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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at CPAC 2021
From    youtube.com/~    27Feb2021
Material particularly relevant to COVID-19 lies within 09:45.
A few take-away lines:

Now let me be clear.  COVID didn't crush the economy.  Government crushed the economy.
For those of you who don't know, South Dakota is the only state in America that never ordered a single business or church to close.  We never instituted a shelter-in-place order.  We never mandated that people wear masks.  We never even defined what an essential business is because I don't believe the governors have the authority to tell you that your business isn't essential.
When it was time to go back to school in the fall, we put our kids in the classroom.  Teachers, administrators, parents, and the students themselves were of one mind — to make things work for our children.  And the best way to do that was in the classroom.
Now Dr Fauci, he told me that on my worst day, I'd have 10,000 patients in the hospital.  On our worst day, we had a little over 600.  Now I don't know if you agree with me, but Dr Fauci is wrong a lot.
They labelled me as ill-informed, that I was reckless, and even a denier.  Some even claimed that South Dakota was "as bad as it gets anywhere in the world when it comes to COVID-19".  That is a lie.
In South Dakota, we did things differently.  We applied common sense and conservative governing principles.  We never exceeded out hospital capacities, and our economy is booming.  We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.  We are number one in the nation for keeping jobs, keeping businesses open, and keeping money in the pockets of our people.  The people of South Dakota kept their hours and their wages at a higher rate than workers anywhere else in the nation.  And, our schools are open.