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The Race to Plan to Re-Open America is Suddenly On

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Now the race is on
And here comes pride in the backstretch
Heartaches goin’ to the inside
My tears are holdin’ back, they’re tryin’ not to fall

My hearts out of the runnin’
True love’s scratched for another’s sake
The race is on and it looks like heartaches
And the winner loses all 

By the great George Jones

Don’t look now, but we suddenly have a competition between the governors of major U.S. states to see who can come up with plans to re-open their economies and schools the fastest. Note that I did not say it is a race actually re-open those things: Just a race to create plans and thus assume control of the process.

And it isn’t just the governors competing among themselves: The President also got involved on Monday in staking out his own turf.

Here is where the race has gone thus far:

– I wrote on Friday evening about Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to issue an executive order this week laying out his vision for a process to re-open the businesses and schools in the Lone Star State;

– On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined by the governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut in announcing a regional effort to coordinate the re-openings of their economies and schools;

– Also on Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that he is coordinating a similar regional re-opening strategy with the Democrat governors of Oregon and Washington.

Suddenly, the race is on, and you can  rest assured that President Donald J. Trump is not going to be left behind. The President also took action on Monday, formally naming the members of his Re-Opening America Task Force. As reported by Fox News, those members are:

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Labor Secretary Gene Scalia, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought.

The task force is also expected to include acting chair of the Council of Economic Advisors Tom Philipson and White House advisers Larry Kudlow, Peter Navarro, Chris Liddell, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

The President also let the various Governors know that he believes he and his advisors will be the ultimate authorities over the process of re-opening the country, sending out the following tweets:

Naturally, in response to those two tweets by the President, all the same liberals and corrupt reporters who have spent the last 2 months attempting to hold Mr. Trump responsible for every failure by every state governor suddenly have become fans of federalism! Funny how that works, huh?

Of course, the most salient point in the President’s tweets is the final sentence: “A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!”

What this means is that the Governors can and should be doing all the appropriate planning they want to do with their states, but the decision about whether and when to modify and/or lift the federal planning guidelines that all 50 states are currently functioning under – given that every one of them is, for the first time in U.S. history, benefiting from a federal disaster declaration – will be made by the President of the United States as required by law.

[UPDATE: Vice President Pence reinforced the fact that the President does have almost unlimited powers when the country is functioning under a 50-state declared national emergency at tonight’s Task Force press conference.]

Thus, the race between the governors to see who can come up with a plan the fastest is on, but the guy with the starter’s pistol to be used to actually begin the re-opening of America lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Because America.

That is all.

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