by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Thomas Lifson of the American Thinker places government lockdowns in a context class-obsessed lefties should understand.
A year after “15 days to flatten the curve” began our lockdowns, we have enough data to answer the classic question about lockdowns (which still exist a year later in many places, including much of California): cui bono? (who benefits?)
The answer is: as an individual, Jeff Bezos. His stock in Amazon, the single biggest beneficiary of lockdowns, is worth billions of dollars more than before the lockdown. As a group: educated professionals, able to work from home via Zoom and other internet-based services and able to afford home delivery. …
… Small businesses, the bedrock base of the GOP, have been severely damaged and even bankrupted in mass numbers. Government workers, the base of the Democrats, have not missed any paychecks, for the most part.
Unionized teachers in public schools, members of the lower income tier of educated professionals, still have not gone to work in schools in many places, as their unions scheme to use taxpayer relief dollars to pay them bonuses for trips to Hawaii and other goodies, while supermarket and other retail clerks have labored unceasingly, interacting with adult members of the public who are a far greater health risk than children. …
… Martin Kulldorff, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, has a Twitter account full of stunning statistics. Way back in April last year, he advised that locking down the entire society made no sense, because most age groups are at little risk of mortality from Covid. …
… Florida has avoided the huge costs imposed on Californians, New Yorkers, and others economically crippled by lockdowns, and done at least as well as they did when it comes to mortality.
Forcing lower income people to work as clerks, delivery people, and other service occupations exposes them to more risk than the Zoom Class endures.