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Joe Kenney: Hey Gov — It’s Time To Let ‘Er Rip

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By Joe Kenney, Guest Columnist

We are finally seeing some relaxation of the closures that have devastated our economy. And the change in the attitude of Wyoming citizens has been remarkable!

 I supported President Trump’s decision to close our country to travelers from China because that is where the Corona Virus originated.  The closure to travelers from Europe and Great Britain and the closure of the borders also helped stop the spread. 

However, I think the President had some very faulty advice beyond that decision.  More than two and a half million deaths were forecasted; bodies stacked up like cordwood, hospitals overrun.  The so-called “experts” blew it. 

They insisted that the country needed to be shut down to stop the spread of the flu from China and in the process killed nearly 35 million jobs.  Many of which are gone forever because businesses have failed due to the closure.  There have been thousands of suicides directly linked to this shutdown.  

And, have you noticed that everyone who advocated that virtually all businesses be closed never missed a paycheck? And, who decided what was an essential job and what was unessential job?   

Why can Walmart and other Big Box stores be open with 300 or more people in the store, when a small business that sells products that are also available at Walmart had to close? 

These rocket surgeons never sweated making a payroll and never missed having their insurance paid by taxpayers.  No, it has been business as usual for these people and they still keep making lousy decisions and predictions and getting paid for it. 

Some governors are even suggesting that they won’t start allowing some relaxation of restrictions until mid-July.  The experts sure are squealing about some states relaxing restrictions.  And, I believe that the Corona Virus Supporters would sacrifice our economy, our way of life, and our nation just to defeat President Trump.

And now, Nancy Pelosi is suggesting another 3 trillion dollar Democrat wish list supposedly to help states and businesses.  As usual, it contains more gifts for pet projects and organizations like another $20 million for the arts.

This plan is designed to buy votes and to continue to trample our Constitutional rights, and to see just how much crap Americans are willing to take at the hands of bureaucrats.

Instead of the Nation borrowing another three trillion dollars I would like to suggest that businesses be given an opportunity to write off their losses due to the Corona shutdown in the form of a tax credit. 

Compare the 2019 sales figures with the 2020 figures and afford the businesses the opportunity to take a tax credit for the next two years to recover their losses. 

I would also suggest that the income taxes owed on the 15th of July be forgiven to help cover the costs business owners have incurred in meeting requirements for reopening their businesses due to the Chinese flu.

Recently Colorado and several other states have refigured their Corona fatalities by determining if the patients died directly of the Corona virus or if they died with the Corona virus.  There is a difference. 

Every death in Wyoming, there are now ten, was a death with the flu.  Every person in Wyoming who has died had serious underlying health problems.  Colorado removed more than 230 deaths from their list, Wyoming could remove ten.

Governor Coumo of New York has gone the other way, counting deaths at home, deaths of homeless, just about anybody that didn’t die in a car wreck or from a gunshot.  Why?  Follow the money. 

New York is even going to benefit from the 5,600 residents of nursing homes who died because that creep ordered patients with known Corona virus into those nursing homes that are filled with health or age compromised people.

It’s time to quit just accepting the unreasonable restrictions that government has handed down. 

There is a constitution and there is nothing in it that says government has the right or responsibility to crush the economy, the lives, the businesses, and the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. 

We are pretty lucky in Wyoming.  Governor Gordon has been pretty reasonable and has allowed businesses to slowly open, but would somebody please explain to me why I can get a tattoo on Friday but can’t show it off at church on Sunday? 

Governor:  It’s time to just let ‘er rip.  Let Wyoming get back to business, now..

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Joe Kenney: The Cure is Worse Than the Disease

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By Joe Kenney, Guest Column for Cowboy State Daily

It is time for our country, out state, county and city to go back to work.  Throughout this Covid 19 pandemic our leaders have listened to the scientists and doctors and our entire economy was shut down based on “expert’s” estimates that two and a half million Americans would die if our entire country didn’t shut down. 

Don’t get me wrong, any death from the Chinese Flu is one too many.  But, the current count is about 60,000 with those deaths largely in the heavily concentrated population centers on the East and West Coasts. 

Do you have any idea how many people are hospitalized in Wyoming with the Wuhan Flu?  A hundred? Fifty?  Twenty five?  No, the number is twelve.  12 out of 500,000 people.  And, there have been seven deaths.

In the coming weeks the number of reported cases will go up, maybe even skyrocket.  Not because there is a sudden surge in cases, no, because of a sudden increase in testing. 

Reservation health providers have received 6,000 test kits and they are testing as many people as they can.  It doesn’t mean the illness is surging, it just means the testing has identified cases that are already among us.

I think by now that we have figured out how to live with this flu.  Those of us who are the most vulnerable have figured out that we are not going to concerts anytime soon, we are careful about wearing masks and washing our hands and keeping our distance. 

We’re grownup and we can decide if there’s a risk and if it’s a risk we want to take when it comes to sports events.  We can decide if we want to brave the crowds in our National Parks or if we want to go to a movie or a play.

And, there’s the rub.  Our Governor and state doctor and our county medical folks have the state shut down.  Can somebody please tell me why 300 people can go to Walmart but not a single person can go and sit down and be served at a restaurant? 

Why can food trucks set up in a vacant lot and serve food to a waiting line of people while restaurants are forbidden from serving takeout meals to their customers at tables in their parking lots? 

Restaurants with drive-up windows can serve their patrons out the window and they can park and eat on nearby picnic tables.  Yet, county officials won’t even accept a request for a variance for a restaurant to open prior to May 15th, and those plans have to be approved by the county officials and the state before a restaurant can open. 

And, oh, yeah, there are no recommendations on what those plans should look like.

 The cure is worse than the disease.  Message to Governor Gordon and the doctors and scientists keeping our state from getting back to business as usual:  It’s time to let us make our own decisions, time to let every business re-open right now and for people to be able to make their own decisions about getting back to living the dream.

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