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New York State is a microcosm for how elites view America. A tiny little speck of a megacity controls politics, and the overwhelming majority of the area is dismissed as “upstate,” mirroring the “coasts vs. flyover country” view of the nation.
The hospitals in the Buffalo area especially, and throughout the state in general, have been preparing. We have ventilators and are using them. New York City is running out. Despite the state still having a stockpile of ventilators, Cuomo is now ordering the National Guard to take equipment from our hospitals for New York City. Buffalo’s politicians and hospitals are having none of it.
The largest local hospital system issued a statement that they had been following state guidelines, and need this equipment to handle what we have coming. The local county hospital and trauma center said: “Before announcing an executive order, a solution to work collaboratively and request exactly what is needed would have been a more responsible approach.”
We have made the appropriate preparations. We are not going to allow our people to die because of the incompetent preparation of others. Erie County Executive Poloncarz has flat out said that our ventilators are all in use, and aren’t going anywhere. The ants are telling the grasshoppers where to stick it.
Cuomo claims that the equipment is simply being moved to hotspots, and will be returned when we need them. Among the many problems with this statement is the fact that patients have been lingering on ventilators for weeks at a time. When we need them back, are patients going to be removed from them?
This could get very ugly very quickly. Can Cuomo legally order the guard to steal equipment from our local hospitals? Will the Guard obey these orders? When people resist, will force be met with force?Published in