, but the trickle up effect of #COVID19
is looming b/c Trump’s propagandized regular Joe Six Packs into believing they don’t need to worry or take any safety precautions. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1238538320348680197
This is exacerbated by the fact that for 2 months crooked the right wing echo chamber on TV/AM radio has parroted every single last one of Trump’s lethal lies about Coronavirus. They used bigotry and xenophobia re: China/SK to assure themselves it couldn’t happen to White people.
Trump/GOP voters have made (will continue to) make terrible decisions b/c their personal/political ideology lacks sufficient empathy to support a robust safety net, neither during or after a crisis. COVID19 will make many of them need it (reluctantly) the same way Trump now does. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1238694733066706944
Ultimately all of the above is why those of us who’ve always supported paid sick/family leave, universal healthcare, common sense public health policy, emergency wage loss compensation and social security would be wise to get behind Democratic efforts to mitigate the crisis now. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1238679868851793922
Of course it’s annoying as hell that Trump voters willfully voted for #InstabilityInChief
thereby guaranteeing perpetual crisis and panic, but we should seize this moment to not only protect/heal the community from a virus but also to vote the GOP vectors of austerity out too. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1238681052811493378
People always ask why millions aren’t in America’s streets protesting, boycotting or general striking, and invariably the answer ends up being somewhere between “can’t take off of work”, “living check2check” no child/senior care”. These reasons have now become the actual crisis. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1238870581107458048
The very conditions that prevent so many Americans from being civically engaged are fueling the entrenched austerity that comes from the combo of GOP/CEO mentality and MAGA masochism in our government. #COVID2019
spotlights the rock and hard place between the 99% and 1%. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1238598352100569089
What this means is Trump/the GOP have, depending on how you see it, (either inadvertently or purposely with malicious intent, or both) created the level of public chaos and panic that threaten to induce an involuntary “general strike” that drains the 1% of profit/productivity.
It’s like neglecting to repair a household appliance at a lower cost for years and just sending it thoughts and prayers for an unlikely recovery, then frantically scrambling to gather enough money for a whole new appliance when the one you neglected completely breaks down on you.
Honestly we don’t yet know your relative risk or the incidence/prevalence rate of #COVID19
in your community (or the rest of America) b/c we haven’t been testing or surveilling it appropriately for ~2 months or the last 2 yrs. Distancing/sterile practices can lower risk though. https://twitter.com/hawkriver/status/1238668521996869632
Me too, he desperately wants/needs narcissistic supply from feigned altruism b/c everybody already knows he’s a sociopath with a huge body count. Vetoing a comprehensive #COVID19
bill (*if Grim Reaper Mitch even lets it get passed in the Senate) would only enrage America further. https://twitter.com/CHHolte/status/1239194868615962625
Plus there’s this. A narcissist/sociopath doesn’t mind how crass this sounds, and Trump knows full well that his most fervent supporters STILL don’t blame him for his incompetence or malfeasance. In Fox/MAGAt world the crisis didn’t actually start until DT “took charge” on 3/13. https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1238559766449926145
The worst thing Trump/the @GOP
have going for their “none of the shitty pandemic response is Trump’s fault and he, alone, can still fix it” narrative
is the public will now have plenty of free time in quarantine to watch them keep creating more disasters that fail humanity.
Coronavirus Screening Causes 7-Hour Waits in Crowded Lines at U.S. Airports https://nyti.ms/38R0Jen
via @nytimes #InstabilityInChief #COVID19 #TrumpVirusCoverupFail
A Complete List of Trump’s Attempts to Play Down Coronavirus https://nyti.ms/2vmSmcH
via @nytimes #AmericanSociopath #VectorInChief
Amazon warns that buyers could experience delays as warehouses run out of household items https://mol.im/a/8115453
via @MailOnline #Coronapocalypse #Pandemonium
Based on how willfully miseducated and delusional Trump voters are about the pandemic, it’s plausible that social isolation/segregation and the confirmation bias that come with might end up being predictive of #COVID19
fever too. Fascism has deadly consequences. #MAGAMasochism https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1096850016570957825
Also, in case you’re still wondering why the low info/indifferent & MAGAt folk in your vicinity aren’t heeding the warnings yet, or why they STILL DGAF that their slice of “real” America *really is* in the crosshairs: https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1188939177498419202
The American MSM let Fox and its brainwashed viewership groom the public for Trump/the @GOP
’s sociopathy/predation. Never forget how this abusive relationship started or how they did everything they could to stop us from getting a restraining order with impeachment/removal. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1149477385600847874
A personal tidbit: our all staff conference call at work today was about COVID19, and more specifically, our mission as behavioral health providers to provide accurate info to the public from reliable sources b/c lack of such is exacerbating anxiety/panic. #CurveFlatteners
Speaking of rumbling, my friend’s boss (the one who inspired this whole thread) is still digging in his heels about taking #COVID19
more seriously, but the staff is slowly but surely waking him up now. He just found out schools are closed in our area and is shocked and awed.
His “sticking point” at the moment is he doesn’t wanna send out any internal or external messaging that “adds to the hysteria”. He has *zero insight* into the fact that he’s fueling hysteria within his own company by being opaque and retreating to magical thinking instead.
Clearly the only way he can be this fucking oblivious is Fox “news”.
