John Peeler: The various federal agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), whose mission it was to anticipate such needs, had simply failed to imagine such a nationwide pandemic.
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Randy Shaw: The current financing slowdown/stoppage for for-profit projects benefits affordable housing developers in three ways.
Prabir Purkayastha: People should also impose social distancing: reduce the number of person-to-person contacts, maintain a certain distance from each other, and take other precautions such as hand washing.
Scott Doyle: While immigration enforcement is largely a federal responsibility, local officials have considerable discretion over whether or not to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
David A. Love: In some countries that have been particularly affected by the pandemic, such as Italy and Spain, legally enforced lockdowns have been imposed
Julianne Malveaux: Instead, when informed of this pandemic, the President’s initial reaction was a wholly vacuous assurance that the virus was “just like the flu,” and would go away “when it gets hot.”
Walter G. Moss: Trump is preaching recklessness and selling the idea that coronavirus pessimists are engaged in a plot against him. This is not normal partisanship. It is not normal, period.
James A. Kyprios: We are not dealing with typical economic problems. The crisis in 1929 and in 2008 dealt with underlying problems in the economy. Today we are faced with a major existential crisis, unlike any other in the history of the U.S. and the whole world.
Richard D. Wolff: The catastrophe demonstrates the results when public health is subordinate to private profit and to a governmental apparatus that adulates the superiority of private over public administration.
Thom Hartmann: The 40-year embrace of that neoliberalism—by both Republican and Democratic administrations—is every bit as responsible for our coronavirus mortality rates as is the incompetence of the Trump administration.
Diane Archer: As is the case for at least one in four people with corporate health insurance, high out-of-pocket costs lead older adults in Medicare Advantage plans to skip or delay treatment.
Rashad Robinson: Let’s be clear, the Trump administration has hallowed out the federal government’s response infrastructure in order to give mass tax cuts to billionaires.
Sharon Kyle – South Korea was coronavirus testing over 10,000 people per day before the United States tested its first 1000. Why?