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.

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