Pennsylvania Governor calls counties that are reopening "cowardly," "selfish," and "unsafe"
Pennsylvania's governor Tom Wolf insisted yesterday that he is, in fact, wearing clothes.
Like many states, Pennsylvania has seen the majority of its COVID-19 cases in just a few counties that incorporate large urban centers.
A reasonable strategy would allow the counties with relatively few cases and deaths to start opening up, but "reasonable" isn't in the vocabulary of some politicians.
Gov. Wolf unleashed a tirade yesterday against the leaders and citizens of several counties in his state who plan to open up in defiance of his heavy-handed shutdown orders:
Over this past weekend, some have decided to surrender to this enemy. These are politicians who were elected to serve their fellow citizens. Others are business owners who have chosen to serve their customers by putting them in harm’s way. These folks are choosing to desert in the face of the enemy.
In the middle of a war that we Pennsylvanians are winning, and must win.
To those politicians who decide to cave in to this coronavirus, they need to understand the consequences of their cowardly act.
To make matters worse, Gov. Wolf also threatened business owners with legal action if they defy his all-knowing bureaucrats:
To business owners: These politicians put you at risk of losing your health department certificate. They put you business owners at risk of losing your liquor license. They put you business owners at risk of losing your certificate of occupancy. All of these depend upon your doing everything you can to keep your patrons safe. And by opening before the evidence suggests you should, you are taking undue risks with the safety of your customers.
Let's be clear about the situation in Pennsylvania: Of the 3,416 coronavirus-related deaths, 2,109 of them (62%) have occurred in just four of the state's 67 counties. The vast majority of counties (40) have seen between 0 and 5 deaths.
But the people in those 40 counties haven't been saved from the economic devastation of Wolf's lockdown orders. They've lost jobs, livelihoods, and businesses, and they want to put food on the table.
To borrow a quote from Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, it isn't "cowardly" to want to feed your kids.
It isn't "surrendering" to the virus to want to have a future.
And it isn't American to threaten legal businesses with bureaucratic shutdown because a governor wants to impose a policy designed for Philadelphia on a rural community like Franklin County.
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