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Saying that Minnesota DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s incompetence is hiding in plain sight is understatement. That isn’t really in dispute at this point. What’s hiding in plain sight, though, is the litany of leadership sins committed by Gov. Walz. What’s frightening is the fact that this isn’t a comprehensive list. Harold Hamilton’s commentary reads like an indictment against Gov. Walz’s administration.

Harold’s commentary starts by saying “It’s become quite clear that Governor Tim Walz is in over his head. He’s overmatched in this crisis. He’s displayed the character traits and leadership qualities (or lack thereof) of a poor, incompetent leader. This assessment isn’t partisan. It isn’t about name calling or scoring points. Instead, it’s a painful, morose realization that our chief executive didn’t rise to the occasion and the people of Minnesota will pay the price. Good leaders in a crisis impose order on chaos.. They provide clear direction and timely strategic guidance for staff and the troops. They inspire confidence and boost morale when the chips are down.”

Gov. Walz isn’t a leader. It’s charitable to say that he’s been a failure. It’s obvious that he’s hesitated in making important decisions. Many decisions don’t make sense. Big box stores can open fully but churches that hold 3,000+ people are limited to gatherings of 10 or less. What part of that thinking makes sense?

Poor leaders are fragile and insecure. This insecurity manifests itself in a façade of bravado and arrogance. It’s evident in the leader lashing out in the face of constructive criticism and having their dictates examined.

This is typical of Tim Walz. This week, when asked about GOP leaders questioning the continued closure of houses of worship, he snapped, “I get that some people think COVID-19 isn’t a big deal.”

That’s beyond thin-skinned. It’s what a constitutionally illiterate politician would say. The hostility Gov. Walz and the DFL have shown towards churches is palpable. The only people of faith that the DFL care about are the people who advocate for bigger government. The DFL doesn’t represent people of faith. The DFL represents a portion of people of faith.

Poor leaders also refuse to change course in the face of new information. Doing so requires the leader to admit the current course of action isn’t correct. In short, it requires a leader to admit that he’s wrong. It requires the leader to acknowledge that mission accomplishment is paramount and the leader’s ego and pride is of no consequence.

John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist, once said “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Sir?” Gov. Walz has little in common with Keynes. Gov. Walz has spent too much time in Washington, DC, where he’s stayed trapped in DC’s prison of 2 ideas.

When asked about his rationale for essentially closing indoor church services, only an idiot would suggest that Republicans don’t think COVID is a big deal. This isn’t how an intellectual heavyweight would’ve replied.

This story wouldn’t be complete without criticizing the Twin Cities media, too. They haven’t asked Gov. Walz a single difficult question challenging his policies. Powerline’s Scott Johnson found out that only people who rent office space in the Capitol Building are invited to the briefings. That’s an efficient way of avoiding difficult questions. Why hasn’t the Strib, the Pi-Press or KSTP pinned Gov. Walz down on why they’re still experiencing a nursing home/LTC crisis? Why haven’t they forced Gov. Walz to explain why the model he’s using was thrown together over the weekend by grad students? That’s Three Stooges type of stuff. You can’t make this stuff up.

It breaks my heart to hear the owner of The Loop say “Get ready to hear more and more bankruptcies declared in the month of June. There’ll be a ton of them and that’s a shame. Shame on the Governor for what he did today. I’m sorry. That’s how I feel.”

Let’s be clear about this. Gov. Walz has done a terrible job limiting COVID deaths, especially in LTC facilities. Bankruptcies are up, especially within the hospitality industry. Shutting down the economy was meant to flatten the curve, not flatten Minnesota’s hospitality industry. If I were grading Gov. Walz’s failure during this crisis, he wouldn’t have to worry about grade inflation. I’d give him an F- or lower, if possible. By comparison, I’d give the Twin Cities Media a D- at best.

Here in Minnesota, a rebellion is starting to take shape. While Gov. Walz won’t admit it, it’s happening. Jeremy Olson’s article highlights the beginnings of a rebellion:

A cohesive COVID-19 response that Gov. Tim Walz has described as the envy of the nation showed signs of cracking Thursday as organizations threatened to defy the governor’s remaining state lockdown restrictions. Even as the state’s one-day death toll reached a single-day high, backlash continued to the governor’s decision Wednesday to allow only outdoor bar and restaurant services to reopen June 1, to delay campground reopenings until after Memorial Day weekend, and to limit indoor and outdoor religious services to 10 people.

