Thursday, April 21, 2022

Their Inner Fascist is Revealed

 Rhode Island SB 2552 requires immunization:

(e) Any person who violates this chapter shall be required to pay a monthly civil penalty of fifty dollars ($50.00) and shall owe twice the amount of personal income taxes as would otherwise be assessed pursuant to chapter 30 of title 44. All employers must require proof of compliance with this chapter for any employee employed in in-person work within the State of Rhode Island. Employers may choose to waive proof of compliance with this chapter for purely remote work. Any employer found to be knowingly in violation of this section for more than seven (7) days shall be required to pay a monthly civil penalty of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for every 28 violation.[emphasis added]

If this was 2020 or 2021, this extraordinary measure might have some plausible public health rationale.  But in April 2022?  This last week 70% of all ICU beds were occupied; 3.61% were COVID-19.  Inpatient beds were 73% occupied; 3% were COVID-19.  There are still a lot of sick people out there, but this continuing panic and this response are completely irrational.  Rhode Island's numbers are similarly tiny.

I guess gun owners should consider themselves lucky that the fascists have grabbed onto some other crisis for demonstrating moral superiority over the deplorables.  This is just punishment for failure to run around, scream and shout.

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