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Did they forget this is an election year? Suddenly the governors of four of our most populous states seem to have concluded that the concept of limited government was obsolete. One must assume that the high handed dictates will change but for the present the latest media reporting shows that:
New York has closed its public schools after the Teachers union threatened a massive sick in. Naturally teacher will get paid and kids who rely on school lunches will get fed but it gets better. According to NBC News, ” Cuomo also said in a statement that New York City must put a plan in place to make sure that children who rely on school meals will still get fed and that parents, especially health care workers and first responders, will be provided child care.”
So now the taxpayers will be providing babysitters for New York’s public healthcare workforce, cops and firemen but there is a limit to this largess. It applies only to public sector employees. As to bar and restaurant owners and employees; let them eat cake but only at home. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on restaurants and bars in the state to close down voluntarily.
Moving to Ohio, RINO Governor Mike DeWine has given all bar and restaurants orders to shut down until further notice. Sorry about your jobs but you’re welcome to apply for unemployment.

The arrogance is breathtaking!
In Illinois the rhetoric is even more strident.
“The time for persuasion and public appeals is over,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. “This is not a joke. No one is immune to this.”
The sainted executive said he had tried earlier this week to appeal to everyone’s good judgment to stay home, to avoid bars, and not congregate in crowds. He added that it is unfortunate that many people didn’t take that seriously. Now every bar in the state will shut down tomorrow and stay shut down until March 30. After going unemployed for a couple weeks maybe these miscreants will listen when the governor speaks. As there are 25,000 establishment in the state several hundred thousand will be unemployed. C’est la guerre.

In California Governor Gavin Newsom has called for bars, nightclubs and wineries to close but for now restaurants may remain open if the don’t get too crowded. It’s not clear if a restaurant can finically survive while serving only half as many diners but social isolation should only cause half the state’s restaurant employees to end up on the unemployment rolls. The governor would also like for citizens over 65 to stay home.

Most states do vest considerable executive powers in their governors but the power a downstate Illinois mayor would like to bestow upon herself would make Hugo Chávez giddy.
Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen signed the executive order on Thursday. The order “comes with extraordinary powers for the mayor to enact over a short period of time as the city combats the spread of the coronavirus”.
And what pray thee tell would those powers be? Would you believe the power to take you home? Well fighting coronavirus is serious business.
The City proposes to grant extraordinary powers to the Mayor, which include:

  • Violating parts of the Open Meetings Act
  • Ban sale of firearms and ammunition
  • Ban sale of any alcohol
  • Closing of all bars, taverns, liquor stores, etc
  • Ban sale or giving away of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank permanently fixed to a motor vehicle
  • Direct the shutoff of power, water, gas, etc
  • Take possession of private property and obtain full title to same
  • Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from the City

The good people of downstate Illinois do have a unique history complete with river pirates, rural gangs and a reverse underground railroad but none of that history would suggest they are sufficiently servile to accommodate mayor Feinen’s pipe dreams. As for the governors who are demanding extreme sacrifice on the part of the bartenders, waitresses and busboys and nothing from public employees they should not expect much cooperation with law enforcement and no support at the polls. The die is cast! Let the backlash begin!

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