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Goya CEO claims economic shutdowns were politically motivated: the left ‘weaponized the virus’

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The President and CEO of Goya Foods on Friday said that locking down the U.S. economy was the worst possible response to the coronavirus pandemic, in an interview with “Fox & Friends,” accusing those on the political left of “weaponizing” the virus to “shut down the economy.”

“You were called to the White House to talk about the coronavirus and the response—and you went—and then people on the political left tried to cancel you with essentially a boycott. But then it turned around, people were supporting you with a ‘buycott’ and I understand Goya Foods has just finished your biggest, most successful year ever,” host Steve Doocy said to CEO Robert Unanue, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

“Yes,” Unanue replied. “You know, the problem is it’s a political year and they weaponized coronavirus unfortunately to shut down this economy.”

Throughout the pandemic, Unanue has been very public about his views on economic restrictions put in place by governors and local authorities to help stymie the spread of COVID-19.

“The worst thing we can do is shut down our economy, kill our spirit,” Unanue continued. “You know, we need a reason to get up in the morning: God, family, work. And they’re taking away our spirit. They’re taking away our ability to work. They essentially declared martial law, I believe, in this country, shutting everything down. It’s the worst thing we could have done, just for political gain. I think it’s criminal. I think it’s immoral. To shut down this economy for this basically political reasons and, you know, we’re one nation under God. We’re not one nation under Twitter. We’re not one nation under big media, or under central government.”

Unanue’s latest comments come the morning after President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief plan that he calls the “American Rescue Plan.” The plan seeks to speed up the United States’ vaccination effort, improve COVID-19 testing capacity to assist businesses and schools in reopening, and send $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans and federal dollars to state and local governments so they aren’t forced to fire police officers, firefighters, and other first responders, along with teachers and health workers.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks

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In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.

The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.

“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”

The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:

Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.

The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.

It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.

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