Tuesday, January 5, 2021

In Denial, here's the Wis. Republicans not-so COVID-19 pandemic "bill." Pandemic, what pandemic?

 It looks like WI Republicans gave up the sham appearance of supporting face masks with their latest "COVID-19 legislation," which totally ignores the deadly pandemic in every way. This is a truly sick in-your-face denial of the pandemic, and grotesque support of business over their constituents lives. 

There is No Pandemic #1: The first obvious, but also breathtaking proposal not seen since the Gilded Age; a return to abusive sweat-shop labor and dangerous working conditions:

The new GOP-backed proposal would give businesses, schools and governmental entities legal immunity if someone contracts COVID-19 on their premises, even if the entity isn’t following local, state or federal requirements to curb the spread of the virus.

You can't make this stuff up. THIS is okay with conservative voters? 

NOTE: Imagine the medical bills and debt families who are treated in a hospital for Covid-19 will be racking up, while businesses get a pass for being irresponsible. This is fucked up.  

There is No Pandemic #2: The second obvious slap at wearing masks at all: 

GOP lawmakers also pass a resolution calling on the Evers administration to reopen the state Capitol building. The resolution called on Evers' DOA to "immediately to provide free and open public access to the state capitol building." "The executive branch … may be impermissibly interfering with the ability of the legislative branch to carry out its legislative duties..."

Democrats tried unsuccessfully to amend the plan to require that people wear face masks when they're in the Capitol. Several GOP lawmakers attended session in person without masks, as did several members of the public in the legislative galleries.
There is No Pandemic #3: Can Republicans be any clearer? They really don't care about wearing masks, and they will force the public and children back into the workplace regardless of the pandemic, good or bad. For instance, Republicans think a lot can apparently happen with the virus in just 14 days:
Bar schools from providing virtual instruction, unless its school board votes to approve virtual instruction by a two-thirds vote of its members. Each approval would last only 14 days.

Limit local health officers’ ability to restrict capacity of businesses during the pandemic to 14-day periods, unless the local government approves an extension of such an order. Each extension could only last 14 days.

Bar DHS and local health officers from closing or forbidding gatherings in places of worship.


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