Stupid is as stupid does and Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is right now the poster child. Maybe he’s feeling suicidal because his mishandling of winter storm Uri was so egregious and so he wants to take as many Texans with him as possible. Only he knows, but you’re sure to hear some spin on Fox News tonight. Tuesday afternoon Abbott eliminated the mask mandate in the state and he said that businesses can go ahead and open up 100%. It’s been noted that today is the anniversary of Texas’ declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. Maybe Abbott thinks he’s Sam Houston, I have no idea. New York Times:

The director of the C.D.C., Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said at a White House virus briefing on Monday that she was “really worried” about the rollbacks of restrictions in some states. She cautioned that with the decline in cases “stalling” and with variants spreading, “we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained.”

And the plateauing case levels “must be taken extremely seriously,” Dr. Walensky warned at a briefing last week. She added: “I know people are tired; they want to get back to life, to normal. But we’re not there yet.”

Though conditions have improved from a huge surge over the holidays, the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly in Texas. The state has been averaging about 7,600 new cases a day recently, a figure that has rebounded after a drop in February when testing was disrupted by a severe winter storm. It is among the top 10 states in recent spread, relative to the size of its population, with a daily average of 27 cases for every 100,000 people, according to a New York Times database.

And Texans are still dying of Covid 19 in significant numbers: The state reported an average of 227 Covid-19 deaths a day over the past week.

It’s speculated that Abbott is caving to pressures from his local GOP.

“Texas will experience more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths,” state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, a Democrat from the border city of Laredo, told Abbott in a letter Monday.

Laredo, whose population is predominately Latino, has endured some of the worst  outbreaks of the pandemic, running out of beds in hospital intensive care units as recently as January. The international trade hub has been among Texas’ most aggressive cities in trying to blunt the spread of the virus, taking measures that have included curfews.

“Elected by the people, your most fundamental obligation is their health and safety. Please do not abrogate your duty,” Raymond said.

I cannot imagine that this is going to end well. I guess we’ll just have to wait and watch.

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  1. Mississippi is joining them, because the vaccine will fix everything just by existing, right?

    I hope people in those states continue going by the rules, but I suspect that the GQP members never will.

  2. Looking at all the damage this virus has caused, I have one quote: “Ominous Warning’s We Fail To Heed”. How do we not take care of ourselves?? Just moving from Los Angeles I guess Im clear on what it will do to people who think this is just a joke. Take precautions its real and does not discriminate!!!STAY SAFE

  3. Why not open up? Buyden has already opened the boarders to the south allowing any and all untested, undocumented, illegal aliens into our country during a pandemic. Why would americans spread this virus any more than these illegals.

  4. This is the second time ABBOTT lifted public health policies designed to keep people safe from the deadly covid virus. The first time abbott selfishly ended his state’s efforts to keep Texan’s safe from the virus,his efforts resulted in such a LARGE SURGE in covid cases that he was FORCED to mandate mask wearing .He is like an idiot who is so unsure of himself and keeps making the same mistakes over and over. Abbott is not only dangerously stupid, he is a selfish and self-centered as he PERCEIVES a political ADVANTAGE by doing anything and EVERYTHING TO OPPOSE MY PRESIDENT BIDEN.THE TIME HAS LONG AGO PASSED, WHERE WE SHOULD BE REACHING OUT TO THOSE OPPOSSED TO OUR GREAT AMERICAN PRESIDENT IN A FALSE SENSE OF SOLIDARITY. ANYONE WHO ATTEMPTS TO OVERTHROW THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAMEWAY WE TREATED OSOMA BIN LADEN. YOU ARE AN ENEMY and MUST BE TREATED AS AN ENEMY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


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