Which Way Wednesday? Vaccines by May and $1.9Tn – So What?

Ben Sargent Takes on the Texas 'Stay Home' ProtestersStill not enough? 

As I pointed out last week, these things don't happen in a vacuum and the vacuum at the center of the US economy really sucks.  The stimulus package is being passed, Biden has stepped up the pace of vaccination so that we all should have our shots by Memorial Day and, just this morning, the Governor of Texas announced the state will be "100% open as of March 10th" and sure, he's an idiot and not listening to Health Experts but neither is MIssissippi Governor, Tate Reeves, who will open up his state on the 9th.  

"Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!," Reeves tweeted Tuesday.  In the last year, Texans have "mastered the daily habits to avoid getting Covid," Abbott said. As of Monday, 6.57% of Texans have been fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University.  "Now is not the time to reverse the gains we've worked so hard to achieve," Harris County Judge Lina Hidago said in a written objection: "At best, today's decision is wishful thinking. At worst, it is a cynical attempt to distract Texans from the failures of state oversight of our power grid."

Even Jason Brewer, of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, thinks this is a bad idea – saying: 

"Relaxing common-sense safety protocols like wearing masks is a mistake.  Going backwards on safety measures will unfairly put retail employees back in the role of enforcing guidelines still recommended by the CDC and other public health advocates.  It could also jeopardize the safety of pharmacies and grocers that are gearing up as vaccination centers."
Trump's Screechy Swan Song: Lining Up Ugly Ducklings for Biden | Random  Lengths NewsHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Abbott's announcement "really undermines all of the sacrifices that have been made by medical professionals, doctors, nurses, EMS workers, firefighters, police officers, municipal workers, people in the community."  Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night


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