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In this post, I wrote about how Republicans won 2 special elections to fill empty congressional seats. Mike Garcia flipped the empty seat in California while Tom Tiffany held Sean Duffy’s seat in Wisconsin. This morning, I’m writing about something should scare the daylights out of Democrats. I’m writing about the city council races in Staunton, Virginia.

It isn’t just that Republicans swept the races. It’s the fashion in which they won that should frighten Democrats. According to the article, “The last Staunton election for all four members was in 2016 in which fewer than 7,000 votes were cast.” That was then. This is now:

More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s just the start of it. This isn’t what people were expecting:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham.

DC Republicans are worried about a blue sweep this November. It’s undisputed that there will be some tough fights to maintain control of the Senate and take away Pelosi’s Speaker Gavel, though I’m not quite as worried about Joe Biden’s vice president running the nation. While the polls show one thing, the vote totals say another thing. The question I’d ask the DC GOP geniuses is this: does anyone think that Gov. Whitmer’s executive actions and Gov. Wolf’s corruption in Pennsylvania will cause GOP turnout to increase or increase by orders of magnitude?

Waves happen when people are upset, not when they’re happy. While it still remains to be seen how deep the frustration goes, it’s clear that the frustration is with the Democrat governors, not with President Trump. Truckers are rallying in front of the White House:

These protesters aren’t rallying in Gov. Whitmer’s favor:

This video is brief but powerful:

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these events aren’t working in the Democrats’ favor. These people aren’t mad as hell. They’re downright pissed and they aren’t taking it anymore. Whenever Democrats retake control, they overstep their mandate by orders of magnitude. It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east. This video is inspiring and infuriating:

Watch the entire thing. It’s worth it. PS- There weren’t any undecideds at that protest/rally. I don’t have as much data as I’d like but the trend is clearly in one direction. HINT: it isn’t pointing in the direction of a blue wave.

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:

Gov. Walz, Gov. Cuomo and other Democrats have hinted that people that want to reopen the economy are just simply greedy. Why haven’t reporters done any in-depth articles about how confinement costs families and individuals? Why haven’t the media taken seriously the trampling of constitutional rights? (That’s a rhetorical question. We know the answer.)

What we’ve figured out is that COVID-19 is deadly to those with serious underlying conditions and the elderly. We’ve figured out that healthy people that exercise proper restraint aren’t in a ton of danger. Is there some risk? Without a question. Are there things that can mitigate the effects of COVID-19? Without question.

This article highlights the Democrats’ thinking. Gov. Walz is a perfect example. Gov. Walz’s top priorities are eliminating public health risks, eliminating more public health risks and eliminating all public health risks. That’s impossible. Further, it isn’t wise from a mental health standpoint.

If they dare protest, if they demand to work and run their own lives, they’re condemned by mouthpieces of the left as a bunch of greedy fools Who Just Want People to Die.

The Democrats are committed to keeping you healthy even if it kills you or pushes you into bankruptcy. That’s what President Trump means when he talks about the cure being worse than the disease. It’s time to introduce Democrats to some principles that are foreign to them.

The first principle that’s foreign to today’s Democrats is the principle of balance. If there’s anything that Democrats are famous for, it’s the principle of not letting a crisis go to waste. While Pelosi fights for things that please her donor base, Blue Collar America fights to put food on the table:

Democrats haven’t figured out that lots of small businesses have to work hard even in the best of times. There’s a reason why it’s called “sweat equity.” To them, anyone making a profit is rich and evil. The truth is that big corporations hurt small businesses through regulations. Corporations use regulations to keep ‘the little guy’ down.

Another concept that’s foreign to Democrats is common sense. That’s especially true of Gov. Walz. Thus far, he’s imposed the same restrictions on Crow Wing County as he’s imposed on Hennepin County. He’s done that even though Crow Wing County is dotted with cabins and filled with hiking trails. Hennepin County is an urban jungle.

It’s time for Gov. Walz and the DFL to understand that one-size-fits-all policy-making usually fails. That would require a little humility and a healthy dose of common sense. Both character traits are in short supply within the DFL, at least within the leadership level.

Greg Gutfeld frequently talks about the prison of 2 ideas in the context of people accepting that a decision comes down to just 2 options. With Georgia deciding to reopen their economy, Georgia Democrats are doing their utmost to prevent that from happening:

Georgia House Democrats urged Gov. Brian Kemp to immediately rescind an executive order that will allow some businesses and restaurants forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic to reopen later this week.

