Unfortunately, the coronavirus didn’t read it. The problem isn’t a lack of central planning. The problem is that central planning doesn’t work. Central planning shifts responsibilities and resources away from individuals. It gives those responsibilities and resources to a political entity. A political entity – once it has lured individuals into electing it or has used individuals to force its way into power – cares nothing about individuals. And this is all the more true of a political entity that claims it will “take care of you.” The rancher takes care of his beef cattle. The swineherd cares for his pigs. Lambs led to the slaughter have received tender, loving care from the shepherd. ... central planning doesn’t work because it assumes that concentrating responsibility and resources in one place is somehow better than spreading responsibility and resources to every place. Besides the natural callousness of the political entity... (Shut up, Andrew Cuomo!) ... central planning doesn’t work because it assumes that concentrating responsibility and resources in one place is somehow better than spreading responsibility and resources
making what was permitted and what was forbidden an “open and shut case” – as in open, then shut, then reopen, then shut again... And, by the way, one thing that should shut up and stay that way is you, Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now, vaccine distribution is another chaotic mess. It’s hard to emerge from an experience like this and not think, “There should have been a plan.” Well, here’s some bad news. There was a plan. I quote from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website... In 2005 and 2006, the White House Homeland Security Council outlined the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza [17 pages] and National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan [233 pages] to guide the United States’ preparedness and response activities in an influenza pandemic. These plans aimed to stop, slow or otherwise limit the spread of a pandemic to the United States; limiting domestic spread, mitigating disease, suffering and death; and sustaining infrastructure and lessening the effects on the economy and society as a whole. At the same time, HHS [the Department of Health and Human Services] framed its Pandemic Influenza Plan [52 pages] around a doctrine that laid out guiding principles for pandemic influenza preparedness and response. In fact, there were, as you will have noted, 302 pages of a plan. And this plan had been in place and ready for 14 years.
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