What about younger sick people, Dan Patrick? Fox comments on coronavirus were morbid. If you want a recipe for embarrassing Texas, here’s a foolproof one: A minute of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a dash of Fox News, and a dollop of social media. Patrick, the second-term Republican, managed to shoot to the top of news feeds late Monday by suggesting – even if not as directly as his critics said – that senior citizens needed to accept a higher risk of death to prevent an economic depression. “I’m not living in fear of COVID-19. What I’m living in fear of is what’s happening to this country,” Patrick told Fox host Tucker Carlson. “No one reached out to me and said, ‘Are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children or your grandchildren. Subscribe for unlimited digital access to the news that matters to your community.
Yes, the highest risk of death from COVID-19 is among the elderly.
ICYMI – I was on @FoxNews with @TuckerCarlson tonight. “We’re having an economic collapse,” he said. Patrick, as he is all too capable of doing, undermined his own argument by blowing off important facts. Yes, the highest risk of death from COVID-19 is among the elderly. But what about younger people with underlying conditions – say, a 50-year-old with rheumatoid arthritis, or a 35-year-old diabetic? Should they, too, be prepared to sacrifice to save a few points of GDP? Second, Patrick managed to corrupt a discussion we actually need to have. There are real health trade-offs to a sustained economic disaster and double-digit unemployment. Suicides may rise. Child abuse could spike. And a generation already bludgeoned by student debt and a decade or more of slow economic growth could lose any chance to own a home. They might put off marriage and child-rearing even more, which is a long-term demographic time bomb for the U.S. Hey, who writes these editorials?
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