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Topic Title: Florida GOP comes up with a doozy of an excuse for banning vaccine passports on cruises
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So ??????? Since when did the GOP give a crap about "minorities"?

Miami Herald

Florida GOP comes up with a doozy of an excuse for banning vaccine passports on cruises

| Editorial
the Miami Herald Editorial Board
Mon, June 14, 2021, 2:23 PM

Here's the latest cynical ploy Florida's GOP lawmakers have come up with to explain their short-sighted and irresponsible battle with the cruise industry over vaccine passports: We were only trying to protect minorities.

That's what the House sponsor the measure, Republican Rep. Tom Leek of Ormond Beach, told the Miami Herald last week as he tried to justify the state ban that has thrown the cruising industry into limbo.

Leek explained that he and other House Republicans think that requiring vaccinations would be unfair to minority populations because a higher percentage of white people have been vaccinated than Black or Hispanic people. Therefore, he said, requiring vaccines of people who get on board ships amounts to discrimination.

Really? That's why?

Funny, that's not what Gov. Ron DeSantis has been saying for weeks now. He's said Florida's law, which bans companies from requiring vaccines for service, is a matter of personal liberty - despite the fact medical experts have made clear that being vaccinated is the best way to prevent infection. But the governor has cast himself as the tough guy standing up for the little people by enforcing the law on big corporations.

So which is it? Personal liberty? Or a sudden interest in fighting discrimination against Black and brown people? (Of course, these are the same legislators who made it harder for Black and brown people to vote.)

It's neither, of course.

This is about politics. DeSantis is running for re-election with his eye on the 2024 presidential race. He's also benefited immensely from former President Trump's patronage, so he's playing to the base that wants to see him battling "The Man." (Never mind that DeSantis is, actually, The Man.)

So he continues to follow Trump's playbook, gambling with the health and welfare of anyone who gets on those ships in order to fight for some strange, distorted idea of a Right to Cruise. That, despite the fact that cruise lines are private companies that should be able to set their own health policies. Ever heard of "no shirt, no shoes, no service?"

It all amounts to a breathtaking stance for the governor of a state with at least 37,265 COVID deaths on his watch. But humility is not this governor's strength.

Business should be, though. The cruise industry is hugely important to the state. It employs about 600,000 South Floridians directly and indirectly. It contributes $9 billion to the state's economy, according to Andria Muniz-Amador, director of public affairs for PortMiami, in a Washington Post article.

Now, after 15 months that put thousands of Florida jobs on hold and cost the industry billions of dollars, cruise companies don't want to risk another catastrophic round of infections. Neither should DeSantis. The last thing we need in this state - or in the world, because these ships go all over - is another infected cruise boat trying to find a port.

The industry reportedly has continued to look for ways to work around the ban, but Republicans don't seem to care. They've made their political calculations. Whether it's personal liberty or a newfound desire to protect the needs of unvaccinated minorities who want to cruise - or need their cruise-related jobs - the excuse doesn't much matter. This is politics, and safety be damned.

 06/14/2021 02:33 PM
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...ever heard of HIPPA laws?


Not demoshits!

If YOU want to be VACCINATED...go for it!

Fuck Off trying to force your shit on others!


Edited: 06/14/2021 at 02:35 PM by Fish Killer
 06/14/2021 03:18 PM
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Ummmm, , , , , ahhhhhh, HIPPA, yes. Although HIPPA Does Not Apply in this instance.

I CAN NOT give your health info to anyone but, I can give my own health info to whomever I choose.
 06/14/2021 04:14 PM
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How proud their members must be for his ability to come up with this. Especially since they care about minorities about as much as people who fight fascism.


"One of the reasons why propaganda tries to get you to hate government is because it's the one existing institution in which people can participate to some extent and constrain tyrannical unaccountable power." Noam Chomsky.

 06/14/2021 05:54 PM
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Qotards are dumb fucks. It's proven fact.

 06/14/2021 06:55 PM
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What's funny to see here is a widening gap between the GOP (or whatever it is now) and Corporate America.

T'rump's "trade wars are easy to win" plan failed and US Corporations had to scramble and pay lots of logistical and warehousing unanticipated expenses. A sudden shift of manufacturing from China to Vietnam isn't cheap or easy.

People want kinder and gentler companies and those who don't mind flying a rainbow flag and recognizing a queer or transgendered customer. Well, the GOP doesn't. And the GOP wants to distance themselves from these sodomists.

Voting rights matter to people of color and poor people. The GOP doesn't care about them. When MLB and Coca-Cola was ok with moving out of an Atlanta suburb that is predominantly white, the GOP want to "cancel" baseball and coke.

The American Pastime and Coca-Cola. What are the two most iconic symbols of 20th Century America?

The GOP spit on them both.

What's the best way to get 3 maybe even 4 generations together at one place at one time? A cruise. Great-great Grandparents and their tiny progenies can all board, dine and laugh and play. And, the GOP wants to undercut the safety of all generations and they want to say, no private companies your rules of safety don't matter. We, the Government, know better.

Truly, what's left of the GOP has lost its way.

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