“Arbitrarily forcing restaurants to remain closed through the Memorial Day weekend is a crushing blow,” said Mikael Asp, owner of La Grolla restaurant in St. Paul, who wanted the governor to OK indoor restaurant service at 50% capacity.

This weekend is typically the start of camping season and BBQ season. It’s also the unofficial start of summer. Further, there’s no reason why Gov. Walz shouldn’t modify his rules to open campgrounds by telling campers that they have to obey social distancing rules.

Time after time, Gov. Walz has opted for the most restrictive set of rules possible. That’s led people to question whether he’s incapable of figuring out and implementing nuanced policies. The jury is still out on that question.

“Governor Walz continues to ignore the creative, thoughtful and safe reopening plans that small business owners have developed,” Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, said Thursday at a news conference unrelated to the recall.

Thinking that Gov. Walz, or any Democrat for that matter, will get creative is like expecting blood from a turnip. It’s like expecting gravity not to work. Good luck with that.

In the segment, Randy Shaver illustrated some thinking that’s foreign to Gov. Walz and the DFL. The reporter talked about how some wanted to attend mass in person while others didn’t feel safe. Still others thought that drive-in mass might be best. Shaver pointed out that it’s possible to do all 3 simultaneously. That’s what people who reject the prison-of-two-ideas policy-making method do. Expecting that type of thinking from Gov. Walz is like expecting gravity not to work. Good luck with that.

This article highlights DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s incompetence. In it, we learn that “A Minnesota National Guard unit botched COVID-19 testing for 300 residents and staff members at a St. Paul nursing home Monday, leaving many with pain, discomfort and bloody noses.” That’s just the start of the litany of problems. Then there’s this:

In what one health official acknowledged was “a disaster,” the test samples from Episcopal Church Home were later ruined because they were not stored in coolers while being transported to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. State officials quickly apologized to Episcopal Homes leaders and said they’ve already taken steps to ensure such mistakes aren’t repeated. Nevertheless, an elder care advocate said the incident raises serious questions about whether Minnesota can accurately and effectively carry out widespread testing.

It’s the leaders’ responsibility to establish proper procedures. Gov. Walz and Commissioner Malcolm share the blame for not establishing those procedures. Further, they share the blame for not getting the right supplies in the right hands at the right time.

Kris Sundberg, the executive director of Elder Voice Family Advocates said what everyone was thinking when she said “This just further erodes any trust that we have had in the Department of Health. I think we have a long way to go to really have the clearly thought-out protocols we need in order to do [widespread] testing.” I’d expect better execution from the Washington Generals than we got from this leadership team.

A statement Wednesday from the Minnesota State Lab Partnership acknowledged “that there was an isolated incident related to the packaging and shipment of specimens to one of the testing sites. Ensuring the temperature integrity of specimens is critical to testing. We are accelerating and strengthening our training program to ensure all specimen collections, packaging, and shipping are performed to the highest standards.”

You’ve got to be kidding me. The program was put in place without training the personnel first? This is Frontline Management 101. This isn’t a graduate level course.

Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner, also apologized. In an e-mail to Plakut Wednesday, she said officials have been working to quickly develop new training and protocols for swabbing and infection control at long-term care facilities, but “in this rapid launch, important steps in the process were missed and there were miscommunications.”

Incompetence is this administration’s hallmark. Minnesotans had hoped that getting rid of Mark Dayton would turn the page on incompetence. Based on results thus far, it’s apparent that Minnesotans placed their hope in the wrong candidate. After viewing this video, it’s apparent that the DFL is devoid of competent leaders:

Melvin Carter is the African-American version of Tim Walz. They’re both timid. They’re both unwilling to trust the people. Apparently, trusting people isn’t the DFL way.

Anyone that thinks that DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s decision-making is a portrait in logic should schedule an appointment with a mental health expert ASAP. At yesterday’s briefing, Gov. Walz explained the rules for opening up bars and restaurants. We now know that “Bars and restaurants in Minnesota can open June 1 for outdoor service under a revised COVID-19 response strategy announced by Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday that also allows for limited reopening of hair salons and campgrounds.”

