Now today, we got the long awaited, and completely unnecessary mask-wearing mandate. I have beat the point to death that there is no real, trustworthy evidence that wearing masks will prevent coronavirus transmission in the community. Most spread occurs where people live (which is why lockdowns are so stupid) and masks aren’t going to do a thing about that. Minnesota has a very low rate of cases, a rapidly declining rate of hospitalizations and deaths, and doesn’t meet the definition of being in an epidemic any more. There is no emergency.
The studies cited in the press conference are worthless. The Health Affairs study has been derided, in part because the authors failed to disclose anything about their actual calculations, and in part because a mask mandate doesn’t tell you what the actual mask use is, so that you have a real measurement to compare cases to, and the analysis completely ignored confounding trends. I critiqued the Goldman study as well. These are literally made up crap studies. They don’t even get treated as research for the serious met-reviews that respected agencies do. Same kind of modeling garbage that we have had enough experience with in Minnesota. Look at the country survey I posted on and the complete lack of correlation between mask wearing and case trends (coming soon, the same thing is true in regard to deaths). Look at California, the mask mandate, in place for a month, is irrelevant, cases are up by 162% on a daily basis.
I could go through all the nonsense and lies that were spouted, but you probably figured those out on your own. Here are a few observations. The level of detail in this order is the kind of petty bureaucratic tyranny that no American should be subject to. The idea that it is okay to dictate behavior to Americans at this level of detail is absurd. These people are oblivious jackasses.
The spiteful part of me hopes that cases rise in Minnesota over the next few weeks, just to show what the data and science really demonstrate, which is that masks are not going to make a meaningful difference in transmission, but I don’t want to see anyone get sick. The Dictator acts as though masks are some magic bullet. That is very dangerous, they aren’t. And if he thinks they are that magic bullet, then why isn’t he opening things up? He must not believe his own bullsh*t, because he still has businesses shut or limited, he has people terrorized and avoiding health care and he gave no indication that he was going to lighten up.
My reaction will be to shop less, not more, and I am sure the same will occur with other people. For Minnesotans who live near a border, it is a short trip and our neighboring states trust their citizens to make their own judgements about safety and risk, unlike the Dictator, who clearly doesn’t trust us. If you are upset about the mandate, be sure the Dictator and legislators hear from you. And let businesses know that you won’t patronize them if they support a mandate.
The mask mandate is just one more terrible decision that the Dictator has made during the course of this epidemic.
1. He did nothing to protect long-term care residents, despite early notice that this would be the most vulnerable group.
2. He endorsed a model and the projections made by that model, a model that is a joke nationally. He justified all his early decisions by that model and now he pretends like it doesn’t exist.
3. He shut down Minnesota’s economy and threw hundreds of thousands of people out of work, most of whom still don’t have a job. He killed thousands of Minnesota businesses, for good. He claims to be balanced, but his own office has admitted that no analysis of economic harm was done in connection with the shutdown orders. These shutdowns greatly and disproportionately affected minorities and low-income people. People’s lives will be diminished for a decade because of his decisions.
4. He terrorized the population with constant scare tactics. He is directly responsible for deaths from failure to seek needed health care, from suicides, from drug overdoses, from alcoholism. That blood is on his hands, and he never once has taken any of that into consideration when issuing his undemocratic and unconstitutional executive orders. Children will die from abuse, from not getting vaccinations, and from missing health care, so I don’t want to hear one more word from him about how concerned he is about children. As far as I can tell, he hates them. You can only judge people by their actions and his have been devastating to children.
5. He has refused to take any perspectives into account other than those from people who agree with him. His constant citing of science and the data is a laughable lie. He doesn’t give a damn about science or data, only what he thinks makes him look good and heightens his political position.
This guy is a walking disaster for the state and eventually people are going to figure that out and I hope when that day comes that he is held fully to account for all the harm he has caused Minnesotans.