People who say cruel things on the internet are often not the cartoon villains we imagine them to be.

He urged saving the economy over protecting those who are ‘not productive’ from the coronavirus. Then he faced America’s wrath. - The Washington Post

Attorney Scott McMillan brought the wrath of the internet on himself when he tweeted: “The fundamental problem is whether we are going to tank the entire economy to save 2.5% of the population which is (1) generally expensive to maintain, and (2) not productive.”

Yes, it’s wrong and appalling but so what? Cut him some slack.

Internet shaming and death threats are never the answer.

I have a special interest in this because McMillan is in La Mesa, the San Diego, CA suburb where we live.

His statement is wrong and appalling because we do not measure the value of people by their productivity.

And the flood of deaths that will follow ending the quarantine prematurely, like Trump and McMillan suggest, will be a million times worst for the economy than extended quarantine.

Also, McMillan says he doesn’t want the younger generation to be like the generation that grew up in the Depression. That generation includes my parents. They turned out fine. They went without as kids, but sacrificing their grandparents’ generation would not have made them better off.

If people have to die to support the economy, then fuck the economy.

Mitch W @MitchW