Denver7: Do the economic consequences outweigh the health benefits of the stay-at-home order?
Denver7, April 24th, 2020:
Victoria Reynolds is the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and helped organize the rally.
She believes Governor Polis has overstepped his legal authority by requiring people to stay at home.
“It is not only unconstitutional, it’s draconian for Governor Polis to take it upon himself deciding who is essential and who is not,” Reynolds said. “This order, I think, is wrong completely.”
Reynolds stressed that she believes the threat of the virus is very real; however she also believes people should be able to make up their own minds for whether they want to go back to work.
“I think that people who are grown up enough and mature enough to be allowed to vote should also be grown-up enough and mature enough to make those decisions for ourselves and for our families,” she said.
With so many people out of work and applying for unemployment, Reynolds, who is an economist by training, believes the state has already reached the tipping point where the economic consequences of the stay-at-home order outweigh its health benefits.
Like tens of thousands of others in the state, she is also out of work at the moment and said she doesn’t want another stimulus check to help make ends meet.
“We don’t need a handout from the federal government, we don’t need a handout from anybody. Filing unemployment is just not the solution. What we need is to be allowed to work,” she said.
If the governor doesn’t decide to allow the state to reopen soon, Reynolds believes there could be lawsuits from businesses and citizens who need to get back to work.