The plain fact is that we don’t know what the perfect policy is in any part of the country. Gov. Kemp is right to believe that the economic well-being of Georgians is at least as important as the public-health dangers posed by the coronavirus, and we applaud his concern for the millions who, unlike the elites who dismiss their worries, can’t earn a living on their laptops. The Governor may be wrong to open gyms and nail salons this early, or he may save the livelihoods of thousands of Georgians without significantly reducing the health risk. We will find out.
That is the value of a federal system. Not every problem has the same solution for every part of the country, and we will learn from both wise and unwise policies. What we could do without are partisan media pile-ons and capricious expressions of presidential pique.