Thursday, January 14, 2021

Politicians’ COVID Hypocrisy Destroys People’s Faith In Government; House Dems will deduct pay from GOP lawmakers who refuse to wear masks, and other C-Virus Updates

Politicians’ COVID Hypocrisy Destroys People’s Faith In Government:
The resignation of Dr. Deborah Birx following revelations that she violated government recommendations on social distancing is the latest example of people in high places disregarding the rules they make for the rest of us. From the beginning of the pandemic, when social distancing rules were given the force of law, some politicians — including those who imposed them — have chosen not to follow them.
Hypocrisy in high office is nothing new. But when government officials break COVID rules, they are not just showing the country that they are personally dishonest; they are giving a doubtful public the impression that the rules are not as important as they say.
Faced with declining trust across institutions, high-ranking scofflaws make the problem worse when they give people tangible proof that they are not to be trusted. That makes it harder to convince people to sacrifice to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
It also causes people to lose trust in the system as a whole, trust that is essential to a functioning republic. Politicians’ hypocrisy does not just undermine their personal credibility, it damages the already fragile system of trust that makes society function. --->READ MORE HERE
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House Dems will deduct pay from GOP lawmakers who refuse to wear masks:
The House of Representatives is preparing to dock the pay of legislators who refuse to wear masks, after three House members who sheltered with maskless fellow lawmakers during last week’s Capitol riots tested positive for COVID-19.
A senior House Democratic aide confirmed to The Post that the fines will be adopted Tuesday night as part of legislation urging Vice President Mike Pence to oust President Trump using the 25th Amendment.
“The rule for the [Rep. Jamie] Raskin resolution tonight will include language implementing a fine system (similar to what Republicans implemented in 2017 for filming on the floor) for non-compliance with the Speaker’s mask requirement on the House Floor,” the source said.
There will be a “$500 fine for first offense. $2,500 for second offense. Fines will be deducted from Member pay (no use of campaign funds or [Members’ Representational Allowance] for fines).” --->READ MORE HERE
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