Sen. Rand Paul, blasted governors for locking down their states during the coronavirus pandemic and choosing to keep small business closed.
“You know, nobody ever intended that governors would be sort of czars or dictators in charge of the economy,” Paul stated on Friday.
“In my state, you can’t have indoor dining, you can’t have outdoor dining, and your kids are not in school. We’re worse than New York City right now. In Kentucky, our governor has shut the schools down even though all of the science shows that — and all of the evidence — that you really aren’t having a surge when you have the schools open.”
States such as New York and California are seeing people move to other states with more relaxed pandemic rules and which reflect their values. Preliminary Census Bureau data showed more than 126,000 people left New York state between July 2019 and July 2020, the biggest population drop of any state.
The pandemic has significantly impacted more than three-quarters of the nation’s small businesses, according to government data.
Rand Paul attacked governors locking down their states, which received money from the federal government’s various stimulus packages.
“The only thing that will get de Blasio and Cuomo to finally open up is when they run out of other people’s money,” Paul said. “So I think that we shouldn’t be passing out any money to the states, we shouldn’t be rewarding their bad behavior.
New York Democrat Gov. Cuomo ordered restaurants to again stop indoor dining in mid-December. While California Democrat Gov. Newsom stated on Monday that a stay-at–home order for Southern California likely will be extended into the new year.
“I lost two good friends this week to the virus. I’m not saying it’s not deadly,” said Paul, stating he understood the severity of COVID.