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Next Wave of U.S. States Prepare to Re-Open While Red Texas Takes A Softer Approach

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A number of U.S. states have plans to get rid of Wuhan virus restrictions in the upcoming weeks.

This runs against the advice of public health experts, who believe that right now is not the most optimal time to re-open the economy.

However, with unemployment rates possibly reaching 16 percent, some states will have to consider opening up lest they want to face increased unrest.

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For health experts, this may be a bridge to far.

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They are of the opinion that increased human activity could kick off a new wave of Wuhan virus cases.

Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana and Tennessee will be joining other states in their efforts to gradually reopen economies without possessing the testing infrastructure health experts believe has to be in place in order to prevent the virus from resurfacing.

Georgia, Oklahoma, Alaska and South Carolina have already rolled out plans to restart their economies following a month of government-mandated lockdowns.

Thanks to government restrictions, a record 26.5 million Americans have filed for unemployment claims since the middle of March. The Congressional Budget Office reported on April 24 that the economy would shrink by nearly a 40 percent annual rate in the second quarter. Additionally, the CBO predicts that the unemployment rate will be averaging around 10 percent

White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said before reporters that the unemployment rate would likely hit 16% or higher in April.

“I think the next couple of months are going to look terrible,” Hassett said on April 26. “You’re going to see numbers as bad as anything we’ve ever seen before.”

Tennessee announced it will allow restaurants to reopen on April 27. Mississippi’s shutdown order expires on that same day.

Montana is letting businesses reopen on April 27 as long as they limit capacity and practice social distancing, while Minnesota will let some businesses restart the same day, allowing 80,000 to 100,000 people in the industrial, manufacturing and office jobs to resume their normal work activity.

In Colorado, Democratic Governor Jared Polis approved retail curbside pickup to begin on April 27. Hair salons, barbershop, and tattoo parlors will be allowed to open on May 1, with retail stores, restaurants, and movie theaters soon to follow.

However, Colorado’s easing of restrictions is not consistent across the state. The city of Denver, for example, extended stay-at-home orders to May 8 but residents can still drive to a neighboring county for a haircut. Georgia has prohibited any local laws that are more stringent than the state law.

Eight states did not even implement shelter orders — Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Certain grassroots activists in Texas are becoming angsty about the Lone Star State’s inaction on re-opening the economy.

Michael Quinn Sullivan, the CEO of Empower Texans, tweeted the following:

““Hmmm…Texas isn’t on this list,@GregAbbott_TX. Why is that?”

 

Although Governor Greg Abbott has expressed his intentions to reopen the economy, he has not put a definitive plan forward.

Hopefully, the U.S. reverts to some sanity by implementing re-opening measures.

The economic toll from such shutdowns is simply too large when confronting a viral outbreak that simply isn’t the end of the world.

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Mara Elvira Salazar is No Friend of America First Nationalism

Republican leaders would be wise to ignore all of her political advice.

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If there’s one Republican leader that young activists should never listen to, it’s Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. 

Salazar, who is a Cuban American, has been an outspoken advocate of loosening U.S. immigration laws. In fact, she even confronted known immigration hawk and key Trump adviser Stephen Miller at a Republican Study Committee weekly lunch on February 24, 2021. She specifically criticized Trump’s immigration message and demanded that the GOP be more inclusive in its outreach.

“I told him [Miller] that the GOP needs to attract the browns,” stated Salazar. “We, for the last 30 years since Ronald Reagan, have not sent the right message to the browns,” she continued. “Reagan was the last guy who gave a path to citizenship to 3 million people … 35 years ago. It’s time for us to do the same thing that Reagan did.”

Salazar doubled down on her pro-immigration message when she went on Larry Kudlow’s show on March 2 and declared that former President Donald Trump would have done better with Hispanics by advocating for looser immigration. Journalist Ryan Girdusky noted how some of Trump’s advisers were already pushing for amnesty lite policies:

Girdusky added that Salazar was rather unhinged in her criticism of Miller’s vision for the GOP:

Salazar made a lot of noise about the Hispanic vote, despite ignoring how Trump improved his Hispanic numbers between 2016 and his re-election bid in 2020 from 28% to 32%. And he did so without much Hispandering or campaigning on passing amnesty. 

The unsavory fact that the GOP consultant class and the likes of Salazar refuse to acknowledge is that the Black Lives Matter unrest alone likely pushed significant segments of the Hispanic population into the Democrats’ arms. BLM radicalism alienated Americans of all backgrounds., but Hispanics were not having any of this kind of ruckus. Even Hispanic Democrats, of all groups, largely supported strong military action during the riots.

In reality, Hispanic support for Trump is largely based on his bluster and political bluntness, which many minority groups find comfort in. 

However, Republicans like Salazar gets it all wrong by thinking that expanding immigration both legal and illegal is a key to the Republican Party success. The Republican Party will have to concede that they can make gains with Hispanics at the margins but they cannot expect to win the majority of the Hispanic vote due to Hispanics’ propensity to support many causes ranging from gun control to more government involvement in healthcare. Data from the Pew Research Center demonstrates these beliefs among Hispanics. Nevertheless, there are some avenues for outreach with this demographic  but they must be done right. 

The key for Republican success is the white working class voters, which played a crucial role in putting Trump over the top in the Midwest back in 2016. These voters are not the most reliable in terms of turnout, but they comprise a vast segment of the American electorate. Any candidate who can activate them could potentially build a hegemonic electoral coalition for years to come. The goal for a sane Republican campaign is to maximize turnout and support among the WWC. 

Such inroads with WWC voters are more important than meeting a diversity quota the likes of Salazar and naive Republican strategists would like the party to pursue. Any nationalist campaign worth its salt would be promoting the following: Infrastructure projects targeting the Midwest, the restriction of both illegal and legal immigration, and re-shoring programs to bring jobs back. 

On the other hand, following Salazar’s program is the way that the GOP will become irrelevant and alienate many WWC voters who are already on the fence with regards to the Republican Party. These voters are not going to gravitate towards Republicans just because of the “R” next to their name. They still must be catered to and pushing for amnesty is one way to turn working class voters off.

Under Salazar’s watch, the GOP will simply be going back to the politically correct ways of the Bush administration. To tap into the sleeping giants that is the WWC, Republican leaders should ignore everything Salazar has to say and get fully behind nationalist policies such as immigration restriction, infrastructure development, and re-shoring. 

 

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