Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Monday press conference that the state will do an “independent review” of the Trump administration’s anticipated coronavirus vaccine before approving distribution to its 39 million California residents.
“ ‘Of course we won’t take anyone’s word for it,’ Newsom said Monday as he named 11 doctors and scientists to review any rollout of vaccines by the federal government or vaccine developers.”
If those 11 doctors and scientists are anything like Newsom’s Economic Recovery Task Force, we are in deep trouble.
Newsflash, King Gavin: You have no say in this process, no matter what your Aunt Nancy tells you.
During the September Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearings, head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield rolled out an interim playbook on how a national vaccine program might look.
The details in this 57-page playbook are quite voluminous, but clearly outlined. What the playbook does expressly state is the clear distinction between what the Federal government is responsible for, and what the State, Local, and regional governments are allowed to do. To paraphrase,
1) CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be handling the vaccine distribution; 2) It will be a phased release and closely monitored by the CDC and the DHHS.
In the playbook, under the “State Coordination” section, it further says,
“Regardless of the jurisdiction’s governance structure, it is imperative that state and local authorities combine and coordinate efforts. State-level personnel must closely monitor activities at the local level to ensure the COVID-19 Vaccination Program is implemented throughout the jurisdiction in adherence with federal guidance and requirements, and that there is equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination across all areas.”
So it appears the CDC and DHHS supersede King Gavin regarding when and how a vaccine will be distributed. So, whoever these 11 doctors and scientists are is of no consequence. If the CDC or DHHS wishes to coordinate with regional and local governance to ensure the vaccine is distributed correctly, they have the authority to do so. Like it, or lump it.
King Gavin makes me think of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song, It’s Good to Be King:
“It’s good to be king, if just for a while
To be there in velvet, yeah, to give them a smile
It’s good to get high and never come down
It’s good to be king of your own little town”
I wonder if King Gavin sings this while he prances around his $3.7 million dollar mansion?
It wouldn’t surprise me. Between outlawing gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and telling you how many people you can have over for Thanksgiving, King Gavin really does believe he has the right to rule over Californians’ lives. That we are just soft-minded children who are begging for his input and guidance. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has forgotten that there are branches of governance in California, but thankfully, one of those branches has not.
Assemblymen Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) and James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) filed a lawsuit against Newsom because of his over the top executive orders and his one-man dictatorial rule that bypasses the Legislature. It is being heard in court even as this is being written.
On his blog, Assemblyman Kiley wrote about possible scenarios and outcomes from today’s proceedings:
The possible outcomes of tomorrow's trial against Gov. Newsom, and how to watch the live stream. https://t.co/5oEDQ2YcnN
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) October 20, 2020
“At this point, I am under no illusion that a moral victory will be satisfactory. With so many people in the throes of Gavin Newsom’s runaway one-man rule, there are no consolation prizes. We need a win.
“That said, by submitting Newsom to a trial for the first time, we’ve already established something important: that the other two branches of government still very much exist. That we as legislators have standing to challenge the usurpation of lawmaking authority. That when the Court rules, the Governor must obey.
“To Newsom’s chagrin, this case has affirmed the maxim set down by John Marshall, our nation’s first Chief Justice: ‘It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is.’”
Praying for victory for Kiley and Gallagher to see King Gavin’s reign come to an end. Californians are sick of this spoiled, petulant man-child.