Fighting wars

My view from the milk stool is much delayed. Yesterday was a tough day. It felt like I was working on the paper for 24 hours. It was a long, long day. Wally and I were out in the goat barn, me milking, Wally manning the door (trust me, it’s an important job) at 9:00 last night. Give I usually milk at around 7:30 p.m., that was late. Wally went to bed when we got back in the house, I was too wound up to sleep.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m about through with social distancing, face masks and finger pointing. For someone who’s sensitive to moods, it’s excruciatingly painful. While I can’t be upset at things being shut down because it probably prevented deaths, more of a safety net should have gone in place. 

There’s no question this is a war – albeit likely not fought appropriately (more on that later), it wasn’t funded as most wars are. According to the Costs of War Project, “through Fiscal Year 2020, the United States federal government has spent or obligated $6.4 trillion dollars on the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. This figure includes: direct Congressional war appropriations; war-related increases to the Pentagon base budget; veterans care and disability; increases in the homeland security budget; interest payments on direct war borrowing; foreign assistance spending; and estimated future obligations for veterans’ care.

This total omits many other expenses, such as the macroeconomic costs to the US economy; the opportunity costs of not investing war dollars in alternative sectors; future interest on war borrowing; and local government and private war costs.”

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think anywhere near that has been spent on COVID-19. If more people and businesses were provided for, shutting down the country wouldn’t have been so painful.

Anyway, on fighting this war – vaccines, ventilators, drugs, etc. are not really the answer. Building a healthy immune system that can withstand exposure to viruses is. Of course, it’s far easier to throw money at vaccine development and ventilators, but mark my words, there will be another virus on down the road. 

Until later …