Doing all the wrong things

Ron DeSantis is making every effort to kill as many Floridians as he can.

The Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Board of Education could withhold the salaries of superintendents and school board members who defy the governor’s executive order prohibiting mask mandates.

Now…why would school officials impose mask mandates?

To try to reduce the body count among students, teachers and staff. That’s it, that’s the reason. It’s not a personal insult to DeSantis, it’s an attempt to keep casualties down.

It’s extremely odd and unpleasant to see an elected official planning to punish other officials for doing that. Some people are choosing to see it as a political shouting match, but the reality is that it’s an epidemiological precaution. That’s all it is.

“With respect to enforcing any financial consequences for noncompliance of state law regarding these rules and ultimately the rights of parents to make decisions about their children’s education and health care decisions, it would be the goal of the State Board of Education to narrowly tailor any financial consequences to the offense committed. For example, the State Board of Education could move to withhold the salary of the district superintendent or school board members, as a narrowly tailored means to address the decision-makers who led to the violation of law.

Parents don’t have a “right” to make health care decisions for their children that endanger other people’s children. They don’t have a right to withhold necessary precautions from their children, either. Children have rights too, and if parents violate them, sometimes the state has to step in.

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