We also know that Benevolent King Walz said “While the virus won’t yet allow for business as usual, let’s do what we do best after winter in Minnesota and head outside. Whether it’s a Jucy Lucy, a plate of tamales, or a walleye dinner, Minnesotans can support their local restaurant by enjoying a socially distanced meal outdoors.”

Then there’s this:

Republican lawmakers balked at the lack of accommodation for places of worship, which cannot have outdoor services of more than 10 people even though restaurants can now serve 50 outdoors. “I see no reason why churches are any more dangerous a place for coronavirus transmission than Walmart or a mall,” said Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake. “I am dumbfounded why the governor would treat churches this way and hope the federal courts will intervene.”

That rule is as dead as Gov. Walz’s logic is confusing. Gov. Walz’s rules hint that people dining out are able to make better health decisions than people attending church services. In what warped solar system does that make sense? Hint: When Gov. Walz saw Alice, did she greet him?

During the video, Gov. Walz said “I wish I could tell you that there was a perfect answer. I wish I could tell you that the ones we have are absolutely right.” This is what a control freak sounds like. Why not establish sound guidelines (social distancing, wearing masks, etc.), then let people figure it out? This is what happens when a politician doesn’t trust the people. This sounds like a threat more than a guarantee:

“It is going to get worse here, this virus, before it gets better. That is an absolute guarantee,” said Walz, predicting 1,000 deaths in Minnesota by the end of the month.

After finding out that we’re still sending COVID-19 patients back to nursing homes, which is a huge mistake on Gov. Walz’s part, he’s virtually telling us that he’s working to create this crisis. If someone has COVID, sending them into the midst of a building filled with people whose immune systems are compromised is like giving an arsonist a can of gas, some matches and a field of dry grass. What do you think will happen? This is pure BS:

The concern for state public health leaders is that the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads more rapidly than was initially known, particularly in indoor areas with limited airflow.

Florida, Georgia and Texas have opened up the most. They haven’t seen the things described in the previous paragraph. We were told that they were opening too soon, that they’d kill people and that they’d have blood on their hands. Here’s Gov. DeSantis’ reply:

It’s time for these reporters to work a little harder. It’s time for them to admit that they’ve gotten things badly wrong by trusting the liberal narrative. The facts speak for themselves. Res ipsa loquitur. There’s that old reality rearing its ugly head and getting in the way of a well-spun narrative. There are times when I’m convinced that Jeremy Olson and Briana Bierschbach aren’t employed by the Star Tribune. At times, I wonder if they’re paid by the Star Tribune but employed by the DFL.

Gov. Walz has failed. He hasn’t trusted Minnesotans. He’s executed his plans poorly. I wouldn’t trust him to run a lemonade stand. If you searched for the definition of incompetence in a dictionary, there’d be a picture of Tim Walz and Andrew Cuomo instead of words.

Good for the Supreme Court for telling Jerry Nadler to pound sand over their motion to get Mueller grand jury testimony declassified. The Supreme Court hasn’t issued a final ruling on the lawsuit but that’s likely heading the Democrats’ direction.

The Supreme Court temporarily denied a motion Wednesday from House Democrats to obtain grand-jury testimony and other documents from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as they conduct what they’ve referred to as an “ongoing presidential impeachment investigation” into President Trump.

House Democrats are obsessed with finding something that will help them throw President Trump out of office. The Democrats’ hatred of President Trump is so strong that they’ve said no to multiple proposals that would’ve helped Hispanics and other blue collar workers. Impeachment isn’t going anywhere. The Democrats know this.

Rather than putting together ideas that appeal to all Americans, Pelosi’s Democrats have voted for things that excite their base. Despite that appeal to their base, Democrats trail badly in the enthusiasm gap, both in terms of the presidential election and in House races.

There’s a reason why grand jury testimony is kept confidential. If testimony taken during a grand jury isn’t enough to indict a person, that information shouldn’t be used as a political weapon. Democrats have seen tons of information. It didn’t lead to a conviction of President Trump. He’s now exonerated. Getting a second or third or fourth bite at the apple won’t convict President Trump. No amount of wishing will change that. It’s time that Democrats accept that.

Let’s hope that this is just part of a bigger movement. House Democrats want to investigate a law-abiding president. Whether you agree with his policies or not, there’s no denying that President Trump has obeyed each court order. That can’t be said about his predecessor. Gun-grabbing Democrats want to take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Each time they threaten a gun grab, the rank-and-file NRA strengthens and gets more motivated.

