Coronavirus lockdowns contributed to riots: Steve Moore
FreedomWorks economist Steve Moore discusses the factors that led to nationwide riots and the process of recovery for major cities seeing protests.
The fabulous jobs numbers released on Friday happily confirm that America is starting to reopen for business across the country. But there are still a handful of states where lockdown orders are expected to remain in place for weeks to come.
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With very few exceptions, the cities and states that have ordered their businesses to remain comatose and their millions of workers to go without paychecks are blue, blue, blue. This list includes New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and Oregon. They all have Democratic governors.
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Once great and mighty cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Manhattan are ghost towns. They all have Democratic mayors.
These governors and mayors say they are relying on "science" and the advice by public health officials. But there is no "scientific" consensus on this terrible virus, and what was thought to be "scientific" fact three weeks ago is now in great question.
For example, last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told us that the disease could be spread on metal surfaces. Now they say never mind, we were wrong. They said masks should be worn, and then they said they aren't helpful, and now they are pivoting back to masks. Well, which is it?
It turns out the politicians hear what they want to hear — whatever confirms their preexisting bias.
Modern liberalism is a “can’t do” movement, while the free market conservative movement is a “can do” crusade.
The bias of liberal Democrats is to shutter — to put government ahead of business and to put the nanny state ahead of the rights of individual workers.
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In Washington, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, bulldozed a massive $3 trillion pork-barrel spending bill through the House to combat the negative effects of the lockdown the Democrats seem to fervently support.
Pelosi's bill would offer blue states and cities locked down hundreds of billions of dollars of aid from red states.
So, the states that are working with Republican governors have to now subsidize the Democratic states that aren't working.
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This is called "enabling," and President Donald Trump and the Senate would be foolish to appropriate these taxpayer dollars.
With or without this aid package from Washington, come September and October, Americans are likely to observe an economy that is getting better in the red states than in the blue states.
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Cities like Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles now have to reckon with economic lockdown plus the residual negative effect from rioting, arson, looting, and other criminal activity that has gone largely unpunished.
It could take many years for these once-great cities of commerce, culture and finance to recover.
Meanwhile, red states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas will be doing much better in jobs and business conditions.
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Democrats have foolishly defined themselves as the lockdown party. With many Americans, this is popular — for now.
But it is a downer ideology. Modern liberalism is a "can't do" movement, while the free market conservative movement is a "can do" crusade.
For the last 20 years, red states in the South and Sun Belt and Mountain states have been growing at about twice the pace of blue states with high taxes and heavy regulation.
My prediction is that blue states are now facing a change or die choice, and no amount of free money from Washington will change that cold reality.Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks. He is the co-author of "Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive the American Economy."
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