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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.

Marcie Bianco intended to lecture Americans throughout this op-ed. She tried lecturing us unsophisticated brutes from the Heartland when she wrote “liberty does not mean what you think it means.” Actually, Marcie, I think it’s you that doesn’t understand what liberty is.

In the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the men who won our liberty wrote “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

In Marcie’s words, “Liberty is a type of freedom defined and limited by civil society. It is not an unrestrained, unchecked license to do whatever one desires. Rather, liberty is a right constituted by the society — or, here, nation — one lives in.”

While it isn’t unreasonable to think that liberties are unlimited, it is unreasonable to think that liberty is defined only by society. While Bianco cites the Declaration of Independence, she wrote this:

And yet, as the quarantine protests make clear, a popular yet factually and legally inaccurate sentiment has infected the minds of many Americans. To paraphrase, it goes something like this: “This is America, and I am free to do whatever I want!”

That’s offensive. That isn’t what protesters have said. They’ve protested against tyrants like J.B. Pritzker and Gretchen Whitmer, Democrats who insist that it’s logical to say that it’s ok to shop at Walmart but that it’s dangerous to shop at a neighborhood hardware store. On the bright side, at least Democrats are accepting Walmart a little.

The belief that personal freedom is more valuable than the common good factors heavily in right-wing logic. And it has, particularly in the 21st century, been the strategic linchpin of right-wing efforts to squash social and economic justice movements, particularly through race-baiting, xenophobic rhetoric. Such rhetoric, which we are seeing starting to creep into anti-quarantine protests, is designed to stoke the fear of oppression in white American society.

I’ve watched tons of these protests. I don’t know what the hell she’s talking about. The first couple of protests were held in cars. I’d love hearing Ms. Bianco explain when she heard “xenophobic rhetoric.” Better yet, I’d love finding out which protests she attended where she heard xenophobic rhetoric. It’s quite possible that she’s assuming things that she doesn’t have proof for. Where is the xenophobic rhetoric at Karl Manke’s reopening?

The day after Manke reopened, vindictive Democrat Michigan Gov. Gretchen ‘The Witch’ Whitmer revoked Karl Manke’s license. Marcie, I’d love hearing you explain how The Witch’s vindictive action is a good-faith attempt at restoring Karl Manke’s liberty. It’s time to write Ms. Bianco’s article off as the rantings of a spoiled progressive fascist.

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.

For those of you who haven’t paid attention to Scott Johnson’s investigation into Gov. Walz’s mishandling (my words, not Scott’s) of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time you started reading his work. This morning, Johnson published a post titled “Why the Minnesota shutdown?“. Included in Johnson’s post is a reply to a question he submitted to MDH, aka Minnesota Department of Health, Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

Johnson’s question said “Referring to the 286 total deaths to date, I note that every decedent under age 70 has died in long-term care or similar setting. The youngest person to die outside long-term care was in his 70’s. Why is it necessary to close the schools and shut down the state to protect the at-risk population?” The reply came “from MDH media contact Doug Schultz.” Here’s Schultz’s reply:

We have had deaths in people younger than 70 and certainly many cases in all age groups. It is necessary to take the community mitigation measures we have because all Minnesotans are at risk from COVID 19, as none of us has immunity. Some people, like those in long-term-care and those with underlying health conditions, are far more at risk than others. But if we didn’t reduce transmission in the community as we have with the stay at home order, we would see far more disease circulating and many times more serious cases that would quickly overwhelm our health care system. Then, even less-vulnerable people would not be able to get the care they needed, such as intensive care, ventilators, etc., so we would see far more deaths in people outside of the very frail and elderly. That is what has happened in places like Italy and New York.

Kevin Roche, “the former UnitedHealth Group general counsel and chief executive officer of its Ingenix division”, scrutinized Schultz’s statement. This jumped out at me:

“If we didn’t reduce transmission we would overwhelm the health system.” A flat-out lie. There is absolutely nothing that suggests we couldn’t provide adequate resources to treat those who need treatment.

I’m submitting these statistics to strengthen Mr. Roche’s already strong case:

ICU beds in use: 936
ICU beds: Current 1,244 Available within 24 hrs. — 795 Available within 72 hrs. — 542

Summarization: 936 ICU beds are in use out of 2,581 available. That represents approximately 36% of Minnesota’s ICU beds. In terms of ventilators in use vs. ventilators in inventory, MDH’s case is far weaker:

Ventilators in use: 463; currently in stock — 1,438; surge –1,435; on backorder 888

Summarization: 463 ventilators are in use out of a total 3,761 ventilators in stock or on backorder. That’s before potentially adding the 6,500 ventilators that are in stock but aren’t being used in Florida. That’s before factoring in other states’ ventilators not in use. FYI- 463 in use vs. 3,761 is approximately 12%.

