COVID-19: Military to Commandeer Hotels

We all have to sacrifice—some more than others.

Imagine you own a hotel in NYC. Operating costs and taxes are high and you exist on the margins. Along comes the military and the state. They want to commandeer your hotel for COVID-19 patients. You really don’t have much of a choice. This is a pandemic, after all, and we all must sacrifice, especially small business owners and their employees, the latter now unemployed due to a lockdown. The state and the military plan to modify your building to make it amenable to ICU care—nurse stations constructed in the hallways, airconditioning modified for negative pressure, and other structural changes.

Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite explains.

Now imagine the pandemic has passed. Your hotel is no longer suitable for its original purpose short of modification. Few customers—mostly those who know it was used as a COVID-19 hospital—want to lodge there. This fear is irrational but human nature. Unless the state compensates you for the loss, you’re screwed. It’s the end of your business, maybe your life’s dream. Will the government buy the hotel so you can pay off your mortgage? In other words, will hapless taxpayers pickup the tab? The general says nothing about this.

We all have to sacrifice—some more than others.

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Military on the Streets of New York

Expect this across the country in the coming days and weeks.

The lockdown in New York City now has a military component. 

I expect this to become a standard across the country in the coming days and weeks. The state is now in the process of throwing millions of workers out of their jobs, closing down business, and basically freezing—and ultimately killing—most business activity in the United States. By summer, or sooner, this will result in desperation and violence. 

Meanwhile, in Baltimore.

The military is being deployed to urban areas not so much to deter citizens from the freedom of association. Rather, the USG is preparing for the eventuality of outraged citizens protesting and rioting in reaction to mass unemployment, growing want and poverty, and the inefficiency of the federal government to meet their needs on the most basic level. 

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