Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the former Health Commissioner for New York City, has resigned from her post because of the city’s coronavirus response.
Barbot believes that the experts were sidelined to the detriment of the city throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and this has hurt the public health a great deal.
“I leave my post today with deep disappointment,” Barbot wrote in her resignation letter, blasting the ineptitude of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. “Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance and response work. The city would be well served by having them at the strategic center of the response not in the background.”
Dr. Dave Chokshi, a former Obama administration hack who worked as principal health adviser to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, will be taking Barbot’s place in the role. She made it clear in her resignation letter that her love of the city and its people has not wavered.
“I am proud that as a woman of color raised in public housing in this city, I always put public health, racial equity and the well-being of the city I love first,” Barbot wrote in her letter. “My commitment to this city and to public health is unwavering.”
De Blasio recently announced that he would be depriving the health department of the city’s contact tracing program, and giving that power to Health and Hospitals, the agency tasked with running the city’s public hospitals.
“We need an atmosphere of unity, of common purpose, and people really focusing on all the parts of this government working together,” de Blasio said. “What I’m saying was, it became clear that there was a need to move forward.”
Big League Politics has reported on de Blasio’s many public health failures throughout the pandemic, including but not limited to allowing Black Lives Matter terror riots to happen during the supposed COVID-19 emergency:
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio openly admitted that the city is restricting any and all public gatherings *except* for Black Lives Matter riots and protests, while speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.
De Blasio first emphasized his administration was committed to purging any public events and gatherings in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Things like outdoor concerts and parades… Things that here in this city could mean not just thousands, but tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people. It’ s just not time for that now.”
De Blasio pivoted shamelessly, openly flouting his double standard when Blitzer mentioned the ongoing protests and riots.
“Look, this is always a area of real sensitivity. If you’re just talking about health, we would always say, hey folks, stay home if you can… But we understand this moment in history people are talking about the need for historic changes. I mean today, in New York City, recognizing the power and the meaning of the message of Black Lives Matter, which we did in front of Trump Tower today,” said de Blasio of a puerile stunt the city had orchestrated, painting the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ on a street in front of Trump Tower in an empty gesture targeting Donald Trump. “This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that.”
De Blasio’s leadership has turned New York City back into the hell scape that it was in the 1970s. The city needs another savior, like Rudy Giuliani, or it will continue to descend into squalor.
As Trump Leaves Office, Media Cites Ineffectiveness of Lockdowns and Democratic Leaders Display Eagerness to Reopen
Right on cue.
With President Donald Trump’s impending exit from the White House, many are starting to perceive pivots from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns and the reopening of society.
For example, Newsweek ran an article Thursday titled “COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows.” The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found through a mathematical model that there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on [COVID-19] case growth in any country.”
This is just one study, of course, so it may not reflect objective reality any more than one study which concludes that lockdowns saved “millions of lives.” But after getting bombarded with messages from the media that lockdowns were necessary—with the opposite message found only on explicitly conservative outlets like Big League Politics—it may seem too coincidental to see such a story while the changing of the presidential guard takes place.
Not only that, it also comes at a time when some Democratic leaders appear to be chomping at the bit to reopen restaurants, bars, and schools—after several months of harsh insistence that they all must stay closed in the name of “safety” and “public health.”
On Monday, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called for the reopening of the state’s economy “smartly and safely.”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,” Cuomo tweeted.
We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.#SOTS2021
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot put out a similar call on Thursday, saying that bars and restaurants need to reopen “as quickly as possible” because it will help those businesses survive and reduce the number of large private parties and gatherings.
And incoming president Joe Biden recently pitched a $175 billion plan to return children to school, $130 billion of which would be for public elementary, middle, and high schools, the other $35 billion for colleges and universities. Many teachers unions stubbornly refused to return to in-person classes for the longest time, but now that Biden has come out in support of in-person classes, don’t be surprised to see them suddenly change their tune.
The left is so predictable, isn’t it?
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