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Mar 19 2020

Moonbat vs Countermoonbat Reactions to Wuhan Virus

You can judge a politician’s agenda by their response to the Wuhan virus.

Leftists set prisoners free:

New York City will begin releasing inmates who are locked up on minor charges or with health conditions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in its jails, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

Much better to risk spreading the virus among law-abiding citizens. Note that NYC is already experiencing a crime wave thanks to criminals released due to leftist bail reform.

California is another place where the liberal aversion to incarcerating criminals has led to a spike in crime. So this comes as no surprise:

Mano Raju, the San Francisco public defender, released a statement Tuesday urging sheriff’s officials to immediately release some prisoners, particularly those at greatest risk from the COVID-19 virus.

Philadelphia police have instituted a policy of just taking criminals’ names rather than arresting them during the pandemic. What could go wrong?

Sales of guns and ammo are surging, as people recognize the necessity of being able to defend themselves during a time of crisis. Some liberal authorities react by threatening to crack down on our right to bear arms:

Also potentially driving the sales are concerns that elected officials may try to restrict access to firearms. A mayor in Illinois recently signed an executive order that would give her the right to ban the sale of guns or ammunition, as did the mayor of New Orleans.

That Illinois mayor — Deborah Frank Feinen of Champaign — prepared the groundwork for astonishing restrictions on fundamental liberties.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has even proclaimed, “We have the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity.”

In stark contrast, Texas Governor Greg Abbott waives regulations:

Abbott has waived regulations to allow restaurants to deliver alcohol to customers in an effort to support the hospitality industry in Texas.

Another Abbott waiver “allows alcohol distributors and manufacturers to repurchase excess inventory from restaurants, bars, and clubs affected by event cancellations due to COVID-19.”

Any measures that help businesses survive this will be appreciated. Who knows? Afterward, maybe bureaucrats will realize that many of these regulations were counterproductive anyway and should not be reinstated.

After the Wuhan virus passes, the economy will be left in shambles. We will need a lightening of the regulatory load worse than ever if we are to get back on our feet. Daniel Henninger has the right idea:

When it’s over, every level of government—federal, state and local—should declare a two-year holiday from regulatory costs, such as the minimum wage. Ask any big-city shopkeeper or business owner if that relief wouldn’t help them hire back staff and turn the curve up quickly. Ask the laid-off workers if they’d take that deal.

Democrats will of course move in the opposite direction, using the economic damage as a pretext to impose senseless regulation that delays recovery, just as they did after the financial crisis in 2008.

On tips from Varla and Occam’s Stubble.

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