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(RepublicanWire.org) – In no surprise to conservatives, the GOP-led state of Florida outperformed Democrat-controlled California and New York when it came to their coronavirus responses, according to a comprehensive new study.

The conclusions vindicate the leadership of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was relentlessly vilified by Democrats and their corporate media allies over his pragmatic, science-based management of the pandemic.

In its 20-page report, the Committee to Unleash Prosperity said the states that followed the most draconian COVID-19 policies, such as closing schools and shutting down businesses. These states lagged behind states such as Florida that followed a commonsensical approach to the pandemic.

The study was authored by Wall Street Journal writer Stephen Moore, University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan and free-market policy analyst Phil Kerpen.

The research compared COVID-19 outcomes in all U.S. states based on three major variables: health outcomes, economic performance throughout the pandemic and impact on education.

According to the study, the outcomes in New York, New Jersey and California “were among the worst” in all three categories: mortality, economy and schooling.

In contrast, the best outcomes occurred in Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota and Florida. All six states are led by Republican governors.

As a reminder, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace in August 2021 amid reports that he had ordered coronavirus patients to be admitted into nursing homes, resulting in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens.

Similarly, California Gov. Gavin Newsom came under fire for closing beaches and playgrounds in contravention of scientific studies showing that outdoor coronavirus transmission was negligible.

Newsom was also caught several times defying his own oppressive mask mandates.

This study proves that the policies of the left were an epic and utter failure.

(RepublicanWire.org) – White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday she hopes President Joe Biden doesn’t blame her for his low approval ratings.

“When Biden came into office last year, he was around 60% and even more, and now he’s around 40% and sometimes less.” Today News Africa correspondent Simon Ateba asked Psaki. “Who does he blame now: Putin, Trump, you — the communication team?”

“Oh, does he blame me? Oh, I don’t know,” Psaki said while laughing. “I hope not.”

“Look, I think that the president recognizes that the country is still grappling with a small number of challenges that impact people and their everyday lives, whether that is a continuing fight with a pandemic that has been going on for several years or the fact that costs are going up. Some of those are a result of the actions of President Putin — yes, as it relates to gas prices — but others are related to impacts of COVID-19 and impacts on the supply chain.”

“So, what our focus is and his focus continues to be: on solutions to address these challenges, and keeping our heads down and trying to continue to deliver for the American people,” she added.

A recently released NBC News Poll revealed Biden’s approval rating hit new lows amid the war in Ukraine and surging inflation. Among those polled, 40% approved of Biden’s handling of the presidency, with just 16% strongly approving. Thirty-eight percent of those polled blamed Biden for surging inflation.

The poll was conducted between March 18-22 among 1,000 adults, 790 of whom are registered voters. There was a 3.1% margin of error among respondents.

(RepublicanWire.org) – As Americans emerge from the Omicron variant, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has alarm bells ringing again this week after warning Americans that there could be additional lockdowns if a new strain of COVID-19 spreads.

Serving as an advisor to President Joe Biden, Fauci revealed in a Thursday interview with CNN that the BA.2 subvariant posed a risk of increasing infections.

In his remarks about the possibility of lockdowns, Fauci said Americans should “be able to pivot” between a common way of living and the restrictions introduced to stop the spread of the virus.

During the interview, Fauci noted that there is “a turnaround and a resurgence,” stating that Americans should “be able to pivot and go back to any degree of mitigation that is commensurate with what the situation is.”

Fauci continued his remarks, expressing it wasn’t a matter of saying, “We’re done. We’re going to move on,” rather, Americans would have “to be flexible because we’re dealing with a dynamic situation.”

He also noted that the newest variant is less fatal than Omicron, which brought about “a very interesting situation, where the cases are going up, but it does not, at this point in time, appear to be any degree of severity.”

Continuing his statements, Fauci said he “would not be surprised in the next few weeks, given the fact that we’ve begun to open up, and we have an increase in the BA.2 variant, that we’ll be seeing an increase in cases.”

During his interview, Fauci also appeared rather dismissive of concerns over the devastating economic burdens experienced during lockdowns and other pandemic precautions.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that “the first lady’s husband contracted COVID” — only to be reminded a few seconds later by someone on the sidelines that he, in fact, was the first lady’s husband.

“Look at the stage,” Biden said, gesturing off to one side. “There’s been a little change in the arrangement of who’s on the stage, because of — the first lady’s husband contracted COVID, but … look at this room and what you’ll see …”

Someone off to the side caught Biden’s attention then, and he stepped back slightly from the microphone to hear them.

