At LewRockwell.com, Thomas Lifson hammers California Governor Gavin Newsom for the governor’s abuse of the state’s economy in order to achieve political ends. Lifson writes (abridged):
He has become an economic troll.
With his state accounting for almost 15% of the national GDP, hobbling his state’s economy, even as counties are already starting to meet the criteria he set for relaxation of restrictions, depresses national output and employment statistics and thereby contributes to defeating President Trump.
Newsom, who is becoming known to Californians as Nussoloini, is really stretching to find excuses to keep businesses closed and Californians unemployed and reverting to race-pandering.
With Democrats enjoying absolute dominance of the state Legislature, Newsom’s unilateral dictates will not be challenged by the lawmaking branch of the state government. And, with the state’s media at least as dominated by leftists as the national media, few voices will be heard by the public, who have been passively accepting economic strangulation in the name of safety, and now in the name of racial grievances.
There are real victims of this high-handed maneuver: businesses like restaurants that have been barely keeping their noses above water will go bankrupt and close permanently, and their employees will be jobless. I am an investor in a restaurant that was thriving until COVID, and despite the valiant efforts of its manager to stay alive, this may be the death blow.