As California enters “purple” COVID-19 lockdowns, the toughest in the state that includes draconian travel restrictions, many state lawmakers are applying their government privilege to travel to a conference in Maui, Hawaii. It’s the latest in a string of hypocritical moves by both the state legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration.
Even left-leaning Los Angeles Times had to highlight the boldness of their hypocrisy:
The identity of the attendees at the annual conference is always a touchy subject, with lawmakers often refusing to confirm their attendance until they must report the travel expenses months later. The lawmakers’ decision to fly out of state for the conference drew criticism from Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.
“This is ‘do as I say, not as I do,’” Coupal said. “This is one of the reasons there is a complete disconnect between ordinary citizens in California and the political leadership.”
Representatives for some legislators confirmed Monday that the lawmakers they work for are not attending, but others did not respond to a request for comment from The Times. The annual conference has in the past included panel discussions on issues including prisons, biofuel, pollution and transportation, and this year attendees are brainstorming about ways to safely reopen state economies amid the pandemic.
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Last year, lawmakers reported receiving about $3,500 each from the event organizers for expenses to attend. State ethics laws allow legislators to have travel expenses provided by groups if they are speakers at events away from the state.
This has become a common theme in California. Last week, Newsom broke his own restriction rules by attending a public party. He went on to apologize for his “lapse in judgment” but continued to bolster restrictions based on an alleged rise in coronavirus cases.
According to Townhall:
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) is not doing his part to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. While the governor asks Californians to forgo large gatherings this year, Newsom was spotted at a large birthday celebration in Napa Valley last week.
The San Francisco Chronicle says the governor attended a birthday party for his political advisor at the upscale French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. Surely the political advisor took the day off or else he would have advised the governor that violating his own lockdown rules was political suicide (one can only hope).
How long will Democrats be allowed to flaunt their governmental privilege and defy their own rules until mainstream media calls them out. Whether it’s Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi getting her hair done, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer consistently playing coronvirus goddess, or Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s multitude of self-important actions, it seems like the press makes mention and then forgets about it altogether.
If Democratic lawmakers played by the rules they set for the rest of us, perhaps they could have some credibility when they call on people to do their part. But considering how often they act better than the rest of us, it seems fair to assume the people will eventually stand up and tell them where to shove their restrictions.
COVID-19 is not an existential threat. It’s a tool used by leftists to expand authoritarian control. If they truly feared it, they’d play by the rules they set for the people. Instead, they regularly reveal they aren’t really worried about it.
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