The mainstream media can cross off recession fears as a way to get at the President. The left-leaning media was trying to talk-down the economy with the hope that a recession would hurt Trump’s re-election chances. Now with the coronavirus causing much of our economy to shut down, any downturn that happens will be blamed on the epidemic, not the President. Furthermore, all of the states taking the most drastic measures such as “lockdowns” such as NY, NJ, IL, and CA are all have Democrat governors. With that in mind, it’s going to be hard to sell the idea that the resultant economic downturn was caused by Trump.
Biden has become downright hard to watch. Democrats are quickly learning that the only thing worse than having Bernie as the front-runner is having the current “not-Bernie” as the front-runner. Biden tried to give a contrast between his approach to the Covid-19 crisis and the presidents. He failed miserably. He looked unprepared, confused and like someone pretending to be president rather than presidential. We’ve probably seen the last of these shadow briefings. If dyed-in-the-wool Republicans watch him and cringe, imagine how Democrats feel.
The concept of “federalism” is lost on some Democrat governors. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – from the 10th Amendment. Under federalism, our governors have tremendous power. The Founders intended that they, not the President, have more influence over the day-to-day lives of the citizens in their states. They are the commanders in chiefs of their National Guards. They also have control over you guessed it– how approval of ICU units in hospitals, the stockpiling of emergency equipment like ventilators, gloves, and masks. They, not the president, decide who can practice medicine in their state. They decide whether to keep or drive away doctors though things like tort-reform. Some governors, having chosen to fund pet projects to please special interest groups. It’s not that they couldn’t buy enough masks, it’s that they have chosen to spend the money instead on things like pre-K education, and abortion funding. It is they, and local governments, not the president who can declare a statewide emergency, close schools, businesses, and roads.