Thursday, July 9, 2020

If Trump has his way with school openings no child will escape untouched

Remember Rick Wilson’s quote “Everything Trump Touches Dies”? Moms and pops better hunker down and guard their kids. Trump is turning the coronavirus loose on public education.

Trump doomed red state reopenings, now he plans to doom schools nationwide too writes Kerry Eleveld of the Daily Kos Staff. Here is part of it.

… But one thing we can trust for certain is that safety isn’t a key priority for anyone in Trump’s orbit. Trump is approaching his push to reopen schools exactly as he approached his push to reopen states. While demanding that governors and local officials reopen facilities, he hasn’t offered to lift so much as a finger to make those reopenings more safe.

For instance, how about putting billions toward deep cleaning the schools, helping them stock up on masks and other protective equipment, and opening on-site care centers with testing and contact tracing capability?

Nope. None of it. Not one damned thing. No funding, no resources, no useful guidance—nothing. Just the f*cking pressure campaign with a hope and a prayer for best results if we’re all lucky.

So just to be clear—it’s pretty safe to say that every working parent in America wants schools to reopen this fall. Safely. While most kids appear to weather the coronavirus quite well, they could easily carry the virus home and infect other members of the household, thereby hobbling the workforce and putting more lives at risk. Plus, some kids experience complications, and we still know little-to-nothing about the potential long-term effects of the disease.

Recent polling shows a majority of Americans are worried about exactly that—the safety of their families. Late last month, a combined 54% of Americans said they were either somewhat uncomfortable or very uncomfortable with reopening K–12 schools this fall, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll.

But since that poll, Trump’s beta launch for reopening the economy has gone completely off the rails, with more than 40 states nationwide reporting an increase in coronavirus cases as hospitalizations rise in at least 22 states and testing capacity tanks. In short, thanks to Trump’s handiwork, the global pandemic that America had months to prepare for is ripping through the nation unabated.

Early in the pandemic, Trump left states and governors to fend for themselves. Now he’s leaving families to do the exact same thing. His incompetence is an endless nightmare playing out in real time for the entire nation. First it doomed the old and vulnerable populations, then the economy. Next up: kids and their families. No one will escape untouched if he can help it.

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