These past few weeks have been far too filled with various attempts at crisis-induced power grabs by politicians, which isn’t historically unusual. A pandemic is the kind of thing that calls or extraordinary measures but politicians almost (I’m being generous there) always try to get a little too extraordinary with their responses. It is almost as if they are genetically coded to try and take a mile every time a frightened public offers them an inch.
This is a truly bipartisan problem. The September 11th attacks did prompt a Republican president to create the Dept. of Homeland Security after all, a fact that still makes conservatives cringe to this day.
Very little time was wasted before a host of overreactions were suggested during this crisis.