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We have been seeing buckling infrastructure and rolling blackouts throughout Venezuela for years. The sorry state of Venezuela’s networks is nothing new. But, the new quarantine, and the massive surge in network traffic that comes with it, may finally break Venezuela's internet.
Americans are still trying to figure out what to make of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only a few weeks ago, the American economy was doing well, and employers were hiring. Today, many governors have essentially shut down commerce and effectively suspended some protected civil liberties by mandating the practice of social distancing in their states.
If DC traffic levels are any indication, it seems that a lot more people are taking the spread of the coronavirus seriously, which is undoubtedly good. In the media and online, though, the debate rages on whether the overall government response to the virus has been dangerously insufficient or unjustifiably draconian. The opposite poles of public opinion seem to range between demanding a complete, absolute national shelter-in-place shutdown for potentially months and a blasé, “virus? what virus?” approach that equally beggars the imagination.
The passage of Phase III of the COVID-19 stimulus package has reopened the floodgates of federal spending. The nearly $2 trillion package covers everything from essential immediate assistance for small businesses to a $50 billion bailout for the airline industry. All told, the package will more than double the deficit overnight, and the impact on the debt will be enormous. What’s worse is that many on Capitol Hill are already preparing for Phase IV.
As the old adage goes, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” Families, businesses, and the federal government have had to take drastic action to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a crisis unlike any we’ve seen for quite some time. It will take a lot of banding together and a little bit of outside-the-box thinking to get through this with minimal damage to our nation and our economy. Because of this, many government agencies are cutting unnecessary regulatory red tape that is hindering the fight against the virus.
As many Americans are now realizing, the worst part of working from home is the unsettling feeling that comes with waiting. Our livelihoods and dreams are suspended, and thoughts turn. We’re seeing Congress react with a massive spending binge that may ultimately do more harm than good and the economy is rapidly cratering.
House Democrats are embracing the words of Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Barack Obama’s first White House Chief of Staff, who once said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) response to the COVID-19 pandemic was introduced in legislative form on Monday. The bill, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, includes a laundry list of Democratic priorities that have nothing to do with treating the virus.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, FreedomWorks’ nationwide grassroots community has initiated the #LoveAmerica pledge, urging citizens to take a leadership role in supporting their communities. Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks' President, wrote in The Washington Examiner:
America is no stranger to catastrophe. Together, we have persisted through the Civil War, the Spanish flu, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Sept. 11 attacks, and the 2008 financial crisis, to name a few.