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Flattening the curve and Vermont's economy

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By John Klar

May 20, 2020

 

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Courts in at least five states have now weighed in on the constitutionality of their respective efforts to impose restrictions on fundamental liberties because of the coronavirus.  In four out of five, the laws were struck down (though Oregon's Supreme Court is taking up an appeal of the recent decision there.)  In this legal atmosphere, Vermont's Senate is considering mandatory masks for all Green Mountain State denizens in retail settings.

Vermont governor Phil Scott has been self-congratulatory of his patchwork of restrictive COVID-19 restrictions, recently praising Vermont's response as "the envy of the nation."  But Vermont's haphazard conglomeration of restrictions has been cobbled together piecemeal, appearing to have sidestepped even a cursory consideration of constitutionality.

The nation may not much envy Vermont's economy six months hence.  Most of its businesses were shut down by the governor's executive orders, but Walmart (which just reported a massive spike in sales) was permitted to remain open.  Restaurants were closed, but the drive-through at McDonald's hummed along.  In the zeal to appear heroic in response to a virus, many Democrat governors (and "Republican" Phil Scott) rushed blindly without regard to business realities.  Many workers (and all state workers) have received relief — but not businesses.

A federal district court in Kentucky enjoined Louisville from restricting church services; a federal district court in Kansas and a state court in Oregon did likewise in their respective jurisdictions.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Governor Tony Evers "exceeded his authority" in stay-at-home orders.  In response:

[T]he [Wisconsin] governor encouraged people in his state to continue "to stay safer at home, practice social distancing, and limit travel, because folks, deadly viruses don't wait around for politicians and bureaucrats to settle their differences or promulgate rules."

Unfortunately, economic collapse doesn't "wait around," either.

 

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ThePatriot

Vermont politicians that support this lunacy are cretins.  "Flattening the curve"?  More like their brains have been flattened...

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MontyPython
10 hours ago, ThePatriot said:

Vermont politicians that support this lunacy are cretins.  "Flattening the curve"?  More like their brains have been flattened...

I'd like to flatten their faces with a frying pan, like in the cartoons.

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