For Mr. Schultz to say “If we didn’t reduce transmission we would overwhelm the health system” is outright dishonesty. It has nothing to do with reality. If a state can run out of ventilators when 12% of a state’s inventory is getting used, then someone needs to get fired.

The Mayo Clinic cut payroll for upper management by $1,600,000,000 recently because they’re at 35% of capacity. Additionally, Mayo just pushed Gov. Walz into an agreement on testing. Gov. Walz said he wouldn’t consider loosening restrictions until 5,000 tests per day could be performed. The next day, literally, Mayo said that they could run 10,000 per day.

Gov. Walz’s administration’s strategy has been to use dishonesty to frighten people into this lockdown. We can’t thank citizen journalists like Scott Johnson and Kevin Roche enough for flushing out the Walz administration’s fear-mongering tactics. They’re doing what the MSM isn’t willing to do.

With a single unconstitutional ruling, Lina Hidalgo might’ve become Public Enemy #1 in Houstonians’ eyes. Hidalgo ruled that not wearing a mask in public in Harris County could earn them “180 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.” The backlash was swift and harsh, starting with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and extending to the Houston Police Officers Union, aka HPOU.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeted that “These kind of confused government policies fuel public anger and rightfully so.” Lt. Gov. Patrick noted “that Hidalgo’s order … was announced on the same day as plans surfaced for closing a costly temporary hospital ‘because it wasn’t needed.'”

The HPOU was the harshest critic. President Joe Gamaldi of Houston Police Officers’ Union Lodge 110 wrote in a statement “It is clear the so-called leader of Harris County lacks any critical thinking skills but let me assure the public, our officers do!”


This jumped out at me:

But Judge Lina Hidalgo’s action, which intended to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in the third most populous county in the U.S., drew immediate pushback — including from the state’s lieutenant governor, who called the move “the ultimate government overreach,” and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who wrote that “commonsense guidelines” should never lead to “unjust tyranny.”

If this isn’t part of Texas state statutes, then I don’t see how this is taken seriously. Without a law passed by the legislature, judges can’t just make up a crime. That requires enacting a law and getting the governor’s signature. I’d be surprised if the Texas Attorney General doesn’t smack this overreach down before it becomes ‘law’ on Monday.

Whatever happened to Gov. Tim Walz’s One Minnesota that he campaigned on? Apparently, Gov. Walz is under the illusion that we’re united behind his mitigation plan for the COVID-19 virus. That’s the only conclusion I could reach from this tweet:


Minnesota small businesses aren’t united behind Gov. Walz’s mitigation plan. House and Senate Republicans definitely aren’t united behind Gov. Walz. Kevin Roche has written a blistering attack against Gov. Walz. In that article, Roche wrote this:

What the modelers did do that is very useful, is to run various mitigation strategy scenarios. That is exactly the approach that should be taken. How else do you know what the relative benefits and harms will be of whatever set of mitigation of spread tactics you adopt. And please, look at the PowerPoint slides and note that you get basically the exact same number of deaths regardless of the mitigation strategy. My favored approach, use basic mitigation for the bulk of the population, but isolate the at-risk groups, has the same outcome as making everyone stay at home.

This was posted to show Gov. Walz’s table for determining which stores should be shut which can stay open:

This shows the IHME prediction for Minnesota:

The IHME model is predicting approximately 450 COVID-related deaths. The U of M model predicts 22,000 COVID-19-related deaths in Minnesota. Why is a tax preparing shop in Anoka considered safe but a 1-station beauty salon right next door is shut down? Why is a Walmart store considered safe but a Piggly Wiggly considered unsafe?

Gov. Walz has driven Minnesota’s economy into the dirt with his foolish decisions. He’s never paid a price for his terrible decisions. That’s what happens when you hold a government job. What’s required for Minnesota to prosper is someone with private sector experience. That’s something that Tim Walz doesn’t have. Let’s change that the next time he’s up for re-election.

Supposedly, following the experts is the safest path for politicians. I say supposedly because the ‘experts’ are wrong so often that I consider following them to be just as foolish as trusting conventional wisdom. FYI- trusting conventional wisdom is exceptionally foolish.

Gov. Walz is considered a trustworthy person, mostly because he’s been a public figure for a lengthy period of time. Joe Biden is considered a moderate because, other than his gaffes, he’d been a moderate until he met Barack Obama. While Gov. Walz isn’t as buffoonish as Biden, there’s little that he’s gotten right in his political career.

