I’ll be frank: the current recall effort in California is a matter of life and death. This is not hyperbole. It is a question of fact.
I read the following in a recent letter to the editor, by a writer who argued for a ‘yes’ vote on the recall: “You are suggesting that states with Republican governments kill people. California leads the country in total cases and deaths, followed by New York. Of the top ten states with the most cases, seven are ruled by Democrats. Of the top ten states with the most deaths, six are ruled by Democrats. These are not facts that I am pulling out of nowhere, they are available for verification at usafacts.org.
It’s a perfect example of how those who sponsored and those who support the recall effort are using real data to mislead voters. What he reports may indeed be true. But, what it doesn’t take into account is that California is the most populous state in the country, over 36% larger than the next populated state. Therefore, California is expected to have the highest number of cases and deaths. But, a more accurate comparison between states is not the totals of cases and deaths, but the rate at which these occur.
Using data collected by Worldometer (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus), a comparison can be made based on the total number of cases and deaths per million population. When such a comparison is made, it happens that California is only 35th in the country in number of cases and 32nd in the country in number of deaths. It also becomes possible to determine that if Gov. Newsom had followed the lead of Republican governors in states like Arizona, Florida, George, South Dakota and Texas (all of which rank much “higher” In both categories than California), the cases and deaths in California would be considerably larger than they are. So, for example, based on the case and death rates in those Republican governor-led states, instead of 4,234,113 cases in California (as of August 23), there could be as many as 5,730,142 cases. – an increase of 135%. And, instead of 65,140 deaths, there could be as many as 100,954, an increase of 155%.
In those other states, Republican governors have done everything possible to facilitate the spread of the pandemic, regardless of the cost in human lives. (And, we can expect Republicans on the ballot wanting to replace Gov. Newsom would follow the fateful lead of those Republican governors.) In California, our governor put life first over life. ‘money – that’s the object of this recall effort. It is thanks to Governor Newsom that California is not in the same deadly league with these Republican-ruled states.
So, we have a chance before us to take a stand against COVID-19, if we do three very important things: get vaccinated; hide yourself; and, vote “No” on the reminder.