“It won’t be popular to call attention to the possibility that such actions might be an overreaction. But it’s a serious point, even if that sentiment has no hopes of carrying the day.
The federal government botched the early response to coronavirus, so why should we expect it to get its act together now? Whenever we are finally clear of this pandemic, we will need to study our response to understand what we did right and what we did wrong. With a virtually complete halt of the American economy about to begin, we should enter this phase with full awareness that it wasn’t the only choice available to us.