Do we follow the science - or the politics?

Some public officials ignore science in ordering covid-19 rules

Posted 5/28/21

By  Thomas Knapp

Special to the Chronicle

 Last month, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance for Americans who have had both shots. It’s safe, the CDC said, for those …

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Do we follow the science - or the politics?

Some public officials ignore science in ordering covid-19 rules

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By  Thomas Knapp
Special to the Chronicle

 Last month, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance for Americans who have had both shots. It’s safe, the CDC said, for those fully vaccinated against covid-19 to  resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.
Outdoors. Indoors. Whether everyone present is vaccinated or not. 
Vaccinated? You’re good to go.
That, presumably, is the science part. 
The political part is except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance – and in the US House of Representatives.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, in her infinite wisdom, decreed through Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, Attending Physician of the US Congress and the UAS Supreme Court that the mask mandate will continue in force on the House floor “until all members and floor staff are fully vaccinated.”
Last September, Pelosi issued a press release hat “we need science, not politics. The American people need to hear directly from the scientists about how the virus spreads and what precautions are necessary.”
Last October, Pelosi insisted in another press release that “it has always been imperative that we follow the science.”
Last November, Pelosi told NPR’s Ari Shapiro that “the [Trump] Administration has refused to follow the science. They have contempt for science ...”
Now that “the science” isn’t saying what she wants it to say, as it’s been energetically massaged to do for more than a year now, she’s got a sudden case of said contempt herself. What’s up with that?
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, said, It’s about control. She wants to control the House” – as if he has no say.
Scalise is right, but he’s not thinking big enough. Pelosi doesn’t just want to control the House. She wants to run the country and, for that matter, the world.
The covid-19 pandemic represented opportunity knocking.
Opportunity  to throw unthinkable sums of money at key Democratic constituencies and major Democratic policy priorities.
Opportunity for state government Democrats to seize previously unthinkable powers in the name of “public health,” no matter how specious the justifications.
Opportunity to rule without limits.
It’s easy to see why she’s unwilling to stand aside as that opportunity slips away, why she’s frantically grasping at it.
It was never about science. Nancy Pelosi just stopped pretending it was.
Thomas Knapp (Twitter: @thomaslknapp) is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org).

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