Image: This statistical analysis, which commercial realtor Jeff Williams prepared by taking numbers directly from the Montgomery County government’s daily reports and compiling them into the graph, reveals that government mandates in response to the Chinese Coronavirus were little more than panic which had no impact whatsoever on the course of the disease.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, Montgomery County (Texas), Austin, Washington, D.C., and New York, August 3 – More than anything else, the numbers, i.e., the hard statistics, reveal that the government response to the Chinese Coronavirus, or COVID-19, have not worked. Government’s first reaction, in Montgomery County, Texas, as well as elsewhere, to the Coronavirus was to shut down the economy, suspend Constitutional rights (in clear violation of the United States and Texas Constitutions), and institute mandates by fiat rather than by legislative action. All of those efforts were failures.
The success of communities in Montgomery County, Sweden, Australia, Italy, and the United Kingdom clearly occurred, because individuals acted voluntarily without government prodding to take responsibility for their lives, their risks, and their health.
Jeff Williams, a smart guy who is a commercial real estate broker with MHW Real Estate in Conroe, compiled statistics from government sources in Montgomery County, Harris County, Galveston County, and other parts of the world to present some important observations in the form of graphs, which he prepared and presented to the news media over this past weekend.
Williams released the following observations along with the graphs and data:
“Very interesting things to see here:
“1. The UK is still leading in per capita deaths.
“2. Sweden is still not the worst, despite all of the hysteria early on.
“3. I added lines to the 4 counties to show the dates of 3 major events, official shutdown, official reopening, and mandatory masks.
“Number 3 brings up a couple of interesting options. Either Covid-19 is not on the rise, we are just testing more so we are seeing more, or masks don’t work and now that everyone is out and about, the virus is spreading in spite of masks, or masks are making people sick by building up concentrations of the virus on your face that you breathe in and out all day instead of expelling the virus away from you. I think latter is most likely as the only actual full studies I’ve seen on masks found that health care workers got sick more from wearing cloth masks than no masks at all. I’ll find that link again and post it if anyone cares.”
The data in the chart at the top of this article reveals the complete failure of the government response to the Chinese Coronavirus. In a panic to get ahead of the virus politically, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough began shutting down the local economy in Montgomery County around March 15, 2020, through a series of orders in which he picked and chose which businesses government liked and disliked. Liquor stores and car dealerships stayed open, but medical offices, dentists, and hair salons had to shut down. Most restaurants ultimately had to close or lay off many of their employees. Many retail stores shut down and never reopened. At first, Keough ordered churches to shut down, despite the Constitution’s First Amendment clearly prohibiting such government action. On March 27, 2020, Keough ordered individuals to stay-at-home, unless they worked as employees for Keough’s favored businesses. (Car dealerships and liquor stores, of course, remained open.)
By the end of March, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott began to shut businesses down at the statewide level. Within a few weeks, some local officials, such as Keough, decided to let Abbott take all of the political heat, so Keough and other local officials began to bring an end to their local shut-down orders, since the statewide shutdown orders superseded them anyway.
Millions of Texans lost their jobs, suffered from terrible reductions in income, and experienced enormous fear and panic over their economic futures and their ability to support and feed their families. Government, of course, continued to operate. No Montgomery County or state employees lost income or their jobs. In fact, Montgomery County’s Commissioners Court, under Keough’s leadership, voted on Friday, July 31, to increase government spending and raise property taxes on the beleaguered Montgomery County citizens, despite the economic devastation which Keough’s and the Commissioners Court’s panicked reaction had wrought.
The story in Harris County, Texas, is not very different from that in Montgomery County. Sadly, however, Montgomery County’s local government leadership seemed to take its leadership cues from Lina Hidalgo, the pro-big-government County Judge of Harris County.
Galveston County, to the south of Harris County, tells a similar story, despite the many Gulf Coast-front beaches in that community.
Walker County, to the north of Montgomery County, is a more rural community, which shows similar data. Clearly, spending more time outside is an effective method of defeating the Chinese Coronavirus. Therefore, Keough’s and Abbott’s stay-at-home orders and their orders shutting down public parks and similar facilities made no sense whatsoever, other than a raw exercise of government power.
All of the government response to COVID-19 seems to have had little impact throughout the world. The one thing, which government did, however, was to go against the advice of many epidemiologists who strongly recommended allowing the natural course of the disease, so that populations could develop “herd immunity.” The government shut downs directly interfered with the development of herd immunity, contrary to the medical warnings.
Iceland looks like a pretty good place to be right now.
India’s overcrowding problems obviously are particularly harmful to any efforts to permit individuals to take precautions against the spread of any disease.