Is the economy more important then our most vulnerable?


Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick*

On Monday, talking about the Covid-19 pandemic, [U. S. Pres. Donald J.] Trump said “...We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

That was followed Monday night by the Lt. Gov. of Texas, 69-year-old Republican Dan Patrick, declaring to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, “You know, Tucker, no one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’”

“And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in,” said Patrick.

Of course older people aren’t the only ones made more vulnerable by allowing the COVID-19 virus to spread; it also affects anyone with compromised health issues regardless of age.

So is Trump floating this idea of pitting the ‘economy’ against our more vulnerable citizens just to gauge if Americans are as venal as he is?

If he succeeds, how far will he take it? 

A number of people from Dostoevsky to Pearl Buck to Hubert Humphrey have said that a nation should be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. Well, after three years, I think it’s finally time to trot out the comparisons between Trump, his administration and Nazi Germany. 

At the beginning of their regime, the Nazi’s so called Aktion T4 program euthanized 300,000 disabled people for reasons of eugenics but also as a cost saving measure. Why spend down the treasury to support these people? And, of course, they were just getting warmed up. 

So what’s the difference between overtly practicing euthanasia and putting people deliberately in harms way? I see none.

*Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, The Washington Post


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