There’s a lot to like about the loan program, starting with the fact that it will keep people in their jobs. After the bloodbath in the labor markets over the last two weeks, with 10 million people filing initial claims for unemployment benefits, that’s a welcome tonic. Friday’s unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed an increase of 1.4 million idled workers and an unemployment rate of 4.4% were based on data collected before states started issuing the stay-at-home orders that are choking the economy. Adding the last two weeks’ claims would more than double the unemployment rate. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Is the cavalry finally on the way to help keep small businesses alive? Kinda sorta
States that moved slowly, such as Florida and Georgia, might not be so fortunate. It wasn’t until his state had about 8,000 confirmed cases that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday finally relented to pressure to issue a statewide order. He had resisted doing so, he said, because President Trump hadn’t told him to. Way to show leadership, governor! Who knows how many people have been or will be hurt by this foot-dragging. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Arkansas, Iowa, South Carolina! What are you thinking? Shut down now!
As a senior, I understand how we become “invisible.” Seeing articles about the ethical choices medical professionals might have to make about who lives and who dies, followed by the example of a 20-year-old versus an 80-year-old, really disgust me. … [Read more...] about Opinion: We’re talking a lot about seniors and coronavirus. Here, they talk for themselves
Monday marks a huge victory for private renters. Theresa May and the communities secretary, James Brokenshire, have announced that the government will abolish section 21 – a little-known law that means landlords can evict tenants without good reason. Right now, section 21 is used every day to send renters packing. Your landlord might decide they want to hike the rent up, sell the house or just that they don’t want to make the repairs that need doing. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been a good tenant or not, whether you’ve paid your rent on time. The landlord is in control, not the tenant. I should know, because it happened to me. … [Read more...] about Good news for UK renters at last – now here’s what else we can fight for
In January, when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar first tried to brief President Donald Trump about the coronavirus threat, the president got distracted and wanted to talk about vaping instead. That same month, Trump told a CNBC reporter that he was not worried about a pandemic; by March, he was claiming, "I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic." After declaring a national emergency, Trump fumed about the images of empty airports and grounded planes on television. He has publicly compared his poll numbers with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's. He has responded to anodyne questions from reporters by saying they are "nasty" and demanding that journalists "be nice." … [Read more...] about Opinion: Trump has handled the coronavirus the way he handles everything: Like a toddler