At the outset of the COVID pandemic, most Democrat leaders ignored it. Over the months of January, February and early March 2020, Democrats sought to undermine President Trump’s warnings about the disease. They were outraged when he closed the border to China.
Perhaps that’s why they overcompensated by April, mandated radical and abusive measures to “slow the spread” of a disease they previously dismissed. To suddenly look like they cared, these same Democrat state leaders locked down their communities, crippling businesses and upending millions of lives.
Republicans did that too, out of fear and confusion. But very quickly, they started to reopen. One state that was repeatedly criticized by the media for its aggressive reopening strategy. They were attacked when their governor dropped all restrictions late in the Summer. But guess what? This state has seen far fewer cases during the Fall “spike,” than states that have not lifted their restrictions since Spring 2020.
Two of the country’s three most populous states — California and Florida — are seeing two very different epidemiological curves…
Florida as of this week has recorded a little over 1.5 million positive test results of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, while California has registered nearly 3 million…
Throughout 2020 Newsom periodically ordered the shuttering of bars, indoor dining and other recreational businesses in counties he determined were experiencing dangerous levels of COVID transmission…
In Florida, meanwhile, Gov. Ron DeSantis in the spring enacted numerous measures similar to those imposed by California around the same time… In September, DeSantis essentially lifted all statewide restrictions on the state’s economy while prohibiting local officials from fining state residents who refuse to wear masks. [Source: Just the News]
According to the CDC, when adjusted for population, California and Florida have roughly the same percentage of cases right now, 7,300 per 100,000 residents and Florida at a little over 7,000 per 100,000.
So, what should that tell us about California’s drastic and arguably unconstitutional lockdown measures? Florida, by the way, has a high elderly population—similar to that of New York. But Gov. DeSantis prioritized protecting nursing homes and hospitals and has succeeded in protecting that population.
Meanwhile, New York’s governor has blood on his hands after the explosive number of deaths in nursing homes—due to his own orders. California continues to violate the rights and liberties of its own residents, with seemingly no effect on the number of cases.
I wonder what that means? Perhaps this proves that lockdowns don’t really do anything? Moreover, Republican leaders that actually take this crisis seriously are seeing better results. Maybe it’s because they don’t want their states to turn into smoking craters?
You can draw whatever conclusions you want yourself, but the numbers don’t lie. This makes that exodus from California come into focus, though, huh?