“Pardon me?” he said, and laughter erupted in the room, only getting louder as Biden clearly realized what he had said and added, “That’s right. She’s fine. It’s me … The second lady — the first gentleman — how about that?”

Biden had apparently been trying to announce that second gentleman Doug Emhoff, husband to Vice President Kamala Harris, had tested positive for COVID-19.

(RepublicanWIre.org) – Vaccine maker Pfizer said Friday that trials of its vaccine in children ages 2 to 5 show that it did not provide the expected immunity in kids this age. So their response is just adding a third dose to the regimen.The company decided to add the third dose for all children and babies ages 6 months to 5 years after its independent outside advisers took a look at the data so far.It showed that two child-sized doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine were not producing the expected immunity in the 2- to 5-year-olds, although they were doing so for the babies up to age 2.So the company said it would “amend” the trial to add a third dose.”The study will now include evaluating a third dose of 3 micrograms at least two months after the second dose of the two-dose series to provide high levels of protection in this young age group,” it said.

Pfizer had taken the dosage size down for children. For the 12 and up age group, the dose is 30 micrograms of vaccine. Pfizer and BioNTech stepped this down to 10 micrograms for kids 5 to 11 and took it even lower, to 3 micrograms a dose, for the youngest children.

Early tests had indicated that this small dose would produce a strong immune response in the children and minimize the risk of side effects.But the interim data — which the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board can see without giving details to the company or investigators — indicates this small dose regimen did not produce the expected immune response in the 2- to 5-year-olds.”No safety concerns were identified and the 3 microgram dose demonstrated a favorable safety profile in children 6 months to under 5 years of age,” Pfizer said in a statement.

Most parents still have concerns about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines for children, survey finds”. Not sure doubling down and just adding more shots is going to make the parents feel any better about getting their kids shots.

OK, so you’re complying with Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for health workers. You’re in the clear, right? Not according to Ochsner Health, the largest health system in Louisiana. In a move that is questionable at best, Ochsner has elected to fine employees with unvaccinated spouses hundreds of dollars a month.

“The reality is the cost of treating COVID-19, particularly for patients requiring intensive inpatient care, is expensive, and we spent more than $9 million on COVID care for those who are covered on our health plans over the last year,” CEO of Ochsner Health, Warner Thomas, told NOLA

The charges are rather steep — $200 per month if the employee’s spouse, who is an American who is supposed to have the freedom to make their own healthcare choices and is not in any way involved in the work, does not get the jab. Thomas says it’s not a mandate, however, because employees are free to use another health plan not provided by the company for which they work. “This is not a mandate as non-employed spouses and domestic partners can choose to select a health plan outside of Ochsner Health offerings,” Thomas says. Sound nuts? Of course it is:

This shameless attempt to use the pandemic — and vaccines — to squeeze money out of hardworking employees is disgusting. But it’s something that we are sure to see more of as time goes on. The only way to stop this is to elect more men and women like Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who has taken a strong stance against COVID mandates that are ruining America.

The election in 2022 is important. While it’s not as glamorous as the 2024 presidential election, it’s important to show up and elect new leadership at every level. Remember: mayors and governors can also impose small-scale tyranny.

When Democrats began demanding that businesses close down for the COVID-19 pandemic, they were warned that they were effectively signing the death warrants of mom and pop shops and other vulnerable organizations. But thanks to the uproar, millions across the country found themselves laid off with their places of employment shuttered. Now, 60 percent of businesses that closed for COVID are permanently gone despite all-too-late reopening efforts.

On Wednesday, Yelp released its Economic Impact Report, which showed the impact restrictive and draconian COVID measures had on businesses — and it’s not good. CNBC reports:

As of Aug. 31, some 163,735 businesses have indicated on Yelp that they have closed. That’s down from the 180,000 that closed at the very beginning of the pandemic. However, it actually shows a 23% increase in the number of closures since mid-July.

In addition to monitoring closed businesses, Yelp also takes into account the businesses whose closures have become permanent. That number has steadily increased throughout the past six months, now reaching 97,966, representing 60% of closed businesses that won’t be reopening. 

“Overall, Yelp’s data shows that business closures have continued to rise with a 34% increase in permanent closures since our last report in mid-July,” Justin Norman, vice president of data science at Yelp, told CNBC.

Yes, you read that right — 6 out of every 10 businesses that closed due to the pandemic won’t be opening their doors again. Norman says that “home, local, professional and automotive services have been able to withstand the effects of the pandemic better than other industries,” but everyone else is suffering.

We warned Democrats that this would happen, but that didn’t stop Fauci, Pelosi, and the rest of the leftist “cancel America” squad from insisting that we handle things in the worst way possible. Now, COVID is still killing people every day — but the biggest victim may be the American economy.

