South Dakota Gov. Noem: The Government Crushed The Economy, Not COVID
Kristi Noem gets roaring applause at CPAC
Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said the crushing government-imposed lockdowns were to blame for the economic crash in 2020, not the coronavirus.
Noem's fresh and common sense approach to the pandemic has earned her many enemies among establishment media and Democrat politicians.
South Dakota was the only state which refused to order lockdowns of businesses or churches.
The state also refused to mandate masks and refrained from classifying businesses into essential and non-essential categories.
“COVID didn’t crush the economy," Noem said.
"Government crushed the economy,” Noem added, which received resounding applause from the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“Just as quickly, the government turned around and held itself out as the savior, and frankly, the Treasury Department can’t print money fast to keep up with Congress’s wishes,” she continued.
"But not everyone has followed this path."
Noem is one of the few governors, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who have circumvented imposing strict lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus.
Lockdowns have caused a massive economic disaster, destroying all the gains made by Trump.
There are no controlled trials that support lockdowns, and arguments over their efficacy have been mainly split along political lines.
Donald Trump accused Democrat governors and mayors of using the lockdowns to kill off the economic boom set in motion by his low-tax, deregulation agenda.
Noem said that Anthony Fauci told her that South Dakota’s hospitals would be treating 10,000 patients at the worst point of the pandemic.
But that number was actually 600 patients at the worst point.
“I don’t know if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is wrong a lot,” Noem said, drawing raucous cheers from the crowd.
“Even in a pandemic, public health policy needs to take into account people’s economic and social well-being,” she added.
“People need to keep a roof over their heads, they need to feed their families, and they need their dignity.”
“In my administration, we resisted the call for virus control at the expense of everything else. We looked at the science, the data, and the facts, and then we took a balanced approach.”
South Dakota now has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, and that the state’s economy is booming.
Additionally, South Dakota had fewer COVID-19 cases per million people than some of the most prominent liberal lockdown states, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.