Don’t Give Employers a COVID Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card!

What happens if or when the Democrats in Congress make a deal with the corrupt, corporate loving GOP devils?

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This is by David Sirota and Julia Rock, published in The Guardian.

“Support from Democratic lawmakers for the liability shield legislation comes after the same healthcare lobby group that drafted New York’s law has poured more than $11m into House and Senate Democratic Super PACs.

“The party, though, doesn’t seem to want its own voters to know the details of the deal it is cutting with the Republican party: in a comically on-the-nose attempt at a bait-and-switch, the Democratic senator Joe Manchin touted the legislation as only financial aid for communities – leaving out the fact that it includes a liability shield for corporations.

“US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been one of the few Democratic lawmakers to spotlight what’s really going on. Last week, she tweeted: “If you want to know why Covid-19 relief is tied up in Congress, one key reason is that Republicans are demanding legal…

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9 thoughts on “Don’t Give Employers a COVID Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card!

    • I read once that it takes about 6 months to change habits. The pandemic has been with us for almost a year now. I wonder what it’s going to be like to return to old routines after living with the new ones for so long – easy, hard, somewhere in between?

      • I live in a vibrant retirement community full of fascinating people – and we’ve all fetl cut off at the knees.

        We can’t wait to get back to seeing each other – and those who travel, to going places – and those with kids, to see our kids.

        It’s been lonely, and stressful, and we’re doing the best that we can – but it will be nice not to have someone be required to ‘supervise’ us in the pool (lest we touch the railings and it not get sanitized after).

        Staff and residents are soldiering on, but it’s a lot less fun.

      • My sister lives (she’s in her early 90s) in a retirement community near Seattle similar to the one you describe. She has also said how much she enjoyed seeing her friends that live in the same complex, and traveling places with them on the community bus. I’m sure she would agree with you totally.

      • We’re among the ten youngest here – I pushed for the move for three reasons: my mobility is limited (long carpeted hallways work VERY well for my Airwheel S8); I wanted each of us to have ready access to help to take care of the other, if and when it becomes necessary; and the house and yard were getting WAY too much for husband to deal with when I stopped being able to help, even with an assistant.

        I was also getting lonely – a trip up to the Princeton chapel to sing on Sundays with a tiny Catholic choir was not a social even, much as I loved it. My other singing event, the Princeton Folk Music Society monthly meetings (and concerts), were getting much harder for me to handle.

        The New Jersey weather didn’t help.

        I think the BIGGEST mistake most people make with these places is NOT MOVING SOON ENOUGH so that both spouses (for couples) can adjust and make friends and be part of the community BEFORE they need higher levels of care.

        So many move because one has problems – and then it’s often an emergency, and definitely not optimum.

      • Some also refuse to change anything as age and health take their toll. I lost a good friend that did that, refused to admit he wasn’t young and healthy and had to adjust.

      • The incomprehensible part is that they won’t even consider it – and then their bias is confirmed because they come when it is too late to enjoy the change and embrace it – and living like this might have even made their decline less.

        Not everyone can afford every option, and I’m not counting those who can’t among those who are making bad decisions.

        But it’s all I can do some times to welcome new people – when the wife already has dementia, or the husband is much older (common) and is visibly fading.

        The well spouse has a lot of work to do. And they are the least-happy of our newcomers.

    • I’m good. As far as I know, I have avoided the virus. Spending a lot of time alone. I only go out for a couple of hours about once even two weeks.

      Working on home improvement projects. Writing my next two to four books. Meeting others through Zoom or WebEx.

      What are you and yours up to?

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