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0809, 02 Apr 20

Wave of Americans Hit the Unemployment Line

I am more and more convinced in my opinion that not only is this government-enforced recession a massive infringement on our rights, it is a massive overreaction. That is not to say that Coronavirus isn’t a serious issue that needs to be managed, but our collective response to it has been madness.

New York (CNN Business)Millions more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, as businesses continue to lay off and furlough workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

6.6 million workers filed for their first week of unemployment benefits in the week ending March 28 — a new historic high. Economists polled by Refinitiv had expected 3.5 million claims.
A week earlier, 3.3 million Americans filed for their first week of benefits, which was the largest number ever at the time.

0809, 02 April 2020


  1. Mar

    If course, some areas should not have been locked, like NYC, though it it doesn’t seem to have worked there.
    There are also places that should never been locked down, like mostly rural areas.
    The dumbest is in Montana, where there is a Democrat governor and only a few cases of the virus. It is like he is destroying the rural counties where people live mostly miles away on purpose.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Rural Montana sounds really good right now.


  3. Le Roi du Nord

    I talked with a hunting buddy last night, a rancher in eastern Montana.  He doesn’t particularly agree with you for a couple reasons:

    Sure, things are spread out in those areas, but he has to go 40+ miles to a grocery store, close to 75 for parts or feed, etc.  So the virus travels at whatever speed you care to drive as there are no speed limits in MT.

    And health care facilities aren’t big, and are far apart as well.  Once they get swamped they don’t have any place to go.

    He is far from a D or a liberal, but his opinion is to be smart, be safe, and we’ll all get through this.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    I’ll trade.


  5. Le Roi du Nord

    I’m not a fan of DQ so I doubt we can work out a deal.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann


    I am not surprised by your bad judgement at this point.


  7. Le Roi du Nord

    What bad judgement?  I don’t care for DQ, prefer real ice cream.  Are you telling me that is bad judgement?  I’m not allowed to have my own opinions?

    What is it you want to trade for?  What have you to offer?

  8. jjf

    Well, Le Roi, Kevin’s sure as heck not going to give you health insurance if you work for him.

  9. Jason

    >What bad judgement?


    Bad judgement in so far as continuing to post here when all you do is act like a petulant child, add no value to anyone, and critique spelling and grammar like a weaponized autist.

  10. Pat

    “ when all you do is act like a petulant child, add no value to anyone, and critique spelling and grammar like a weaponized autist.”

    Gee Juvenile Jason, that description fits you to a tee.

  11. jjf

    Jason, “weaponized autist.”  Har!  Awful.  Just awful!

    Is it “judgment” or “judgement?”

    Like a cigarette should, or as a cigarette should?

  12. Mar

    Well, Le Roi, I used to live in Havre, MT and still have friend or two out that I talk with and they are pissed.
    So, in some quarters, they think the governor is a moron who lose his next election.

  13. jjf

    Mar, why do you deem it a failure?

  14. Mar

    Gee, jjf, maybe because of the germs the used shopping bags were bringing into the stores?

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