TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): A year from now, and we should think about this, how will all of us feel about the decisions we've made in the face of this pandemic?
Is there a single person who sincerely expects the coronavirus itself will hurt more people in the end than the damage we're causing in our response to it? Probably not.
Mass unemployment is almost certain to cause far more harm, including physical harm, to the average family than this disease.
In 1967, two psychiatric researchers decided to rank traumatic life events in order of how profoundly they affected people's health. Stress can kill you, we know that, and they wanted to determine which kinds of stress were the most dangerous. The doctors found that losing a job ranked high on the list of health degrading traumas. Joblessness came in well above death of a close friend, to put it in some perspective. If you've ever found yourself unemployed with dependants to take care of, you understand this.
Unfortunately, many of our policymakers don't understand. They've never been in that position, they never will be. Our professional class doesn't have much interest in middle-class job loss or its consequences. We know that because they've essentially ignored it for decades, not to mention the family disintegration and the drug epidemics it has spawned.
So far, about 10,000 Americans have died from the Wuhan coronavirus. That number will rise and it will likely include people you know. That's a tragedy, but it is not the only tragedy in progress in this country.