Governor Cooper’s Thursday afternoon announcement that his stay-at-home directives will last until May 8, if not longer, was a display of shallow leadership that has plagued his public appearances over the past month and in the process is contributing to what may become a fiscal disaster for the state.

Using vague criteria, the governor described three phases for the “gradual” reopening of the state. The first involves maintaining his stay-at-home order until May 8 while allowing some  retail stores to re-open. The second phase, to start no earlier the May 23, will allow for removal of the stay-at-home restrictions and the opening of restaurants and bars, churches and entertainment venues, all with tight occupancy limits yet to be determined. And then the final phase with no specific date, will relax social or spatial distancing requirements at large public venues.

There is no question the governor should be concerned about the physical health of the state’s residents; this he has shown is his only priority.  Unfortunately, the governor’s obsession on this one priority has overwhelmed his other responsibility for showing leadership out of the crisis.

In yesterday’s announcement, as in all of his public appearances, Cooper failed to be transparent in his decision making and unwilling to provide details.  This lack of transparency is either an indication that he doesn’t trust the public with the details or that he and his staff do not have a grasp of those details and thus are not making them public.

The more troubling aspect of the governor’s approach to the crisis is his failure to provide a pathway towards economic recovery. The single minded approach the governor has taken to control the contagion is akin to a doctor so focused on killing a disease that the overall condition of the patient is only secondary.  This analogy applies to the governor’s announcements which never address the economic impacts of his restrictions. He is so focused on controlling the lives of North Carolina’s residents that he has totally ignored the economic impacts that will also eventually damage both the physical and fiscal health of its citizens.

The state’s economy, maintained primarily through private sector investment, is at a near standstill. If action is not taken quickly to reinvigorate the state’s private sector economy North Carolina will be in a financial depression of historic proportions.

What is needed is leadership providing private and public entities a pathway towards reopening. This requires intense planning and disclosure which are absent in all of the governor’s public appearances.

Soon after the pandemic was identified the governor established a Coronavirus Task Force, co-chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Cuevo Tilson, chief medical officer of the state’s Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) and Mike Sprayberry, director of the state’s emergency management. The committee consists of representatives of public health, medicine, law enforcement, emergency management and state bureaucrats. Gary Salmindo, president of the N.C. Chamber of Commerce, is the lone business representative on the task force.

The absence of business leaders in this task force is an indication that the governor sees no reason to be concerned with the state’s economy at this stage of the crisis. This failure to engage the business community is proof that Cooper lacks understanding that leadership should address problems broadly.

Time is not on our side when it comes to the fiscal health of our state. Without an aggressive exit strategy from the heavy economic restrictions instituted by the governor, North Carolina will experience economic destruction that will take decades to repair. The time for the governor to lead is now, but there is little time left.

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David Collins

He is leading us ok , leading us down a steep path to failure . Have often wondered just where does he get his marching orders from and whom as well ? It is an election year so anything is possible .

DeadBolt

Ditto, David, ditto...[yawn]

dc

He's a dyed--in-the-wool liberal D who has followed the party off the cliff & doesn't have the common sense to see it & its agenda for what it is.

DeadBolt

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article242301941.html <----THIS IS WHY, HE'S WATCHING FAKE NEWS, AND HERE IS THE FACTUAL NEWS -----> https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count (UM, YEA, SOMEONE'S NOSE IS GROWING)

DeadBolt

Gov. Mike Dunleavy Discusses His Plan to Reopen Alaska! [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOgnCxTBABk ] 4 min in if you don't have 10 min, explains alot.

DeadBolt

Dr. Erickson COVID-19 Briefing, Pt. 2 [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb6j7o1pLBw ] You folks ever hear of a 'shakedown'?

DeadBolt

Dr. Erickson COVID-19 Briefing [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfLVxx_lBLU ] <---------------PLEASE WATCH 5 days ago.

dc

As stated in a previous post Trevor Thomas' article "An ER Physician/Entrepreneur Perspective on the Wuhan Virus" is compelling. Drs. Erikson & Massihi present a reasonable argument with data to back it up. They admit that they would have probably agreed with Dr. Fauci when he didn't have the data & only the models to advise the president. Obviously there is now sufficient data to move in a different direction but it seems Drs. Fauci & Birx advice is to play it "safe". That "safe" word is the sticking point especially since there is plenty of data to give people more choices about their own safety. Good point is why are the big box stores busy while smaller ones shut down. MHC drive-in has a packed parking lot with over 45 min wait. Drive thru little if any wait so you have a choice but sit down still shut down. Dr. Erikson's point about exposing our immune systems makes sense so seems the healthy non-elderly folks or anyone if they so choose should be allowed to make the choice of returning to "normal" activities & all businesses the same. Let the people choose what they consider "safe" for themselves but obviously be considerate of all with compromised immunity.

