Closing Thought–03Mar21

Well I see that the GOP is being busy these days…..43 states out of 50 are attempting to suppress the vote and now a couple of the more callous governors are trying to get more Americans to die from the pandemic….these states are Texas and my state of Mississippi……

“It is now time to open Texas 100%,” Gov. Greg Abbott declared Tuesday, announcing that the state’s mask mandate is being lifted and businesses will be allowed to open at full capacity starting March 10. Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday rescinding earlier pandemic-related orders, including the mask mandate, CNN reports. Soon after he spoke, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican, announced that the state’s mask mandate would be lifted Wednesday, along with restrictions on businesses, reports NBC. “Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time,” he tweeted, adding that the state is “getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do.”

“Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility,” Abbott said. “It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed.” Health authorities, however, warned Monday that this is a dangerous time to roll back restrictions. “At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard earned ground we have gained,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at the daily White House COVID briefing. Dr. Joseph Varon, chief medical officer at Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center, said he told hospital leaders after Abbott’s announcement that they would need more staff and ventilators, the AP reports. “I am just concerned that I am going to have a tsunami of new cases,” he said. “I truly hope I am wrong. But unfortunately history seems to repeat itself.”

I understand why Abbot of Texas is doing this ….he wants the news cycle to move beyond the disastrous cold snap in his state and since all pandemic news leads the cycle he wants some press other than the state’s failure of its people.

That brings me to Gov. “Tater Tot” Reeves of Mississippi….who knows?

If he cannot keep minorities from voting then maybe making the pandemic which hits minorities harder would solve the problem.  (I know a bit harsh on my part….but I can see NO reason for his action since our numbers are eeking up again)

Playing politics with human lives…does it get any more GOP than this?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

7 thoughts on “Closing Thought–03Mar21

  1. Big business and right-wing politics have never cared about ordinary people.
    So no change in those two states was to be expected.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. So, the news cycle explains the timing, and both states have a history of killing off people of color, so no surprise there, either.

    I had just hoped that officials might start to prioritize lives over their own selfish interests, but not yet, I guess.

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