Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Florida’s Priority

It’s pretty obvious what’s most important to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis:

As the number of Florida coronavirus cases continues to climb and after his own administration announced that those who work at elder-care facilities must now be tested, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he’s not considering another shutdown.

“We’re not rolling back,” DeSantis said during a news conference when asked whether he would consider stopping some reopening efforts. “The reason we did the mitigation was to protect the hospital system.”

On Tuesday, Florida reported 2,783 new coronavirus cases, more than it has ever recorded in a single day. It was the fourth time in six days that the state reported a record number of cases.

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He suggested that Floridians should be living with the virus without the prospect of shutting down the economy again.

“You have to have society function. You have to be able to have a cohesive society. That’s the best way to be able to deal with the impacts of the virus,” DeSantis said. “To suppress a lot of working-age people at this point I don’t think would be very effective.”

So it’s the money that matters.  Sure, people are gonna die, but that’s what makes America great.  As long as the cash registers ring, it’s an acceptable risk, and since Florida’s tax structure is based on sales and tourism taxes, it’s how it works.  That’s his idea of a cohesive and functioning society.

Pretty hard to do when you have over 2.1 million people infected and 116,000 dead in the the U.S.; the largest count in the world.