Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Says He Will Not Follow Lockdown Order From Biden
In a statement to CBS12, the office of Ron DeSantis noted,
“Today we are back down to 4,500 [cases] and a 7.3% positivity rate,” a spokesperson for Governor DeSantis told CBS12 News. “We believe yesterday’s high number was due to a large submission file and skewed the numbers for that day. The Governor will not lockdown and hurt families who can’t afford to shelter in place for 6 weeks. Especially not for a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate. One area of concern is Assisted Living Facilities. Since those over 70 face the greatest threat from [COVID] the Governor is monitoring those numbers daily and is prepared to move therapeutic and prophylactic assets to those facilities as needed.
Here’s an important question. Where did the COVID-19 lockdowns work in America? Short term, you could probably find somewhere that a lockdown going into place coincided with a drop in cases, but the lockdowns didn’t seem to have any impact at all in most places. Long term, lockdowns failed everywhere they were tried in the United States. Did they succeed in other countries? In some cases, yes they did. But, what you will find in most of those places is that the government has a lot of control over who comes and who goes and the people have enough trust in their government to make something like contact tracing possible. Contact tracing doesn’t work very well somewhere like America because the citizenry won’t cooperate.
In other words, lockdowns are pointless in the United States, but they also do massive amounts of economic damage. A lot of small businesses can’t survive weeks or even months without revenue and $1200 from the government doesn’t replace having a salary. People have to work and stopping that is unacceptable.
This is why it was so puzzling to a lot of people to hear Michael Osterholm, a member of Biden’s coronavirus task force suggest that we may need another shutdown to control COVID-19 to Morning Joe.
“In the first week of August, Neel Kashkari, the president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, and I wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times that basically said we need to, in a sense, lockdown to drive this infection level to a place where we can actually control it with testing and tracing and follow-up that way, just like the Asian countries have done. And I’m talking about everything from Australia to New Zealand, all the way right up through China, Japan. All of those countries have done it already. To deal with the pain and suffering economically is what we basically proposed was because the savings rate in this country has gone out of the roof, since the pandemic. We have gone from 8% to over 22%. We can borrow the money from ourselves at historically low-interest rates. We can pay people to lose their job. We can pay small business.”
This isn’t science. It isn’t even rational. It’s nuttery masquerading as science and every governor in America should follow the lead of Ron DeSantis and say they’re not going to cooperate with it.