Coronavirus

Ignoring Trump, States Make Their Own Virus Plans

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

When I casually speculated that states would take matters into their own hands once Trump's grand "plans" for reopening the economy collapse, I did not necessarily think that would happen later on the same day.

There is no clear direction from Trump's White House and it's a fairly safe bet that there never will be so, to that end, groups of states are now forming their own consortiums for reopening their economies.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during this daily press briefing yesterday that he was forming a pact with five other states.

(Reuters) - The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware said on Monday that they planned to coordinate on a plan to reopen businesses and schools after getting the novel coronavirus pandemic under control.

The governors, who all spoke to the press via conference call, did not provide specifics on the timing of any reopening and indicated that while coordinating they would alter their approaches based on the needs of each state.

California Governor Gavin Newsome also announced that's forming a similar group.

"Our residents' health comes first," Govs. Gavin Newsom of California, Kate Brown of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington said in a joint statement. "As home to one in six Americans and gateway to the rest of the world, the West Coast has an outsized stake in controlling and ultimately defeating COVID-19."

"Health outcomes and science — not politics — will guide these decisions," the Western governors said.

These groups of states probably have only vague ideas about how they will proceed at this point because so much is still uncertain, but that's more than anyone is getting from Trump and his task force of idiots.

I expect Trump is infuriated by the existence of these groups and will be even more so when they don't listen to him next month when he calls for immediately reopening the economy.

I would not be surprised to see Republican-controlled states form their own groups that will actually take dictation from Trump. You know, to own the libs.

  • Draxiar

    I wish my state of Massachusetts was part of that Northeast contingent.

    • Tony Lavely

      Boston.com reported last evening Baker has signed on also. I breathed a (small) sigh of relief.

      ETA:
      I’m not sure you can “ignore” something that isn’t there… Guidance, for example.

      • Draxiar

        Yeah…I was happy to see my comment didn’t age well. Huzzah!

  • muselet

    Lead, follow or get out of the way, as the old saying has it. Donald Trump has demonstrated he’s incapable of doing any of those things, so here’s where things stand.

    If red states don’t form pacts among themselves, I’ll be very surprised, almost as surprised as I’ll be if Trump doesn’t push William Barr to sue the nine states for, well, defying the Will of Trump (“total authority,” my left butt cheek).

    –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      He can claim all the “total authority” he wants as long as he doesn’t try to exercise it.

  • katanahamon

    I wanted to post the last paragraph from an NBC news story on the increasing suicides and declining health of Americans. My favorite line is the “predatory conspiracy” line. I’ve been saying for years along with other commenters that we, as Americans are spending far too much on for profit health care and we must eliminate this immoral practice. Now, as a pandemic has settled in, we see that touting our system as superior was a joke all along. We are far less prepared than other countries, with health care professionals wearing garbage bags and states fighting over equipment. Time for change.

    From NBC…

    “The astronomical costs of health care are draining jobs, hope and opportunity from working-class Americans. We are in favor of free-market capitalism, but economists have known for half a century that free markets cannot deliver health care, and American health care is more like a predatory conspiracy aided and abetted by government. It is no accident that the industry has five lobbyists in Washington for every member of Congress. How health care performs in dealing with the coronavirus will certainly affect whether this situation is allowed to continue.”