Necessary response to reader comment

March 22, 2020 |

The Gov. felt compelled to answer this letter from Tavane:

Governor, I was with you right up until you said "Goodness knows, that’s a more productive use of funds than just passing out money to everyone." Though it may not make a difference to you, I know many, many families who are in dire straights right now because, like many Americans, they live from paycheck to paycheck and have no reserve funds set aside to buy extras to get them through the shutdown of this country. If they do have a 401k or other savings/retirement accounts you can't just get money out of them when you want to as they have special governing rules to them highly inaccessible and also bear steep penalties if withdrawals are made. These citizens also have children who are not going to school now and they also have jobs that need them there so now have to pay for daycare of some sort so they can keep their jobs. I usually find your comments uplifting but to negate the fact that American's need financial help right now to make it through is very negative and unworthy of a man of your stature.

From the Gov:

Good heavens, Tavane, I never said or even meant to imply that the government shouldn’t offer financial assistance to people who are hurting. I said “JUST passing out money to everyone.” People in many industries are devastated right now and need help. To cite just one example, my staff and I know many in the music business (most of whom struggle to stay afloat during normal conditions) who have lost ALL their work for the foreseeable future and are at a complete loss as to what to do and how to survive. I share all of your concerns. You are right about all of this --- except the part where you say I “negate” the fact that people need help.

What I was saying is that we have to find a medical solution to this because we can’t JUST pass out money forever. That alone is a terrible long-term plan, because if we just print billions and even trillions of dollars while everyone stays home indefinitely, we surely will end up like Venezuela. But, yes, of course, we must help Americans who are hurting right now.

Still, we have to find a cure and/or a vaccine that will allow us to get back to work --- and to stay at work with no threat of a "second wave." The longer that takes, the bigger the pit we'll have to dig out of. In the meantime, though, we certainly have to help each other get through this and come out the other side.

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  • Don Chenault

    03/23/2020 07:29 AM

    I seriously doubt any senator or representative in washington dc know what it is like to need a paycheck on friday in order to buy food for their family... they only need votes at election time and all of sudden become aware of the "COMMON MAN AND WOMAN" and their needs.. pelosi, schumer, mcconnell, and mccarthy are waging war with each other along party lines and swamp preservration

  • Gale Baker

    03/22/2020 09:05 PM

    One of my concerns is that over the last few years, many in the US working class have found it necessary, in order to maintain an income, to become CONTRACT LABORERS rather than "employees," which means they have no unemployment benefits to fall back on. My daughter, for instance, is a licensed massage therapist who works at the Tulsa Airport. She's a single mother with two daughters at home. And I am on a "fixed income" so I can't help her. Expedited 2019 tax refund would help her, as well as an influx of cash. But if the current situation lags and she isn't allowed to return to work, she's going to need more help.

  • RGeorge Dunn

    03/22/2020 04:48 PM

    The malaria medicine will end the Coronavirus crisis
    before the NWO Cabal
    can accomplish their agenda.
    Another cure is saunas or a towel over a pot of hot water.