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First, I will admit that I have, perhaps, not been paying as much attention to the coronavirus (or as I like to call it, the ‘Rona) as maybe I should. But crass as it may be, it also seems that there are opportunities here.
I’ve been thinking about the quote by Rahm Emanuel, “never let a crisis go to waste.” When it came out, it was much maligned by conservatives, and rightly so, for many reasons, foremost of which, as seen most recently with Nancy Pelosi, is that it isn’t a great look to be seen to attempt to advance political goals when in the midst of said crisis.
However, it also seems to me that conservatives are, as is often the case, missing a wider point here. I’ve read several articles about how FDA/CDC regulations are making it more difficult to bring coronavirus test kits to market or otherwise treat the disease. Similarly, people who normally claim that President Trump is too authoritarian are arguing that he should be ordering nationwide shelter-in-places when every state has a different situation (and the governors should be better placed to make that call than the President anyway).
In other words, we’re letting this crisis go to waste when we don’t argue that if we can cut regulations now, surely they matter less when there’s not an emergency, that letting local authorities make the decisions is better than letting the federal government do it, and that the private sector might be better placed than government at any level to help solve the problem. And I’m also aware that this is preaching to the choir.
But I will ask that now, and in the future, please don’t let a crisis go to waste.Published in