Unlimited Control, Unchecked Tragedy

It’s been a brutal year.

COVID-19 has carved a deadly path across the globe. Since the first two cases were identified in Michigan just over one year ago, thousands of our friends, family members, colleagues and neighbors have lost their lives to the virus.

Isolated by scientifically questionable – at best – government shutdowns, others lost their lives to despair. Still others believe they’ve lost loved ones as a result of disastrous decisions made by that same state government. Michigan’s kids have lost months – or even more – of education.

Hundreds of thousands have lost their livelihoods, their life savings, and their food security.

Through it all, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has exercised nearly unlimited unilateral control over the state’s response to COVID-19, and over residents’ rights and freedoms.

She outlawed shopping for infant car seats and gardening supplies.

She put thousands of small businesses and restaurants permanently out of business.

She banned boating. When she finally lifted her nonsensical order, her husband was busted pushing his weight around up north trying to get their boat out of storage and into the water before anyone else in the local queue.

Under her disastrous and deadly unchecked control, at least 5,600 nursing home residents and staff have lost their lives. We don’t know the real number – the state refuses to release public records, prompting a new lawsuit from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff.

Whitmer was one of only a small handful of governors in the nation who actively and intentionally imported COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes among the state’s most at-risk residents.

It was a nightmarish policy that flew in the face of the science and the guidance of local experts who begged her to do something else. Now, a year later, it’s a policy that’s even prompted discussions about criminally charging the Governor with manslaughter.

When the immunization arrived, she so thoroughly bungled the state’s vaccination rollout, Michigan ranked 44th in the nation for getting shots in arms. It was a botched effort that the state still struggles to overcome. Half of Michigan’s vulnerable seniors are still waiting for their shot, even as the governor announced plans to open up vaccinations to every adult in the state – forcing the elderly to compete with others less at risk to the virus.

When the head of the department Whitmer had in charge of vaccinations disagreed with the governor, he “resigned” and was given $155,000 to sign a legal document preventing him from coming clean with the public.

Throughout the last year, Governor Whitmer has demanded that she go it alone. She’s suspended the rule of law. She’s ignored the science. And she’s left Michigan citizens in the dark. It’s a disastrous approach that has only made things worse… and she has only herself to blame.


Tony Daunt
Tony Daunt
Executive Director
Michigan Freedom Fund

Detroit Free Press: Michigan needs to investigate its own nursing home tragedy

"...sadly, it’s a different story here in Michigan. Instead of following the lead of her counterpart in New York, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel flatly refused to investigate Gov. Whitmer’s decision. And unlike their colleagues in the New York Senate and State Assembly, Michigan House and Senate Democrats have remained silent."
"Michigan ranks 30th in the country when it comes to reopening K-12 public schools to live, in-person instruction. That’s according to Burbio, a website that tracks school re-openings after a year of coronavirus epidemic. Michigan had a 58.3 score, which placed it near Ohio (57.6 – 31st place) and New York (57.4 – 32nd place)."
"...these exit deals have no place in government. Who are they protecting and from what? What could Robert Gordon, Steve Gray and the governor possibly say about one another or the operations of their state departments that should be shielded from the public?"

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