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Perhaps, Joe Biden shouldn’t think that he’s got the Democrats’ base solidified. After reading this article, it’s clear that his base is split and likely unenthusiastic. By comparison, President Trump’s base is fired up and waiting instructions. Check this out:

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

That’s in Virginia. If Biden loses Virginia but flips Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Trump still wins. That’s a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose situation.

Mrs. Whitsett praised the president at the White House after she recovered from COVID-19 after taking hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old treatment for malaria and lupus that Mr. Trump has touted as a prophylactic or treatment for coronavirus.

Last week, Michigan Democrats censured her:

As a result of her White House appearance, a Michigan Democratic organization censured her. Last week, Mrs. Whitsett filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and several other Democrats, claiming violations of free speech and defamation.

Mrs. Whitsett’s praise for President Trump represents the Democrats’ worst nightmare. She’s African-American, urban and willing to challenge her party elders in a swing state. If that doesn’t represent the Democrats’ nightmare trifecta, what does? If the Democrats want a future, they need someone this articulate, this sensible:

Unfortunately, Rep. Whitsett isn’t considered leftist enough. She’d likely be called Republican lite or something similar to that.

In Pennsylvania, county Democratic leaders rose up to castigate the party’s highest-ranking politician, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. They also slammed Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment effort against Mr. Trump. It is part of a “Democrats for Trump movement,” according to a Washington Post report, that is causing headaches for the party’s county and state leaders in the Keystone State.

I’ve been operating from the position that this election won’t be about right vs. left as much as it’ll be adults vs. children. Joe Biden has changed his positions more times than a chameleon changes colors. Why would blue collar Pennsylvania Democrats stick with Biden are he names AOC and Bernie Sanders to co-chair his climate change advisory panel? That’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

Justin Haskins’ article highlights Biden’s difficulties:

It’s a strategy that has been adopted by virtually every U.S. presidential candidate in modern history: During the primaries, candidates appeal to their base, but after capturing a party’s nomination, campaigns move to the political center to win over undecided voters.

But in this unconventional cycle, Joe Biden is being forced to throw conventional campaigning to the wind. Instead of positioning himself as a centrist, Biden is choosing to move further to the left than ever before to satisfy the demands of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his radical base of dissatisfied progressives and “Bernie bro” socialists who hate the Democratic Party establishment almost as much as they do free-market capitalism.

Biden is frightened by the prospect of a Bernie Bro rebellion. This means that the Obama coalition is dead. I can’t imagine socialism appealing to affluent suburban voters.

Further, it’s impossible for me to think that the Green New Deal will appeal to Blue Collar America. That’s like a pale of cold water on a hot fire. While it might not put the fire out, it’ll stop it from burning hot. This isn’t the way to unite Democrats. It’s a way to split it in two for a generation.

That’s a Democrat dilemma.

I’m dealing with Joe Biden’s BS op-ed so you won’t have to read it. Actually, it’s highly likely that Biden didn’t write it. I’m not certain that he’s capable of stringing 3 consecutive coherent sentences together at this point.

The staffer’s op-ed opens by saying “The coronavirus, to date, has taken the lives of more than 79,000 Americans. One of every 5 U.S. workers has filed for unemployment, with the unemployment rate now the highest since the Great Depression. It is an extraordinary moment, the kind that begs for urgent, steady, empathetic, unifying leadership.”

Let’s deal with the urgency issue first. Just 10 days after the first human-to-human case was reported in the United States, President Trump issued a travel ban with Chine, though he brought home 40 U.S. nationals from China, which he was obligated to do. President Trump’s State Department worked tirelessly to get these U.S. nationals home. Upon arriving home, these people were quarantined immediately.

