“The American people don’t need the governor’s empathy and they don’t need politicians’ handouts; they need their Bill of Rights back”
December 11, 2020 | By Congressman Tom McClintock | California Globe
“Every American needs to see Angela Marsden’s tearful video as she pours out her frustrations as a small restaurant owner in Los Angeles. Forced to drastically curtail her business during California’s brutal shutdowns, she took out an $80,000 loan to meet all the expensive requirements to move her dining outside and salvage what was left of her life’s work. Instead, authorities arbitrarily changed the rules, and shut her down again – a death sentence for her ten-year-old restaurant. Yet the same authorities permitted a film production company to offer the very same outdoor dining across the very same parking lot the day she had to close her business.
“I’m losing everything,” she says through her tears, “Everything I own is being taken away from me.”
In Staten Island, police hauled a restaurant owner away in handcuffs for desperately trying to re-open his establishment just across the tracks from other restaurants where dining was allowed under precisely the same conditions.
When asked to explain these capricious standards, California Gov. Gavin Newsom smarmed, “I’m deeply empathetic.” That must be a load off their minds.
The Fifth Amendment in our Bill of Rights specifically protects Americans from being deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. Where are those rights today?
Congress is now discussing how to provide relief for the thousands of small business owners, their employees, and the families that depend on them, who have been crushed by these reckless edicts. As usual, politicians measure their empathy by how much they’re willing to spend of other people’s money. But the fine point of the matter is this: government cannot support the economy for any significant time because government does not finance the economy. The economy finances the government – and when you shut down the economy, you shut down the revenues that go to government.
The only genuine relief from the Covid lockdowns is to end the Covid lockdowns. Why is that so hard for some people to understand?”