To hear the media tell it over the past year, California Governor Gavin Newsom was the perfect model of leadership and responsibility when it came to confronting the COVID pandemic–while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was allegedly a reckless science-denier who put millions of lives at risk.
Yet today, Desantis enjoys a 64 percent approval rating and is flirting with a presidential run. Meanwhile, his California counterpart Newsom is facing a recall petition that appears almost certain to make the ballot this summer and could even cost him his governorship.
What happened? How did the media get the story so wrong?
It is certainly true that the two Governors have taken starkly different approaches to the pandemic. California locked down early, with San Francisco’s mayor continuing to brag that the city closed down in February of 2020, weeks before anywhere else in the country.
Millions of California students have not seen the inside of a classroom in over a year, although San Francisco’s School Board did make it a priority to remove all references to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln from the district in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement.
It’s not only California’s schools that are closed, but also gyms, small businesses, and indoor restaurants–unless you happen to be one of the state’s senior Democratic politicians, that is. In embarrassing high-profile incidents, both Governor Newsom and San Francisco’s mayor have been caught flouting the restrictions they imposed on their fellow citizens.
Last month, even as more Californians were vaccinated each day, Newsom went on television and urged residents to “double down” on mitigation measures. The state even officially recommended “double masking.”
Governor Desantis took a different approach in the Sunshine State, trusting in the judgment of Floridians, getting students quickly back in school, and leaving regulations up to private business owners.
The data tell the story of the results.
In January of 2021, Florida’s unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent, while California’s clocked in at a whopping 9.3 percent. CNN Business, hardly a right-leaning source, rates California at 83% on its “Back to Normal” index of economic activity, below the national average, and far behind Florida where the economy is now performing at 96% of pre-pandemic levels.
Most importantly, the numbers show that Florida’s success has not come at the cost of public health, while California’s crippling lockdowns achieved little, if anything, to stem the pandemic as Newsom claimed.
As of March 23, 2021, California had reported 3,645,796 confirmed cases of Covid-19, representing 9.24% of the overall population. Florida had reported 2,011,211 cases, representing 9.36% of the state’s population. In other words, Floridians and Californians got COVID at almost exactly the same rate, even though schools, restaurants, and businesses were open in one but aggressively closed in the other.
In California, the COVID death rate has been 1,452 per one million inhabitants, while in Florida it stands at 1,527 per million. When adjusted for Florida’s older population, these figures are more or less the same.
This is consistent with recent studies comparing countries around the world, showing that lockdowns had no scientifically measurable public health effect.
Ironically, Governor DeSantis’s more open approach may even have saved lives. He pushed the state to reopen early, in June of 2020, and made clear that temporary increases in cases would not cause the state to shut back down. Experts predicted disaster–and in fairness, there was a surge of cases in late July and early August as hundreds of thousands of young people flooded Florida’s beaches and bars.
This surge, however, did not produce a high death toll or overwhelm the hospitals. Most of those infected were young and healthy, and recovered from the virus just fine. Most interestingly, it is very probable that the summer surge actually reduced the death toll of older Floridians in the winter. It caused college students and other young people who would have been unlikely to follow restrictions in any event to catch the virus early, when the weather was warm and there were no other burdens on the health system. This may have been part of the reason why the Governor’s decision to push schools to reopen for in-person instruction in September went off almost without a hitch, and Florida avoided the outbreaks in Universities which occurred in many Northeastern states. Many of the young people were already immune.
By aggressively locking down his state, Governor Newsom likely believed he was pursuing the safest political course–doing exactly what the experts and the prevailing media narrative demanded. Governor DeSantis, on the other hand, knew when he opened up Florida last summer that he was gambling his entire career–pursuing a course that the press would condemn and that the so-called experts had definitely not recommended. Nearly a year later, it appears that DeSantis’s gamble paid off–and that the “safe” course for Newsom wasn’t so safe after all.
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Both of these people are elected by the voters in their state. They should make the best decisions for the people , or they should resign or will or will not be re-elected. When the hospitals in LA were beyond capacity, what would I do???
I wonder if patients were kept in the hospital longer than usual for the same condition to inflate occupancy statistics. Cuomo changed death statistics by about 50% with changed methodology. So many ways to manipulate stastics.
And how many flu deaths the past year cmpared to other years?
Hmmm. I would love to share this article with several people, however, they would actually want to know the references for the statistics AND the author. Imagine that! Disappointed in AMAC for publishing this article without either of them!
This article says it all, despite the fear mongering, power hungry lockdowns and lies of the useless failed democrat govenors , COVID outbreaks, economic data and freedom are superior in fact based Republican governed states.
WE all knew it!
I really would have liked to read the article without your stupid “pop up” in the middle!
DeSantis is a Republican who follows the science, not Liberal blowhard-speak!
I would seem to me that the Governor of Florida is a Politician to, actually, listen to. Wow! Did I say that…
I think there is a saying, “You get what you tolerate”.
