Nope, Southwest Airlines isn’t flying a new daily non-stop between Sac International and Sac Executive airport. Out of literally nowhere, our Dictator in Chief, Gavin Newsom, has decided Greater Sacramento can exit the stay-at-home order. This means that as early as tomorrow evening outdoor and certain indoor activities can resume; likely with limited capacity.
First of all, call me skeptical. A close friend of mine works for the Governor, as in, in his office, and he told me this was not even being discussed as of yesterday (1/11). The latest update of available ICU beds (the new criteria, after general hospitalizations, death, sickness, and other scare tactics failed to work) was 6.9% as of Friday. Now they are saying it’s over 19%??? What happened? A purge? Someone let Dr. Kevorkian loose with his death machine? Did physician assisted suicide come back to haunt us? Did California’s dead voters get purged from the hospital rolls?
You may not remember, but we were expected to come out of the lockdown many weeks if not months from now (its peak flu season) but miraculously the numbers went from 6.5% IUC beds to 19.4% in the space of about 36 hours. (This is supposed to be a rolling 4 week average.)
Does any of this make sense to anyone? I guess it’s kind of like how many licks to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop, the world may never know.
Second; what about Sac County taking Covid patients from other neighboring counties? False. A few nurses I went to college with who work in the area told me that was a lie. They never once took/saw a patient from San Joaquin, Yuba-Sutter or Solano. False! I was actually told that we always had room at the Inn, problem was, it didn’t fit the narrative. We had to scare folks, and what better way than saying there are no beds left to scare the bejesus out of people. Literally a week ago Adventist and Ryde Hospital in Yuba-Sutter was at max capacity and were going to be bussing patients to Sac County…never happened.
Now the entire region can go back to purple tier restrictions; so, in essence outdoor: church, restaurants, bars, movies, wine tasting, gyms, cardrooms and indoor: haircuts, nail salons, and retail.
So, what happened? Well, a couple things, first off Trump is out of office, and who knows, by the publication of this blog post, he may be forcible removed. Newsom is facing a recall that just broached the 1 million signature mark and counting. In addition, a couple big donors just threw in some major financial support. However, I feel the big game changer was tax revenue is way down. Nothing else explains the madness behind this constant opening and closing. The dirty little secret is most counties rely on sales tax to float their budgets and payrolls, the property tax is nice, but it only comes twice a year, and look for that to be way down as I fear many have stopped paying mortgages, and with tech companies moving out of state this could get ugly.
This is what happens when a cruel dictator takes over, state run media silences all dissent, the cable folks paint a grim picture, and the 90-day folks get scared. In the meantime, wear your mask it protects me from you. Enjoy this while you can, just wait for the next “criteria” to be developed. I still predict Armageddon like you’ve never seen at some point soon.
PS The “other” Cuomo (The NY Governor guv) also backtracked publicly on shutdowns today, adding further credence to our belief that this was all about booting the Orange Man from Office. SAD!
BTW I know his name is Andrew Cuomo, but I get him and his meathead idiot brother on CNN mixed up all the time. Two peas same pod, neither could find their way out of a paper bag if they were given directions anyway.
Editor’s Note: Another reason for Gavin’s sudden change of heart is to help Hidin’ Joe Biden start with better economic circumstances than Trump ended with. For your consideration let me remind you that the United States Department of Labor Statistics “reference period is the pay period that includes the 12th day of the month” thus any payroll after today (Jan 12th) is owned by Joe Biden. Today is the last reporting day of the Trump Administration. “The employment and wage data provided on the Quarterly Contribution Report and Multiple Worksite Report impact directly or indirectly a large number of important economic statistics, including the Gross Domestic Product and other measures of the labor market and overall economy. The accuracy of these and other economic indicators relies on the accuracy of the pay figures reported by employers.”