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As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, the economic shocks have brought real and founded fears of a new global depression.
Unemployment is skyrocketing and economic growth is plummeting. Many restaurants and retail stores may never reopen, schools will need to look different, the travel industry is in crisis and small businesses and nonprofits are struggling to survive.
The country we knew is not coming back anytime soon, and may never come back. The crisis is hitting particularly hard for those most economically disadvantaged — who are losing their jobs, cannot afford rent and are falling ill to the pandemic. As is often the case in this country, adverse economic impact congeals with race, which harms communities of color in disproportionate ways.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the answer to these historical challenges must be robust government action. All of a sudden, ideas that sounded incredibly progressive only weeks ago are entering the mainstream: universal healthcare, universal child care and even a universal basic income. The yearning for government action is not a liberal talking point. Even conservative Republicans recognize that big government is needed at this moment. Sen. Josh Hawley Joshua (Josh) David HawleyThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of another relief package; Warner says some businesses 'may not come back' at The Hill's Advancing America's Economy summit GOP senators: More relief needed now Merger moratorium takes center stage in antitrust debate MORE (R-Mo.) proposed a bill that would require the government to cover 80 ...
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