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One Year Ago, March 11, 2020 (It Did Not Need To Be This Way In America)

March 11, 2021

Many of us know where we were one year ago today, March 11, 2020. That was the day when the weight of the virus landed on the nation. The world knew the words from the World Health Organization were ominous as they first termed COVID-19 as a pandemic.

Up to that time there were those in the United States who called the virus a hoax–they stated those words as comments on social media sites, talk radio, and letters to the editor. I even had a FB friend write on her page that the news media was trying to scare the citizenry. Wow. The bottom line ‘reasoning’ for that type of comment was always that factual news and medical data about the virus would hurt Dear Leader in the election year.

But the night of March 11 was when the severity of the crisis landed hard. The next day, Broadway theaters shut down in New York City and a couple days later New York City schools closed too. In short order, life in Madison and around Wisconsin, as well as in every other state dramatically changed.

A year later we have three vaccines that are being administered to our fellow citizens and an actual leader in the Oval Office who knows the necessity of making sure the world is also vaccinated. International travel and business require a world that is safe from this virus. We have an actual president who has signed needed legislation pumping trillions of dollars into the economy.

For all the erroneous claims from Republicans about the COVID relief legislation it needs noting that states that voted for Donald Trump in the November election are due to get a larger amount of education and child-care aid per resident than those that backed Biden. Facts are stubborn things! It also needs noting that residents of Republican-leaning states, which tend to have lower household incomes, also are likely to get larger stimulus checks and tax breaks as well.

In fact, much of the aid is targeted at lower-income Americans who have suffered disproportionately during the coronavirus crisis. That helps low-wage, Republican-leaning states including Louisiana and Mississippi more than those in higher-income, Democratic-leaning states like Maryland and New Jersey.

But none of that takes away the powerful agony about the mass deaths of over 528,000 Americans—deaths that did not need to have happened over the past 12 months. History will hold one person largely accountable for creating a climate of blather and nonsense.

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