Meanwhile, Urgent Joe Biden criticized the decision:

“We need to lead the way with science, not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering,” he wrote. “He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”

Where’s the urgency, Joe? All I hear is a politician attempting to sound relevant — and not doing a very good job of it. Next, let’s talk about how Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Democrat governor, found himself out of bed space and ventilators. President Trump rescued him on both counts. He ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to turn the Javits Center into a 2,900-bed hospital. Then he ordered the U.S. Navy to equip the USNS Comfort for additional bed space. This was expected to take 3-4 weeks. It took the Navy 4 days to properly equip the Comfort and send it to New York Harbor. Meanwhile, that harbor wasn’t deep enough to let the ship in so the Army Corps of Engineers went to work and made the harbor deep enough. Again, this was done in “Trump Time”, a phrase first coined by Trump Trade Adviser Peter Navarro:

Then Trump assigned Navarro the task of getting ventilators manufactured:

“In under 11 days, GM sourced materials, converted a manufacturing facility and trained a workforce to build life-saving ventilators in Kokomo, IN.”

Meanwhile, the Obama-Biden administration didn’t replace the ventilators used during the H1N1 crisis. That crisis happened in 2009. Talk about lacking urgency.

In a crisis, give me a leader who gets the important things done immediately over a man with empathy, whatever that means. President Trump fits that description perfectly. Is he a little rough around the edges? Yup. Does he get the important things done in “Trump Time”? That’s his specialty.

The truth is that everyone wants America to reopen as soon as possible — claiming otherwise is completely absurd. Governors from both parties are doing their best to make that happen, but their efforts have been slowed and hampered because they haven’t gotten the tools, resources and guidance they need from the federal government to reopen safely and sustainably.

That’s BS. Here in Minnesota, the people have dragged Tim Walz kicking and screaming to open the economy just a little. In Michigan and Illinois, Democrat Governors Gretchen Whitmer and J.B. Pritzker are still trying to keep their economies closed. They’ve been hampered by themselves, not the federal government. That’s before talking about Democrat Governors Cuomo and Murphy. They’re in a class all of their own.

Biden suffers from Obama Disease. That’s when you see things as you want to see them instead of seeing things as they actually are. It isn’t lethal but it’s crippling.

If anyone personifies the death of critical thinking amongst pundits more than Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball, I don’t know who it’d be. Obviously, picking Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid or some well-established woman from CNN or MSNBC is the easy pick. Rather than do that, not that that bunch isn’t worthy of that ‘honor’, I’m picking Krystal Ball. Let me explain.

Early in their interview with Stephen Moore, Saagar Enjeti spoke about the difficulties being faced by families as a result of spousal and child abuse, rising opioid addictions, increases in alcoholism rates. That’s before talking about the increased numbers of suicides and increased cases of depression. Less than 10 minutes in their interview, Ball went on a rampage. She asked Stephen Moore “Why not stay closed for safety’s sake?”

What safety? Without realizing it, Ball argued that we should ignore the threats posed by increased opioid addictions and overdoses, increased spousal and child abuse and other dangerous situations. Ball is so fixated by COVID that she didn’t think about all of the other physical or mental problems caused by the Democrats’ extended shelter-in-place policies. Just because she isn’t thinking about them doesn’t mean they don’t count.

Earlier in her rant, Ball criticized capitalism itself, telling Stephen Moore that what he’s “proposing is a fundamentally false choice between stay locked down and suffer economically because we’ve had a fully inadequate response, which you seem to agree with or let’s just reopen and everything will just magically go back to normal. What about staying closed for safety’s sake?”

That’s a childish answer that doesn’t deserve a serious reply. Rather than give her a reply based on rock-solid economic principles, Stephen Moore instead turned the debate into a fight. He said “Well, because if we keep our economy locked down for another couple of months, we’re going to destroy the economic base of our country. We’re gonna have devastation. We’re gonna have not 30,000,000 but 50,000,000 unemployed. How many unemployed are you willing to have — 50-, 60-, 80,000,000 people unemployed? At some point, it doesn’t matter how many of these aid programs you pass out of Washington. We’re gonna run out of food. We’re gonna run out of items in the grocery stores. If you don’t have production, you don’t have an economy. It’s that simple.

