We are pleased that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer chose not to close down the state in response to the latest wave of the coronavirus – a response she’s opted for during past surges. Shuttering large swaths of the economy is costly on many fronts, and has long-lasting impacts.

A new report released by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, authored by University of Michigan-Flint economist Chris Douglas, estimates that Michigan lost more than 64,000 jobs during the state’s second lockdown, starting last November. During the so-called “pause to save lives,” indoor dining was banned through Feb. 1. Other businesses, such as theaters and bowling alleys, as well as high schools and colleges were also closed for weeks.

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Lanivan

Interesting article by the right-wing Detroit News and the right-wing, pro-corporate, anti-worker propaganda machine Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Yes - they are correct about one thing - this once-in-a-century, deadly global pandemic that has left no country or region unscathed, has been a tough challenge for the world, including Michigan - with millions infected, millions died, and millions who have or will have lifelong chronic health conditions. Yes - many businesses have had to lay-off, downsize, file for bankruptcy, close up, or re-write business plans to survive.

The deadly, easily-transmitted coronavirus has always required courage, compliance, science, sacrifice, and seriousness in order to slow and finally stop the spread. We have had those things with Gov Whitmer, who, despite death threats and verbal abuse by many right-wing extremists, including the Republican legislature, stayed focuses and made life-saving decisions based on the most recent data from the CDC, the MI Health Dept, and a team of business, medical, and education leaders. This kind of leadership was sadly lacking by the Trump administration. For example, some Trump quotes in the early months of 2020 when this pandemic could have had a very different outcome for those ailing businesses discussed in the article:

Feb 2 = “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.” Trump.

Feb 10 = “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. Trump.

Feb 11 = “In our country, we only have, basically, 12 cases and most of those people are recovering and some cases fully recovered. So it’s actually less.” Trump

Feb 24 =

“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

T-Bird

Another clueless stab from Lanivan at shifting the blame from our equally clueless Governor to Trump. Remember that Trump was advised during your cited Feb timeframe by the prestigious Dr. Fauci. Dr. Fauci went on numerous nightly cable news shows during this same Feb timeframe and proclaimed that the coronavirus was nothing for us to worry about here in America. He also during this timeframe and later in March and April went on numerous nightly cable news shows and said that masks were not needed or effective against the now emerging coronavirus. We all know how that turned out, don't we? You seem to think the pandemic's different outcome not happening is all on Trump, when his medical advisors and the CDC issued conflicting and confusing statements and guidelines for what actually to do to combat the coronavirus from the very start. Of course, you don't realize that because: A. You are blinded by your TDS -and- B. You are ignorant of these facts since the sources of your information didn't then and continue now to not inform you of these facts. And remember after Trump's China travel ban started on Jan 31, it was called racist and xenophobic by then candidate Biden, who later retracted and said it was the correct thing to do. You never cease in showing your cluelessness. I expect that will continue.

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