The letter sent Tuesday by House Minority Bob Trammell and dozens of Democratic legislators called Kemp’s decision “too much too soon” and warned that reopening close-contact businesses like tattoo parlors and massage therapy centers will make it impossible to maintain social distancing.

“Combined with the state’s well documented struggles with testing capacity, this premature executive order puts Georgians at risk and may very well wind up resulting in more prolonged restrictive measures in the future,” the Democrats said in the letter.

This is a purely partisan ploy. Democrats know that they don’t have a legal leg to stand on. As Andy McCarthy explains in this interview, states must meet multiple legal thresholds:

Talking about US AG Bill Barr’s statement about states going too far with their shelter-in-place orders, McCarthy said “What he’s saying is that when the government regulates your fundamental rights, which might include your right of free association, right of exercising your religion, your right to work, in many ways, they have to narrowly tailor their restrictions so that it’s the least restrictive way of burdening your fundamental rights and the Justice Department has already intervened in a case in Greenville, Mississippi, on behalf of religious believers who were being denied the right to do communal observance of Easter. So this is not like it’s a threat in the air. This is something that they’ve already done. And I think that the most important thing he said, Neil, especially for what you’ve been covering today, is that it’s not your burden as an American that your job is essential. It’s that it’s their burden, that is, the government’s burden, that your job can’t be operated safely before they can shut it down.”

Minnesota business owners participating in this upcoming Sunday’s #Liberate Minnesota protest at the Governor’s Mansion should highlight this information. Let’s force Gov. Walz to justify why he’s doing what he’s doing. Let’s force him, and the DFL, to explain how this is the least restrictive way of accomplishing the goal of flattening the curve and reopening Minnesota’s economy.

Gov. Walz might be able to accomplish one of those goal. I’m certain that he can’t accomplish both. Brit Hume brought another bit of common sense to this discussion in this interview:

“I think it’s time to consider the possibility, Shannon, that this lockdown, as opposed to the more moderate mitigation efforts, is a colossal public policy calamity,” he stated. “That the damage to the economy, businesses that I see, businesses are closing. Many may not reopen. Those jobs will be lost. Those businesses will be lost. Those incomes will be lost.”

“Plus, the effect on children who don’t have their normal life. They don’t have school. They can’t play with their friends, even outdoors. All these things are accumulating,” he continued. “They’re not going to get better, Shannon. They’re going to get worse with time. And, as I say, we may not recover from many of these losses for a very long time if ever.”

“Nobody is talking about going back to exactly where we were,” he explained. “What they’re talking about is moving forward, ending the lockdown, allowing people to continue to take the measures of avoiding crowds, washing your hands a lot, social distancing wherever possible, you can do that in offices, you can stagger the way people come to work. Some people stay home some days. Some people come in. There’s an awful lot that could be done. Wearing masks when indoors, particularly in stores and so on.”

It’s time to discard some of these prison of 2 ideas options. There are less restrictive options available. If that’s the case, implement them, not the draconian options that Gov. Evers, Gov. Walz and Gov. Whitmer have adopted.

This is the United States. We’re the most innovative nation in recent history. The notion that we have to be trapped in a prison of just 2 ideas isn’t part of our national DNA. Let’s apply common sense. Let’s innovate our way out of this just like we’ve our ways out of other calamities.

While Nancy Pelosi didn’t create the current recession, it’s certain that she’s responsible for extending it. First, the recession started because of the COVID-19 virus that was spread by China because they weren’t transparent about how infectious the virus is. The Chinese Communist Party, aka the CCP, is still hiding information from the world. They’re still lying, too.

That being said, Nancy Pelosi has twice caused tons of economic harm that didn’t have to happen. First, there was bipartisan agreement on a relief package in the Senate. Meanwhile, the House left on recess. Pelosi returned to DC and immediately insisted on a ton of demands that had nothing to do with COVID-19. She held that original bill hostage for a week. That’s the bill that created the Payroll Protection Program, aka the PPP. After a week of holding small businesses hostage, Pelosi settled for $25,000,000 in funding for the Kennedy Center and funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

This time, Pelosi is holding Blue Collar America hostage again. The PPP ran out of money. Senate Democrats objected to Sen. McConnell’s bill for a supplemental appropriation of $250,000,000,000 to the PPP after it ran out of money. Again, Pelosi wasn’t in DC searching for a solution. She was in her San Francisco mansion showing off her “two Wolf Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezers.”