The only way to changing the trajectory of the U.S. economy while protecting the most vulnerable populations is by opening the economy up while enforcing proven guidelines like social distancing and protecting the elderly. If people are willing to properly distance themselves in Walmart, why think they won’t properly distance themselves in other stores, too? Why won’t they wash their hands frequently in the neighborhood grocery store where they know the owner but they’ll wash their hands in big box stores?

Ball got her ass handed to her and she deserved it.

This morning on Good Morning America, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, said something stupid even by Biden’s standards. Anyone that’s watched him knows how high a standard that is. Biden’s been an idiot virtually all his life. First, let’s dig into what Biden told Stephanopoulos.

According to the article, Biden was asked “What did you know about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn and was anything improper done?” Biden initially replied “I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn, number 1 and number two, this is all about diversion. This is a game this guy plays all the time.”

That’s downright insulting. Actually, it’s infuriating. For 3+ years, Robert Mueller and 19 hyperpartisan prosecutors and 40 FBI agents did their utmost to impeach President Trump. The upper echelon (singular, not plural) of the FBI, aka Comey, McCabe, Strzok and Page, in addition to former DNI Jim Clapper and Impeachment Committee Chairman Schiff, (D-Calif.), tried their utmost to impeach President Trump.

When people brought up tidbits of truth that didn’t fit with the Democrats’ storyline, we were told those were distractions. This isn’t a golden oldie but it’s certainly proof that Democrats view this as a strategy:

This nugget is just too good:

ADAM SCHIFF: This is a profound distraction from what Russia did from the issues that we’re charged with investigating. It’s quite by design and it’s very much in combination with the referral of Christopher Steele in a criminal investigation.

Adam Schiff was the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the time he said that. Schiff hadn’t yet turned it into the All-Impeachment-All-the-Time-Committee. Democrats hated President Trump so much that they simply set out to impeach him without any evidence of Treason, Bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Democrats still don’t have proof that President Trump committed any crimes. They don’t have proof that anyone in the Trump campaign committed a crime worthy of impeachment.

That Vice President Biden would say that the Flynn scandal is a diversionary tactic to distract from the Wuhan Virus is reprehensible. If we hadn’t panicked on how to best contain the Wuhan/Chinese Communist Party Virus, the Obama/Biden/Pelosi/Schiff scandal would be the biggest news story since 9/11. Entrapping the incoming national security adviser isn’t small potatoes. That’s a major civil rights violation. Don’t be surprised if major Obama administration figures get sued over this. This isn’t the type of thing that an ‘I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.’ will fix.

Sleepy Joe isn’t that bright. The worst news for Democrats is that Biden is the Democrats’ best option. What’s frightening for Democrats is that he’s a worse candidate than Hillary. He might be worse than John Kerry, who once served in Vietnam.

Democrats sold out to the AOC/Bernie wing of their party. This November, they’ll pay a price for that capitulation. That’s why, contrary to Paul Mirengoff’s post, there’s little chance that President Trump loses to Biden. Further, the more people find out what’s in Pelosi’s Porkapalooza bill, aka the HEROES Act, the more they’ll hate it. Democrats constantly complain about corporate welfare. Why don’t Democrats complain about welfare for politicians? They’re one of the beneficiaries amongst an brigade of beneficiaries from the HEROES Act. They’re far from the lone special interest beneficiaries created by the Democrats. Sen. John Kennedy, (R-LA), put it perfectly in this interview last night with Sean Hannity:

The keys to this election, at least in terms of themes, will be trust and performance over the past 2 years. That’s the headwind working against the Democrats this year, both here in Minnesota and nationwide. Let’s start with what’s happening in Minnesota.

Gov. Walz has grudgingly started reopening Minnesota’s economy. That’s happening only because of multiple protests and the threat from some business owners who simply started threatening to open with or without Gov. Walz’s permission. Even then, Gov. Walz has been pathetically slow. LFR was told that protecting the most vulnerable in LTC facilities were a high priority for this administration. Despite that prioritization, 81% of Minnesota’s COVID deaths have happened in LTC facilities.

