BLM advocate and PA Gov. Tom Wolf chose to issue unilateral decrees, now he doesn’t want to be held accountable for his unprecedented, draconian and unconstitutional decrees.
In April when Wolf was asked about the federal role in reopening Pennsylvania he said the federal government has given states the responsibility to take action on key decisions through the crisis. And added “We also have the responsibility … to figure out how we’re going to reopen.” (I think we all know who “We” is.) New York Gov. Andrew “no bail” Cuomo said reopening states was a decision for the governors.
By John Finnerty CNHI News Service 16 Sept. 2020
YORK — Gov. Tom Wolf angrily pledged to appeal a federal court ruling that declared much of his mitigation strategy to limit the spread of coronavirus unconstitutional and blasted Republicans at the state and national level who’ve been critical of his actions and cheered the ruling.
“Yesterday Harrisburg Republicans celebrated while thousands and thousands in our state continue to suffer,” Wolf said. “The president could do nothing more than stare at his phone and tweet.”
U.S. District Court Judge William Stickman ruled Monday that Wolf’s limits on crowd sizes of 25 people indoors and 250 people outdoors violate the First Amendment, and that the state’s move to close non-essential business was a violation of the 14th Amendment.
Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said that the judge’s decision doesn’t impact many of the other orders put in place by the state to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“The orders that the governor and I put in place on mask-wearing, mandatory telework, worker safety, building safety and hospital safety are all still in effect to protect Pennsylvanians, especially our frontline workers,” Levine said. “These existing — and still valid — orders were put in place in the absence of any federal leadership at a time when life-saving decisions needed to be made. Saving lives has been the cornerstone of all of our decisions,” Levine said.
Stickman, a 2019 President Trump appointee, noted that the state’s initial actions were aimed at “flattening the curve” but that as the months have dragged on, the state’s emergency actions have continued without any explanation for when they might end.
Wolf, speaking at a press conference in York, said that the judge’s decision failed to give the state credit for having taken actions that saved lives and prevented Pennsylvania from seeing as much loss of life as neighboring states like New Jersey and New York.
“What’s not up for debate is the early and decisive action that Secretary Levine, my administration and I took early in this pandemic saved lives,” Wolf said. “The federal government dithered” while Pennsylvania acted.
Levine’s Life-Saving Decision
Levine who after ordering nursing homes and other long-term facilities to continue admitting COVID-19 patients secretly moved his mother out of an assisted living facility. Prior to the secret move Levine had said, “[W]e need to make sure that our loved ones in nursing homes stay safe. And that is why actually I am not able to visit my mother, either.”
And as recently reported:
Even now, more than six months after covid-19 arrived in Pennsylvania, the public still doesn’t have a complete picture of how many people have died or been sickened by the virus inside these vulnerable facilities.