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Opinion The architects of the economic collapse

Former president Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Feb. 28.
Former president Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Feb. 28. (Octavio Jones/Reuters)
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The April 25 Business article “As growth soars, GOP struggles for an economic message” hit the nail on the head when it said, “The real architects of the economic recovery may be those who did the most to fight the pandemic. The scientists and executives who developed the vaccines that are slowly enabling Americans to resume their normal activities deserve most of the credit for the economic rebound, economists said.”

 But the converse is also true. The real architects of the economic collapse were those who did the most to fight the efforts to contain the pandemic, such as anti-maskers and those who actively worked to muddle the public health messages. Thus, the former president deserves much of the blame for furthering the worst economic collapse in a century.

Alan Migdall, North Potomac

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