US at a critical juncture: Facing Two Epidemics, Covid-19 and Soaring Joblessness

By Dave Lindorff

The Senate and the White House have finally managed to negotiate a record $2-trillion stimulus aid package to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. But the money may well be too little too late.

Once approved, the bill will go to the House of Representatives for likely approval there after which it will go to the president’s desk for signing.

American and global stock market reaction has so far been lackluster.

The problem is that the once virtuous circle of increasing read more

Epidemic Epistle: A Triage Crisis is Coming, and It’s Personal

By Dave Lindorff

(This is the first article in what will be a series called “Epidemic Epistle: A CORVID-19 Crisis Chronicle by Dave & Gary Lindorff” running in ThisCantBeHappening.net)

Philadelphia — Im sitting here self-quarantined with my family in our 1738 stone farmhouse just north of Philadelphia. Its an ancient building that Im sure has known its share of epidemics over the centuries, including typhus and the deadly 1918 Spanish Flu.

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Locked down in Montgomery County, PA: We Have Met the Enemy, But It May Turn Out to Be Not a Virus But Us

Dave Lindorff

Maple Glen, PA — I’m writing this article from my home in Montgomery County, PA, a large suburban, exurban and rural county of 900,000 people which is kind of wrapped around three sides of the city of Philadelphia. At the moment, we are in “lock down,” after PA Gov. Tom Wolf announced that MontCo is the “epicenter of the pandemic.”

Gov. Wolf yesterday ordered all elementary and secondary schools in the county closed effective today for at least the next several weeks, read more

Bernie Goes Full FDR in National Address on the Coronavirus Pandemic and Suddenly, All Too Briefly, He’s the President We Need

By David Lindorff

Bernie Sanders just gave the speech of his life — one that everyone planning to vote in the Democratic primaries ahead should watch before making an decision between Sanders and Joe Biden. In fact, look at the Sanders video, and then read about the press conference Biden held and his anemic proposed response Biden offered to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sanders in this video looks like a president, and sounds like FDR addressing the savage Great read more

Action’s needed on testing and care for all: Eyes Wide Shut is Not Intelligent Policy or Personal Behavior in the Face of a Deadly Pandemic

In a country with such poor health care access, poor labor laws and poor national leadership, hoping for the best is a recipe for disaster

By Dave Lindorff

The World Health Organization on Wednesday announced that the spread of the COVID-10 coronavirus had reached a point of global spread that it is now officially a pandemic.

Meanwhile, as the deadly virus spreads rapidly to state after state across the US (41 states so far are reporting cases), and as the number of infected Americans rises read more

An urgent message to Bernie Sanders: Bernie! You Need to Call for Immediate Expansion of Medicare to All Americans to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Dave Lindorff

This is Bernie’s moment!

Nature, globalization, Trump perfidy and idiocy, Democratic gutlessness and the sheer insanity of the US health “system” have come together to present Bernie Sanders with the perfect answer to the question: How to defeat the entrenched neoliberal Establishment controlling the Democratic Party and their figurehead candidate of choice Joe Biden, and win the party’s presidential nomination, and how to go on to win read more

Snakes and would-be leaders: Warren’s Identity-Politics Race for the Nomination Dies as She Drags Sanders’ Campaign Down with Her

By Laurie Dobson

I will bet, Elizabeth Warren, that it has been a long time since you had insecurity about the basic needs in life. You are supremely set up for life. I know your type; I used to float in your circles.

Wearing a fancy Patagonia jacket to your press conference to talk to all the little girls and crying about not being able to be their leader? Really? You probably do not even understand how nauseating it is to do this. You are probably so out of touch read more

Warren’s Choice: Quit Now and Back Sanders or Continue a Doomed Campaign and Help Defeat Him?

Laurie Dobson

I started this article intending prior to Super Tuesday, to appeal to Sen. Elizabeth Warren to be true to her ‘Sooner State’ roots and to drop out sooner, not later. I realize that dropping out is not in her nature, but feel it’s worth a try, for the sake of her being able to claim her role in helping secure, and be part of, a progressive ticket. The alternative is to be remembered as the spoiler of the progressive movement’s best chance at the White House in generations.

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The attack on Medicare for All is on: Saying Government-Funded Healthcare’s Too Costly is Nuts…Unless You Think the US Uniquely Can’t Do It

y Dave Lindorff

The new corporate media and conservative Democratic argument against front-runner Bernie Sanders’ eminently logical proposal for creating a single-payer government health insurance program that he calls “Medicare for All” is that it would destroy the huge health insurance industry and put 1.8 million insurance industry employees out on the street.

That is about the stupidest argument for not making an urgent reform of an outrageous pirate-capitalist system I can read more

No brokered convention!: If Sanders Wins a Big Plurality of Delegates, He Must Be the Democratic Presidential Nominee

By Dave LIndorff

        At the end of the Nevada debate on Wednesday evening, each of the candidates on NBC stage was asked one last question:  If nobody has a majority of delegates after the primaries, should there be a brokered Convention? All the candidates answered yes except for Bernie Sanders, who as the acknowledged front-runner in the polls was asked last. “No,” he responded, to loud cheers from the audience. “I think the people should decide.”

Sanders, who saw the nomination read more