End the duopoly

A more caring economy for a post-pandemic America

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The eclipse of compassion by self-conceit darkens the White House and Wall Street, players seemingly empty of empathy for the nation’s hurt. We must now count on women like Sonia Caudillo to rekindle a spirit of caring across America.

Spending a day in this nurse’s shoes unmasks the coarse values that often distort our economy. What better time to push the reset button, reshaping wage and tax policies to lift those who care for others, those keeping many alive.

Caudillo, single mother of three, assists surgeons at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Southern California.

“It’s draining to be there every day,” she said, facing life and death, like the unbearable stomach pain of one COVID patient last month. Rushing to emergency surgery, Caudillo feared that “something could have ruptured, there will be plenty of bleeding.”

Yet, many political leaders seem oblivious to the struggles of caregivers like Caudillo. First, her son’s preschool shut down, then her 6-year-old’s elementary school. Caudillo’s 28-year-old daughter babysits the younger siblings — when not working her own 12-hour nursing shifts, clocking in at midnight.

Economic relief, meanwhile, flows from Washington to firms like Ashford, Inc. — which runs a hotel group that includes the Ritz-Carlton chain and was somehow […]

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