字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Saving lives or saving markets? Apparently, that's a tough choice. I'm Francesca Fiorentini, and this is Newsbroke's “Helter Shelter” series, coming to you from my one-bedroom LA apartment, which, after three weeks of self-quarantine, I've converted into my very own post-apocalyptic Pee-wee's Playhouse. Today's secret word is… “SACRIFICE.” Now you all know what you need to do when you hear the secret word, right? Scream! Ahhhhhhh! Today, we're looking at how defeating coronavirus will mean deflating the Dow. And yet, accepting that reality is something the president, and the hard-line conservatives advising him, are trying to prevent at all costs. Yes, even our lives. [Newsbroke opening music] There still has yet to be a nationally coordinated effort to end the pandemic through mass testing, mass production of medical supplies or nationwide lockdowns, which many experts say need to happen for months. That's partially why the U.S. has the most cases of coronavirus so far in the world, and counting. Instead, Trump first floated the idea of loosening social distancing restrictions by Easter Sunday, because there's no better way to celebrate Jesus than by letting millions meet him in the afterlife. Trump then graciously agreed to extend the CDC guidelines to April 30th. Now, maybe that was based on science, but it was probably because he realized Tiffany was going to be visiting for Easter. And you know that would've been an awkward encounter. Oh wonderful, we can all hug again. Yes, Tiffany, right after the egg hunt! Is she still looking at me? Either way, press conference after press conference has proven that Trump's brain truly is a magnificent cocktail of ignorance to the reality of COVID-19, and callous disregard for the human lives it claims. If we can hold that down, as we're saying, to 100,000 – it's a horrible number, maybe even less – but to 100,000. So we have between 100 and 200,000, we altogether have done a very good job. Alright, first of all, that's not even an achievable number without nationally coordinated action. And, secondly, that's not a number to brag about. Also, rest assured that no matter how many people die from coronavirus, Trump will absolutely claim he did a good job. Compared to the Black Plague, we're doing great. Compared to the Spanish flu, we're doing fantastic. Compared to the meteor that wiped out all the alleged dinosaurs, we're winning bigly. But Trump's thinking is honestly more sinister than crass, because there is one number that he and his cronies, and even media pundits, care a lot about: the stock market. And they talk about its recent slide using an alarming metaphor. Stop the bleeding. Stop the bleeding. Stop the bleeding. Stop the economic bleeding. Global markets just cannot shake the coronavirus. How will the president try to stop the bleeding? Yeah, the market is bleeding so much you wonder if it on its period. 'Cause she is moody! Am I right? Up high! No? No? Insensitive? OK. It's almost like they care more about markets bleeding than people bleeding. Newsbroke has looked at the stock market before and how it's just a legal casino that gambles away our future so Jerry from Fidelity can get bottle service. The stock market isn't a good indicator for a healthy economy, given that “84% of all stocks owned by Americans belong to the wealthiest 10% of households.” Yet when it comes to coronavirus, the market seems to be the only measurement that worries Conservatives. This, at a time when the Fed estimates we may hit 32% unemployment, which tops unemployment numbers during the Great Depression. But, who cares? How's your portfolio? In fact, some have been letting their free-market flag fly a little too high, like Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. We can't lose our whole country. We're having an economic collapse. Let's get back to work. Let's get back to living. Let's be smart about it. And those of us who are 70+, we'll take care of ourselves. But don't sacrifice the country. Sacrifice?! He said the secret word! [everyone screams] What is he saying? That seniors should be left to fend for themselves like some AARP Thunderdome? The first senior to master TikTok shall be granted a ventilator. The same sentiment was echoed by radio host and less-accomplished Tiger King, Glenn Beck: I'm in the danger zone. I would rather have my children stay home and all of us who are over 50 go in and keep this economy going and working, even if we all get sick. I'd rather die than kill the country. No, don't say that. What would we do without you? Just so we're clear, these guys are saying they are willing to kill themselves and millions of others, all to please the all-powerful line graph representing the invisible hand of the free market. How is this not a cult? I'm starting to think Jim Jones didn't actually die. He just changed his first name to Dow. 'Cause like Dow Jones ... It's the stock market. It's fine. This morbid cynicism of putting the economy – or rich people's poker chips – before human lives isn't just something media commentators have expressed. It's what is guiding the Trump administration's response to coronavirus and the money attached to it. The $2 trillion stimulus package has both Wall Street and lobbyists licking their chops. Even though there are stipulations and oversight committees on the money, Trump has pushed back and said implementation will pretty much be up to him and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. So we just handed over $2 trillion dollars to a corrupt, impeached president and his treasury secretary, who earned the nickname, Foreclosure King, after the last recession. But, on the plus side, I just Bedazzled my jean jacket. It's the little things. Just listening to the way this administration explains the goal of the stimulus package gives you a sense of who they hope it helps. The assistance bill here, which does have growth incentives, will help lead us back to a very strong economic rebound before this year is over. I think that too. I think we're gonna have a tremendous rebound at the end of the year, toward the end of the year. I think we're going to have a rebound like we have never seen before. Even now it wants to rebound. You can see it, feel it. It wants to rebound so badly. Why are we talking about the stock market like it's getting out of a long-term relationship? It wants to rebound so badly. Dust off that red dress, hook up with some randos and just YOLO. Maybe the market doesn't need to rebound. Maybe it needs to learn to be alone. We're all doing it. Another thing to know about that clip, besides the very overeager predictions about the market, is that the guy talking about “growth incentives” is Trump's top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow. No, he's not an economist, but he did play one on CNBC for many years. Kudlow's entire legacy has been about bolstering finance at the expense of people's lives. In 2002, he advocated for the invasion of Iraq because the quote, “shock therapy of decisive war will elevate the stock market by a couple thousand points.” And in 2011, right after an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, Kudlow said this: The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that. Grateful? OK. Now we know what the Kudlow family Thanksgiving looks like. Dear Lord, we are grateful for the gang violence in Central America that has provided the migrant labor that has given us this affordable meal. So while everyone in the health care community was pleading with Trump for weeks to take coronavirus seriously, Trump instead was listening attentively to people like Kudlow, who consistently puts markets over lives. And this is what he was saying back in early March about COVID-19 from the White House press briefing room. We don't actually know, uhh what the magnitude of the virus is gonna be, although frankly, so far, it looks relatively contained. And we don't think most people, I mean, the vast majority of Americans are not at risk for this virus. I mean do the math. A couple million isn't the vast majority. We'll have 328 million Americans left over! That's plenty of low-wage workers!