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Actions Speak Louder than Words

Here’s a letter to the New York Post:

So Dr. Deborah Birx – after advising Americans to remain home and not gather during the Thanksgiving holiday – violated her own advice (“Birx went to Delaware with family on Thanksgiving despite her travel warnings,” Dec. 20).

It’s appropriate to criticize Dr. Birx for being hypocritical. But there’s a deeper lesson to be drawn when we recognize that her actions are of a piece with those of the likes of Gavin Newsom, Muriel Bowser, Nancy Pelosi, Bill de Blasio, J.B. Pritzker, and other duplicitous government officials.

This deeper lesson is that these people are lying to us.

If Dr. Birx, Gov. Newsom, and their ilk truly believed that Covid is as dangerous as they publicly assert, they would act accordingly. They would refuse to subject themselves and their families to such terrible risks. Yet they do not so refuse. The conclusion is clear: They do not truly believe that Covid is as dangerous as they publicly assert it to be.

I suggest that we quit paying attention to such people.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030