DeadBolt

Dr. Drew Doubles Down On Coronavirus Press Coverage [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39A7Tr-H29E ] WAKE UP FOLKS, this is from FEB .

dc

It would seem logical the more testing the more new cases if what they seem to be finding about the infection % (i.e. similar to the flu). If so seems it would take a long time to flatten the curve.

David Collins

Came out this morning that under threats of lawsuits , the governors office , Mandy Cohen and staff have released the locations of Cov 19 deaths . Guess what , nursing homes and assisted living facilities have accounted for over half of all fatalities . Why , people warehoused in close contact with a multitude of serious ailments are sitting ducks , when it comes to contracting this virus . Anyone shocked at that revelation ? That translates statewide to about one point something death per county amongst the general population . All this gridlock and drama over this ? Really ? Must be another reason and it is strongly leaning towards political . Election year along with dump Trump as a rallying cry . Any other reasonable explanation will be entertained . All eyes and ears .

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Recall.

DeadBolt

Well, apparently they did not see this report, on good old Carteret County? [ https://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_b89a8ec6-8996-11ea-a263-b7b1e827812e.html ] We lead the way, so the social distancing, and lock down measures are a success ?!? (i mean, this really is a defining moment in Carteret County, and i think we need a 'LOCAL PANEL' on hire for quite a long time just to 'study' the effect's of this dreaded unseen beast called covid 19! [beam]

JusticeForAll

David, in the coming months, the population will find that most of the information about deaths from Cov 19 were skewed at best. Can any of the data prove that it was strictly Cov 19 and no other related conditions? Plus the numbers would differ greatly if we included all those who had the virus, but were never symptomatic. But we have no way of knowing that information, do we? And Trump is our President. His corona virus task force has facilitated this mess. Both parties are bumbling around, no one making educated decisions based on what is best for the majority of this nation. Where are the models to show the impact on the economy, or the numbers of people who will die, due to no insurance to treat their diseases, because they are unemployed? This instant fix, by subjective quarantine, and giving money, the government does not have to unemployed "wage earners", is preposterous. Trump has the ball. It's his game plan. He has fumbled. And the American people need to intercept and push for a new direction.

David Collins

Come on now , insurance has nothing to do with anything . Read that an estimated over one third of the causes of death are wrong . These examiners , coroner’s , etc , in many states are not medical doctors . They are elected or appointed . Just because a patient has the virus does not mean they died from it . Of course the death by virus verdict does boost the numbers for funding purposes . All part of never let a crisis go to waste as voiced by one Hillary Clinton yesterday while schmoozing over Biden in his undisclosed bunker under his mansion .

Yup , it is Trumps ball game . The government employees sure have bungled this money rout , for sure . Trump has no control of how well they do their work , largely because of civil service rules and regulations . No elected person can on their own change that . Takes an act of Congress and just like term limits will never happen . Politics ! When this giveaway came about , I posted that the fraud will be massive and it has come to pass . Hasn’t it ? Round two will be even worse . By the way, if you were king what would you do ? Natural selection is not an answer . Awaiting with bated breath .

dc

If the president had the power some believes he has & congressional Ds are no problem you can believe things would be much different. What is the market today? What was it when he took office? What was it, the unemployment & employment rates when the Communist Chinese Pandemic shut the WORLD down?

DeadBolt

YouTube Censors Doctor for COVID WRONGTHINK! [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_mQml9h5ZY ] UH OH...... [whistling]

dc

Which is the only branch that can raise & appropriate funds & impeach officials like the president? Nancy, her party & crew has had the ball & fumbled it & have been fumbling since this president took office & before. Had they had their eyes on the ball instead of trying to impeach the president maybe things would be different. Of course no matter what he does it's impeachable to them, the media, Hollywood & even some that should know better.

JusticeForAll

Why is natural selection not an answer? Evolution and Mother Nature dictate the rules on this planet, like it or not. Let me know your evidence that supports otherwise. Not going down the yellow brick road, full of pi$$ and vinegar political nonsense. Just trying to hold those, who want to be king, accountable. The constitution affords me that right.

dc

There are some career politicians who thought they were king or queen . Best examples in recent times were "dreaming of his father & radical connections" BO & "especially entitled standing by her man" HC. Nowadays it's "I'll tear your speech up if you don't let me impeach you" Nancy. FDR actually came close & who knows had he lived. Good thing there were conservative Ds back then who got Wallace off the ticket & replaced him with Truman. He temporarily interrupted some evolution & natural selection for many while simultaneously ensuring the process continued for many others. The president was not & is not a career politician. Seems he's as much for Constitutional rights as any career politician. Anyone who wants to follow the evolution & natural selection route I'm all for their right. Get in line & good luck but remember to maintain social distancing.

David Collins

Justice , that was a total cop out answer , you do love the abstract . Don’t worry , for it appears that HRC is chomping at the bit to “ be a part of “ Biden’s election bid . Yeah , she well knows the guy will die or fold , therefore paving the way to the top , if elected . People die around the Clintons with alarming frequency .

