Failure has a name, and it is California. A Socialist State doing business as the People’s Republic of Newsomstan. They have more restrictions and more Rona (go figure), so their imperial governor has degreed that residents are now forbidden from traveling more than 120 miles from home.
Non-Essential Travel [i]
1. Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one’s place of residence, or to other states or countries. Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk that new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains will be introduced to California.
2. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California, and should adhere to the quarantine procedures set forth in Paragraph 3.
3. All persons arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries, should self-quarantine for 10 days [ii] after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this recommendation does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders for essential travel [iii].
What is essential? Government workers, healthcare (soon to be government workers), and supply chain resources to supply (presumably) government and ‘healthcare’ workers.
iii “Essential travel” is travel associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or otherwise required or expressly authorized by law (including other applicable state and local public health directives), including work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
That’s on top of the mountain of existing limitations already in place.
How to respond? I think people increasingly, are driving more than 120 miles and not going back. That poses a familiar problem for totalitarian regimes. How do we keep the people from leaving?
The obvious solution is to build a wall. It would be expensive and one of the largest and longest continuous such structures in the world. I say go for it.
Imperial Governor Gavin could enslave white people (systemic racists) to do the work. A job that would become multi-generational. ‘My great grandfather started this and passed the skills down to my father and so on.’
But there’s one difference. Newsomstan could speed things up with significant financial and logistical support from the other 47 contiguous states. Given how much a fiscal and cultural burden Newsomstan has become it would be a bargain. Like helping that unpopular divorced uncle (who came for a week and stayed for years) off your couch and out the door.
And if you want my two cents – and since you are reading this I assume that you do – instead of taking a left turn at Oregon, keep going north to the Canadian border.
Utah, Nevada, and Arizona can put National Guard at the checkpoints to make sure we check passports and papers to control the spread of the California virus to the rest of the nation.
Wait, too late.
But the wall is still a good idea. Sell it to them as a way to flatten the curve or stop the spread. They won’t be able to stop themselves from building one.