While appearing on Fox News Sunday, liberal pundit Marie Harf, a former adviser to then-Secretary of State John Kerry, suggested that small businesses aren’t “really meaningful” to the economy, which is faltering after more than 30 million Americans have lost their jobs due to coronavirus restrictions placed by government officials.
“We are about to embark on a situation where we’ll see if people can, on their own, social distance, if people independent of government regulations or stay-at-home orders, can act responsibly,” she said. “And if they can’t, and if we see spikes in some of these places, will these governors be willing to change course in midstream? That’s something we will all see together in real-time,” she added.
“So, the economy, even if we open nail salons, hair salons Chris, the economy isn’t really going to get going again until we can travel, until we can move around the country,” she told Chris Wallace. “It will not get going in a really meaningful way by opening small businesses in certain places, and so we have to get all of those things I just mentioned to eventually get to a place where the economy really can open back up.”
Writing at BizPac Review, Jon Dougherty noted:
Millions of Americans do travel, but tens of millions more don’t, at least more so than regionally. Interstate travel isn’t the lifeblood of our country; allowing businesses to reopen, flourish, and grow is what creates an ‘economy.’ And without those businesses being allowed to function, we’re bound to experience additional economic hardship and unemployment, even to the point of losing vital infrastructure and industries like hospitals and trucking.
Harf, who continues to be paid, seems to be suggesting that governors wait until there are no more cases of coronavirus anywhere in the country. Not only is that impractical, but it’s also unnecessarily destructive. And given the rising number of protests around the country against extending lockdowns, more Americans are demanding leaders let them make decisions about their own livelihoods after discovering that COVID-19 isn’t the planet-killer it was made out to be.
Without small business, we don’t have an economy — plain and simple. Sadly, liberals like Harf are willing to see the entire country unemployed and the economy completely destroyed just to advance a political narrative, which, by the way, just happens to be: “Stop Trump.”
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