Florida is booming. The beaches are open, restaurants are open, schools are open and the economy is soaring. How did that happen? Basically, the Governor of Florida decided to ignore Dr. Fauci and the CDC recommendations to vaccinate first responders and medical professionals first.

Since the COVID virus was most dangerous to the elderly, and Florida had a large number of elderly retirees, Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to put the elderly first in line for the vaccine. Florida’s COVID death rate is no worse than the national average and better than several states that imposed tighter restrictions and mask mandates, according to CDC data.

The United Kingdom also decided to ignore Dr. Fauci. A Wall Street Journal Opinion story on April 1, 2021, by Marty Makary titled U.K. Vaccination Puts U.S. to Shame, tells the story that the U.K. also ignored Dr. Fauci and put their priority on giving everyone a first dose vaccination, and delaying booster shots so more people could get the initial shot. This strategy allowed the U.K. to achieve herd immunity much sooner than the United States. The story concludes “Fifty-nine percent of British adults are now vaccinated with one dose, vs. only 38 percent in the United States…. U.K. deaths now average 47 a day. The U.S. figure, 938, is 20 times as high in a country less than five times as populous.”

President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel famously said in 2008, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. I mean, it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

Democrats are taking Rahm Emanuel’s advice. Dr. Fauci now proposes that Americans wear two face masks. President Biden says if everyone follows the rules of continuing social distancing, wearing masks and getting vaccinated they might be allowed to have a backyard party on the 4th of July. A plethora of proposed legislation is on the table. These include Vaccine Passports, National ID cards for Americans, and bills mandating that workers be vaccinated.

States are fighting back. “We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said Monday. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”

Wisconsin’s legislators voted to approve Republican proposals that would bar health officials and employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations, require state workers to return to in-person work and give the GOP-controlled Legislature more power over how federal COVID-19 stimulus funds are spent in Wisconsin. Under one vaccination bill, state and local health officers would not be allowed to require the public to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. A second bill would bar employers from requiring their workers to receive vaccinations.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas recently announced that Texas lifted its mask rule and did away with limits on the number of diners who can be served indoors.

A recent story in The Hill by Alexander Bolton tells us, “A plan by Senate Democratic leaders to reform the nation’s immigration laws ran into strong opposition from civil liberties defenders even before lawmakers unveiled it. Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker in the nation to carry a national identification card with biometric information, such as a fingerprint.

Hmm, National ID Cards, mandated vaccinations, vaccine passports. What country do we live in? Sorry Rahm, you and your party are the crisis.

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