March 24, 2020 – Open by Easter

“Trump says he wants the country opened by Easter” –CNN headline

I can hear the Sunday sermons now. “As the Lord was resurrected, so shall the US economy and all our good fortunes with it.” It would make a great scene in a reality TV show. If this weren’t the reality we are now living.

But here’s the thing: Three states that are among the strongest drivers of that economy (NY, CA, WA) are all in the throws of this pandemic with infection rates on the rise dramatically. How do you open a country for business when its business centers are too infectious to open back up?

We’ll be selective, opening up the areas least at risk, they say. Really? What impact are the 12 people in Montana and their heads of cattle going to have on the overall economy? Oil prices have cratered, so not even fracking can help now.