Natural selection works over eons and we have precious little time to await that .

dc

"Why Dem governors prolong their states' lock down: Follow the money". By Steve McCann.

JusticeForAll

No David, I am not into abstract or conspiracy. I am into facts. The remarks you made are riddled with tabloid mentality. Yep, the earth is 4.543 billion years old and humans, as we know them, are rather recent, only about 200,00 years old, so it seems we are rather arrogant about our importance. Mrs. Clinton, well, like I said along time ago, isn't fit to manage a self service car wash, much less this great nation.

And dc- evolution and natural selection are fact, not a following. Of course, social distancing may definitely alter the course, because there should be no physical contact made at all, in the foreseeable future, due to this virus. Let's see how the birth rate slows. And if we don't practice it, we are doomed too. Can't win can we?

David Collins

Ok , think I get it . Your reference to DC evolution and natural selection is something I have long agreed with . Way too many old wizened folks in the reps. and senate calling the shots . Yup , this virus could be an opportunity to thin out the ranks but I would not really wish it on anybody . Been needing a deep cleaning for quite a while now . Sadly , the newer members have shown to be just as out of touch with reality as the dinosaurs they replaced . Just in a different and idealistic way . So idealistic that they resemble college sophomores with freshly implanted ideas and zero real life experiences .

Human importance is pretty much zero , just wonton destruction of their respective nests in the name of progress . Do not see any chance of meaningful change due to human nature and the endless quest for power . Guess the best we can hope for is the best of the worst . Guess the ones that are most fortunate are like my daughters family . NO TV NEWS OF ANY KIND . Pretty much oblivious of all the injustice going around the world . Not sure but I have come to believe that they do not even vote . If they did it would probably be left of center so there is a God . Isn’t there ?

dc

LOL. Nothing to get excited about unless I catch something & it turns into something worse than bronchial pneumonia like my grandmother died of in Sep 1925 at the old age of 52 probably from a bug caught from taking care of others in the very rural neighborhood. I've been in harm's way especially in my much younger years in the military. Think Mickey Mantle said if he knew he was going to live so long he would have taken better care of himself. We never know when the grim reaper will visit. My parents had a much tougher life than my 7 siblings & I have had & probably the reason they suffered for years & died at 71 & 76. You can worry about the mass deficits, shutdowns, & a myriad of other things out if your control all you want. It used to bother me but it's now beyond worrying out. I just intend to live as best I can as long as I can for I have only one life to live & it ain't nearly as long as it has been. I doubt anyone In my lineage worried about me beyond my parents as all my grandparents except one had died before I was born & doubt the one left worried much about grandkids. I've provided my kids a good education & many other things not provided to me. They're solid citizens with no kids of their own. I have great hope for the country's future but sadly I see too soft a society & decadent culture for a bright future. That said the best I can ascertain some folks like my parents really didn't fair much worse during the Great Depression than before & possibly even after. They farmed, had the usual farm animals , canned a lot from a large garden. My 90 & 92 year-old sisters said they had plenty to eat whereas we've all seen the food lines in old movie reels. Guess it could happen in a breakdown of supply line. Better shut up & get the garden going. Worked for old guy in military who kept a walk-in pantry full of can goods. When I asked why so much he said it was Great Depression mental need. He grew up on Deal Island MD as worked as a crab meat picker growing up.

dc

P.s.: Weren't some (even hysterical media) swooning about there being a baby boom in 9 months). Somebody is naive about social distancing especially when not in public. LOL. But they can still wear they masks. LOL.

dc

Ironically the war brought us out of the Great Depression. My dad & some other men would leave home at 4:30 a.m. to get to Camp Davis at Holly Ridge for carpentry work & returned home way after dark. Made good money (40 cents per hour) compared what they were used to. He also worked on crews clearing Cherry Pt & Oak Grove & believe he mostly spliced steel cable & filled cross-cut saws & pay may have been a little better. Child's work compared to lifting 200 lb. sacks of fertilizer on each shoulder. Logging accident years later slowed him down. Wiki article says there were 3,000 buildings built at Camp Davis with some 45,000 acres & much of the land returned to original owners when most of it was dismantled after the war. Thought dad once mentioned German POWs & a Wiki article states there were over 500 housed at Camp Davis. WASP pilots pulled targets for anti-aircraft practice & 2 of the women pilots died in mishaps. Ninety-two year-old sister drove bus in high school but dropped out to work at Cherry Pt.

dc

Sub word "filed" for "filled".

DeadBolt

CLOSE CONTACT is easier, for example, WHEN A VAST MAJORITY OF WE THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY FIND THE IDIOT WHO STARTED THIS , AND DRAG HIS LITTLE GROUP AND HIM OUT TO A TREE, WELL, WE WILL CLOSE CONTACT AND GET A GREAT SHOT IN THE SNOT LOCKER! Then, they ALL HANG.

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