A newly-unclassified report summary from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence states that there is ‘modern confidence’ COVID came from a Wuhan lab. This theory has been discounted by Democrats and the media, who laughed at the completely plausible idea that the virus which ravaged the world escaped from a lab in China. But, it appears, we (and Trump) were right.

“One IC element,” the report says, “assesses with moderate confidence that the first human infection with SARS-CoV-2 most likely was the result of a laboratory-associated incident, probably involving experimentation, animal handling, or sampling by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

The classified version of the report Joe Biden received seems to be pretty jarring. Biden, who originally discounted the “lab” theory and eventually ordered a full investigation into COVID-19’s origins, released a statement on Friday that seems to indicate the seriousness of the situation.

“Critical information about the origins of this pandemic exists in the People’s Republic of China,” Biden says. “Yet from the beginning, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community from accessing it. To this day, the PRC continues to reject calls for transparency and withhold information.”

“The world deserves answers, and I will not rest until we get them. Responsible nations do not shirk these kinds of responsibilities to the rest of the world,” he continues. “Pandemics do not respect international borders, and we all must better understand how COVID-19 came to be in order to prevent further pandemics.”

It’s unclear if the virus was released accidentally or if something more insidious was at play. But one thing is certain: China will one day have to answer for what they did to the world.

Mask mandates. Vaccine mandates. Both of those ideas seem intrusive and crazy. In fact, they are intrusive and crazy. It might even seem like no one can go farther than excluding people from important aspects of society because they aren’t wearing a mask or haven’t had a needle jammed in their arms. Enter Australia, which is opening concentration camps for COVID.

This might sound like a sick joke, but “Down Under,” they are plotting to lock people up if they come down with COVID — and the only way to escape is to get vaccinated. CLG News reports:

Construction is under way at Melbourne’s Centre for National Resilience — the unwieldy name given to the new quarantine facility in Mickleham — with the camp set to open by the end of the year. A community engagement session was held earlier this week on progress of the fast-tracked 1000-bed accommodation site for returning travellers, however residents were told that builders would not be delayed by any consultation process. Earthworks have begun at an empty paddock in Melbourne’s north, which sits next to the federal government’s pet quarantine facility and is about 300 metres from homes… The centre can be extended to 3000 beds but will be operational as soon as 500 are ready later this year.

As we speak, Australian police and military are rounding up people who test positive for COVID. For now, they are being tossed into hotels. But soon, this single camp will be able to hold 3,000 people for “mandatory quarantine accommodation.” And the “golden ticket to freedom” according to health officials will be the COVID vaccine. It’s bad. Really bad.

It’s so bad down there that even children are being pepper sprayed for not wearing masks:

According to the Australian government, which sent letters to people’s homes, the quarantine concentration camps will “improve compliance” with mandates and “change attitudes.”

This may seem crazy and you might think it couldn’t happen here, but the CDC is already drawing up similar plans.

With Democrats in control and vaccine and mask mandates becoming more common, we can expect this threat to reach our shores if they are not stopped. Watch this video of Australian police rounding people up below:

Washed-up actor and failed governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for you if you make your own choices regarding your personal health: ‘Screw your freedom.” As Americans, we have the right to choose whether or not to wear a mask when we go out. Sure, liberals try to shame us and the Biden Administration is straight-up throwing people in jail if they don’t wear a mask on White House and Capitol grounds. And sure, some states are implementing mask mandates again. But the reality is that Americans can decide for themselves whether or not to wear a mask. But to the former Governor of California — a state that recently implemented a vaccine mandate for state and healthcare workers — freedom shouldn’t exist.

“I think people should know there is a virus here, it kills people,” Schwarzenegger says in a recent CNN appearance. “And the only way we prevent it is we get vaccinated, we wear masks, we do social distancing, washing your hands all of the time, and not just to think about, ‘Well, my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom. Because with freedom comes obligations and responsibilities.”

“You cannot say, ‘No one is going to tell me that I’m going to stop here, that I have to stop at this traffic light here. I’m going to go right through it.'” he says, illogically comparing a fashion choice with traffic laws. “Then you kill someone else, and then it is your doing.”

“We have to come together rather than fighting and always just saying, ‘According to my principles this is a free country and I have the freedom to wear no mask,'” he adds. “Yeah, you have the freedom to wear no mask, but you know something? You’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask.”

Sorry, Arnold. COVID has a tiny chance of killing most people. We have the freedom to choose — “my body my choice, right? — whether or not to wear a mask. And no one is going to take that freedom away. Watch it below: