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Imagining Post-Coronavirus America

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Posted By: pros7767, 4/12/2020 9:38:21 AM

Post-virus America can be a decentralized, more accountable country in school, business, and government. My parents' generation, that of the War of 1939–45, looked forward to the peace with wistful ballads like "When They Sound the Last All Clear" and "When the Lights Come On Again." I doubt if our time will hear "When I Go Back to the Office Again" or "When We Go Back to School Again." After all, home confinement doesn't match spending nights in crowded basements or Tube stations during Luftwaffe bombings

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My family and I have been discussing this over the past week! We can certainly hope, especially when it comes to education. We can get our country back when we re-take education away form the Progressives. Happy Easter All!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MDConservative 4/12/2020 10:20:44 AM (No. 377081)
"Can be" is a far journey to "Will be". There are sectors of the economy that will need the cost reductions to survive, such as cutting office space rental and utility costs, passing those along to employees at home. But then there are the issues with timeliness of response and service...and the discovery that Americans will wait longer for their transactions. We've known for years that once the wire goes into the wall, it doesn't matter where the signal comes out - next desk or next continent. Data can be pushed wherever directed...even "underdeveloped" places like India and China. Education will be a shambles in most places ill-prepared to deliver effective lessons remotely. The teachers unions will fight to the bitter end, because it could be the bitter end. Parents will fight to somehow maintain their kids' in a higher status "school" with a suitable curriculum. What about the football teams? The schools systems themselves have much to lose if "distance learning" took hold. Who wants to buy a school building for redevelopment? There will undoubtedly be many unintended consequences as entrepreneurs and management see different ways to save on the margins, including a dispersal of workers. And many workers will go the way of full-service gas station attendants.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq 4/12/2020 10:22:40 AM (No. 377086)
Start by slashing the Federal workforce 50%.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: HotRod 4/12/2020 10:43:58 AM (No. 377123)
I agree #2. America must stop depending upon a big, monolithic federal government to run our lives. The government will only continue to grow, as it has all along, and as states surrender their power to it we will all be increasingly deprived of Constitutional rights.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: anniebc 4/12/2020 1:23:11 PM (No. 377296)
A 50% slash is not good enough. Slash whole departments and then what is left gets slashed by 75%. Military excluded. A mere 50% slash could increase far too easily. Look as how tax cuts are so small that they're barely noticeable. All of government needs a freakin' chain saw, not a knife.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: JackBurton 4/12/2020 3:40:12 PM (No. 377426)
On the one hand, yes, this could be. It's true. On the other hand, wasn't this also possible with, like, you know, .... ...books?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Historybuff 4/12/2020 6:10:50 PM (No. 377538)
Universities will never go for this. Once a professor gives a lecture we can watch it every year. The facts will not change. Who needs the professor next year? Just play his lecture.
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