Collusion is a secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose.
As Californians are starting to rebel following 7 weeks of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lockdown order, it’s curious how and why he and four other Democrat governors entered a pact, ostensibly as a “collaborative approach to reopening” the states. However, not one of these governors is actually talking about reopening their states. And notably, Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days, keeping Oregonians in lockdown until July 6.
Last week Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak would be joining California, Oregon and Washington in Newsom’s Western States Pact – “a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.”
Above his press announcement, is this: “Western state Governors: Health outcomes and science – not politics – will guide decisions to modify stay at home orders.”
Nice words except Newsom’s decisions have been all about politics and not public health as the numbers and data show. Rather than actually allowing herd immunity to take place in the western states, these Democrat governors are herding together in what appears to be collusion to keep their states closed, while they abuse their emergency powers.
“I want to thank Colorado and Nevada for joining the Western States Pact,” said Gov. Newsom. “COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries, and it will take every level of government, working together to get the upper hand on this virus.”
“The inclusion of Colorado and Nevada in the Western States Pact bolsters the collaborative approach to reopening embraced by Democratic governors across the country,” KTLA reported.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington also said verbatim in his press statement that this is “a working group of Western state Democratic governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.”
“In Washington state, our decisions are guided by public health data and science and this is a principle we share up and down the West Coast. Gov. Polis and Gov. Sisolak are taking that approach as well, and the addition of their states will strengthen this regional partnership and save lives,” Inslee said in a news release.
Colorado has reported 13,879 confirmed cases, with 706 deaths, out of 5.7 million residents.
In Nevada, there were 4,786 confirmed cases with 206 deaths reported, out of 2.7 million residents.
Oregon confirmed 2,680 cases, and 109 deaths, out of 4.2 million residents.
Washington confirmed 15,185 cases, and 894 deaths, out of 7.6 million residents.
California has 53,616 confirmed cases, and 2,200 deaths out of 40 million residents. (UPDATE: the CDC has corrected its numbers down: California’s total deaths due to coronavirus are 1,224, not 2,200. And total deaths in the US is 37,308, not 66,000)
Earlier in April, Inslee, along with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, announced they would be working together under a shared vision for gradually modifying their state’s stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.
Each of the governors listed three shared principles as foundational to the agreement:
- Our residents’ health comes first. As home to nearly one in five 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. Modifications to our states’ stay at home orders must be made based off our understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19, including: the direct impact of the disease on our communities; the health impact of measures introduced to control the spread in communities —particularly felt by those already experiencing social disadvantage prior to COVID-19; and our health care systems’ ability to ensure care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This effort will be guided by data. We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this.
- Our states will only be effective by working together. Each state will work with its local leaders and communities within its borders to understand what’s happening on the ground and adhere to our agreed upon approach.
KIRO 7 published near identical statements from Gov. Polis and Sisolak.
Statement from Gov. Polis:
“Coloradans are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and have important information to share with and to gain from other states. I’m thrilled Colorado is joining the Western States Pact. There’s no silver bullet that will solve this pandemic until there is a cure so we must have a multifaceted and bold approach in order to slow the spread of the virus, keep our people safe and help our economy rebound.”
Statement from Gov. Sisolak:
“I’m honored to have the state of Nevada join the Western States Pact and believe the sharing of critical information and best practices on how to mitigate the spread, protect the health and safety of our residents, and reopen responsibly will be invaluable as we chart our paths forward. Millions of visitors from our fellow Western states travel to Nevada every year as a premier tourism destination and this partnership will be vital to our immediate recovery and long-term economic comeback.”
The West Coast has seen a much lower death rate from COVID-19 than New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Former California GOP Congressman Doug Ose also issued a statement warning that California government is collapsing into “one-man rule” as Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to issue an unprecedented number of executive orders.
“Despite what some of our leaders think, the public is pretty savvy about using common sense to protect their health. That’s why the curve flattened,” Ose said. “What the public is rightly concerned about is that everything we were warned about in our high school civics classes about one-man rule or Soviet-style governance is playing out under some of these public health directives that attempt to limit our daily activities.”
Ose said Gov. Newsom has pushed Californians too far and was stunned by the list of “allowed outdoor activities” released by the Governor. In response, Ose tweeted: “Recall the adage comparing US govt vs USSR? In USSR if activity isn’t specifically allowed then its banned; in USA, if activity isn’t specifically banned then its allowed. Welcome to #California – ‘back in the USSR, you don’t know how lucky you are, boys.’ ”
“I am very uncomfortable that we find ourselves with governors exercising broad, unchecked powers while the legislatures have recessed and the Courts aren’t convening,” Ose said. “Legislators and judges are critical parts of our governance and they need to be on the job exercising oversight and demanding transparency. Otherwise, we might as well be Venezuela.”
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