Spend some of your time in #QuarantineLife
reaching out to your Senators/House Representatives. @resistbot
can help you send quick/easy messages to their DC and local offices. Just b/c we can’t be in the streets doesn’t mean we can’t be in Congress’ ear. #FamiliesFirstBill https://twitter.com/resistbot/status/1239613148480581632
Our school district just extended closure through 4/10/20 and is moving forward with plans to implement virtual instruction. @FBDemocrats #FlattenTheCurveTX
How’s the mood in the grocery stores now, MAGAts?
Is it GREAT YET?! #COVID19 https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/796726500619939840
Another flashback for folk who are just now tuning in to America’s regularly scheduled shit show in progress: every time you hear the @GOP
say there isn’t enough
to pay for a Coronavirus response or *anything else*, remember they pissed it all away on tax cuts for the 1%. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/936946980626026497
What is social distancing and how can it slow the spread of COVID-19? http://bit.ly/3cPXkj4
via @HubJHU #FlattenTheCurve #StayTheFHome
Meanwhile we also need 2 Democratic Senators too b/c just look at how Cruz & Cornyn’s main focus in this kiss-ass letter to Trump is *small business loans*, not the millions of Texans at risk of contracting/transmitting the virus and missing work/school/income in quarantine. https://twitter.com/cbs11jack/status/1239559043020177415
The FEMA/SBA loan combo is the only answer the @TexasGOP
has for crises, they treat it like a one-size-fits-all remedy for hurricane disaster relief so clearly they’ve decided it’s gonna be their get off the hot seat card for #COVID19
too. HELL NAW.
Translation: Fox “news” is serving lethal Trump propaganda kool aid to masses of GOP voters who are in turn most susceptible to electing crooks & contracting/transmitting both biological *and* informational viruses. #MAGAMasochism #HighRiskCOVID19 #MetastaticMisinformation https://twitter.com/Slate/status/1239930892434509825
Despite coronavirus warnings, people line up at Costco before 3 a.m. https://twitter.com/i/events/1239969256390811649
How Trump, the GOP, Fox and AM radio created a #Cult45
* of misinformation & cognitive dissonance for their own greedy purposes, but now it’s become too impervious to facts/science for the MAGA fanclub to even protect itself from #COVID19 https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-q7333-d6760a
On 2/22/20, an FDA official was initially blocked from the premises when attempting to visit the CDC in Atlanta to help coordinate the government's stalled coronavirus testing http://politi.co/2Ihgv7C
via @politico #HighRiskCOVID19 #MAGAMalfeasance #Fuckery
2/20/20: “Problems with a coronavirus test developed by the CDC have delayed the Trump administration's efforts to expand screening to state/local public health labs, more than 2 wks after the FDA granted permission to distribute the CDC test nationwide.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/20/cdc-coronavirus-116529
NYT takes a deep dive into the experience of a Republican woman in Louisiana who had to break the news to her MAGA social media network that #COVID19
isn’t a “hoax” when her husband tested positive and ended up on a ventilator in the ICU. https://nyti.ms/2vFazm8
Once again, MAGAt world is intoxicated on a political belief system that fundamentally lacks *empathy* for the human condition until the precise moment that the human condition of MAGAt world becomes a personalized crisis. It’s not “real” to them until it’s killing them too. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1149434571823431682
Not only are they intoxicated on an unempathetic political ideology, they worship a bigoted prosperity gospel religious perversion that’s convinced them they, alone, will be preferentially spared from the worst outcomes and rewarded in heaven for their sociopathy on earth. https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/964657017213341696
U.S. intelligence issued ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while Trump/the @GOP
downplayed the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the spread of the pathogen https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/us-intelligence-reports-from-january-and-february-warned-about-a-likely-pandemic/2020/03/20/299d8cda-6ad5-11ea-b5f1-a5a804158597_story.html
“An Economist poll released March 18 found that only 38 percent of Fox News viewers took the virus seriously, half as many as among MSNBC and CNN viewers. For Trump’s sake, Fox risked the lives of its own audience.” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/trumps-dangerous-party-line/608383/
via @TheAtlantic @davidfrum #MAGAVirus
They all thought Whiteness
, banning Muslims, and building a wall between the US and Mexico would save them from the rest of the @GOP
’s atrocious socioeconomic policies and outcomes. The MSM sensationalized their “economic anxiety” and cheered their murder/suicide pact on. https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1241394187225849857
When making government so small you can drown it in a bathtub makes the healthcare system so broke and understaffed that America won’t be able to breathe: #MAGAMasochism #HighRiskCOVID19 #AusterityFail #DividedStatesOfSociopathy https://twitter.com/markmobility/status/1241420191411703809
“The low comedy of charlatanry, however, should not distract us from the lethal dangers of a wounded and swaggering identity geopolitics.” #MAGAMasochism #Sadism #SelfInducedEconomicAnxiety #InstabilityInChief #Cult45
Don’t let MAGAt world myopia and lethal Trump kool aid propaganda prevent you from protecting you and yours from #COVID19
. We can’t save them from themselves b/c their entire worldview is the massive hoax that got us into this rolling disaster. #StayTheFHome #FlattenTheCurve https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1006989443083874304
“It cannot and will not tolerate democratic change, despite change coming with the blessing of the majority. If the majority rules, Falwell and his confederates will abandon commitments to democracy.” #COVIDIOT #MAGAMasochism
via @salon https://www.salon.com/2020/03/22/jerry-falwell-jr-just-unmasked-social-conservatism_partner/
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