David Marcus: COVID has given us a new normal and it's not bold or beautiful

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Among the most foolish utterances of the COVID pandemic, and it’s a very competitive category, was that it was the chance to create a bold and beautiful new normal. 

Well, the results are in. 

We are indeed living under a new normal, but far from being a reset for the better, it is rather, an objectively terrible state of affairs.

At grocery stores, prices for what actually makes it onto the shelves are skyrocketing, as are gas prices, and frankly the price of everything, with the highest year of inflation since the great recession. 

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Many of our kids are wearing masks every day at school, even though most of the rest of the developed world has abandoned that ridiculous policy. 

Labor shortages abound as Americans drop out of the workforce, and now we are told there might not be any Christmas presents.

Put simply, the bill has come due for our decision to shut down our entire economy and live like scared hermits. 

The impact of our response to the coronavirus is much like a pointalist painting. Each restriction, mandate, or hoop to jump through on

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