Speaker Gingrich wrote that “my wife Callista knew what a Wolf Sub-Zero refrigerator was, but I sure did not. I Googled it. Wolf’s own description is: ‘Find the best luxury refrigerators for your needs with Sub-Zero full-size stainless steel or custom panel refrigerators, freezers and undercounter refrigerators.’ They range in price up to $20,000-plus.” Then Speaker Gingrich added this:

While many Americans were gathered around their Easter tables praying and wondering what they would do without income or a job, Pelosi was blocking small business support and wondering what she would have done without ice cream. By the way, you, too, can get the ice cream she was bragging about having delivered – five pints for $58 before tax.

Pelosi could’ve signaled that she was ok with topping off the PPP account via unanimous consent and this crisis could’ve been averted. Loans could’ve still been approved. Payrolls could’ve been met without interruption. Lives wouldn’t have to have been disrupted for something that wasn’t an urgent need.

Blue Collar America has had their lives disrupted unnecessarily because Ms. Pelosi couldn’t resist the opportunity to play partisan politics yet another time. Lives hang in the balance but Ms. Pelosi thinks that it’s a game. This quickly puts things into perspective:

What makes the Pelosi attitude so infuriating is the fact that the small business payroll protection plan has worked far better than anyone thought possible. The Small Business Administration, working with the nation’s banks, has gotten nearly $350 billion into the economy in 14 days. Before the Trump administration, $30 billion in an entire year was a major SBA effort. Now, it had managed to loan $349 billion in two weeks.

There’s a book that I gave to my brother as a Christmas present years ago titled “Nothing else like it in the World”, written by Stephen Ambrose. It’s the history of how the Transcontinental Railroad was built in the 19th Century. America is still that amazing place, though it’s changed some. This video captures my sentiments perfectly:

Ari Fleischer nailed it by saying that “It all comes from freedom, capitalism and innovation.” The default position of the United States is growth, innovation and the occasional miracle that stuns the world. A friend of mine from Fingerhut was one of the most optimistic people I’ve ever met. He had a little sign in his office that fits this situation perfectly. It said “The difficult, we do immediately. The impossible takes a little bit longer.”

We’re still that people — when politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Tim Walz and other Democrats get out of the way.

This article should highlight the path forward for Minnesota, Gov. Walz and the DFL. Unfortunately, Gov. Walz and the DFL don’t trust the people, except if they’re contributors to the DFL.

According to the article, “Pressure grew all last week for government leaders to chart an end to their stay-home orders and nonessential business designations — and to allow businesses and consumers to adapt to the new reality.’ It continued, saying ‘In New Ulm, a co-owner of the Penazz Aveda hair salon, Melissa Lawson, said her stylists and customers are ready to go as soon as Gov. Tim Walz allows. ‘We’re going to open right away. That Monday if possible,’ she said, assuming he will designate a Monday start. ‘It will be busy.’ But business will be different, Lawson added. Stylists will wear face masks and gloves and sanitize more often. Customers will not be allowed to bring a friend or a child. ‘We’ll probably eliminate our front seating area,’ Lawson said.”

In other words, businesses are already making adjustments so they can reopen. That’s the predictable result of this virus. People understand that, at least initially, they’ll have to adjust. They’re totally willing to do that. This article is proof of that. Lawson’s story is just one of the stories. Here’s another:

Christine Ward, owner of Patina Stores, a gift and furnishings retailer that has been around the Twin Cities for 25 years, said Walz holds the fate of the company in his hands. Ward last week received a Small Business Administration loan to cover payroll costs and must start using the funds this week. But the state won’t let work happen in Patina’s eight stores.

She wants Walz to give retailers like Patina the same opportunity to do business that he has to liquor stores, coffee shops and garden centers. She said smaller stores can more easily adapt to the new normal than the stores that are currently drawing crowds. “The safety and health of our employees and customers is the most critical issue for us,” Ward said. “We can match what other businesses that were allowed to remain open are doing. As entrepreneurs, we feel we excel in adapting.”

She’s installing plexiglass at checkouts and already stocked masks, gloves and cleaning equipment at the company’s eight stores. She has been able to defer some bills but Patina needs to open next month, Ward said, or it will have to close for good. “There’s no thinking past the end of May for us. There is too much mounting debt,” she said.

If Gov. Walz and the DFL was paying attention, which they aren’t, they’d notice that businesses are making adjustments to open. If Gov. Walz and the DFL was paying attention, which they aren’t, they’d notice that people are on the verge of losing their livelihoods, their life savings and the family business that’s been in their family for decades. That’s how communities, not just families, get demolished.

