Whitmer: do less campaigning, more governing
Over the last several weeks, Michigan families have suffered greatly due to Governor Whitmer’s coronavirus restrictions; while most can agree that social distancing guidelines, along with habitual handwashing are necessary, it’s also the opinion of many that prohibiting things like boating, selling gardening materials, and landscaping is not of the essence to mitigate the virus – there are so many activities that could be safely performed, that are prohibited by this order. The question I ask you, Governor Whitmer, is: why close down businesses if they can stay operational with little to no increase in infection spread?
While some mitigation strategies should be employed, shutting down our economy should not be an action that is ever relished – I feel that is, unfortunately, the case for our Governor. It appears that she is wallowing in the constant media appearances. Will our Governor do what’s right and quit trying to obfuscate her end goal? Will she confess the campaign for Vice President instead of camouflaging it with “doing her job”?
Rather than taking part in the solution and enlisting pragmatism, she has chosen to critique our President on television, subsequently then, applying for FEMA funds which should have been done immediately, a concerning, and shameful mistake for the administration. In addition to this the Governor, for a period, threatened the licenses of Doctors who prescribed what may be a lifesaving drug to combat the coronavirus. Shouldn’t the Governor follow her own advice, and listen to the medical professionals?
Fortunately, the GOP controlled legislature is provided the ability to check the Governor’s emergency powers after 28 days, however, much to their dismay, there is no ability for the legislature to attach contingencies to the extension of power. The Administration has argued that any alteration of the emergency declaration creates a windmill effect on the deadline – this, of course, is an egregious suggestion that would curtail any ability for a balance of power from what many would consider a rising dictatorship in the executive branch of our state government.
Only time will tell the grave impacts of this power grab, until then, the best we can do deny any further extensions of emergency powers.