Ted Dabrowski: At what point is the human & economic toll of shutting down America greater than the human toll of the virus itself.
If Governor Pritzker had done what Ted Dabrowski recommended on March 19 (when tonight's show was taped), that is, concentrated on protecting the elderly, especially those in nursing homes, could as many as 2000 lives have been saved?
Tonight's (Monday) City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs airs at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV). It features Ted Dabrowski, President of Wirepoints, debating w/show host Jeff Berkowitz, as of two months ago:
(1) whether the Fed's and State Government decisions mandating a catastrophic economic shut-down was a major mistake and
(2) whether IL and Chicago were going to be hurt much more than other states & cities by the shutdown
The show also airs tomorrow night, as the Chicago Metro North & Northwest suburban edition of Public Affairs:
The show airs in 25 Chicago Metro North and Northwest suburbs at 8:30 pm:
-on Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and
-on Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling
Dabrowski is well credentialed to discuss making tough national and IL public policy choices: Wharton MBA, two decades in the private sector and a decade in Public Policy.
The show was taped March 19 and in large part revolves around the question: Would it have been good policy as of the time of the taping for the U. S. to reverse policy, i.e., stop the Federal engineered shut-down of the U. S. Economy?
Not discussed on the show, but herd immunity and the lessons of micro-biology probably would have obviated the need for mandatory social distancing, masks and "Stay at home," orders.
In the middle of March, 2020 President Trump said he was contemplating reversing course on the COVED19 virus by the end of March. He was getting itchy over the destruction of the U. S. Economy.
What if Trump had followed that course? Would the country have been so much better off?
As the President said then, the cure most likely will turn out to have been worse than the disease.
All of life is a matter of considering trade-offs and making tough choices, balancing benefits and costs, and that is what President Trump (and Governor Pritzker) should have done-- and that is what Berkowitz and Dabrowski debate and discuss in tonight's show.
If Governor Pritzker had done what Dabrowski recommended on March 19, most likely the total lives lost and other suffering (suicides, drug ODS, domestic violence, etc.) from COVID19 and the purported cure would have been much, much less.
Ted Dabrowski: At what point is the human and economic toll of shutting down America-- right? That's what it is. How does that compare to the potential human toll of the virus itself.
And, that's the benefit-cost analysis that should have been debated by Congress, the President, his senior advisers and the American people.
Ted Dabrowski: It's here: It's not an IL or Chicago specific crisis, it's a global crisis, but now we are wrapped in it. And, everything that we were worried about, that we talked about- those of us who want to see reforms-- it's coming true, it's come true...the crisis, the recession... and what it spells is massive trouble for Illinois-- relative to other states.
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