Was his decision right?
Lauding Florida’s response to the pandemic, which included bans on mandates, Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis revealed how the state’s economy had responded well as a result of these moves.
Appearing on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News, De Santis revealed how Florida hadn’t left anything to chance, instead choosing to implement “substantive protections in a special session for Floridians,” which gave them the “ability to opt-out of these mandates.” The governor added that he felt the state did what was needed to protect its employees.
Discussing some of the decisions the state made amid the pandemic that went against the grain, De Santis said that Floridians knew that they wouldn’t be locked down, that the state would not allow anyone to close schools, ruin businesses, or take jobs. As a result, Floridians knew they could live their lives and could “make their own decisions.”
DeSantis attributed the state’s economic success to its few restrictions, saying that the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic showed many people that their freedoms would be respected in Florida.
Besides the state’s commitment to freedom, DeSantis added that the state’s “good tax and spend policies” had caused people to want to work in Florida. To substantiate his point, the governor mentioned how Florida was “producing more jobs per capita than other states,” adding that there were hundreds of thousands of job openings in the state because of the economy’s performance.
During the broadcast, DeSantis highlighted Florida’s emphasis on treating COVID-19 infection early. He said that this approach was “unlike most states and certainly unlike the Biden administration.”
He also pointed out that it wasn’t only the unvaccinated. Instead, DeSantis said the majority of those visiting monoclonal antibody clinics –– which had been set up across the state –– were fully vaccinated, high-risk people. Then DeSantis highlighted the state’s lowest hospitalization rates, owing to the roll-out of monoclonal antibody clinics and an emphasis on early treatment. Besides those continued efforts, he also said the state would continue to protect choice and freedom.