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Pandemic Highlights Lack of Adult Leadership in Government

Brett Davis

Posted on December 29, 2020 10:16

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The response at the federal and state levels has been less than inspiring.

With the exception of the private-public partnership initiated by the feds to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of vaccines — Operation Warp Speed — the COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed government is painfully incompetent.

At the federal level, neither Republicans nor Democrats covered themselves in glory regarding the massive $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill recently passed by Congress and eventually signed into law by President Trump. Instead of passing a stand-alone bill targeting Americans who really need aid, Congress saw fit to create a legislative Frankenstein’s monster out of a pandemic response and an omnibus spending package to fund government through September 2021.

Rather than manna from heaven for Americans facing economic hardships from state-ordered shutdowns, the measure turned out to be mostly gammon from Uncle Sam in the form of legislation that was more pork than assistance for struggling workers.

For his part, Trump denounced Congress’ porkulus monstrosity, although he conveniently forgot to mention the line items he publicly railed against were contained in his administration’s fiscal year 2021 budget request. In short, Trump asked Congress to spend the money, it did and Trump feigned outrage.

It’s at the state level, however, where government ineptitude shines brightest. Governors of many states — including Washington, where this writer resides — are behaving like petty dictators in crushing employment and destroying lives via draconian lockdowns meant to hinder the spread of the virus.

One need only look to uber-locked-down California and its recent spike in COVID-19 cases to at least consider that such drastic controls are not a panacea when it comes to the pandemic. The Vietnam War era trope about destroying the village to save it comes uncomfortably to mind.

Said discomfort is aided and abetted by state officials issuing edicts arbitrary in nature — shopping in grocery stores is permitted at 25 percent capacity here in Washington state, but all indoor dining is verboten — and routinely violated by state and local officials who give the impression they don’t think the rules apply to them or their political allies.

The fatal conceit of government planners in too many states indicates leaders and officials never considered treating Americans as responsible adults in the form of implementing a harm-reduction strategy focusing on isolating those most vulnerable to the virus, while simultaneously emphasizing proper hygiene, mask-wearing and social distancing where appropriate and practical.

That asymptomatic spread of the virus may not be real — if a massive study on the subject is to be believed — in essence means government is gaslighting all of us into believing healthy people are just as contagious as sick people. This idea — in very real danger of being debunked — continues to be used as justification for indefinite lockdowns in various states that started off in March as “15 days to flatten the curve.”

So far, the only thing flattened has been confidence in government’s ability to rationally and effectively respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Brett Davis

Posted on December 29, 2020 10:16

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