From: PDX (and now) London, UK
Here's one example of how opponents attack:
"Republicans are not here to protect you or your family,” said Garcia. “Governor Abbott finally admitted that prematurely opening Texas is going to lead to more cases and more deaths. Republicans are putting our families’ lives at risk so their billionaire donors can get richer. What Texas Republicans say in public yet again doesn’t match what they say in private.
“He knew deaths would happen by reopening Texas and now he needs to own it,” said Garcia.
I'm not very familiar with Abbot. I don't know if he's smart or not, ethical or not, cautious or reckless. I'd give him the benefit of the doubt on those issues since he's the leader of a major state and since most people do try to do what's right. But I find the attack by his opponent loathsome. "Republicans are putting our families' lives at risk so their billionaire donors can get richer." Attacks go both ways in politics, but this kind of stuff is really bad.
Well, here is a different take on that article.
The quote you used is not from an expert or anyone associated with the paper, it's from a democratic adversary, and it comes right at the end. This is a quote from a call Abbot made with congress. Doesn't sound too good when you read it out, especially if you're vulnerable or have loved ones who are, as many do.
“How do we know reopening businesses won’t result in faster spread of more cases of COVID-19?” Abbott asked during a Friday afternoon phone call with members of the state legislature and Congress. “Listen, the fact of the matter is pretty much every scientific and medical report shows that whenever you have a reopening—whether you want to call it a reopening of businesses or of just a reopening of society—in the aftermath of something like this, it actually will lead to an increase and spread. It’s almost ipso facto.”
“The more that you have people out there, the greater the possibility is for transmission,” Abbott said on the call, which a spokesperson confirmed was authentic on Tuesday. “The goal never has been to get transmission down to zero.”
The article continued by saying that this was very different than the public message. Understandably.
This is a more positive take in a public message. Sounds reasonable, unless you've heard the quote from the call to the congress.
“This may come up in answer to a future question, but the main thing that we look for—and this is the primary number that I’ve seen doctors and epidemiologists use—is that what we want to see is a reduction in the percentage of people who test positive,” said Abbott. “If we can continue to achieve that, that means that we have COVID-19 under the control that we need. And that’s what we’re looking to achieve.”
This rag is outside your usual target zone for these posts. I'd never heard of it before. Here is something to see how it stands up to examination.
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