In terms of Minnesota’s economy, it’s in the crapper. Rep. Anne Neu debated House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler on Friday night’s Almanac. It didn’t turn out well for Winkler:

When Cathy Wurzer asked about the possibility of laying off or furloughing state workers, things got interesting fast.

WINKLER: I think that should be one of the last resorts that we should consider. State workers are providing essential services throughout Minnesota, from people who are processing unemployment insurance checks to epidemiologists at the Department of Health to correction officers engaged at the Department of Corrections to making sure that that doesn’t become a hotspot. We have people working to protect the meatpacking industry. We have people working to make sure our state parks are able to operate. … I also think that layoffs or wage cuts doesn’t help the economy, doesn’t help any of us if some people are making less money and so that’s why I hope that’s one of the last things we would look at.
REP. NEU: Well, I certainly think that salary freezes are appropriate. … The reality is that we’re looking at a significant deficit. We’re at $2.4 billion right now. There’s a good chance that will go up by the November forecast. And frankly, we have asked our private sector businesses, our mom and pop shops, are devastated right now and it really is not fair to those businesses to take the hits that they have taken and then to say that, no, as a government, we are going to fund everything at the levels that we always have.

We shouldn’t trust the DFL, aka the party of big government. Walz’s campaign slogan was One Minnesota. The policy that Winkler defended sounded like one of the private sector getting tossed table scraps after the government has feasted and had seconds. That isn’t my definition of One Minnesota.

Nationally, Democrats like Gretchen Whitmer keep tightening the screws on Blue Collar Americans with arbitrary (and unilateral) executive orders. It’s apparent that Democrat governors don’t want to return to sharing power with GOP legislatures. They’d rather act unilaterally rather than work with Republicans.

Why trust Democrats who want to act unilaterally and without the consent of the governed? This isn’t a third-world dictatorship. This is the nation whose Declaration of Independence emphatically states that we are “endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Democrats have dragged their feet in terms of reopening the economy and restoring our God-given rights. Democrats have jailed patriots like Shelley Luther:

Democrats even tried jailing a 3-star general because Donald Trump had the audacity to win the 2016 presidential election. Listen to the condescension of this pundit:

He’s perplexed after reading the deposition transcripts? When Jim Clapper said that he hadn’t seen “any direct empirical evidence” of conspiracy between Russia and Trump or anyone in Trump’s campaign, does this idiot still think that there was justification for prosecuting Gen. Flynn? If he thinks that, the next question is why he’s that stupid.

None of this engenders trust for Democrats. Finally, if Biden is elected, why think that he wouldn’t return Clapper, Comey, Mueller, et al, to his national security team? Why trust any of these people in positions of power after what they’ve done?

It’s fair to ask if Democrats are reaching the wrong conclusion. At this point, a legitimate argument can be sustained that the pundits aren’t reading things right. Chris Cillizza’s article highlights the latest Gallup Poll, which finds that “Trump’s job approval is back to 49%, matching the highest it’s ever been, while his disapproval is at 47%. That marks a 6-point improvement on Trump’s approval number from the last Gallup tracking poll. And that improvement comes exclusively from independents, 47% of whom now approve of the job Trump is doing, the best he has ever done among that group in Gallup polling.”

One way to look at this data is by eliminating the partisans from both sides, then focus on independent voters. Independent voters aren’t tied to ideology. They’re focused on who’s solving problems and who’s looking to taking the next step in ending this China-induced nightmare. That’s clearly been President Trump. I won’t dispute the fact that President Trump’s made mistakes. In a crisis, that’s inevitable. Still, his mistakes have happened while trying to move the nation to a better place. He’s worked hard in getting more ventilators built. He’s built hospital space in California, New Jersey and New York. Testing has increased dramatically. He’s working on changing supply chains from relying on China to relying on domestic manufacturers.

That’s before talking about the things he’s done to reopen the economy. That’s a lengthy list, too, especially including the PPP and the relief payments. He’s advocating for reopening the economy quickly but safely. He doesn’t always agree with the scientists but he isn’t ignoring them, either. That’s reading the American people right. Then there’s this:

The Point: Be wary of conventional wisdom. Especially when it concerns Trump.

If ever there was a president that shouldn’t be underestimated, President Trump is that president. Let’s remember all of the ground game that the Trump campaign built before the COVID pandemic. That volunteer army hasn’t disappeared. That GOTV machine is still intact. At this point, the Biden campaign’s social media game, to use Larry Jacobs’ phrase, is just starting spring training. Meanwhile, figuratively speaking, the Trump campaign is working on its 6-pack abs for the summer.

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.

There’s little doubt that the Democrats’ decisions have created frustration during this pandemic. That’s perfectly illustrated in many places. None, though, capture that frustration like this article captures it.

The scene of the ‘crime’ in this article is Bristol, TN, and the Virginia state line. This is the tale of one city in two states. Tennessee’s governor is Bill Lee. He’s a Republican. Virginia’s governor is Ralph Northam. He’s a Democrat. I’m betting that you can predict the rest of the story. Here is the heart of the article:

Joe Deel is behind the chrome-trimmed turquoise counter of his legendary diner, The Burger Bar, working with his wife Kayla, daughter Emily, and sous chef Corey Young; they can see people going in for lunch at the State Line Bar and Grill just across the street from them less than 50 yards away in Tennessee.

But their round, black-topped stools in Virginia remain as empty as they were nearly two months ago when the coronavirus first shut down the country.

“When they talked about opening Tennessee and not Virginia, I knew this was going to be a problem,” Deel said. “I love the other businesses downtown. We all have a great relationship and help each other. It’s nothing directly toward them. If people haven’t been able to go out and sit down and eat and have a drink, and all of a sudden it opens, that’s the priority where they’re going to eat.”

He explained, “It’s just not a very fair battle or fight. And I’m glad for the guys that get to open up, but I sure wish it was us, too.”

I’m not in the mood for mincing words tonight so here goes. Ralph Northam is putting Virginians at a disadvantage because he sees Virginia as the northern suburbs and the rest of the state:

The fact that his governor, Democrat Ralph Northam, has to date yet to consider that a southwestern Virginia region deep in the heart of Appalachia might be having a completely different experience than the densely populated northern Virginia frustrates him.

I can empathize with Mr. Deel. Our governor is also a Democrat. Until a week ago, one-size-fits-all seemed to be his motto. Listening isn’t Gov. Walz’s strong suit. Apparently, it isn’t Gov. Northam’s strong suit either:

“I would like to cordially invite Gov. Northam down and treat him and his staff to a burger anytime if he could come down and just see where we’re at and our situation,” Deel said. “If you sat on my front porch in my restaurant and looked over across the street and watched the parking lot fill up, maybe he would feel a little bit different, but I’m not sure if he would or not.”

You can always tell a Democrat. Unfortunately, you can’t tell them much. Here’s proof:

The SC Times isn’t a newspaper anymore. It’s just a mouthpiece for progressive causes. This Our View editorial is proof of that. It starts by saying “Agree with him or not, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz deserves credit for matching his actions to what he’s been saying all along about the state coming out its COVID-19 quarantine. His message: It isn’t going to happen fast, it’s going to be based on science, and it’s going to prioritize saving lives over reviving the economy.”

What the Times doesn’t address is Gov. Walz’s unconstitutional decisions. For instance, the Times highlights “Walz’s Executive Order 20-48 requires non-critical businesses ‘to develop a written COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for each of their work places.’ Each plan must address key health and worker protection components laid out by the state, and they also must comply with CDC and OSHA guidelines.” The minute that EO is challenged in the Eighth Circuit is the minute it becomes a dead-man walking proposition. That EO isn’t legislation that would have the force of law. In courts, executive orders have the authority of suggestions. They don’t have the force of laws.