By comparison, the previous (Democrat) administration unmasked law-abiding citizens that they thought were conspiring with Russians. They didn’t unmask these law-abiding citizens because they had proof of illegal activity. They unmasked these citizens because they’d advised a candidate, aka Donald Trump. Time after time after time, these Democrats have let their hatred of Trump get the better of them. This isn’t normal. It’s proof of derangement.

People have started protesting against Democrat governors like Tim Walz, Gretchen Whitmer, J.B. Pritzker and Tom Wolf. The protests have focused on these governors’ illogical, unconstitutional and overreaching executive orders. If they keep this up, they’ll increase President Trump’s odds for re-election.

The thing that’s inescapable from this article is that the Tim Walz administration doesn’t give a damn about residents of long-term care facilities, aka LTC facilities. It isn’t often that I’d utilize such over-the-top language but this time, it’s found in the Star Tribune article itself. Check it out if you don’t trust me.

The article opens by saying “Despite the devastating death toll, Minnesota nursing homes are still being allowed by state regulators to admit coronavirus patients who have been discharged from hospitals. Early in the pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Health turned to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to relieve the burden on hospitals that were at risk of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Minnesota hospitals have since discharged dozens of infected patients to nursing homes, including facilities that have undergone large and deadly outbreaks of the disease, state records show.”

This is almost as frightening:

Now that practice is drawing strong opposition from some lawmakers, residents’ families and health watchdogs, who warn that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Why just some lawmakers? Why aren’t all lawmakers upset with this stupidity? Further, Minnesota’s hospitals never got overwhelmed. Why did the Walz administration turn to “nursing homes and other long-term care facilities”? My annual physical was scheduled for late-January. That got postponed because the clinic was converted to overflow for the St. Cloud Hospital at the start of COVID. The appointment was rescheduled again to March 31. Again, I was told that it was related to COVID. The entire clinic was emptied out to create extra bed space.

The point is that hospitals and clinics prepared for a spike in COVID cases. There never was a threat to hospitals running out of space in Minnesota. There might’ve been a chance we wouldn’t have had enough staffing but that’s a different contingency to plan for. LTCs certainly weren’t better staffed than hospitals. This is the closest video I found in an hour of searching dealing with the topic of nursing homes in the past week:

The number of COVID-related deaths are increasing as a direct result of sending COVID-infected seniors into LTCs. This doesn’t require medical school training to figure out. It requires a memory of what Andrew Cuomo did in New York. This proposal should be immediately rejected:

They are calling for more state scrutiny over transfers, including stricter standards over which nursing homes should be allowed to accept COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

Wrong! They shouldn’t be allowed into nursing homes. Period. If nothing else, the state should set up a facility that could hold those elderly COVID-19 patients. Why set things up so that an entire facility gets infected? Karin Housley positively nailed it:

“It makes no sense to bring more COVID-19 patients into facilities that have already failed to protect them,” said Sen. Karin Housley, the Republican chairwoman of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee. “If it were my mom or dad in one of these facilities, I would be really worried.”

This is frightening:

State health officials and long-term care industry representatives have defended the practice of discharging some COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, saying it is part of a broader strategy to conserve critical hospital beds during the pandemic. Long-term care facilities can provide treatment for coronavirus patients who still need care, but have stabilized enough that they no longer require hospitalization, officials said.

How’s that worked thus far? Thus far, 80% of COVID deaths have happened at nursing homes. That indicates that these ‘experts’ have been wrong.

It’s long past time for the US to reopen the economy. Dr. Scott Atlas has spoken out against keeping people shut down repeatedly. His logic makes the most sense of any doctor I’ve heard. Saturday night, he said “There should be no fear and panic anymore. We know that. We know who the virus impacts. We know who to protect. And frankly, it’s the same people we should have known from day one, because every third year medical student in the country would have been able to identify that older people with chronic underlying diseases like kidney failure, diabetes, heart failure and people who are immunocompromised are the people to protect instead of just locking down society in a broad, blunt way.”

