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South Dakota vs New York: A tale of two lock downs

When the coronavirus hit, South Dakota made the unusual decision of not locking down and destroying its economy in the battle against the coronavirus. It decided that the best way to fight COVID was protecting those most vulnerable and developing a herd immunity among its citizens, knowing that 80% of the people who catch the virus have minimal to no symptoms.

Now, in mid-August when President Donald Trump offered US states an additional top up of $400 in unemployment payments to replace the $600 that came off on Aug 8, 2020, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem declined.

The Daily Mail explains why:

Noem said Friday that she opted to forgo the cash in South Dakota entirely, claiming the state had recovered around 80 percent of its pandemic-related job losses.

‘My administration is very grateful for the additional flexibility that this effort would have provided, but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it,’ Noem said in a statement.

‘South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of our job losses. South Dakota is the only state in the nation that didn’t have extended benefits kick in because our insured unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation.’

Credit: Hector Pierna Sanchez/Flickr/Creative Commons
Credit: Hector Pierna Sanchez/Flickr/Creative Commons

Meanwhile, in New York, the sun is setting ….

In contrast, the tag team of Democrat Gov Andrew Cuomo and Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio did all they could to destroy the economy and stop the spread of COVID including imposing a state-wide lock down and sending the elderly sick with the coronavirus back to nursing homes.

If you want to see how well the economy is doing in New York, just watch the video below taken on Aug 16, 2020:

And oh yeah, here is what one well-known New York author/blogger had to say about NYC’s prospects:

“But NYC always always bounces back.” No. Not this time.

“But NYC is the center of the financial universe. Opportunities will flourish here again.” Not this time.

“NYC has experienced worse.” No it hasn’t.

A Facebook group formed a few weeks ago that was for people who were planning a move and wanted others to talk to and ask advice from. Within two or three days it had about 10,000 members.

READ: NYC Is Dead Forever… Here’s Why

Note the people who are leaving are the ones that can afford to. They are also the ones that pay the bulk of New York’s taxes which is why Cuomo is pleading for them to return. READ: Cuomo Begs Fleeing New Yorkers To Return From Connecticut, Hamptons After Revealing Top 1% Pay 50% Of State Taxes

Meanwhile, New York Mayor de Blasio feels the best way to entice these people back to NYC is by insulting them. READ: Mayor de Blasio dismisses rich New Yorkers who fled the city as ‘fairweather friends’ and says their taxes should be raised – days after Gov. Cuomo begged the city’s top 1% to return to prop up its ailing finances

I think it’s called a death spiral.

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