A Vegas parking lot marked with rectangles 6 feet apart for the homeless. With tens of thousands of empty hotel rooms, there was no place to temporarily house the homeless.
Well Bernie’s out. He dropped out for the simple reason that given the current delegate count coupled with the inability to really campaign during the new Age of Corona, he came to the right conclusion -it was time.
But last night on Stephen Colbert, when asked what he has accomplished, he responded.
We asked the question.
Why do we have such income inequality in America?
Why do 3 people own half the wealth in our nation while 500,000 are sleeping in the streets?
Why are we the only developed nation on earth without healthcare for all our citizens as a right, while Canada, just 50 miles from where he sat in Burlington guarantees healthcare for all of its citizens and does it at half the cost that Americans pay? (I know. I’ve bought my insulin from Canada)
Why do our kids leave college saddled with debt or can’t afford to go to college at all. What is the point of land grant, state universities if the resident young can’t afford to attend in their own state?
Why does America have more people in jail than any other country in the world?
Why are there families with $100 billion in wealth while tens of millions live paycheck to paycheck and there are no face masks or gowns for our health care workers?
Good questions Bernie
Over the past half century America has countenanced a debilitating decay in its public institutions and a concentration of wealth unseen since the 1920s. It has been revealed before our eyes as basketball players got quickly COVID-19 tested while health care workers were turned awy. The wealthy retreated to their summer homes relying on workers without paid sick leave to deliver their groceries. Children of poorer families struggle to connect with internet classrooms and millions of kids are not even bothering. Where hundreds of thousands ignore stay at home orders because they don’t have homes to stay in.
Looking for public places to sleep in; Las Vegas painted rectangles on an asphalt parking lot, 6 feel apart. “It was the least we could do.”
Yet already some politicians are asserting that the extraordinary nature of the crisis does not warrant a change in the social contract.
Maybe something good will come out of this. Maybe not.
“A decade from now, when historians have completed their analysis of the nation’s demise, the pandemic of 2020 will be cited as playing a notable role in America’s downfall, but the intransigent idiocy of nearly 40 percent of the nation’s population—made up largely of white evangelicals—will be revealed as the primary factor.
COVID’s devastation will ripple out beyond the death toll, and even beyond the economic toll. It will profoundly pummel Americans’ already depleted faith in the federal government. And that cynicism could lead to open rebellion.”
Stay safe my friends.