Public Health or the Economy? The Priorities of the Federal Government

Torn Over Reopening Economy, Trump Says He Faces ‘Biggest Decision I’ve Ever Had to Make’
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With the Coronavirus outbreak comes tough decisions. Our leaders have to make choices that directly affect the health and livelihood of the citizens every day. There are two chief concerns: public health and the economy. Everyone can acknowledge the importance of each issue. However, they do not exist inside a vacuum. In other words, a choice made to ameliorate the condition of one problem may worsen the condition of the other problem. It comes down to the essential question: which problem is more important? Or should I say, which does the government value more, public health or the economy. President Trump is now faced with the decision about whether to reopen the economy or not, even though there will be severe blows to the containment of the virus. Trump’s values will be exposed through his choice. The American people – Gen Z – wants to know.

As he grapples simultaneously with the most devastating public health and economic crises of a lifetime, President Trump finds himself pulled in opposite directions on what to do next. The bankers, corporate executives and industrialists plead with him to reopen the country as soon as possible, while the medical experts beg for more time to curb the coronavirus.

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