Bowyer: Corona Virus and the Resumption of Economic Activity


A debate is raging among conservatives over our response to the coronavirus. On one hand you hear the point that the cure is going to be worse than the disease. On the other, we hear no price is too high to protect life.

One side is talking about thriving; the other, about surviving.

Of course, the sanctity of life is first, but this is a false choice. We can protect life without shutting down our entire economy.

How?

By making some commonsense distinctions based on risk and reward.

Think of a mosh pit at a night club … high risk, low reward. Our GDP gain almost nothing from it, but the virus gains a lot.

On the other hand, think about road or bridge construction. Lots of economic punch, low contagion risk.

President Trump should look in this direction. He should extend the principle of high and low risk reward zones to the broader economy as well.

I’m Jerry Bowyer.