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The Real Reason Blue State Governors Keep Their States Locked Down

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By Wednesday, 27 May 2020 01:39 PM Current | Bio | Archive

On Tuesday, Politico offered a glimpse as to why Democratic governors are so intent on keeping their states locked down tight, and it has nothing to do with keeping their citizens safe from the coronavirus pandemic.

It's because they're terrified that a rebounding economy will dash any chances for success they may have on November 3.

Harvard professor and former top Obama administration economist Jason Furman addressed a large bi-partisan group of former federal officials via Zoom last month, and made a startling prediction.

"We are about to see the best economic data we've seen in the history of this country," he said.

In a Politico interview afterwards, Furman acknowledged that "Everyone looked puzzled and thought I had misspoken," until he laid out his reasoning — and then it began to dawn on them, and with it, panic set in — especially among Obama-era alumni.

"This is my big worry," a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president told Politico. Asked about the level of concern among top Democratic officials, he said, "It's high — high, high, high, high."

And there's only one way to prevent a massive economic recovery — keep the economy shut down tight until one business after another closes up shop for good, a process that's already happening.

Democratic governors who previously announced that their states would reopen once the curve of COVID-19 infection rates had flattened, have since said they intend to keep things buttoned down until a vaccine has been developed — which may never happen.

And the economic shutdown has already taken an enormous toll.

The 113-year-old Dallas-based luxury department store chain Neiman-Marcus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month. Although the retailer has been struggling to remain afloat in recent years, the coronavirus shutdown pushed it right over the edge.

The Neiman-Marcus bankruptcy filing came just three days after another retail giant, the mall-based apparel chain J. Crew, also filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.

On a smaller scale, storefront businesses and mom-and-pop shops across the country are defying their own governors and reopening in an all-out, last ditch effort to remain afloat and save their livelihoods.

And a lock-down has another advantage for Democrats. It would almost certainly guarantee universal mail-in voting — a system that's ideal to commit fraud for a whole host of reasons.

Democrats often gave Obama credit for the economic miracle that we saw during the first three years of the Trump administration. If a second such miracle took place after the current slump, there'd be no doubt who to credit for it.

Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York observed, after referring to the Politico article, "Democrats fear rapid economic growth in third quarter. 'Best economic data we've seen in the history of this country.' For Biden, a worst-case scenario."

That's not to say Trump is the perfect candidate — or the perfect president, for that matter. Conservative actor James Woods acknowledged the president's failings 10 days ago, but added that he's nonetheless the best we can hope for.

"Let's face it. Donald Trump is a rough individual," Woods said. "He is vain, insensitive and raw. But he loves America more than any President in my lifetime. He is the last firewall between us and this cesspool called Washington. I'll take him any day over any of these bums. #Trump2020"

When the president thanked him for the compliment, Woods answered, "And indeed it was intended as such, Mr. President. Rough men stay the course. Treachery, however, is the most dangerous enemy a leader can face. Even Caesar succumbed to it. Be wary. Stay strong. God bless. #ObamaGate"

And Democrats' latest treachery is the insistence that the country remain closed, forcing businesses to fail and Americans to suffer — all to win an election.

Open it up. It's past time. Democrats like Gretchen Whitmer, Phil Murphy, Andrew Cuomo, Ralph Northam, Gavin Newsom and Jay Pritzker have to learn, if it's at all possible, to become Americans first, Democrats second.

The partisan politics have to end.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports  More Here.

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