No Freedom Loving Thinking American Should Accept Being Governed Like This
“We have the data, we know this is where the problem is. Are we going to tell you exactly which bars? No, we’re not going to do that.” PA Gov. Tom Wolf
Levine and Wolf claim to “have the data” that the rise in coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania can be “traced back to places people are drinking alcohol”, but they “
can’t [will not] tell” us because in South Korea, Wolf thinks, they released data that led to “online ridicule and judgment”.
Ridicule and Judgement
Wolf called Pennsylvanians “cowards” and ” deserters” and threatened that any business who would dare defy Levine and his decrees could have their business licenses revoked and risked losing state and federal funds. And he has made his threats good by punishing Lebanon County businesses.
Wolf and Levine want Pennsylvanians bullied, ridiculed and judged until it becomes ‘socially unacceptable’ to be caught without a face mask.
But concerning the secret data, preventing potential prospective online ridicule and judgement is more crucial to Wolf than sharing the data to assist Pennsylvanians in making intelligent decisions on their own, such as where they may or may not want to dine? How deadly is this virus? Levine and Wolf are wielding power and controlling the lives of Pennsylvanians that is unprecedented. They claim to have data that could literally be life-saving if you plan on taking an octogenarian to a restaurant for a birthday dinner yet they will not share that data with us.
Are there any bars or restaurants in any of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania with no rise in or confirmed cases of coronavirus? Levine and Wolf contend that ordering all bars closed in all 67 counties is targeted enforcement. What?! How does a restaurant, bar, county, press, legislator, anyone dispute secret data that is used to make life-altering and potentially business shuttered forever decisions? Exactly!
What affects more Pennsylvanian’s lives, Wolf’s and Levine’s edicts based on their secret data or a dunk tank at the Bloomsburg Fair? Which is the media more interested in?
By Greg Pickel | firstname.lastname@example.org / Updated Jul 21, 2020; Posted Jul 21, 2020
Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that the state has evidence indicating a recent rise in the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases in Pa., can, at least in part, be traced back to places people are drinking alcohol.
It’s part of the reason why Wolf, in conjunction with Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, ordered all bars that cannot serve a meal to close while also mandating that alcohol can only be consumed on a business’ premise if it is sold within a meal transaction.
A meal is defined by Pa. law as food that is prepared and is sufficient to constitute breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The prepared part means a bag of chips, pretzels, or peanuts is not OK, but a $1 hot dog is.
Wolf acknowledged during a news conference that also thanked frontline workers at York’s WellSpan hospital that loopholes will always be found, like a cheap hot dog or a single slice of pizza, but added that the measures that went into effect almost a week ago are aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 on the same day the state reported over 1,000 new cases for the third time this month.
“I mean, are there loopholes and ways to do an end-run around any piece of legislation or any policy? Absolutely,” Wolf said. “The key is, we just have to keep coming back to the point that everybody here [at the news conference made] and that is, do you want your family members, your co-workers, your friends, your neighbors, to end up [at the hospital]? If you don’t, then let’s try to do the things that; is it a frustrating thing to go through if you’re a restaurant? Absolutely. Or a bar owner? Absolutely. The problem is, isn’t it more frustrating to go through what the bar owners and restaurant owners are going through in Florida, where people are just not going to come to the bar?
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In signing the new order last week, Wolf also closed nightclubs and music clubs while reducing indoor dining to 25 percent capacity. Additionally, outdoor gatherings were limited to 250 people, and all bar service, inside or outside, must be stopped. One important note, however, is that a wedding venue is allowed to serve customers at a bar only if they then go to a seat where a meal will be served.
Wolf was also asked about the idea of providing specific examples of contact tracing that has tied a sizable number of new confirmed coronavirus cases to bars and restaurants. He said that the state does have that information but is not releasing it on a bar-by-bar basis, pointing to reports out of South Korea back in March that said the country’s decision to provide voluminous and specific information about confirmed coronavirus cases led to some people who were infected experiencing what the BBC said was online ridicule and judgment.
“Dr. Levine said every region of the [state], not every county but the majority of the counties, in every region of the state has seen an uptick in cases, and when I say focus, what we focused on is we know that those are coming from places where people are coming together and in close contact where they’re drinking. That’s bars. And so, the order, I think, has really addressed that in a targeted way.
“We can’t tell you, I mean, that has been done, where a bar has been identified, and that has created all kinds of problems. I think that was South Korea did that. We don’t want to do that. We think that’s inappropriate. We have the data, we know this is where the problem is. Are we going to tell you exactly which bars? No, we’re not going to do that.”