California Governor Gavin Newsom is taking all kinds of heat for his latest lack of foresight, though this time it actually will benefit California residents. On Monday, he randomly, and almost out of the blue, lifted regional stay-at-home orders across the entire state. His reason? His office said it was improving coronavirus conditions, yet it also happens as news is out that the recall campaign had almost gotten the 1.5 million signatures needed to force a recall against Newsom this fall.
Like most of his decisions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, this one is not based on scientific data that he was able to produce when asked by the media .”This Governor’s decisions have never been based on science. Him re-opening our state is not an attempt to help working Californians, but rather an attempt to counter the Recall Movement. It’s sad and pathetic,” California Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson said in a tweet.
Newsom’s administration has made no data that shows the there are improving trends in California in regard to infections, hospitalizations, and ICU capacity. There has also been no coordinated plan for making vaccinations available.
There is however evidence that some experts say exist that would show Newsom’s harsh lockdowns he’s imposed on the state have done little. Harriet Dillon is the co-chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association, and she told Fox News that the Governor’s office has stonewalled her many attempts to have access to the data that was supposedly being used. “I am, frankly, at a loss to logically explain any of the changes in these shutdown orders, ratcheting it up, ratcheting it down,” Dhillon said. “We know from scientific data that despite the wide differences between the nature of shutdowns in Florida and California, for example, there are virtually no differences in infection rates and mortality rates. So, it seems all to have been for naught.”