Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Brian Kemp Has to be One of the Dumbest Governors in Office

Before his announcement Wednesday, Kemp had come under pressure to expand earlier orders that closed bars and nightclubs, but not restaurants, and limited the size of many public gatherings. Saying extreme measures would cripple the economy in regions relatively untouched by the virus, Kemp had rejected arguments that a failure to act more boldly would cause a further strain on Georgia’s health care system, resulting in more deaths.

But new information about the virus’ spread, Kemp said Wednesday, was “a game-changer.”
What was that "new information", you might ask?
Kemp said he was “finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs.”

“Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad, but we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours,” he said.
Damn near everyone else in the country, if not the world, has known for months that the coronavirus can be transmitted by people who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic. That's the rationale for "social distancing", which is why nearly ten million Americans have been thrown out of work in a two week period of time.

But, apparently, the reasons for all of that never penetrated the meters-thick skull of Brian Kemp.

Until now.


Pete said...

You might remember Gov. Kemp from his tight election win over Stacy Abrams. The one where voting machines broke down in minority dominated voting districts in the Atlanta area leading to long delays to vote, and the actual closing of voting locales in minority dominated, rural counties. The kicker was when he claimed that the state Democratic party had tried to hack the state election website with absolutely no proof--three days before the election. After a year+ long investigation, no evidence was found to support the charges of hacking. Because it never took place. What a peach!

Steve J said...

Florida governor Desantis says "Hold my beer."

dinthebeast said...

What Steve J said.
An exemption for religious gatherings? Really? An EO saying state policy supersedes local policy?

As for Kemp, as Driftglass pointed out this morning, he works six miles from the CDC, so his claim of ignorance is sorta hard to swallow.

-Doug in Sugar Pine

dinthebeast said...

A professor at Georgia Tech sent the state government an email on March 2 warning them of asymptomatic/presymptomatic transmission. They had a month.

-Doug in Sugar Pine