Vote Russ Diamond for State Representative

Science? What Science?

A recent court case in Butler County confirmed that Tom Wolf's actions to shut down our economy and put hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians out of work violated our constitution rights.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the governor responded by signing an executive order in mid-March that ordered businesses to close and people to stay home. We were told the Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine were basing their decisions on science, but we have subsequently learned that was not true.

I joined my House colleagues in challenging the administration to provide evidence that it was "following the science," but the proof was not forthcoming. We filed Right-to-Know (RTK) requests and found the Office of Open Records closed and all work to comply with RTK requests suspended indefinitely.

County leaders, state representatives and citizens of Butler County, fed up with the shutdown and subsequent extensions, the administration's inconsistent messaging, arbitrary rules and threats for noncompliance, challenged the administration's actions as arbitrary and unconstitutional. And won.

In County of Butler v. Wolf, the administration had ample opportunity to present experts and the scientific data on which it based its orders. Instead, it called on members of the pandemic work group to defend the administration's actions. Here are some of the questions and answers contained in the testimony in this court case about the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

This is the same approach Wolf & Levine have applied in locking down scholastic sports as well as restaurants, bars, and social clubs. Wolf's supporters in the House of Representatives, while contributing to veto-proof majorities to pass bills addressing sporting events and food & beverage establishments, balked and flip-flopped when it came to actually overriding those vetoes.

I don't know about you, but in my book none of this qualifies as science at all.
Russ Diamond

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