About a week or so ago, President Donald Trump raised the ire of the holier-than-thou news media and many governors of these fifty nifty United States by suggesting he had the ultimate authority to decide when to re-open the economy. The story hit with greater fury than the Chinese virus itself.

Yikes! The shrieks were heard high upon Mount Olympus. How dare this Man of Orange think that he can tell elected governors what to do within the confines of their states? Doesn't he even understand the Constitution? This is a states' rights matter. Trump can't tell the governors what to do and when to re-open their economies.

Within hours, a meeting was arranged with many of the governors on Zoom or some damn thing and they insisted it would be them and not him to decide when local economies would be open for business again. We're gonna do it, just watch us.

So Trump, smarter than the lot of them, simply stepped back and provided the governors with a set of guidelines to follow for re-opening their local economies. The guidelines were quickly adopted and many of the governors immediately began to formulate plans for re-opening. Some of the governors will work as regional teams and will begin the process of re-opening as conditions on the ground allow. But most are now focused on getting open again.

It's a good thing the media and the politicians reminded Trump who has the authority to re-open the state's economies because otherwise, he might still be waiting for them to act.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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