Biden and Walz benefit from the fact that they’re both Democrats. That automatically means that they’re protected from scrutiny. Recently, Biden admitted that President Trump’s decision to halt travel with China was the right decision. The MSM didn’t criticize him even though he’d originally called President Trump a racist and a xenophobe:


President Trump got criticized mercilessly for his decision. Dr. Fauci eventually insisted that he’d made the right decision. Few people disagree anymore — including VP Biden.

The ‘experts’, starting with Nancy Pelosi, howl each time President Trump talks about opening the economy. Here’s a question for the so-called experts. When is the right time to bring people back to work? What needs to happen before it’s safe to open the factories, restaurants, grocery stores and hardware stores? Here’s a question for Gov. Walz: why is it ok to let a tax preparer in Anoka do business but a hair salon right next door sit empty? Why can a Walmart be open for grocery shopping but Piggly Wiggly be subject to Gov. Walz’s EO?

In this video, VP Biden positively touts the World Health Organization, aka the W.H.O.:

That’s another set of experts that Democrats frequently tout. They’re just China’s puppets. They’re as corrupt as the Chinese. They say whatever China tells them to say.

President Trump is a leader. Yes, he takes tons of criticism from ‘experts’ like the W.H.O., Nancy Pelosi and Sleepy Joe Biden but his decisions have mostly been right the first time. You can’t say that about Biden or Pelosi.

Apparently, Gov. Walz wants his legacy to be for needlessly shutting the state down. In that respect, he’s similar to Gov. Dayton, except that Gov. Dayton’s shutdown was from a budget shutdown. They’re similar from the standpoint that both were avoidable. Gov. Dayton eventually caved without getting what he wanted (tax increases).

Tim Walz is getting solid support from the DFL. They aren’t arguing with him needlessly shutting down the state until May 4. Here are the opening 2 paragraphs of the Strib article:

Gov. Tim Walz is extending a statewide stay-at-home order to May 4 to push the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic into the summer — and to buy time to allow hospitals to stock up on supplies and researchers to develop tests and treatments against the new coronavirus.

The existing two-week stay-at-home order has already put Minnesota on a trajectory for a lower rate of cases than states such as New York and Louisiana, where hospitals have struggled with a surge of severely ill patients, the governor said. Even so, projections suggest the state will either run short or barely have enough intensive care hospital beds, ventilators, masks and protective equipment for doctors and nurses to weather the expected caseload.

The truth is that there were 5 more COVID-19-related deaths yesterday. 4 of them happened in nursing homes. Further, “projections” have been virtually worthless, both here and nationwide. Relying on them is as reliable as throwing darts.

That doesn’t mean that COVID-19 isn’t serious. It is. It’s just that we can avoid COVID-19’s worst without shutting down Minnesota’s economy. This is another story of the dog that didn’t bark. What Gov. Walz hasn’t talked about is how well we’d be doing by just practicing proper social distancing.

This is disturbing:

The new order will expand that list and allow some workers to immediately return to jobs that don’t pose obvious risks of spreading the virus. Walz mentioned landscapers, for example, and said that he would be reviewing other businesses during the next month that also could reopen under certain conditions.

Those are jobs that shouldn’t have been halted in the first place. It’s most likely that, in his first crisis, Gov. Walz either panicked or blew it. Further, he hasn’t been well-served by his staff. Here’s an example:

“We’re not predicting a certain number of deaths will happen or won’t happen with these scenarios,” said Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner. “It’s directional. It’s all about helping us understand which levers have the biggest impact. And what the model confirms … is that the biggest levers really are building up ICU capacity and isolating the most vulnerable.”

How does sheltering-in-place impact nursing homes? Here are the things for which “Minnesotans may leave their residences”:

  1. Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
  2. Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
  3. Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
  4. Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
  5. Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state.
  6. Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household.
  7. Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home.
  8. Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
  9. Voting, including all local and state elections.
  10. Funerals, providing that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
  11. Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.

It’s apparent that Gov. Walz isn’t paying attention to the people. There are more signs that they’re ignoring his warnings.Apparently, Gov. Walz wants his legacy to be for needlessly shutting the state down. In that respect, he’s similar to Gov. Dayton, except that Gov. Dayton’s shutdown was from a budget shutdown. They’re similar from the standpoint that both were avoidable. Gov. Dayton eventually caved without getting what he wanted (tax increases).

Tim Walz is getting solid support from the DFL. They aren’t arguing with him needlessly shutting down the state until May 4. Here are the opening 2 paragraphs of the Strib article:

Gov. Tim Walz is extending a statewide stay-at-home order to May 4 to push the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic into the summer — and to buy time to allow hospitals to stock up on supplies and researchers to develop tests and treatments against the new coronavirus.

