For John, BLUF: We have federalism, to split up governmental power. But, to work everyone must be willing to take responsibility for area. Federalism means local folks taking responsibility. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Daily Caller, Correspondent Anders Hagstrom, 25 March 2020.
Here is the lede plus one:
A New York’s health commissioner contradicted coronavirus guidance from the White House on Wendesday, telling people who have been to New York City recently that they should not, in fact, quarantine.So, now we have a city health commissioner showing independence. Up to now the local authorities have been saying that because the Federal was not out front, breaking trail in this pandemic, they couldn’t go forward. See, for example, this item from WWL-TV.
Coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx on Tuesday urged anyone who had been to New York City recently to self-quarantine, as there was a significant chance they contracted the virus. NY commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, however, said that part of the White House’s guidance wasn’t necessary.
“I would not follow that. I believe you should follow the guidance in general, you should social distance,” he said, according to Wall St. Journal reporter Jimmy Vielkind.
This is about leadership. This is about being a leader with vision. This is about looking ahead and having the courage to act upon what you see. This is about being willing and able to look ahead and around the corner.
While President Trump will take some hits for not being more forceful earlier, that is not an excuse for, cover for, state and local officials not jumping on the situation early on.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff