Governor Takes Lockdown Lovers Head-On

On Monday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem published an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal in which she delineated the difference between her politically conservative decision to refuse to use COVID-19 to intrude into her citizens’ lives as opposed to the “harsh” restrictions progressive governors have implemented across the nation.

Noem started by noting that many of her peers will have to look for ways to address the budgetary crises precipitated by their lockdowns, writing, “Some will propose tax increases. Others will take on more debt, and a few will be forced to make significant budget cuts.”

Then she articulated the route she has taken, and how her government has stuck to small-government, conservative practices:

In South Dakota, as we have done throughout this pandemic, we will forge a different path. Rather than following the pack and mandating harsh rules, South Dakota provides our residents with information about what is happening on the ground in our state—the science, facts and data. Then, we ask all South Dakotans to take personal responsibility for their health, the health of their loved ones, and — in turn — the health of our communities. The state hasn’t issued lockdowns or mask mandates. We haven’t shut down businesses or closed churches. In fact, our state has never even defined what an “essential business” is. That isn’t the government’s role.

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