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WALSH: All Businesses Are Essential 

By  Matt
EW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: A store stands closed as the coronavirus keeps financial markets and businesses mostly closed on April 21, 2020 in New York City. New York City, which has been the hardest hit city in America from COVIT-19, is just starting to see a slowdown in hospital visits and a lowering of the daily death rate from the virus. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

I drove to an essential grocery store this weekend to buy some essential food. On the way, I noticed that Best Buy was still open. I also passed a Dunkin Donuts and a Dairy Queen that were still open and packed with customers in their drive thru lanes. Apparently doughnuts, ice cream, and TVs are all considered essential, which I suppose doesn’t surprise me, nor do I necessarily disagree. These have all certainly been essential elements of my own life.

But it does raise a question about what the government actually means when it declares a business “essential,” thus allowing it to stay open, or “inessential,” thus shutting its doors and possibly driving it into irretrievable ruin. I am not arguing that the stores mentioned above — or for the matter liquor stores, or any other business that our benevolent overlords have permitted to remain operational — should be closed. I am happy that they are open. My point is that every other business should be open, too.

Ben Shapiro

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