The existing two-week stay-at-home order has already put Minnesota on a trajectory for a lower rate of cases than states such as New York and Louisiana, where hospitals have struggled with a surge of severely ill patients, the governor said. Even so, projections suggest the state will either run short or barely have enough intensive care hospital beds, ventilators, masks and protective equipment for doctors and nurses to weather the expected caseload.

The truth is that there were 5 more COVID-19-related deaths yesterday. 4 of them happened in nursing homes. Further, “projections” have been virtually worthless, both here and nationwide. Relying on them is as reliable as throwing darts.

That doesn’t mean that COVID-19 isn’t serious. It is. It’s just that we can avoid COVID-19’s worst without shutting down Minnesota’s economy. This is another story of the dog that didn’t bark. What Gov. Walz hasn’t talked about is how well we’d be doing by just practicing proper social distancing.

This is disturbing:

The new order will expand that list and allow some workers to immediately return to jobs that don’t pose obvious risks of spreading the virus. Walz mentioned landscapers, for example, and said that he would be reviewing other businesses during the next month that also could reopen under certain conditions.

Those are jobs that shouldn’t have been halted in the first place. It’s most likely that, in his first crisis, Gov. Walz either panicked or blew it. Further, he hasn’t been well-served by his staff. Here’s an example:

“We’re not predicting a certain number of deaths will happen or won’t happen with these scenarios,” said Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner. “It’s directional. It’s all about helping us understand which levers have the biggest impact. And what the model confirms … is that the biggest levers really are building up ICU capacity and isolating the most vulnerable.”

How does sheltering-in-place impact nursing homes? Here are the things for which “Minnesotans may leave their residences”:

  1. Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
  2. Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
  3. Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
  4. Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
  5. Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state.
  6. Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household.
  7. Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home.
  8. Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
  9. Voting, including all local and state elections.
  10. Funerals, providing that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
  11. Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.

It’s apparent that Gov. Walz isn’t paying attention to the people. There are more signs that they’re ignoring his warnings.

It’s time for Tim Walz to start making smart decisions. Right now, that isn’t happening. This op-ed, written by Senators Jim Abeler, John Hoffman and Scott Jensen is a little outdated but it’s essential reading, especially for Gov. Walz and Jan Malcolm, Gov. Walz’s Health commissioner. That’s who it’s written to.

In the article, Abeler, Hoffman and Jensen wrote “some of the tools employed fighting COVID-19 are creating needless harm to our citizens’ mental and financial well-being, while providing no benefit in the fight. And they are also putting the over 100,000 Minnesotans with a disability at great risk when next year’s budget shows billions in shortfalls.”

Later in the article, the meat of the article, I’d argue, they wrote “A small insurance company in Anoka is open, since it provides financial services. Next to it, a hair salon with a single chair is shuttered by executive order. The insurance agency will be able to pay its rent and property tax on a home. The hair stylist with the salon may never open again.”

What’s the sense in that plan? Is Gov. Walz that ignorant? There’s a better way:

So now, let us define “safe” vs. “unsafe” sites instead of “essential” vs. “nonessential” functions. If a site is generally safe, let it remain open or reopen. Let the solo hair stylist remain in his or her hair salon. Let the golfers golf. Let the cabinet builders build.

Gov. Walz, why would you keep places closed that don’t need closing? If you look at charts of the state that show where most COVID-19 deaths happened, you’d notice that they happened in nursing homes. Wednesday morning, I wrote that, as of that moment, 1,069 Minnesotans had gotten infected by COVID-19. Why on God’s green earth did we need to shut down Minnesota’s economy? First of all, COVID-19 is lethal for people with previous health situations or older people. If they’re healthy 50-somethings or 40-somethings, the chances of getting ill are virtually nil. Why shouldn’t golfers be golfing? Why shouldn’t homebuilders be building homes? If a restaurant practices proper social distancing and tells customers to practice proper hygiene, why not let them open? This paragraph is key:

This will cause no impact on the fight against COVID-19, but it will greatly aid in the financial recovery, and it will markedly improve many people’s mental health.

This is frightening:

The key phrase from Sen. Jensen in the video is “fear is a great way to control people.” Bingo! Think about the control that Gov. Walz seized when he shut the state down. There was a better way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and frequently washing your hands could’ve done everything that shutting the state down entirely did.

That’s the dirty little truth Gov. Walz doesn’t want you to discover. That’s the truth that Jan Malcolm can’t afford for Minnesotans to discover. If Minnesotans find that out, they’ll start questioning whether Gov. Walz is telling the truth. They’ll start questioning whether Gov. Walz’s solutions are that effective. (Hint: they aren’t.)

Gov. Walz failed in his first test. That’s because he isn’t a thinker or visionary. He’s a follower, as most legislators are. This isn’t surprising since legislators don’t run things. They’re the bloviators. If something fails, someone else cleans up the mess.