Blue States vs Red States: Who Governed Better?

Blue States vs Red States: Who Governed Better?

Politics
OPINION |This article contains political commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.

I believe that the Fox News network still has some of the best investigative journalists and political analysts around. In the August 12th episode of “The Ingraham Angle“, Laura presents data showing some of the major differences between the policies invoked in blue states versus red states during the Covid-19 pandemic

There are stark differences between the Covid-19 policies in place depending primarily on the political affiliation of your local government. Watch this 9-minute clip to get a better understanding of how the state you’re living in is affecting your life.

Source: The Ingraham Angle on Fox News Network August 12, 2020

The Republican Response to the Pandemic has resulted in:

  • The US leads on testing.
  • The death rate in the US is roughly similar to Western Europe.
  • Our US economy is doing much better than “Eurozone” countries including Germany.
  • Investors are more bullish on investing in the future of America.

The Response from Joe Biden and the Democrat Party Includes:

Joe Biden’s August 11th tweet: “I promise you if I’m elected, I won’t waste any time getting this virus under control. I’ll call Dr. Fauci and ask him to stay on. I’ll bring together top experts from both parties to chart a path forward. We’ll get it done together.

(Source: Twitter via Fox News | Joe Biden @JoeBiden on August 11th 2020)

I’m not sure how you feel about Dr. Fauci but personally, I’m not a fan. He has changed his position on what we should and should not be doing too many times. IMHO I’m not sure that he has our best interests in mind or his. I believe that some of his recommendations are heavily influenced by people who stand to profit from them. (The ongoing debate on hydroxychloroquine comes to my mind.)

If you watched the clip, you heard Dr. Fauci say “There should be universally wearing of masks. There should be, to the extent that it’s possible, social distancing, avoiding crowds. Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So, if you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it. But if you want to be complete, you should use it if you can.

The Red States vs the Blue States

Before showing her next graphic (which lays out information you may not have seen before), Laura points out that “for this analysis”:

  • Team Blue includes the 24 states with Democrat governors
  • Team Blue also includes Maryland and Washington D.C. (Governor Larry Hogan who is a Republican has been very critical of President Trump’s Covid policies.)
  • Team Blue has approximately 184.8 million people
  • Team Red has a population of approximately 143.4 million people
Team Red vs Team Blue (Source: Ingraham Angle August 12, 2020)

The governors of all states have been able to set their own policies for the past 5 months. Laura’s observations (which I honestly agree with) are that (generally):

  • The blue states have enforced stricter lockdowns
  • The red states have “been more willing to trust their own people”

The Data:

These two graphics of the number of deaths per million are based on data from Worldometers.info.

Coronavirus Pandemic Data (Source: Fox News 8/12/20)

The graphic above represents a 60% higher death rate in blue states than in red states.

Deaths per Million: Western Europe vs Blue vs Red States (Source: Ingraham Angle 8/12/20)

The graphic above ranks the death rate from Covid-19 in both the blue and red states alongside the six European countries. Laura noted that the death rates in both New Jersey and New York are twice that of Belgium (which has the 2nd highest death rate in the world.

Aggressive Lockdowns vs Trusting Americans to do the “Right Thing”

We all need to look at the data and decide for ourselves. Aggressive lockdowns or freedom of choice. You decide. I leave you with Laura’s closing:

“All you suburban women out there, remember this. Voting for President Trump, it doesn’t mean that you like everything he ever said or tweeted or done. It’s a vote for your family, your kids, your community, your freedom and by the way, it’s also a vote for your pre-covid way of life. And that’s the ‘angle’.”

Laura Ingraham’s closing: “All you suburban women out there, remember this.”

What do you think? Do you agree with Laura that Americans need to be free to make their own decisions? Do you think blue states are running their economies into the ground? Do you believe that Democrats are hoping for a national lockdown before the 2020 election?

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