Media Says “Opening Up America Again” Guidelines Won’t Work
Media Says “Opening Up America Again” Guidelines Won’t Work
Guidelines titled “Opening Up America Again” were issued by the White House yesterday afternoon. And immediately the media quarterbacks rushed to their keyboards hair on fire and proclaimed ‘IT WON’T WORK!’
Jake Tapper was in the lead whining about how testing isn’t included in the guidelines.
“I don’t understand an ‘Opening Up America Again’ plan that doesn’t have a testing component,” says @JakeTapper on the Trump administration’s plan to re-open the country despite the fact that most states are not up to capacity on testing. https://t.co/tz8AbIik0o pic.twitter.com/aN42uNmU8p— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) April 16, 2020
It was obvious that Jake hadn’t even bothered to read the guidelines. You see, testing is emphasized THROUGHOUT the entire document! Read here.
President Trump is demonstrating federalism at its finest. Instead of MANDATING the guidelines, he had this to say on the call with all 50 Governors.
“On a conference call earlier Thursday, Trump told governors, “You’re going to call your own shots,” according to a recording of the call obtained by The Washington Post. But he emphasized that the federal government will support the states.”
In other words each state, after careful consideration, should craft their own – see Knox County, TN, and implement based upon what is going on in THEIR state, no one else’s.
As the President stated during his briefing, Americans want the country to be open again. However, he also emphasized that it is a delicate balance to manage the virus yet reignite our economy. He pointed out that the shutdown has caused great stress, and public health is suffering in regards to drug/alcohol abuse, depression, snitches, and more. Thus, the move to open America up again won’t happen all at once. It will happen in phases as dictated by the circumstances and needs in each state.
I read through the guidelines several times. And they provide a good strong framework. Several states are already signaling that they will start opening back up beginning on May 1st.
“Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine plans to begin reopening Ohio on May 1, he said Thursday.
Ohioans will have to live with the threat of coronavirus until a vaccine is developed, he said. But he must restart the economy to bring jobs back and decrease the chance of other health issues, such as drug abuse and homelessness”
North Dakota has issued its own guidelines and is eyeing a strategic opening as well.
Meanwhile our our media betters are absolutely sure and certain that these guidelines are the worst thing the world has ever seen!
18-page WH doc for “Opening Up America Again” does not include details for ramping up testing or contact tracing.— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) April 16, 2020
Both are under a bold headline:
“Core STATE Preparedness Responsibilities”.
Governors are asking for fed help.
Trump has made clear that’s not his problem.
Gosh CBS, next thing we know, you’ll use a video from Italy and say it is an overrun New York City hospital! Oh wait, they already did that. TWICE. If the President had dared, as I mention above, to TELL the states what to do, the world would implode. Instead, he rightfully provided the states guidelines, NOT ORDERS. Weijia Jiang doesn’t want viewers to realize that.
CNN’s Chris Hayes had a stellar take on this.
The Trump "plan" to re-open the economy is similar to the Trump "plan" to have drive-thru testing in every Wal Mart parking lot. It's…not a plan. It's just an announcement.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 16, 2020
It’s almost like the media doesn’t want our economy to start back up. Their TDS is so damned strong that they’d rather see Americans continue to suffer physically, mentally, and economically because ORANGEMANBAD! Hacks.
In all that cheerleading about opening up America again, did the President of the United States express care and concern for the 22M Americans (so far) who have filed for unemployment? We're pushing to open up for them…..right? #RhetoricalQuestion— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) April 16, 2020
Never mind the fact that the President has put the guidelines together so that Americans CAN go back to work. Since he didn’t express sympathy during the briefing, his guidelines are crap says our betters. Some former NYT guy lectured Trump about all the people dying, and the same NBC gal who ran with the AZ couple guzzling fish tank cleaner tried again with a new ‘this drug is BAD!’ story.
The Biden campaign had thoughts.
This isn't a plan. It's barely a powerpoint.— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) April 16, 2020
— No provision to ramp up testing
— No standard on levels of disease before opening ("down" is a direction, not a level)
— No protections for workers OR customers pic.twitter.com/bE3GCYeECw
That’s …cute. Jealousy is so unbecoming. The fact is, and I’ve repeatedly said before, if we don’t step up and start letting all of us go back to work while following all the guidelines, this country won’t survive economically. The Mayor of Las Vegas gets it.
““This shutdown has become one of total insanity in my opinion, for there is no backup of data as to why we are shut down from the start. No plan in place how to move through the shutdown or how even to come out of it,” Goodman said during a city council meeting.
“We cannot keep our heads in the sand and think it’s going to go away,” she said. “We’re adults with brains who can know what to do to wash our hands, to take all precautions not to spread this disease.””
Las Vegas is head for a $150 million deficit over the next few months unless they are able to start opening businesses. And they aren’t alone.
What I DO hope is that every state implements these guidelines quickly, challenges the citizens in their state to really do their part to get America working again.
The media on the other hand, is already working to spin this as Trump is useless so the states have to do all the work.
what he delivers is so pathetically small, irrelevant as compared to his rhetoric you'd think his supporters would realize he's just pretending to be president https://t.co/SS2QmYSq2a— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 16, 2020
According to Vox, because Vox, the President has declared victory over Coronavirus. Having watched the news briefing I can tell you that he did no such thing.
Our country needs to get back to work. These guidelines need to be acted upon quickly by all. And the armchair media quarterbacks need to take a knee and ZIP IT.
Feature Photo Credit: White House Flickr feed, cropped and modified