One of these guys believes you are wise enough to make your own decisions, and one of these guys believes he is so cool, hip, and handsome that he can get away with inflating his ego at your expense. Can you guess which is which? Probably a difficult challenge if you can’t think for yourself and watch CNN, ABC, MSNBC, ABC, ESPN, NPR, etc….
Love the comment!
So now MLB decides to move the ASG out of Georgia because Georgia wants fair elections. And where will they move it ? To Newsome’s state, or Cuomo’s state, maybe Seattle Wash which is a mess. I will not go to a MLB game or support any cable channel that supports MLB
They can’t cancel every thing and every one. We need to start canceling some of these ridiculous sporting events and elected people
Agreed, if everyone who believed that only voters could vote and only once canceled MLB for its political move in support of the Democrats their ratings would be down over 50% . SEND THEM A MESSAGE. Boycott MLB, MLB network and ESPN.
I’m for canceling Newsome, whitmer,Cuomo, biden and Harris…..along with Schumer, Pelosi and schifff……bye bye
That’s what my spouse said this morning. It’s becoming quite a list of products we no longer buy, favorite sports teams we no longer follow & actors in tv & movies we no longer will watch, mainstream media ????????, & as I write this there is even more I avoid. I’ve always tried to look for the positive which next to impossible if you watch & listen to all the propaganda so I try to keep my mind focused on Jesus Christ & not all the evil influences shoved down our throats.
Tell MLB not to let the door hit them in the ASS when they leave!
“…showing that lockdowns had no scientifically measurable public health effect.
Of course we already knew this. This is what the actual science said BEFORE the Covid-19 even existed. lockdowns don’t work. Masks do little to nothing. But they do cause a lot of harm. You’ve probably heard about Newsom and restaurant-gate, but did you know when he first ordered lockdowns, it included wineries. Exept in one local, where the winery he owns just happened to be.
Love this article. It’s true Newsome is a jerk and earning a growing distaste for all of the rules, lockdowns and regulations that he himself doesn’t comply with. So completely disgusted with this guy and would love to see him go. Many friends in Florida are totally pleased with DeSantis and I’ve heard lots of good news on how things are handled there. “Stark differences” doesn’t even come close to describing these two guys.
“Nuisance” will be found in a pkg lot. DeSantis will be POTUS in 2024,
The media today IS wrong 24/7. They’re not Journalists, they are story tellers. Their jobs are to keep feeding the Left’s Sheep, and that’s it! They are the ‘Enemy’ of the United States Of America! Traitors are to be shot dead by a firing squad or by public hanging by the neck until dead, period!! The only way we have gotten to this point to where we’re doomed is because as a nation we thumbed our nose at God. We were warned several times! Now only God’s time will tell.
Journalists as story tellers? NO! Tellers of whoppers lacking any elements of truth – YES!
I expect these pseudo-journalists could enter any Liars Contest and beat the Devil hands down every time.
No. They wouldn’t want to do that and make their own boss look bad.
What services do you provide, such as dicounts in hotels, carrental, at dining establishments etc.
This is a great example of the wisdom of our founding fathers. They believed in people to make good decisions. Here we see two governors making different decisions for their state. Imagine if we did not have state’s rights, but only a federal government that controlled all states. Newson put his faith in the talking heads in Washington and did not listen to his own people. DeSantis listened to the experts in Washington also, but listened to his people also. Remember the calls for total federal mandates last year. We would have had a 50-50 chance of all of us being a California or a Florida. I believe this is the greatest argument for reducing federal control. Remember West Virginia, They had the “shot in the arm” done in December and waiting for more vaccines before New York started. The New York governor was still complaining in January about “no plan”.
This is the proof that the Constitution is correct on election control and the “for the people act” is simply a federal government grab for control that would be a disaster for all of us. State control is the best way to protect us, the citizen.
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What are the statistics comparing the cases under California and Florida’s different approaches to COVID-19?
Newsom is disgusting but what more could anyone expect from the Nephew of Peeelosi!
Wow, I just learned something! Peeelosi and Newsome go well together.
That right there should tell you everything that you need to know
It appears that Florida has demonstrated the legitimacy of the Great Barrington Declaration.
I felt from the beginning it was most likely the best way to go and Florida has proven it right
Newsom nothing but a lime light playboy
Yeah…just like his buddy in New York, Cuomo. Where are all the leftist democrat women’s groups protesting his behavior and DEMANDING removal???
Just like ALL democrats selective outrage…shows their hypocrisy.
Please don’t trouble the Leftists with facts, They get upset and then they get violent.
It is difficult to “trouble the Leftists with facts” because they listen to only one side, one narrative, so learn nothing. Have you tried to have a conversation with a Leftist? If it is political they will shut you down, don’t want to hear anything but their side. That is why they are so dumb, you only learn when hearing all sides of issues.
Yeah, why is that? They’re just a bunch of tyrannical bullies