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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:39 AM

Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond

THE GOVERNOR of Texas, Greg Abbott (R), is gambling with the health of his state and beyond. He announced plans on Tuesday to completely open establishments next week and lift a face mask mandate for public areas, retreating from the vital measures needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. While everyone is eager for a break from restrictions, Mr. Abbott’s decision is premature and reckless.

On Monday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, warned that the recent declines in daily new infections and deaths had stalled, a worrisome sign just as new virus variants are spreading. The number of new cases per day has been stuck nationwide at about 70,000 on a rolling average for a week, she noted, expressing concern that “more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from covid-19.”

“Please hear me clearly,” she added. “At this level of cases, with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. These variants are a very real threat to our people and our progress. Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know can stop the spread of covid-19 in our communities, not when we are so close. We have the ability to stop a potential fourth surge of cases in this country. Please stay strong in your conviction. Continue wearing your well-fitted mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work.”

If there was any lesson from the disastrous push by then-President Donald Trump last year to open up — which triggered a massive Sun Belt surge of infection in Texas, Florida and Arizona — it is not to lift restrictions too soon. But Mr. Abbott, a Republican whose state was buffeted by a devastating power outage during a winter storm recently, seems determined to forget last year’s lessons. He announced Texas can return to full capacity next week as long as local hospitals are not experiencing high levels of covid patients. The governor issued an executive order saying that except in high hospitalization areas “there are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment.” While local officials can demand some limits below 100 percent, they cannot order establishments to close to less than 50 percent, and no jurisdiction can impose a penalty of any kind for failure to wear a face mask.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/greg-abbott-is-endangering-the-health-of-texas-and-beyond/2021/03/02/55105860-7ba6-11eb-a976-c028a4215c78_story.html

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Reply Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Mar 3 OP
Skittles Mar 3 #1
SCantiGOP Mar 3 #3
Skittles Mar 3 #5
NJCher Mar 3 #7
SCantiGOP Mar 3 #2
fantase56 Mar 3 #4
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 3 #6
no_hypocrisy Mar 3 #8
chriscan64 Mar 3 #9

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:50 AM

1. gotta take the spotlight off of that grid

it's all about power with Abbott, the man is one fucked up piece of shit

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:59 AM

3. So, his strategy is

to distract from killing people by gross incompetence, by killing people with gross incompetence.
Genius.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:19 AM

5. he knows his stupid supporters will blame the libs for the virus

but he knows the jig is up with who caused the blackouts

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:03 AM

7. I think

We can safely say that the man lacks creativity.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:57 AM

2. I liked the analogy someone made tonight

It’s like having cancer, and after 4 months of a 6 month chemo schedule they say: “Great news. You’re doing better than we expected” .... so you cancel the rest of the treatments.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:01 AM

4. As long as they stay the f$#k

out of New Mexico. Sick of seeing Texas license plates here!!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:26 AM

6. Gregg is an asshole

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 06:29 AM

8. How soon before Abbott starts ads in the other 49 states,

bragging that "Texas is open, real open, for business"? And invites them to move to TX: low taxes and no masks.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:01 AM

9. Case levels are near those of second wave which triggered the mask mandate.

The article mentioned Abbott forgetting last year's lessons, but he also misses the lesson of 2 weeks ago: Making regulations voluntary is poor governance. The energy regulators who are getting all the blame had no authority to require winterization of power plants, by law all they could do was to "recommend best practices".

He seems to value the freedom to do the wrong thing more than the benefits of doing the right thing.

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