Senate Democrats Understand Covid Tradeoffs
More correctly, they understand Covid tradeoffs for themselves.
“Senate Democrats, some of whom have decried their G.O.P. colleagues’ lenient attitude toward masking, have adopted an unofficial ‘Don’t Test, Don’t Tell,’ protocol of late, particularly as they endeavor to pass the historic Inflation Reduction Act this weekend,” a senior Senate aide told Puck News. “They’re not going to delay it if a member has gotten COVID… Counterparts are saying they’re not going to test anymore. It’s not an official mandate but we all know we’re not letting COVID get in the way. The deal is happening. Less testing, just wear masks and get it done.”
This is from Matt Margolis, “Democrats Nix COVID Precautions to Ensure Vote on Spending Bill in Senate,” PJ Media, August 6, 2022.
I’ve found that Margolis’s title writer sometimes overstates but this one appears to be accurate.
We opponents of lockdowns and compulsory masking over the last 2.5 years have consistently pointed out that there are tradeoffs: even if the lockdowns and masking requirements that many people want would be effective, they will have costs. The Senate Democrats understand that. They are willing to throw caution to the wind, giving up their own Covid conventions so they can raise our taxes, spend money on green pork, and shelter even high income people from paying for health insurance.
Tradeoffs for me but not for thee.