Digi-Key Electronics Inc.
Around 2,300 employees for Digi-Key Electronics, the components distributor based in Thief River Falls, have been working from home during the pandemic.
“We transitioned to that over about two days, so kudos to our IT staff,” said Kevin Brown, its vice president of communications. More than 600 are performing essential work at the firm’s warehouses, he said.

When the stay-home order is lifted, the company will bring employees back to offices in phases, he said. The company has already implemented “extreme sanitization procedures” for staff working now, including sanitization breaks every two hours, a tunnel that uses UV rays to disinfect the bins used to move products around the warehouse, gloves and masks for workers, more separation between employees, and a contract with an outside cleaning firm to disinfect the warehouses at the end of each day. “We’ve also become much more adept at videoconferencing,” Brown said.

It’s amazing what can happen when you trust people. Gov. Walz and the DFL should try it sometime.

Guy Benson’s article highlights what I’m now calling the ‘Democrats’ hate Americans agenda.’ 22,000,000 people have lost their jobs this past month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed appropriating $250,000,000,000 to the Paycheck Protection Program fund, which started with $350,000,000,000 a month ago and has already run out.

Sen. McConnell’s bill was a clean bill to speed assistance to the fund to keep employees on their employers’ payrolls. It was an emergency, aka stopgap, measure that was needed to keep businesses afloat. Unfortunately, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are playing hardball while people’s lives are literally hanging in the balance. She’s even bragging that Democrats blocked the McConnell bill that would’ve kept millions of employees employed.

That’s the definition of heartless. Meanwhile, the MSM is running interference for Democrats:

This isn’t a “game of chicken. This is people’s lives being put at risk by a POS devil woman from San Francisco who loves playing partisan games with other people’s lives. This is a Don’t Give A Damn NY Senator saying ‘I can’t be bothered.’

This isn’t a time for partisanship. Look at how much President Trump has worked with Gov. Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio, Gov. Murphy and Gov. Newsom. Pelosi and Schumer, by comparison, have been totally worthless. I don’t trust them whatsoever. What’s worse is that rank-and-file Democrats haven’t stepped forward for their small businesses. They haven’t told Pelosi and Schumer to knock their ill-advised tactics off. They’ve sat in the corner like silent sheep, unwilling to do what’s right. Politicians who aren’t willing to do what’s right, especially during a crisis, are worthless, especially to their small businesses and their employees.

Here’s Queen Pelosi’s ‘Let them eat chocolate ice cream’ moment:

What type of person thinks that it’s funny to show off their $22,000 freezer filled with $12 per half-pint ice cream right after she essentially put 5,000,000 blue collar workers on unemployment by playing obstructionist partisan games?

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, these jobs and these livelihoods are solely your responsibility. Had you negotiated in good faith, Blue Collar America wouldn’t be hurting as much as it’s hurting.

Election Day can’t happen soon enough. Mike Huckabee said that “the best form of leadership is servant leadership.” That’s true. The leadership that Pelosi is practicing isn’t servant leadership. It’s haughty autocrat leadership.

Minnesota State Sen. Jim Abeler gave a speech this past week that is essential reading for Minnesota Republicans. Here is the text of Sen. Abeler’s speech:

Mr. President, Members, and Governor Walz,

I have the privilege of standing in this historic chamber doing my best to make a difference the people who rely on me. It is an honor and a very high responsibility.

This is a very difficult speech to give.

I have two important points to make.

First, I am critically concerned about what is happening to Main Street and side street families and the livelihoods of those who are suddenly forbidden to work and can’t even get their boat out of storage or dock installed.

This is not a partisan debate, even though some would attempt to paint it so. A number of DFL legislators have publicly or privately agreed with me. As you know, there is great political pressure for members of any governor’s party to quietly “support their governor” even when they strongly disagree. This is how it is in both parties, unfortunately.

Governor, as you began your term, I told you I would work with you to help Minnesota. Please consider my comments as candid words from a friend.
I suggest a new doctrine to guide the reopening of Minnesota. Constrained optimization. Constrained optimization.

Start reopening small and safe places and then go bigger. And begin today.

Minnesota families are interested in the safety of their neighbors and their town. They are deeply frightened about Covid-19 for their elders, their families, and themselves. And it shows.

