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The National and Regional Situations

The United States is a set of fifty nation-states. Those nation-states have ceded limited power to a federal government, but they preserve for themselves most powers. That is why the President of the United States cannot order the fifty semi-sovereign nations to shelter-in-place. Each governor of each of the states must make that call.

Regionalism works. For perspective, consider this graph:

There is undoubtedly work to still be done across the nation, but we should also keep perspective about the viral spread and the autonomous nature of the states.

Here in Georgia, my governor is coming under attack from the media and partisan Democrats for not shutting down the whole state. But Governor Kemp argues that he is letting cities, counties, and regions decide what is best for themselves. There are some counties that do not have the virus, may not get the virus, and are very rural and poor. Wiping out the economic activity in those counties right now might very well permanently cripple those counties.

But the Atlanta media and Atlanta Democrats have the perspective of Atlanta. In Atlanta, there are over 200 cases of COVID-19. It is interesting to watch the press and pundits attack the Governor as opposed to demanding the various counties shut themselves down. Governor Kemp is on record 100% supporting counties and cities doing that and lending aid and resources. But these counties are not acting.

Why not hold them accountable instead of the Governor? Because there are partisan machinations at play too. We are not, in times of crisis, supposed to point out the other side is actually playing games. But that is the reality. The loudest critics of the Governor are partisans who actively opposed him in 2018 and are now not letting this crisis go to waste.

Meanwhile, the Governor continues to listen to public health officials and emergency management officials. I am also aware of a prominent county full of the virus wherein the public officials are privately saying they are sure they cannot really lockdown.

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