If this headline confuses you, you haven’t been paying attention.
While it might seem like we are mostly free to do as we please, America is still enduring unfounded COVID lockdowns that are irreparably affecting Americans’ livelihoods, jobs, and businesses.
Although lockdown restrictions in many cities are much lighter than they once were seven months ago, they continue today almost everywhere, with the exception of a few Red states.
One thing I know for sure is that we have become far too comfortable with government officials telling us when, where, and if we can gather or go to work.
We’ve become so comfortable with it that many people are perfectly happy with partial re-openings because…well…it’s better than where we were in April.
But this is the wrong attitude entirely and I refuse to accept the “new normal” the power-hungry government officials want us to. It is urgent that we go back to normal…the normal we had before the coronavirus plagued us.
I shouldn’t be in the minority on this issue, but perhaps once more Americans are deeply affected by the coming job cuts from big employers like defense manufacturer Boeing, for example, they will change their minds on fully reopening the country to what it was pre-pandemic.
Boeing CEO David Calhoun announced in a memo to staff on Wednesday that the company plans to lay off 30,000 employees by the end of 2021.
“As we align to market realities, our business units and functions are carefully making staffing decisions to prioritize natural attrition and stability in order to limit the impact on our people and our company. We anticipate a workforce of about 130,000 employees by the end of 2021,” Calhoun wrote.
This comes after the company reportedly saw a net loss of $466 million in the third quarter of 2020 while revenue also dropped 29% due to the massive toll the pandemic lockdowns took on the travel industry.
Travel, alongside the restaurant and hospitality industries, was one of the hardest-hit sectors due to its high elasticity and expendability.
However, since states began slowly reopening, these industries initially saw the biggest job gains in July-September as consumers began traveling and eating out again.
Although job growth is still increasing, the rate has been slowing as the presidential election approaches.
On one hand, President Trump wants to fully reopen the country and restore our formerly historically prosperous economy under his administration. On the other hand, we have Joe Biden who refuses to rule out shutting down the country for a second time, regardless of the toll the pandemic is taking on American livelihoods.
The choice couldn’t be clearer. If we do not completely reopen—and fast—we could soon sink into an economic depression under a Joe Biden presidency.