Reduce The Coronavirus Infection Rate in The United States

Reduce The Coronavirus Infection Rate in The United States

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Jack Crowley started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

We are all aware of the terrible toll Covid-19 is taking on our wonderful nation. Medical staff are doing what they can, and sound recommendations have been offered to our people to slow - if not prevent - the spread of the virus.

But it isn't enough.

Our people need a solid incentive. Stopping a viral outbreak, not taking sick and dying, these are very abstract ideas to your average person. We need to think carefully and encourage them with something they can grasp. So, I propose to you, the leaders of this great nation, a concrete solution: Free Taco Bell.

The model is simple: If a state's infection rate goes below a percentage which would significantly slow if not halt the spread of the virus, that state's population obtains a Taco Bell gift card. All of them.

I understand that this could eventually become an expensive proposition. We have national population in the ballpark of 328.2 million, and if everyone were to receive a gift card for a free steak chalupa ($3.39 at present value), that would be a cost of $1,112,589,000. This is, of course, working under the assumption that something could not be worked out with Taco Bell/Yum! Brands, who might well jump at the chance for such good publicity and may simply eat the cost (forgive the joke) entirely in exchange for a PR boost from the gods themselves, here.

That would still be cheaper than supplying more and more ventilators, and constant testing. Everyone does what they're told, and in exchange, they can buy a chalupa. Your fellow citizens will rush to ensure everyone is wearing a mask and taking appropriate precautions. Public gatherings will be minimal if non-existent, and people will finally behave themselves.

All for the promise of a free chalupa for being good children.

The most successful companies in this country believe in the pizza party model for their employees. Can't you do the same?

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