They are good people. They care about Minnesota as much as you do. These are the locals who contribute to the middle school girls’ softball team. The ones who always give a door prize for the church bazaar. The Rotarians who always seek to help others. The people who make me proud to know them.

They have been shocked with the dozens of executive orders that have rained down over the past few weeks. They were stunned when their safe workplace was ordered locked.

Had they been asked, given the gravity of this situation, they would have stayed home, instead of needing the threat of a thousand dollar fine and prison. Had they been asked, they would have made heroic efforts to make their small business very safe for their fellow townspeople. They would have likely come up with ideas nobody in government has thought of even yet.

Your own modeling shows that we are well ahead of earlier grave projections. We have flattened the curve and built capacity to cover health care needs of the emergency we are facing together.

However, those gains could have happened without great personal expense for so many. There has been very much needless collateral damage inflicted on those who were already extremely low risk.

Main Street is dying. It’s little mom and pop stores aren’t powerful corporations. They can’t pay their bills. My Anoka Chamber President tells me that time is running out for these businesses to survive. In these executive orders, they are being cast off like chaff.

Reopening Anoka’s automated car wash will add no deaths. Reopening Anoka’s Greenhaven unmanned golf course will endanger nobody. Allowing the local shoe and clothing stores to reopen is at least as safe as Walmart.

There should be simple guidelines that they can follow, and they are poised to do that.

No lives will be sacrificed to accomplish this. Allowing these re-openings is consistent with epidemiologist Mike Osterholm’s views that we have to find a way to resume some semblance of normalcy while Covid-19 is still around. I agree with him.

My townspeople are going to continue social distancing even after the executive order expires. They will follow safe guidelines and the vulnerable people will stay home.

The next state budget forecast will predict a huge devastating deficit. My personal estimate is at least $5 billion deficit. If we stay closed unnecessarily long, the deficit will be greater. We are going to need these good Minnesotans to be part of the recovery and rebuilding.

Please let them work. Constrained optimization. Start small and safe today.

My second point is why are we here? Our legislative process is decidedly broken.

The opaque method that brought this bill to the Senate Floor is too common of a practice. It is not good for Minnesota. This also happened just two weeks ago, last year, and in 2018. This dangerous pattern must be broken.

And specific to this bill, it adds to the centralization of power. I have a lot of respect for Commissioner Malcolm. However, we are awarding her the authority to suspend all or parts of 20 chapters of law including quarantine protections, without legislative approval. It is too much power for any one person.

It is time to return to the separation of powers that has made Minnesota so great for over 160 years. A thoughtful, collaborative governor. An inclusive legislature. A transparent process that includes the people we represent.

At the train crossing by my house, there are two red lights that flash when the train comes. Governor Walz visited there last year. We know to stop when those lights flash.

Hopefully my red light on the board today will warn Minnesota that we need to do better.

Governor Walz, let’s start today on constrained optimization. Colleagues, lets commit to a more open process. On both matters, Minnesota will be the winner.

Here is the ‘essential section’ that Gov. Walz should read and understand:

Main Street is dying. It’s little mom and pop stores aren’t powerful corporations. They can’t pay their bills. My Anoka Chamber President tells me that time is running out for these businesses to survive. In these executive orders, they are being cast off like chaff.

Reopening Anoka’s automated car wash will add no deaths. Reopening Anoka’s Greenhaven unmanned golf course will endanger nobody. Allowing the local shoe and clothing stores to reopen is at least as safe as Walmart.

Sen. Abeler isn’t just talking. He did his homework first. His logic is irrefutable. This is the other essential point that needs to be driven home to Gov. Walz:

My townspeople are going to continue social distancing even after the executive order expires. They will follow safe guidelines and the vulnerable people will stay home.

If I were to give this section of Sen. Abeler’s speech a title, I’d give it a title like ‘Treat people like adults’. Thus far, Gov. Walz and the DFL have treated Minnesotans like children. The DFL hasn’t figured it out that Minnesotans will act in their own best interest by social distancing.

Yesterday, Gov. Walz signed an EO that ‘lets’ Minnesotans go fishing and golfing. That’s nice but it’s a shiny object tactic. Too many of the Minnesota businesses are still shut. That must stop immediately.

When Chuck Schumer shut down the government for a weekend, he suffered a political backlash that likely cost him the Senate majority. It was one of the dumbest political stunts in political history. (Read more about it here.) As bad as Schumer’s Shutdown was for Senate Democrats, Pelosi’s Payroll Protection Program, aka PPP, will make Schumer’s Shutdown seem like a little turbulence.

