Pro Lockdown Politicians Remain Stuck in March

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I believe the extended coronavirus lockdowns to be the single biggest public policy mistake made in our lifetime, if not ever, whose negative effects will be with us for years to come and in many ways we haven’t yet realized. So, yes, bear with me on yet another Covid post and the idiocy of politicians whose pandemic response has been little more than an exercise in raw power grabbing and political expediency.

It’s quite apparent, at least in blue states like mine, that controlling people and not the virus has become the driving force of those in charge and that any hope for responsible leadership has gone the way of the way of the dodo bird. Literally, as a bunch of dodos who you wouldn’t trust to bathe your dog are making enormous public policy decisions that negatively effect nearly every area of our lives.

Take California Governor Gavin Newsom, who likes to fancy himself as a follower of science and who recently moved the goalposts yet again released new county opening up guidelines, complete with pretty, colored coded charts so even us dumb subjects citizens can follow along.

Yes, you are reading the chart correctly. In order for a county to move in to yellow which is the most free stage, there must be less than 1 daily new case per 100k residents. The false positive rate of PCR testing alone will make impossible.

Two observations:

1. The governor is still using meaningless data on positive case counts to determine which stage counties are in 

2. California will not effectively be free until after a working vaccine is produced and distributed throughout the country which could be several years out, IF this even happens and IF our economy has not completely collapsed by then.

What the heck happened to using hospital capacity and deaths as the metric? No, really, I would like to know why the major shift on this? This is not not just moving goalposts, this is getting rid of them all together and replacing them with basketball nets.

And given that the majority of people testing positive will either be asymptomatic or suffer light-moderate flu like symptoms, why on earth is Governor Newsom using positive case counts as a means to drive policy?

On top of that, many PCR tests are just too sensitive and picking up small amounts of viral load that show a “positive” Covid result in people who are neither sick nor contagious. As this New York Times article states:

“In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found.

It’s clear that policy decisions about shutting down businesses should not be based on positive Covid case counts, yet it’s the central focus of Governor Newsom’s so called science based re-opening plan.

And this continued sledgehammer approach of assuming everyone faces the same dire risk from Covid is absurd. So much needless fear mongering and suffering over a virus whose survival rate for most people is well above 99%.

In fact we know so much more about the virus than we did 5 months ago, such as:

Knowing all of this why are Governor Newsom and other pro lockdown politicians acting as if it’s still March? And why does the media keep spreading fear and panic?

The catastrophic effect of keeping economies suppressed are so well known that one cannot help but be cynical and assume Governor Newsom and others are purposely looking for ways to keep their states shut down for reasons that have nothing to do with the virus.

Could it be to make their state economies so horrible that federal monetary bailouts become inevitable which they can then use to paper over years of fiscal mismanagement? Or is it to make Trump look bad because the country will never truly recover economically without states like California and New York operating at full steam?

I honestly don’t know, except to say that I agree with Dennis Prager when he says The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime. As per the article:

I live in California, a state governed by that most dangerous of leaders: a fool with unlimited power. Despite the fact that California ranks 28th among the 50 states in deaths per million, Gov. Gavin Newsom has destroyed and continues to destroy tens of thousands of small businesses and untold numbers of livelihoods. His continuing to forbid — a half-year after the onset of the pandemic — indoor dining in restaurants is leading to a projected permanent closure of approximately 1 in every 3 restaurants in the state.

Indeed. Most states are looking for ways to open up their economies while recognizing the delicate balance between public safety and keeping civil liberties intact. Gavin Newsom seems to be doing the opposite; keeping California shut down while tightening the screws of oppression on small business and remaining obtuse to the suffering of citizens.

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24 Responses to Pro Lockdown Politicians Remain Stuck in March

  1. come to this red state Tricia—I will welcome you with open arms—doesn’t mean we are perfect, just hoping to keep our economy and small businesses going—plus you’d leave Madame Speaker clean across the country!!!

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  2. Dennis says:

    Your governor is a socialist democrat. Enough said.
    But then again you knew that right Tricia?
    This red state is waiting for you!

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  3. I hear you, Tricia! Well said. This has now entered the realm of downright criminal, at least in these states like yours and mine being run by power hungry nutcases who have totally dismantled the economy for us. Arrrggg.

