Hawaii, Sweden & Sisolak’s Nevada in the COVID Era

by Annie Black

(Annie Black) – As Nevadans continue to get daily doses of lectures and scoldings to “mask up” by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak – who’s also keeping large sectors of the state’s economy closed or semi-closed – we’re now learning that such heavy-handed lockdowns aren’t the miracle cure politicians have proclaimed them to be.

Consider the follow excerpts from a column by Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review…

“Hawaii might possibly have the strictest lockdown and mask mandates in the country. It is essentially as strict as the Philippines, though without the threat of being shot by police

“However, the state has jailed people for violating lockdown orders – while releasing 38% of all its real criminals in jail! Tourism has been nonexistent, and all remaining visitors were told to quarantine.

“There has been a mandate in place requiring mask-wearing indoors since April and now even outdoors for the past month – even while jogging!

“The result? Cases are surging more than ever – just like in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Israel, Australia, and every southern latitude area with a strict mask mandate and lockdown.

“If mask mandates were ever going to work to stop a spread, it would have occurred in Hawaii, which is isolated from the rest of the world on all sides. In fact, the exact opposite happened.

“Like most other countries that engaged in heavy-handed police state tactics, Hawaiians have nothing to show for their lockdown but a crushed economy and lives lost.”

On the other hand, notes Jon Miltimore of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)…

“It increasingly appears that Sweden, the maligned outlier, got the virus right.  Instead of ordering humans confined in their homes, Swedes allowed schools to remain open and groups to congregate in parks, pools, restaurants, and bars.

“Not only did Sweden avoid much of the economic carnage and the unintended social consequences of lockdowns – increases in drug overdoses, domestic abuse, suicide, and social unrest – their strategy appears to have tamed the virus, unlike so many other nations around the globe who are seeing new waves of COVID-19.

“Many experts may be loath to admit it, but Sweden’s strategy increasingly appears to be both economically sound and scientifically sound.”

Gov. Sisolak has opted for the heavy-handed, authoritarian approach.  And it’s clearly not working.  He’s “calling audibles,” flip-flopping back-and-forth, and making it up as he goes along.

He’s also exercised bad judgment and compounded the problem with systemic incompetence.  Just ask the thousands of Nevadans who STILL haven’t gotten their unemployment!

Our governor is simply not up to the job.

If you agree, please add your name to our online petition declaring the Sisolak administration to be an “economic health crisis” and urging him to step down.  Just click on the link below…



P.S.  Because so many people are still finding and signing the Proclamation (over 1,500 so far!), I’ve extended the deadline until close of business this Friday, August 21st.

P.P.S. Also, once the petition is closed, we’ll create a print version – with everyone’s name listed alphabetically – and upload it as a PDF document that you’ll be able to download and/or print.


“South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of our job losses. … And many, many businesses are looking to relocate to South Dakota because of the decisions we made during the pandemic. South Dakota is open for business – that applies to our business owners and their employees.” – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem

“You’ve read a lot about polls which showed the public supports lockdowns. But in the last few weeks there has been a shift. Take the Marist College Poll taken for NPR and the PBS News Hour that was in the field up until August 11.  It asked ‘Due to coronavirus, do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea to have people return to work?’  Overall, 57 percent of people thought it a good idea versus 31 percent who thought it was a bad idea.” – Stephen Moore, Unleash Prosperity Hotline

“In NY’s Democratic primary, more than 1 out of every 4 vote-by-mail ballots was disqualified. In Clark County, NV, 223,000 mailed ballots were returned as undeliverable. That is not a postal problem; it is a govt problem that cannot be fixed by November.” – Joel B. Pollack, Breitbart News

Annie Black is a Mesquite City Councilwoman and Assemblywoman-elect for Nevada State Assembly District 19.  You can get more information by visiting www.electannieblack.com 

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