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A hair salon in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on May 18, 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) A performance audit released this week confirmed what Pennsylvania business owners already suspected; the process used to determine businesses closures during COVID -19 mitigation efforts was flawed and administered unevenly.
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Timothy DeFoor’s audit provides a window into the thought process of Governor Tom Wolf’s administration as it shuttered thousands of businesses.
“This audit revealed a flawed process that provided inconsistent answers to business owners and caused confusion,” DeFoor said in a statement. “While the pandemic certainly presented some unique challenges, the process was hastily assembled on the fly, unevenly administered and should be reformed before anything like it is ever used again.”
On March 19, 2020, Wolf released a list of businesses considered “life-sustaining,” and ordered all other businesses closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Gas stations, grocery stores, beer distributors, and abortion clinics were considered life-sustaining and could stay open. Real estate brokers, auto sales, hair salons, elective surgeries, and child care services were not considered life-sustaining and forced to shut down.
Businesses could ask to remain open by applying for a waiver from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
In the 15 days it accepted waiver applications, March 20 through April 3, 2020, DCED received 42,380 applications.
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During that time, DCED posted online five different versions of the waiver request form for businesses to use, the audit said.
Of the applications submitted, one-third, 14,168, were from businesses that did not even require a waiver to remain open because they provided goods or services already declared life-sustaining. The fact that they applied for a waiver illustrates the frustration and confusion businesses experienced, the audit said. Pennsylvania More Restrictive To determine which businesses to close, the federal government gave the state guidance that considered essential workers as those critical for protecting public health and safety, and also considered those supporting economic and national security as essential. The guidance amounted to 14 sectors with essential critical infrastructure workers in each sector.The Wolf administration built a more complex system to consider a business’s life-sustaining or non-life-sustaining qualities. It […]
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Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
We don’t get Google checks. We don’t have Facebook or Twitter buttons on our stories. We don’t have a YouTube Channel (banned), an Instagram profile (never made one), or a TikTok (no thanks, CCP). We’re not perfect, but we’re doing everything we can to not owe anything to anyone… other than our readers. We owe YOU the truth. We owe YOU the facts that others won’t reveal about topics that others won’t tackle. And we owe America, this great land that allows us to take hold of these opportunities.
Like I said, I don’t hold other conservative sites under too much scrutiny over their choices. It’s easy for people to point fingers when we’re not the ones paying their bills or supporting their families. I just wish there were more who would make the bold move. Today, only a handful of other major conservative news outlets have broken free from the Big Tech teat. Of course, we need help.
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