King Cooper Keeps NC Bars/Gyms Closed, While Surrounding States Open

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper gives an update on the state's response to COVID-19 during an afternoon news conference at the State of North Carolina's Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper is relying on ‘data and science’ to make his unilateral, arbitrary decisions about who and what gets to be open to the public in North Carolina. Well, they must have different ‘data and science’ in South Carolina; and Virginia; and Georgia; and Tennessee.

Facing lawsuits filed by gym owners, Cooper has teased an easing of some of his non-sensical restrictions as the pressure mounts. Some of that pressure is coming from the N.C. General Assembly where many lawmakers are fighting for their constituents’ rights to earn a living or assume their own risk as responsible individuals.

Perhaps Cooper is fan of prohibition era speakeasies, and he wants them to make a come back; maybe he doesn’t want people working out because then they’ll lack sufficient energy to rage and riot; or, maybe, he suffers from the delusion that his positions affords him the power to arbitrarily micromanage the lives of North Carolina citizens.

The more cynical might suggest Cooper is merely doing his Democratic duty to depress the economy of a swing state so that it may swing against Republicans and President Trump in November.

Whatever the case maybe, it is consistent with most of the governor’s COVID-19 response in that IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.

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