I wish Dr. Atlas would fax this information to Gov. Walz ASAP. Gov. Walz hasn’t figured it out yet. He’s still pretty much in ‘Chicken Little” mode. In today’s update, Minnesotans are told to take a defensive posture towards COVID-19. In this interview, Dr. Atlas highlights all the different treatments that haven’t happened as a result of statewide shutdowns:

Do we really want to deprive people of vaccinations, biopsies, cancer treatments, etc. just to stop COVID? That’s the price the vulnerable have paid for these Democrats’ one-size-fits-all strategies. Do we really think that COVID is that much of a life-threatening virus amongst healthy people? It isn’t right to think of COVID as a trivial matter but it isn’t as threatening as the MSM, which is filled with Democrats, have portrayed it, either.

Thus far, Republican governors haven’t adopted one-size-fits-all strategies, with the possible exception of Ohio’s Mike DeWine. That’s the purview of the Democrat governors. (Think Walz, Whitmer and J.B. Pritzker.) It’s time we got our swagger back. That being said, that swagger, just like after 9/11, doesn’t return in the blink of an eyelash. It returns a bit at a time.

It requires paying attention to the CDC’s guidelines. It doesn’t require paying attention to the draconian orders of governors like Pritzker, Walz and Whitmer. Those orders don’t make any sense. This doesn’t, either:

Pritzker is an idiot. His order is filled with contradictory items.

Melissa Kolstad is just a shopkeeper in St. Joseph, MN. Tim Walz is the governor (emperor?) of Minnesota. Despite the mismatch, Kolstad intends on defying Gov. Walz’s stay-at-home order:

The BabyGirlz woman’s clothing boutique announced Monday on Facebook that it plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. When it opened last week, an officer with the St. Joseph Police Department was sent to shut it down. Proprietor Melissa Kolstad said she respectfully complied at the time, but as of Wednesday morning her Facebook page still stated the store would follow those same hours starting Thursday.

“Open…. like a customer can walk in and look/buy??” asked a resident, via Facebook. Kolstad posted the response: “If you feel comfortable coming in, you are more than welcome. The door is unlocked. I am cleaning regularly, and I have a small store so I can easily control social distancing. The door will be propped open, so you don’t have to touch the handle, and I have hand sanitizer when you walk in the door, as well.”

Gov. Walz is confused by Kolstad’s actions:

Walz said many Minnesotans have voluntarily embraced the spirit of social distancing for the greater good. Still, he said, it’s tough to explain the benefit of business closures to those who have not been infected, in the same vein as it’s tough to explain beach closures to everyone who hasn’t drowned.

“I think most of us know, regardless if it’s speeding laws or moving up to other things, social compliance is the idea that (our) actions don’t only impact ourselves, they impact others,” Walz said at a news conference this week.

It’s difficult to explain the benefit of business closures when a) the businesses are following the CDC’s guidelines and b) the shopkeepers need to feed their families. It escapes Gov. Walz why businesses put feeding their families ahead of “the greater good.” It’s difficult, too, because Gov. Walz hasn’t defined what the greater good is.

Instead, he’s shifted the goals multiple times without explaining why they’re important. A leader establishes easily understood goals that people quickly agree with. Gov. Walz didn’t do that.

Instead, he cited a model put together by the U of M and the Minnesota Department of Health that was criticized virtually immediately. Then Gov. Walz issued an ultimatum, saying that our options were limited to no mitigation, which would lead to 74,000 Minnesotans dying from COVID-19, or shelter-in-place, which would lead to ‘only’ 50,000 Minnesotans dying. As of this morning, 485 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19. This article highlights a disturbing trend:

More than three-fourths of the newly reported deaths involved elderly residents of long-term care facilities, which have become an increasing focus of state COVID-19 testing and response efforts. The state on Wednesday morning reported that one death involved a person in the 70s age range who was the spouse of a worker at the Jennie-0 turkey plant in Melrose. At least 11 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among workers at the Melrose plant. The disclosure that the death involved a spouse was an error by state health officials, who normally don’t reveal such specific details and leave that to county agencies, companies or families.

Why hasn’t Gov. Walz prioritized protecting long-term care facilities from the start? The first mass fatalities happened in a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington.

I was told by the Minnesota Department of Health, aka MDH, that protecting the elderly was their highest priority. If that’s true, then MDH has failed miserably. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s economy keeps tanking:

After reading this email, I’m wondering if Gov. Walz has lost it. It’s that or he never had it. Here’s the text of the email:

Today’s budget outlook confirms what we suspected: COVID-19 will badly damage Minnesota’s economy. As I said during my State of the State address, there is a long winter ahead. COVID-19 is upending life as we know it—and our economy will not be spared. This will mean shared sacrifice among all of us. Hard decisions will be made.

But thanks to smart budgeting, Minnesota is in a much better position than other states to weather the storm. We must not undercut what got us there: Investing in our children. Expanding access to health care. Putting Minnesotans first. These last few weeks have been difficult, and it’s only going to get harder.

It is more important than ever that we lead with our values and protect Minnesota’s quality of life. Minnesotans will look out for one another. We will help each other back on our feet. We will get through this winter—together—and we will see spring.

What isn’t said is what’s important. Minnesota’s economy didn’t need to be sacrificed. Gov. Walz choked in his first crisis. COVID-19 didn’t hurt Minnesota’s economy nearly as much his decisions have hurt Minnesota’s economy.

For instance, Gov. Walz stopped elective surgeries and the DFL House agreed with him. As a direct result, Mayo Clinic operated at just 35%. Other hospitals laid off people, too. That’s on Gov. Walz’s hands and the DFL’s hands. Republicans didn’t have a say in the matter, though it’s worth noting they opposed the policy.

He didn’t sufficiently protect nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The majority of Minnesota’s COVID-19 deaths happened in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. I was told by Julie Anderson of the Minnesota Department of Health that “Long-term care facilities should be a priority and they are. As you may know, there are specific challenges related to long term care settings. That includes the health of the workforce and the challenge presented by the virus that people may carry when asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. In addition, as people age, their immune systems do not respond as fully and they often have complex underlying conditions further challenging their ability to fight any infection.”

This article highlights the difference between an effective governor, Ron DeSantis, and our governor:

As of Friday, the state counted 1,314 deaths. Of those, 423 were in senior-care facilities, which includes both staff and resident deaths, according to the data.

One third of Florida’s COVID deaths happened in “senior care facilities.” A whopping 75% of Minnesota’s COVID deaths happened in long-term care facilities. Florida’s population is almost 22,000,000. It’s clear that DeSantis’ plan worked while Walz’s plan didn’t. Gov. Walz’s plan is too cautious:

Also today, Governor Walz signed an Executive Order that will provide a roadmap for safely restarting elective surgeries. Starting next week, doctors, dentists, and veterinarians who create a plan to keep patients and healthcare professionals safe may begin offering these procedures, which can treat chronic conditions, prevent and cure disease, and relieve chronic pain.

This action will allow hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and clinics, whether veterinary, medical, or dental, to resume many currently-delayed procedures once facilities have developed criteria for determining which procedures should proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a plan to maintain a safe environment for facility staff, patients, and visitors.

Let’s be clear. Adults understand that there are risks involved in reopening the economy. I can’t put it better than this:

When Tim Walz grows up, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he isn’t overwhelmed. Until then, I won’t give him that benefit.

The DFL, using its favorite mouthpiece, aka the Star Tribune, is trying to paint a rosy picture in this article. It opens by saying “Hundreds of Minnesotans were released from COVID-19 quarantine over the weekend as wider testing discovers more cases that aren’t ending in death or serious illness.”

It’s good news that these COVID patients survived without “serious illness.” Still, there were 24 COVID deaths reported Sunday, the vast majority of whom were living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Here’s the breakdown of COVID-related deaths by age group:

Again I ask, why shut the entire state’s economy when 90+ percent of the fatalities are people who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities? That’s as foolish as putting out extra highway patrols to cut down on drownings. It makes sense to focus the resources where the biggest problems exist. Right now, the biggest problems aren’t with healthy 20-somethings to 50-somethings.

This doesn’t require a rocket scientist to figure out, though it might require Republican to figure it out. Thus far, the DFL certainly hasn’t figured it out. The DFL, especially Gov. Walz, has talked about public-private partnerships, increasing testing, etc. They haven’t said a thing about what they’ve done to fix our nursing home-assisted living crisis.

That’s the real crisis. Why hasn’t the DFL fixed the real COVID crisis? If you’re the leader of the entire state, perform like it. Thus far, Gov. Walz and the DFL haven’t performed like it.