H/T Flag And Cross.
I hope the people of Michigan are able to oust this petty tyrant from office.
Folks in the state of Michigan are none too happy with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her handling of the COVID-19 outbreak that has swept across their state, feelings they made quite clear after a petition to have her recalled reached 150,000 signatures.
The petition began growing after Whitmer announced new statewide orders concerning social distancing and the keeping of what she and the government consider “non-essential” businesses closed amid the continuing outbreak.
Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner
The petition, which had 160,000 signatures as of Monday, claims the Democratic governor’s actions are causing more people in the state to get sick from the coronavirus.
“Closing and banning various non essential business’s and activities while leaving others open. Further promoting the pandemic,” it reads. “She has lied since day one with her #Fixthedamnroads which she has failed to do anything in this regards. The response to #PFAS was negligence and completely removing funding for #PureMichigan clearly shows her lack of anything positive for the State of Michigan.”
Whitmer stated in the order, “Michigan has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and we’re still on the upswing. Data shows that most Michiganders are doing their part by staying home and staying safe. That’s good, but we must keep it up. When we do, we can save lives and shorten the amount of time we’re working through this crisis, which will be good for our families and good for our economy in the long-run.”
According to many of her critics, the measures that Whitmer is instituting are simply stepping over the line.
Rep. Justin Amash said, “Several recent measures provide marginal benefits at best, while substantially heightening frustration and resentment.”
“Sensible instructions to practice social distancing, wear masks, and stay at home already do most of the work to reduce the virus’s spread. By pushing too far, the governor undermines her own authority and increases the likelihood people will not follow reasonable guidelines,” Amash continued.
While just about everyone can agree that measures need to be taken to protect those who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, at the same time, we cannot afford to allow our economy to be shut down for months on end. Current measures have already dealt a massive blow to the structure of our society. It can’t take much more abuse.
A viable third option other than just reopening everything or keeping it all shutdown must be considered and implemented. What that looks like is up for debate, obviously, but one possible solution is to keep gatherings on lockdown, but open up more businesses, slowly, to help keep things contained, until we can get back on our feet.
This might also encourage more “herd immunity” that could help bring this virus down, if done safely and with those who are more at risk for complications taken into consideration.