    Something I’ve learned, “available beds” or “hospital capacity,” is not about how many patients they have, nor is about how many physical beds there are. It is totally about being able to staff them. Hospitals like to run plenty close to capacity at all times so as to save money, so they will not schedule nurses unless there are patients. No nurses means you have a “bed shortage.” In my state we laid off a bunch of nurses and then promptly went into a covid lockdown because, “overwhelmed hospitals!” I saw some similar stuff going on in Ca.

    People are starting to wake up. My son, my daughter, were terrified when this virus first hit, or at least taking it very seriously. Now they are starting to see people with covid who are either asymptomatic or have a slight cold and they are questioning the narrative, the excessive fear mongering. What makes this all so maddening for me, is that basically people have to wake up and stop complying. Yes, we have some really poor leadership, but it is all being fueled by voluntary compliance and fear. These lockdowns have no legal teeth, no valid medical purpose, and they rely exclusively on our cooperation.

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    • Tricia says:

      Yes, IB you are SO right about this voluntary compliance! We have to just stop accepting this nonsense but until a majority of us decide to do so the absurdness will continue.

      That’s very interesting what you say too about bed shortages as I’ve heard that hospitals ideally like to maintain about a 90% capacity rate in the ICU for financial reasons, so it really doesn’t take much to put them “above capacity” in normal times let alone during a pandemic.

      Good to know about your son nad daughter waking up. I’m seeing a lot more of this too, especially among younger people. Perhaps they are realizing how screwed over they’ve gotten because they really suffer the least serious consequences from this virus yet are paying the most in lost experiences, tax revenue that will need to be paid back, etc….

      I was at a backyard party tonight with a band and other people who just are not buying in to the Covid fear mongering. It was wonderful!

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  4. Reblogged this on The Culture Alternative and commented:
    This is very well researched and on target. It is way past time to move on.

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  5. Dennis Prager hit the nail on the head.

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  6. Lisa V says:

    I’m a California Ex-Pat. Moved to Virginia, and am now watching VA go down the same path as CA. I keep trying to tell my friends out here what they will see next, and they look at me like I’m crazy. So hard to watch what was once a lovely state going the way of CA. We’re planning on getting out of here as soon as the kids finish high school (only 3 more years.) Hang on there in CA. You are NOT alone. CA has been a criminal state for years. And I really wish I knew how to stop it.

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  7. Mel Wild says:

    What, you think Nancy Pelosi’s governor brother-in-law is playing political power games here? 😛
    We had the pandemic caused by Coronavirus (March) and then the worse pandemic caused by power-grabbing Democrat governors and mayors (March-???). The state I live in has never been fully shut down. Our businesses are doing great. Kids are going to school. I’ve personally known at least six people who got Covid here, two were over 60 years old. They stayed home for a week and were fine.

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    • Tricia says:

      Right Mel? Nothing to see here folks, move along, lol! And you’re right about the cause of the second pandemic. I can’t stand it when I hear folks say how Covid caused so much economic turmoil. Um no, that’s all on the pro lockdown politicians whose only playing cards seem to be tightening the screws.

      It will be interesting as things shake out to compare states that stayed open to ones that didn’t. Or course the media will never report on this responsibly but some will.

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  9. Watch what these lock-down Governors do starting Wednesday Nov 4th with their policies. That will reveal whether they were influenced all year by the looming election. I believe they were. I believe they did not want to let voters feel any sense of normalcy ALL YEAR. I believe big-government Democrat politicians always feel they have an obligation to “DO SOMETHING!”, putting their ham-hands on everything. I also believe these Governors used a political calculus that computed less risk in locking down with strict COVID quarantines than in allowing self-determinism and self-responsibility. If they didn’t lock down, and they had a high percentage of COVID cases & deaths, they figured they’d be more directly blamed and vulnerable to being voted out. By locking us down, they destroyed the livelihoods and freedoms of their citizens, but those hardships are easier to blame on the U.S. Senate and President Trump. They’re hoping the voters of their states are easily duped and don’t understand federalism’s separation of state and federal jurisdictions. Finally, they knew when 2020 started that their presidential candidate was extremely weak, and they needed to find a crisis or two to exploit to the max. What better way is there to make voters vote their pocketbooks than to artificially ruin their states’ economies and their citizens’ financial prosperity?

    We’ll see on Nov 3rd what voters think about who ruined their pocketbooks.

    – Jeff

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