The year 2020 will always be remembered for the coronavirus outbreak and the resulting COVID-19 disease.
COVID isn’t a hoax. It’s a real viral outbreak. And, while it is a “relative” to other types of viral influenza—swine flu, bird flu, etc.—it’s more than just a bad cold. It can be fatal to certain groups of people; specifically, the elderly and people with certain underlying medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, COPD, etc.
The important policy question related to the COVID outbreak is: What’s the proper government response?
I believe that state government should be involved in encouraging and supporting public health. However, I believe that its proper role is to educate people as much as possible on the mechanics and risks posed by communicable diseases—and then trusting Washington citizens to make the best decisions for themselves, their families and their local communities. After all, no one cares more about your health than you.
I believe Washington’s current Governor has drastically overstepped his proper and Constitutional role during the COVID outbreak thus far. He has twisted the emergency powers that Washington State law gives him. Rather than focusing on educating the people, the state agencies under his control have withheld good data and information! And he’s focused on making legally-dubious proclamations to create the illusion that he’s “doing something” or “acting decisively.” This is outrageous and demonstrates the type do-nothing government Washington citizens are tired of seeing from their elected public servants.
If we’re all honest in our assessment of his performance, it’s clear that he’s acting divisively—not decisively.
As Governor, when faced with a health crisis, I will always put information and education first. I will tell Washington citizens EVERYTHING the state government and best experts know about the situation. And I will trust the citizens and business owners to use that information effectively and to make the best decisions for themselves.
The important thing for Washington voters to know is this: We need to make sure that we’re never again in a situation where a Governor is making unilateral “emergency” proclamations SIX MONTHS after an emergency has been declared. That isn’t good government.