Coronavirus Tweet Diary

Nancy Folbre
29 March 2020

March 26, 2020

I have generally been a pretty timid and reluctant Tweeter, but somehow the Coronavirus crisis and sequestration encouraged me to think in chunks of 280 characters. It seemed like a helpful way to process anguish.

Want parents to go back to their jobs eventually? They will need childcare, and grandparents won’t be able to help.
Stimulus package: airline industry asked for $58 billion and got $58 billion. Childcare industry asked for $50 billion and got $3.5 billion.
Starbucks CEO says “This is the time to prioritize people over profit.” As opposed to the recent past and the near future?
March 25, 2020
Market forces to the rescue! Swiss hotel Le Bijou offers luxury quarantine package, including test for only $500.
Texans, if you want to let your elderly die, please send your masks, other protective equipment, and ventilators to New York.
March 23, 2020
Who washed Senator Rand’s lunch plate last Friday? Who cleaned up after him in the “Senators-only” gym before he got his test results back? Inquiring minds would like to know.
March 22, 2020
Washington Post article: “the battle against the coronavirus involves a stark choice between health and wealth.” Whose health? Whose wealth?
Wall Street Journal op-ed disses mandatory shutdowns as “the ambitions of the epidemiologists to undermine the authority of the government” (WHAT?)
March 21, 2020
Bail out childcare providers, not airlines
March 20, 2020
Sacrifice expected? Neither of the current strategies for combatting corona virus–social distancing and cash transfers–helps workers in health care, child care or eldercare. They need MASKS and TESTS NOW.

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