When the SBA account ran dry Thursday afternoon, Pelosi took to TV to brag about shutting down those businesses. When she was asked on C-SPAN why she let the PPP run out of money, she stuttered:

Here is Pelosi bragging that Democrats shut down small businesses nationwide:

How tone-deaf is Pelosi? It’s possible that she’s the most tone-deaf politician in U.S. history. After watching this, wouldn’t you agree?

Middle class families’ lives hang in the balance and she’s playing Marie Antoinette. How heartless is she? How spineless are Democrats like Debbie Dingell, Adam Schiff, Dean Phillips and Angie Craig? Thursday afternoon, Craig said that she’s working hard after hearing that the PPP ran out of money. Apparently, Craig didn’t think that criticizing Pelosi for letting the fund dry up was her responsibility. Then again, Phillips is MIA on this. How’s that fit into his resume of being a vital part of the Problem Solvers Caucus? Phillips has been MIA within the Problem Solvers Caucus, too.

Pelosi just ate the economic downturn by shafting small businesses and their employees. It isn’t likely that they’ll let Pelosi or Democrats off the hook for that decision. Further, voters shouldn’t let Democrats off the hook for not listening to Main Street.

Apparently, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer want to be blamed for the economic hardship Americans are experiencing. It’s apparent because the Paycheck Protection Program has used all of its $350,000,000,000. President Trump knew that the money was going fast. That’s why he’s given Steve Mnuchin the responsibility to negotiate another appropriation of $250,000,000,000 with Nancy Pelosi. The problem is that she’s nowhere to be found.

Politicians, experts and bankers had been warning the program would run out by the end of this week or sooner without additional appropriated funding. But Congress has been locked in a stalemate over a possible $250 billion extension, with congressional Democrats pushing for additional funding for hospitals and state and local governments. Lawmakers have been on recess themselves as part of an effort to avoid further spread of the virus through large groups.

We were told that hospitals would be overwhelmed, that they’d run out of the supplies that they’d need to fight COVID-19. USNS Mercy was sent to Los Angeles Harbor while the USNS Comfort was sent to NY Harbor. The Javits Center was turned into a 2,900-bed hospital. Each of these facilities have been vastly underutilized.

That isn’t saying that hospitals aren’t hurting. I wrote this post to highlight this:

Mayo Clinic has unveiled a plan to cut $1.6 billion in pay, withdraw nearly $1 billion from its financial reserves and save another $700 million through a hiring freeze to counteract a $3 billion loss inflicted by the coronavirus. A large portion of this loss was the result of Governor Tim Walz’s ban on non-essential procedures that has cost Mayo up to 75% of its business in some areas.

I’m not saying that we should return to business-as-usual. That would be foolish. Those aren’t the only 2 options, though, are they? Why aren’t governors working to put plans in place that would incorporate the CDC’s recommendations into workplaces?

Last night, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy issued this statement:

This did not have to happen. Republicans have been sounding the alarm for more than a week. Last Thursday, Senate Republicans tried to pass a narrow and clean bill that would have simply put more money into this critical program without changing any of the underlying policies that passed the Senate and the House unanimously. Democrats blocked it. Even as the program is saving millions of American jobs, Speaker Pelosi has said she sees “no data as to why we need” to keep funding it.

It has been stunning to watch our Democratic colleagues treat emergency funding for Americans’ paychecks like a Republican priority which they need to be goaded into supporting. Funding a bipartisan program should not be a partisan issue. The notion that crucial help for working people is not appealing enough to Democrats without other additions sends a strange message about their priorities.

The cost of continued Democratic obstruction will be pink slips and shuttered businesses. We hope Democrats see reason soon and finally heed Republicans’ repeated calls for a funding bill that can quickly earn unanimous consent from all 100 senators and become law.

Thanks to Schumer’s and Pelosi’s temper tantrum, small businesses will get hurt, perhaps to the point of shutting down forever. Those bankruptcies will be solely on Sen. Schumer’s and Pelosi’s and the Democrats’ hands. Democrats are the idiots that fought against sending these people a lifeline. Democrats are the people who thought that this crisis shouldn’t go to waste. Democrats are the politicians that thumbed their noses at blue collar workers. That’s whose getting hurt the most by small businesses shutting down. The big corporations that Democrats constantly rail against have other ways of getting help. There was a time when Democrats cared about blue collar workers. That time is gone. Democrats just proved with their inaction where their allegiances are.