posted by O-Trap
We've got the most party-line-toeing Republican on the site making it a left-wing strategy to keep a tax-funded and state-run (and, thus, technically socialist) institution closed.
What a time to be alive.
Essentially a side effect of how the reality of "politics of COVID-19" is that people on both sides will constantly drone on about how the other side's actions are purely politically motivated, regardless of what horrible consequences that will inevitably have if they win. The Ds want things shut down, not because of potential health/safety violations, but solely to make Orange Man look bad. The Rs want things opened up, not because of the economic toll, but solely to keep Orange Man looking strong.
Regardless of how much that does factor into the reasoning (and since we're talking about politicians, it definitely does), when the debate over a serious, infectious disease gets reduced to revolving around its impact on an election and what people get to steal taxpayer money to play at being leaders for the next few years, it can be assured that EVERY ASPECT of the debate will be people doing whatever they can to force "look what THEY are doing!!!!!" arguments into it. And therefore, those Cali socialists are shutting down their Socialist Re-education Facilities...to hurt Republicans...somehow...
Easiest way to explain the politics with actual logic is to imagine a graph where one axis is "severity of the situation" and the other is "the fucking inconvenience of not doing what you want because orders and shut-downs". With how the left (in general) has embraced the "stay at home/make the curve vanish" tactic and the right (also in general) has gone for the "open stuff up/can't do this until everyone feels safe" tactic, logic dictates that if, as things open up, the line swings to "severity", it'll be costly to Rs and if the line says "we're inconvenienced", it'll hurt the Ds.
Which creates the AWESOME paradox, politics-wise, where the people most adamant about staying home could benefit most from people going back to normal life and the people most adamant about getting back to normal could benefit the most from social distancing and anything that would prevent a spike in numbers in that "if you listened to us and not them, we'd be better off" way.