Show. Us. The Data!

This week in Lansing, Governor Gretchen Whitmer provided a crystal clear and frightening look behind the curtain when asked by the press why she hasn’t removed her boot from the throats of millions of workers she’s blocked from earning a living.

At a press conference Wednesday, she was asked what numbers or metrics she’d need to see to finally relent and move the state from phase 3 to phase 4 on her highly touted, 6-phase “MI Safe Start Plan.”


Phase 4, the part of the plan where she promised earlier this month she’d lift her restrictions on gatherings and work for millions of Michiganians employed in a variety of small and medium sized businesses, listed a few benchmarks.
She’d need to see that COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths were clearly declining.
They’ve been clearly declining since the middle of April, while testing has ramped up dramatically. So, reporters asked – what numbers or metrics for Phase 4? “Well, there is no number or metric,” she replied. Say what now?! Despite two months of spouting the same old talking points about letting the science and data guide her fear mongering… er, decision making… now she’s telling us her decisions will be based on “human nature.”
She won’t lift her lockdown. She won’t let you work. Power, control, and giving your elected representatives in the state legislature the middle finger are more important than your livelihood to Gretchen Whitmer.
Michigan workers, moms and dads? They’ve done their part. They’ve demonstrated their spirit of sacrifice and of community. They’ve achieved the data benchmarks she laid out just weeks earlier. Our hospitals aren’t overwhelmed.
They’ve laid bare their “human nature.” So too, it seems, has the Governor.

Tony Daunt
Tony Daunt
Executive Director
Michigan Freedom Fund
Detroit News: Jacques: Editorial: State must do more to ensure safety of nursing homes
"But the order, which expired Wednesday and which was immediately replaced by an identical order, is far from perfect. It mandates that nursing homes with less than 80% capacity must create dedicated isolation units for COVID-19-affected residents.
"It also mandates that nursing homes with dedicated isolation units may not prohibit admission or readmission of residents based on COVID-19 test results.
"Translation: Capable nursing homes must admit infected residents."
"Whitmer issued an executive order last month that requires seniors who are positive for COVID-19 to be brought to the TCF Center in Detroit or to “regional hubs,” which are nursing homes where the state says there has to be separation of the COVID-19 positive and negative patients.
"Rep. Leslie Love (R-Detroit) is critical of the practice. 'To return seniors into an environment, seniors with the virus still recovering from the virus, into an environment with, well, seniors, just didn’t seem -- it’s not a good idea,' Love said."
"The Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) Sinai Grace Hospital has been at the center of national attention due to photographs that appear to show bodies stacked in storage rooms at the hospital. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told reporters at a press conference last month that state regulators were investigating the issue. But Sinai Grace CEO Daniel Jackson says he’s not aware of any state probe."




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