April 13, 2020 – Republican businessman, Mark Gonsalves, candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 7th Congressional district made the following statement regarding the shutdown of the American economy.

“America has gone through a once in a generation experience due to the Coronavirus pandemic. President Trump saved hundreds of thousands of lives, if not millions, by shutting down travel from China along with the many other precautions put in place. This is what was needed to slow the spread and give us time to learn more about this virus. The time has come, we must re-open the economy. We cannot allow the shutdown to create the Great Depression 2.0.” said Gonsalves.

He continued, “However, this must be done with great caution and a phased in process. Areas in New York City and other hot spots should remain shutdown while opening up areas that are not high risk. As a businessperson, I know entrepreneurs will always find a way. Businesses could limit the number of people in stores, social distancing guidelines could remain in place, states could ask those over 65 or otherwise vulnerable to voluntarily stay at home, and masks can be worn where appropriate. Testing has also becoming more widely available. People at low risk need to get back to work. The American people are begging to go back to their jobs.

The current state of the shutdown cannot continue past May 1st. We could force ourselves into the Great Depression 2.0 that would take years or decades to fully recover. Federal and State government must immediately begin the planning to open back up. This process will take time. All of this can be done while protecting the elderly and those at high risk. Destroying the economy or letting Americans die from the Coronavirus is not an ‘either or’ decision. Americans are smarter than the government gives them credit for. We can, and must, be responsible in re-opening the economy before we pay an even bigger price.”

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin