Coronavirus

“Trump Proof”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

States with Democratic or otherwise reasonable governors are banding together in groups and making their own plans for reopening their economies, but how will they resist Trump when he starts barking at them next month?

They could just ignore him, but for his part New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is already working on a plan to push back against Trump's interference using concrete numbers and data.

As part of Cuomo's effort, McKinsey & Company is producing models on coronavirus testing, infections and other key data points that along with other research and expert opinions will help underpin decisions on how and when to reopen the region's economy. [...]

The goal is to "Trump-proof" the plan, said an adviser to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

"We think Trump ultimately will blink on this, but if not, we need to push back, and we are reaching out to top experts and other professionals to come up with a bullet-proof plan," to open on the state's terms, said a Cuomo adviser.

Trump has already blinked by backing away from his claim that he has "total authority" to reopen the economy. Yesterday, Trump said he would "allow" governors to make their own decisions even though it was always their decision to make.

With that said, Trump will agitate the public including his supporters who live in states with governors making their own plans. The strength of their plans will be crucial to building public support and thwarting the kind of idiotic MAGA protests that occurred in Michigan yesterday.

Developing strong "Trump proof" plans will also be crucial to thwarting any potential legal challenges that will almost certainly be filed by right wing yahoos after Trump starts barking. Trump himself does not have to interfere if other flying monkeys will do it for him, of course.

It should be abundantly clear by now, but voting for Democratic governments is a very good idea! Voting for Democrat is good for your health; it's good for your job. Democrats are not perfect and you can find worms if you kick over enough stones, but you are more likely to personally succeed by electing Democratic governors and legislators.

At the very least, you should not vote for Republicans whose entire political philosophy is setting their own hair on fire. And that's most of them.

  • Christopher Foxx

    you should not vote for Republicans whose entire political philosophy is [getting gullible morons to] set their own hair on fire [and convincing them the only way to put it out is to vote Republican].

    FTFY

  • muselet

    Data-driven plans for easing restrictions on public activities won’t convince Donald Trump or his flying monkeys, but they might convince federal judges to reject the inevitable lawsuits.

    Here in California, some pastors are whingeing about being fined for holding church services on Easter, and are threatening to file suit to stop this horrible persecution of Christians! (I’m fine with idiots infecting each other with whatever is going around at the moment—think of it as evolution in action, to borrow a catchphrase from Niven and Pournelle—but I draw the line at those idiots infecting and possibly killing non-idiots.) I can’t decide whether or not those pastors are worse than the numbskulls who participated in Operation Gridlock in Michigan.

    –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      “I can’t decide whether or not those pastors are worse than the numbskulls who participated in Operation Gridlock in Michigan.”
      I can.
      Pastors by a furlong!

  • Nefercat

    you should not vote for Republicans whose entire political philosophy is setting their own hair on fire.

    Well that wouldn’t be so bad, the problem is that they seem to set everyone else’s hair on fire except their own. Like all those wealthy republican politicians wanting to get people “back to work.” Those jackasses aren’t themselves going to be working 3 minimum wage jobs with yahoos like yesterday’s protesters yelling at them, coughing in their faces, and getting in their space asking damn fool questions.