If there is one thing we hope the vast majority of Americans take away from the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic it is this: The people we elect to lead us don’t always have the right answers.
Or even good answers.
Take the state of New York, for instance.
Perpetual lockdowns ordered by people like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have hollowed out entire industries and cost the state dearly in terms of revenue, tax income, and jobs.
Lots and lots of jobs.
Here’s why New Yorkers need to get a whole lot more coronavirus vaccine: The economy is in the tank.
New York state shed 1 million jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 amid lockdowns and meltdowns in tourism and business activity, a sobering new report reveals.
That means 10 percent of the state workforce vanished.
New York City lost the majority of the jobs from pre-pandemic December 2019 to December 2020 — 578,000, the state Labor Department data found.
In other words, one out of eight jobs in the Big Apple — 12 percent — disappeared. That’s the highest job loss rate in the state.
Overall, the U.S. lost 6 percent of all jobs due to the pandemic, which is just half of New York’s losses.
The Big Apple’s food service industry was particularly hard hit/
“Restaurants and bars are essential to the social and economic fabric of New York City and the industry job loss is at a crisis level like we’ve never experienced,” Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, told the Post.
“If New York City is to pull itself out of this economic grave and gain jobs, we must safely bring back regulated indoor dining like it’s permitted in the rest of New York State, and the Biden Administration and Congress must enact the RESTAURANTS Act stimulus plan very soon,” Rigie added.
Or how about this: Let’s not force all taxpayers to compensate New Yorkers for their inability to elect leaders who are not Democrats and thus make better decisions when it comes to pandemics.