Home Depot – When the going will get robust, guidelines are for little folks
So let me see if I’ve bought this straight.
Our governor, Gavin Newsom, has positioned a curfew on each county within the Purple Tier — just some days after shifting dozens of counties into that tier, whether or not their numbers justified it or not.
He did this shortly after having fun with a beautiful dinner with 11 different folks at a spot known as the French Laundry in Yountville. He was surrounded by lobbyists from, of all locations, the California Medical Affiliation. None of those leaders within the struggle towards COVID had been sporting masks — together with Newsom — and images present they had been crowded across the desk fairly tightly.
Newsom’s workplace initially mentioned the get-together was “outside” and met the entire required security requirements, however darn if a pair extra images didn’t emerge that confirmed precise partitions across the desk.
Me, if I ask to take a seat “outside” and find yourself at a desk surrounded by partitions with a elaborate mild fixture dangling just a few ft above my wine glass, I begin to get suspicious and surprise if I’m really outdoors. However, what do I do know.
Anyway, again to Newsom. Thursday, he mentioned California’s 41 counties within the Purple Tier had been below a curfew for the subsequent month due to spiking coronavirus circumstances, with residents anticipated to remain of their houses between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Any individual requested me “Why 10 p.m.? If gatherings are leading to the spread, why not 8 p.m. or even 7 p.m.?”
Effectively, right here’s my concept: The French Laundry closes at 8:45, and it’s an hour and 10-minute drive again to Sacramento.
However, again to the governor. That curfew record will get extra curious the longer you take a look at it. For instance, there are three fairly huge Bay Space counties that didn’t get moved into the Purple Tier: San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo. You may take a look at their COVID hospitalization and case numbers and simply make the argument that a minimum of two of the three are in no higher form than, say, Butte County.
However they stayed crimson. Not purple. In the meantime, we bought purpled.
It’s nearly as if there’s one algorithm for politicians and their pals, and one other for the nice unwashed. All of it makes about as a lot sense because the notion that (a. coronavirus is seemingly transmitted extra simply at sure hours of the day, so we have to name a curfew for hours most individuals are asleep anyway and (b. it’s at all times OK to buy at Lowe’s or Home Depot or Walmart, however scores of smaller companies must drive folks outdoors within the identify of public well being.
Talking of shut-down areas, anyone been to Maui currently? Yeah, I hear it’s been fairly troublesome to drag off the previous few months. In addition to, we’re not supposed to go away the state anyway, proper?
Effectively, that didn’t matter to a minimum of 10 California lawmakers, who made the trek with a pair dozen legislators from three different states this week to attend a four-day “legislative conference” with lobbyists on the Fairmont Kea Lani in Kihei.
The theme of the get-together? Oh, you’re going to like this one. It was “How to reopen states’ economies amid the public health crisis.”
If nothing else, this shameless show was really a bipartisan effort. The California caucus in Maui consisted of 4 Republicans, one Republican-turned-independent and 5 Democrats. (In case you had been questioning, just one was from Northern California, and that was Sen. Invoice Dodd, D-Napa, who mentioned the occasion provided a “damn good agenda” of coverage briefings. Yeah, I’m positive it did.)
So … you’ve bought legislators from 4 completely different states, in airplanes for a number of hours throughout a pandemic, converging at a Maui resort, bumping elbows with vacationers and waiters and waitresses and clerks and lobbyists and fellow legislators whereas presumably having fun with their justifiable share of mai-tais for 4 days, and so they’re doing it within the identify of public well being, whereas the governor of a type of states is imposing a curfew that’ll kick in simply across the time the solar’s setting in Lahaina?
That, my pals, is 2020.
What the hell is incorrect with these folks? Haven’t any of them been ordered to Zoom like the remainder of us? I imply, I wouldn’t be in the slightest degree shocked to study considered one of them stopped to go to Nancy Pelosi’s stylist earlier than leaving the mainland in order that they’d look good with their tropical hair floral whereas intently reviewing their coverage papers on the seaside.
Of the circumstances I cited right here, I’ll give Newsom credit score for one factor: He apologized and admitted he was incorrect. As of this writing, the varied lawmakers are insisting their journey to Hawaii was “worthwhile” and “safe.” And Pelosi, after all, blamed her deal on the proprietor of the store for setting her up.
In any other case, they’ve all bought one factor in frequent: They’re sorry, all proper — sorry they bought caught. And let’s not fake for one second that the one time all of them bought caught was the one time folks in these positions have finished one thing like this. It’s their rule, not their exception.
Look, we’re all sick of the pandemic. In too many circumstances, we’re sick as a result of of the pandemic. We’re sick of small companies and honest-to-goodness staff — those who don’t get a assured authorities wage — taking the brunt of the financial hardship. We’re sick of not with the ability to reside our regular lives, we’re sick of individuals not doing their half to assist, we’re sick of this being yet one more wedge dividing our nation and, particularly, we’re sick of (and saddened by) the deaths.
You understand what else we ought to be sick of?
Two-faced politicians lecturing us on what we have to do — after which proving that the second they assume the digital camera is off, they’re no higher (or completely different) than the folks they chastise for not following the foundations. Throw within the reality state medical “experts” had been sitting there with out masks proper subsequent to the governor on the actual form of multi-family gathering we’ve been ordered to forgo at Thanksgiving, and is it any surprise so many individuals refuse to consider something these folks should say anymore?
However, what do I do know.
Mike Wolcott is editor of the Enterprise-File. You may comply with him on Twitter @m_mwolcott or electronic mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.