Powerline’s Scott Johnson has done fantastic work asking questions that the Strib reporters won’t ask. Scott started by highlighting how the reporters didn’t question the model Gov. Walz is using to justify the shutdown. This morning’s post highlights the fact that “the death toll attributed to COVID-19 by the Minnesota authorities ramped up to 79” and that over “two-thirds of the 79 have died in nursing homes or assisted-care living facilities.”

This table shows some of the types of pre-existing conditions decedents had at the time of death:

With the vast majority of Minnesota being rural where they’ve practiced social distancing from the day they were born for multiple generations, why did Gov. Walz opt to shut the entire state down? Why didn’t Gov. Walz opt to trust Minnesotans that they’d make smart decisions if given the CDC guidelines on how to reduce risk of COVID infection? Does Gov. Walz think that Minnesotans aren’t responsive enough to make the proper adjustments?

Daily, President Trump talks about how extraordinary the American people have been throughout this crisis with their social distancing. Does Gov. Walz think that Minnesotans wouldn’t do what the CDC tells them to do? South Dakota’s Kristi Noem didn’t shut the state’s economy down. Instead, she gave the people the information they needed, then let them make good decisions.

The Washington Post tried smearing Noem when there was a COVID outbreak at a meat-packing plant. The media wing of the Democrat Party didn’t include this in their smear:

First of all, the Sioux Falls facility is massive. It has 3,700 employees, of whom fewer than 10% have tested positive for COVID-19. The Sioux Falls facility is one of the main pork producers in the U.S., turning out around 18 million servings of bacon, pork chops, etc., per day. You may wonder, why were so many diagnostic tests performed on employees at that plant? The answer is that Smithfield implemented an aggressive program, in partnership with two major hospital systems, whereby anyone who entered or left the facility was questioned and had his or her temperature taken. Anyone who reported having a cough, etc., or who showed an elevated temperature was tested for COVID-19.

Moreover, the Post article conveyed the impression that the Smithfield plant might become a ghost facility, closed forever due to South Dakota’s failure to elect a Democratic governor. In fact, the plant will reopen in a matter of days.

It sounds like South Dakotans (and South Dakota corporations) want to do the right thing. Will miracles never cease? How can that be? The gospel according to Democrats is that corporations are evil and greedy. Apparently, I shouldn’t take stock in the Democrats’ gospel. Then there’s this:

Smithfield has instituted a series of stringent and detailed processes and protocols that follow the strict guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to effectively manage COVID-19 cases in its operations. These include mandatory 14-day COVID-19 related quarantines with pay as an uncompromising effort to protect its dedicated employees. The company has also relaxed attendance policies to eliminate any punitive effect for missing work due to COVID-19 diagnosis or quarantine. In addition, Smithfield is taking many measures to minimize its team members’ risks of contracting COVID-19. These include adding extra hand sanitizing stations, boosting personal protective equipment, continuing to stress the importance of personal hygiene, enhancing cleaning and disinfection, expanding employee health benefits, implementing thermal scanning, increasing social distancing, installing plexiglass and other physical barriers and restricting all nonessential visitors.

Smithfield took the proper steps to limit the spread, going so far as to relax attendance policies and paying people while they’re quarantined. Smithfield can do that because South Dakota’s taxes are lower.

Gov. Walz and the DFL, hear this. It’s time to open Minnesota’s economy immediately. First, Gov. Walz and the DFL hid behind the U of M model as an excuse. Thanks to Powerlineblog’s great work, the DFL can’t do that anymore. It’s more than possible to operate efficiently and safely in a COVID environment. The DFL needs to either prepare to open the economy up or face a voter backlash this November. If anyone at DFL headquarters thinks that this is playing well with voters, they’re kidding themselves.

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