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Federalism Works to Stop COVID-19

You should really follow me on Substack for indepth analysis of COVID-19 and deeper takes on political events.

While the national media is obsessed with what President Trump is or is not saying or doing, it is worth noting that the bulk of the COVID-19 response is coming at the state level and the governors are preforming well.

In New York, Governor Cuomo has had to continually override the idiot mayor of New York. The mayor insisted schools would not close and the Governor is ordering them shut. The mayor hasn’t want to cancel St. Patrick’s Day festivities and the Governor has had to step in and insist.

In California, it was oddly Gov. Newsom who insisted Disneyland did not need to close. The corporation chose to do so anyway. Now, to avoid more moments of self-beclowning, the Governor has stepped up and shut down bars and restaurants.

In Tennessee, the Mayor of Nashville intervened to close bars and restaurants after millennials were bragging about packing out nightclubs in downtown despite requests to keep distance.

In Ohio, the Governor has been quite aggressive in shutting down large gatherings, restaurants, schools, and more.

In Georgia, the Governor is doing the same — having given latitude for local governments to prepare, he is taking increasingly aggressive steps to minimize the spread of the virus.

While the national media fixates on Washington, it really is the states having a major impact on reducing the spread of the virus and the various governors and most public officials are doing remarkable work.

Our system has a series of redundancies in it because of our federalism. This shows the wisdom of our founders. It should give people some level of peace of mind. The national media, by design, is focused almost exclusively on what is or is not working in Washington. But the founders believed most powers should be reserved to the states and the states are using that power effectively. This is a good thing.

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