Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
What do the three states with the highest COVID-19 cases per capita over the last week have in common? None of them are governed by Republicans.
What do the three states with the lowest unemployment rates have in common? None of them are governed by Democrats. The same can be said about the states with the fastest GDP growth, and almost all the states with the highest in-bound migration in 2020.
And here’s another overlooked fact: four out of the five states with the lowest incidence of mental illness, depression, and anxiety in 2020 were governed by Republicans.
The facts are clear. Republican governors are charting a course for reopening our states, showing leadership on combating COVID-19, and fighting for the livelihoods of our working families and small businesses.
In contrast, Democratic governors are pushing for more lock-downs, more bailouts, more closures, and more restrictions on your freedom. We saw it right here in Vermont when liberals freaked out over Governor Scott’s proposed reopening of the economy. They’d like it to stay shut for as long as possible.
In fact, Vermont has the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the nation; the second lowest COVID-19 percent positive rate over the last week; and both the second lowest COVID-19 case and death rate since this crisis began. It wasn’t Democratic legislators that delivered — it was a Republican governor. Just like how Republican governors are leading all across the nation.
Like many Vermonters, I look forward to the day where we can return to normal. It’s exciting to already see the villages and downtowns bustling with activity again. When this is over, remember which party engaged in excessive fear mongering, extended shutdowns, and massive intrusions into personal liberty, all while making sure they and their friends were able to go on vacation in violation of their own edicts — because the rules didn’t apply to them. Then, remember which party led you through the crisis with hope, optimism, and wise policy choices.