It’s no secret that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has always been determined to keep her state under lockdowns and masked up for as long as possible.
Now, the Michigan Democrat has announced that she is going to prolong the state’s suffering until residents submit to getting “the jab” and if enough of them comply with her demands, then she and Joe Biden might permit them to celebrate the Fourth Of July.
Whitmer unveiled her new plan on Thursday as she participated in a public relations appearance to receive her second shot of the vaccine to promote the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ challenge, a series of four benchmarks with the stated goal being to have a 70 percent vaccination rate.
According to the governor; “On our path to vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 and up, we can take steps to gradually get back to normal while keeping people safe,” she said in a statement.
Whitmer added; “If you haven’t already, I encourage you to rise to the challenge and be a part of the solution so we can continue our economic recovery and have the summer we all crave.”
Like Biden who has been threatening to cancel the Fourth Of July if Americans don’t line up for the shots, Whitmer left open the possibility that it is a “very real possibility” that celebrations would be allowed in Michigan but that “it’s dependent on us working together to get the majority of our population vaccinated — the vast majority.” So people probably should not get their hopes up.
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“Today, I announced the #MIVaccToNormalChallenge, a pathway to gradually get back to normal as we hit our vaccination targets and push toward our goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older. Please, sign up for your vaccine appointment today. Let’s get it done.” pic.twitter.com/q7e4l2zdNR
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) April 29, 2021
Despite having some of the most severe restrictions in the nation, Michigan and Whitmer have failed to control the spread of the virus with a recent surge in cases being so concerning that CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky called for the state to be completely locked down again.
Whitmer refrained from following that advice and is now focusing on the phased reopening which has the following stages:
55% of Michiganders – In-person work will be allowed for all sectors of business.
60% of Michiganders – Indoor capacity at sports stadiums, conference centers, banquet halls, and funeral homes will increase to 25%; capacity at exercise facilities and gyms will increase to 50%; and the curfew on restaurants and bars will be lifted.
65% of Michiganders – All indoor capacity limit percentages will be lifted, requiring only social distancing between parties. Limits on residential social gatherings will be further relaxed.
70% of Michiganders – Gathering and face mask orders will be lifted, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.
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The plan comes as Biden’s goal to get the shots into the arms of all Americans has come to a screeching halt.
While Michiganders may be spurred to get the vaccines out of the hope that they will be able to resume their normal lives again, it is important to point out that Democrats have continued to move the goalposts for over a year now.
Anyone who remembers “15 days to flatten the curve” and “two weeks to stop the spread” should be extremely skeptical over Whitmer’s plan. We must also remember that COVID has been the best thing to ever happen to her due to her ability to seize sweeping dictatorial powers.
The ‘Vacc to Normal’ initiative comes only days after Whitmer’s order to force two-year-olds to wear masks during daycare went into effect, a new standard in cruel and unusual punishment that shows that not even the children are safe.