That’s because the people haven’t had their say. An EO is the voice of the autocrat. A law is the voice of the people because it’s voted on by the people’s representatives. EOs is the voice of a single autocrat, which means that it doesn’t pass constitutional muster. Why doesn’t the Times recognize that? Are they that constitutionally illiterate? Built into the Constitution are checks and balances. Also built into the Constitution is the Bill of Rights, specifically the First Amendment.

When autocrats like Gov. Walz overstep their authorities via EOs, the only check is via the judiciary. If the House has a partisan DFL majority, then checks and balances effectively disappear.

The DFL can stifle the will of the people to a point but it can’t last forever. If Republicans won’t react, then small businesses and other citizens will start filing lawsuits saying that their voices haven’t gotten heard. In federal court, that’s all that it’ll take. The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” With an EO and a partisan DFL, there isn’t a path to redress our grievances.

This says everything:

Businesses also are required to sign their plans, share them with staff and post them throughout the workplace. And employers must do health screenings of employees upon entry each day and keep that data confidential. Even the governor himself noted the state will not be inspecting nor enforcing its expectations of businesses and consumers. Rather, the state is trusting all Minnesotans to do the right thing.

If Gov. Walz won’t inspect or enforce his EOs, then isn’t it true that they’re utterly meaningless? Why would a business pay attention to Gov. Walz whatsoever? If I owned a business, I’d thumb my nose at Gov. Walz. Either that or I’d flip him the finger. He isn’t worthy of my respect. He’s disrespected our Constitution so why should I respect him?

Then again, why should I respect Republicans like Tim O’Driscoll, who wrote “As we continue to use social distancing and other common sense safety measures, we also need to begin looking at how to gradually and carefully re-open our main street businesses.” I’ve got a better idea. Why don’t GOP legislators in the House and Senate push bills that require Gov. Walz and the DFL to either say no to reopening businesses immediately while requiring social distancing and wearing masks in public or to cave to GOP demands? The GOP’s passive response while our rights are taken away isn’t ok.

Gradually dying economically still leads to a depression. That’s there thanks mainly to Gov. Walz and the DFL. If Republicans won’t start fighting like its citizens, then they shouldn’t expect the voters’ help.

We’ve been hearing for a month from the DFL and Gov. Walz about the upcoming surge as though it’s a fait accompli. 2 weeks ago, the Mayo Clinic announced that they were cutting salaries of their upper management staff because they were running at 35% of their capacity. Gov. Walz’s COVID-19 briefings are rarely informative because he goes over the same territory repeatedly. The media rarely ask him what level of capacity we’re at in our hospitals. Are we close to not having enough ventilators or PPEs?

That’s why I did a little digging into those things. Minnesota’s COVID-19 Response and Preparation Capacity website shows that 932 ICU beds are currently in use out of 1,222 beds currently available. The website indicates that an additional 831 beds can be available within 24 hrs. and another 585 beds could be available within another 72 hrs. That means that we’re approximately 35% of ICU capacity.

Further, the website has additional information. For a lengthy period of time, there was a rush on ventilators. According to the aforementioned website, 554 ventilators are in use. There are 1,401 in inventory plus 1,417 that can be surged. Another 888 ventilators are on backorder, bringing the total ventilators that can be surged to 3,706. That’s approximately 14.9% of Minnesota’s ventilators.

Check out what Florida Gov. DeSantis did:

They focused Florida’s resources on assisted living and nursing homes. They instructed the people to observe the CDC’s guidelines. They didn’t take the Walz approach. They trusted their people. Their economy isn’t in the crapper.

It’s time that the Twin Cities media started acting like reporters instead of acting like the DFL’s praetorian guards. The natives are getting restless. In fact, that’s only going to get worse the longer that Gov. Walz doesn’t listen to the people.