Florida Governor Ron DeSantis accused Democrats of granting funds to bail out Democratic governors that have mismanaged their states shutdowns.
“So if you locked down, if you destroyed your own economy through your own policies, you’re getting a windfall. And states like Florid that have worked back to work, that have saved our economic, we end up getting the short end of the stick,” DeSantis said.
For DeSantis, the Democratic Party is “rewarding” states with higher unemployment rates after mistakenly turning to massive shutdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
De Santis’s statements are consistent with those of Kristi Noem, the Republican Governor of South Dakota, who never ordered shutdowns or restrictions as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“COVID didn’t crush the economy. Government crushed the economy,” Noem said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“And then just as quickly, government turned around and held itself out as the savior, and frankly, the Treasury Department can’t print money fast enough to keep up with Congress’s wishlist. But not everyone has followed this path.,” she said.
Noem further mentioned that, as a result of his policies, South Dakota now has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. The state also had fewer COVID-19 cases per million people in the last 30 days than some of the most locked-down states such as California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
A prize for Democrats
The lockdowns resulted in an economic disaster and now the expectation from Congress is to pass the $1.9 trillion bill pushed by President Joe Biden.
The expectation in the bill is that the amounts to be allocated will be determined according to the level of unemployment in each state. The more economically affected the state has been by the pandemic, the greater the amount to be received.
A Forbes report revealed that in the bill already passed in the House, Democratic lawmakers changed the formula for allocating the amounts based on the unemployment rate.
“This change resulted in 23 states gaining $31.9 billion and 27 states losing that funding. The four biggest winners were Democratic strongholds: California, which reaped an additional $6.7 billion; New York, which added another $6 billion; Illinois: increased by $2.1 billion; and New Jersey: a $2 billion increase,” the report notes.
According to figures and data presented by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, states led by Republican governors are leading the nation’s economic recovery. Indeed, it shows that South Dakota, for example, has an unemployment rate of 3.3 points, while California is the worst state with 9.3 points.
Florida has an unemployment rate of 5.1 points, while New York, under the Cuomo administration, has an unemployment rate of 8.7 points. Thus, with the official figures, it is evident how the radical lockdowns by Democratic leaders have hit the economy hard.
An analysis by economist Juan Felipe Vélez for El American revealed that New York is among the states that decreed greater restrictions. New York’s unemployment rate reached its highest level, 15.9%, in July 2020. While Pennsylvania, which also applied restrictions to mobility throughout its territory, had a maximum unemployment level of 16.1% in April and in December it was at 6.7%.
“States that imposed citywide mobility limitations showed lower job losses in April, when the highest level of unemployment was recorded nationally,” he added.
“The problem with quarantines is that they are not a preventive measure against the pandemic, but a delaying measure intended to give the health care system time to prepare to deal with the pandemic. Although the Democratic states perform marginally better in the percentage of infections, they do not perform marginally better in the mortality rate, where they lead by a marginal 0.3%,” he said.