We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"The emergency relief bill buys us some more time, but at enormous cost. We are borrowing $2 trillion from our children and grandchildren."
We aren't borrowing any money from our children. When a child is born into this world, he doesn't own a single penny. And it doesn't matter if a bunch of crooks say otherwise. There is only one answer: Total debt repudiation. Followed by a new currency. Everything is going to get wiped off the books. Credit card debt, school debt, I.R.S. back-payments, child support, you name it. And in the future, there won't be any government debt. It will be illegal to run a deficit.
Easing lockdowns by county (or something similar) may be the way to go. NH has three counties with low population density that could probably come back to almost-full interaction: Coos, Carroll, and Sullivan. Those places would see an increase in people coming from higher-risk areas, but I don't think by much. People from Boston might drive an hour to go to a bar or restaurant, but not two. That small number of hotels might do better - and this is their down season anyway.
We don't want to create a situation where a high-exposure group floods a low-exposure region, but there are places where this would be minimised.
Assistant Village Idiot
Would it be interesting if the lockdown counties generally followed the 2016 county election map?
My Gulf Coast county is bright red, consistently voting Republican about 90%, but we're under a stay-at-home order. It's not terribly strict; there are exceptions for most things that aren't frivolous, but it will hurt some businesses. We'll see how it goes after a few weeks. So far no coronavirus cases have been confirmed here, though they're cropping up in surrounding areas.
Common sense isn't...
and neither is personal hygiene. FWIW, when last in NYC (2 years ago, so..), personal hygiene seemed non existent. Many seemed to have forgotten (if they were ever taught) the "sanitation commission" lessons of a century ago.
The aim of the left is to keep the lockdowns going for as long as possible to damage the economy and stop the re-election of Donald Trump. That's the point of all the hysterical doom-mongering in the media. Coronavirus is not nothing, but sooner or later the numbers are going to come out and show that it also wasn't the apocalypse they keep telling us it is. Will they be embarrassed, or ashamed of themselves then? No. They aren't capable of any of that.