“Today, Governor Newsom’s Administration unveiled a proposed $2.7 billion COVID-19 Emergency Response Package – including a $1.4 billion emergency appropriation request – to bolster testing capacity, accelerate vaccination and booster efforts, support frontline workers, strengthen the health care system and battle misinformation,” his press release states.
How exactly does the Governor and his Administration plan to “battle misinformation” when they are at the root of most of it?
California is more than two years into the COVID “pandemic” so that “emergency response” might have meant something two years ago. At this point, with most states in the country fully open, with the exception of Democrat dominated states with Democrat governors, this “emergency response” is hyperbole – very expensive hyperbole.
How is Gov. Newsom planning on spending this $2.7 Billion COVID-19 Emergency Response?
- $1.2 BILLION: BOLSTER TESTING
- $583 MILLION: GET MORE CALIFORNIANS VACCINATED & BOOSTED, COMBAT MISINFORMATION
- $614 MILLION: SUPPORT OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
- $200 MILLION: SUPPORT STATE RESPONSE OPERATIONS
- $110 MILLION: SUPPORT VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND BOLSTER CONTACT TRACING EFFORTS
What does most of that even mean? “Support state response operations?” What?
As for “combatting misinformation,” the governor’s press release says:
- Continue the “Vaccinate all 58” public education campaign to provide reliable information and build vaccine confidence while combating misinformation, all of which is in partnership with 250 ethnic media outlets. (emphasis ours) (Are they giving grants to these 250 ethnic media outlets, or running public service announcements?)
- Continue a robust community outreach and direct appointment assistance campaign by conducting door-to-door canvassing, phone banking and texting with over 700 CBOs and community partners in partnership with philanthropy. (State grants going to non-profits?)
- In-home vaccination and testing programs to meet Californians where they’re at.
- Provide free transportation to vaccination appointments throughout the state to help get more Californians vaccinated and boosted.
COVID is Big Business in California.
“Health care leaders applauded Governor Newsom’s proposed action to protect Californians and expand efforts to combat this pandemic,” the press statement said. Of course they did – they stand to benefit from the $2.7 billion in the latest “emergency response” spending.
December 1, 2021, Gov. Newsom said the Omicron variant would not spark lockdowns: “Look, I’m confident if we continue to do what we’ve done, which is continue to be in the top 10 in terms of the lowest case rates and on the highest vaccination rates, on the lowest positivity rate, that won’t be an issue,” he said during a visit to Merced County in the Central Valley to promote vaccinations and booster shots, NBC Bay Area reported.
But schools are closing again, teachers are holding sickouts and moving to online learning again. Congress distributed $123 billion to schools across the country last year for COVID preparedness. Now the same schools and teachers unions are claiming they can’t operate safely? Where exactly did that money go?
Restaurants are closing. Professional sports are cancelling games. Even the State Senate is going to meet remotely again. Masks are mandatory once again indoors. School kids are being forced to wear them outdoors, even though CNN medical analyst, Washington Post columnist, and former president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen said, “cloth masks are little more than face decoration.” She’s now calling for everyone to wear N95 masks. However, she’s the same doctor who said the unvaccinated should not be allowed to leave their homes.
“The arrival of the omicron variant has led some politicians and public health grandees to call for a return to business closures and ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdowns,” Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD, and professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, recently wrote for the Daily Mail. “My message is this: we can’t stop the spread of COVID, but we can end the pandemic. On the coasts, in California and New York, elected officials are renewing mask requirements for all – regardless of health or vaccination status.”
“The end of the pandemic is primarily a social and political decision,” Bhattacharya said. “Since we have no technology to eradicate the virus, we must learn to live with it. The fear-based lockdown policies of the past two years are no template for a healthy society.”
“The good news is that with the new and effective technologies available and the focused protection ideas outlined in the Great Barrington Declaration, we can end the pandemic if only we can muster the courage and political will to do so,” he said.
Is this just more fear porn coming from the Newsom administration, repeated by the state media, designed to keep the state’s residents fearful and compliant, prolonging the Governor’s State of Emergency? Spending billions more on testing and targeting communities door-to-door is evidence.
Here are the hospitalizations right now in California – out of a population of nearly 40 million, the California Department of Public Health claims 8,600 patients are in the hospital with COVID. But there is no differentiation between “with” COVID, and in the hospital “from” COVID.
There were no COVID deaths in California January 5, 2022.
“From day one, California has taken swift and direct action to battle COVID-19 with policies that have saved tens of thousands of lives, but there’s more work to be done,” said Governor Newsom. “Our proposed COVID-19 Emergency Response Package will support our testing capacity, accelerate vaccination and booster efforts, support frontline workers and health care systems and battle misinformation, with a focus on the hardest-hit communities.”
This statement could have been written in March 2020.