I remember being in a conversation a week ago discussing all of the possibilities of things that could happen if the economy never reopened. for instance, some of the biggest, most well-renowned corporations could shut down and change what every day life looked like, or at least mine. Complanies like H&M, Carnival, Regal, AMC, Macy's, and many other are all in jeopardy of going bankrupt. Many small business owners I know are feeling the direct impact of the shutdown, even in my own family. My own stock values are down, and the many ways I expected to make income have suddenly just disappeared into thin air. Suddenly, though I barely was, I am no longer a contributing member to this economy. I have now become, like many others, an unreliable consumer. Was there somewhere in my thought process where I thought, "Wouldn't it be great if the country was opened again so our whole world could be somewhat normal again?" yes. Did I mean for it to before the pandemic was over? No, no i did not.
The issue at hand is the deteiroriating of the great american economy that has taken many years and many white lies to build. As I'm sure one understands, the falling economy is one the most painful side effects of this virus. As social distancing keeps everyone in doors, small businesses everywhere are shutting down from either a lack of customers and/or a lack of funds to pay their bills. As a result (and another consequence of social distancing), large corporations are missing out on large parts of their income from both the consumers and smaller businesses supporting them. The money cycle that was once in place begins to crumble. sending stock prices plummeting and unemployment rates through the roof. if that wasn't enough, if the government decides they want to fix it, they also go billions more into debt than before.
The American economy, such a fragile thing and Georgia governor brian kemp decided that 'it' was worth protecting more than the possible loss of countless lives. Will reopening GA actually lead to the rebuilding of its economy, or will it further lead to its destruction? Many business owners refuse to open back up to keep their selves and employees safe, and the stores that do reopen, what happens if all of their workers get sick? People will apply who needs jobs, then, they will get sick, then, the cycle continues. This is the cycle that we hope to rebuild Georgia's economy. I'll let you sit with that as you continue to make your own decisions about how to move forward with your own life now that Georgia is "reopened".
Stay safe, wash your hands, wear a mask, educate yourself and stay at home.