Two pictures of abject stupidity

If you enjoy seeing something really, really stupid, take a look at this table and the graph that follows:

Polio Vaccine Mandates for Child Care and Elementary Schools
State Childcare requirement Elementary school requirement
Polio vaccine required? Number of Polio vaccine doses required Date implemented Polio vaccine required? Number of Polio vaccine doses required Date implemented
Alabama Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Alaska Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3 Longstanding
Arizona Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Arkansas Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes Longstanding
California Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Colorado Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Connecticut Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3 Longstanding
Delaware Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Dist of Columbia Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 4 Longstanding
Florida Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Georgia Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Hawaii Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Idaho Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Illinois Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 4-5 Longstanding
Indiana Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Iowa Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Kansas Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Kentucky Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Louisiana Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Maine Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 4 Longstanding
Maryland Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3 Longstanding
Massachusetts Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-5 Longstanding
Michigan Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Minnesota Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Mississippi Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Missouri Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3 or more Longstanding
Montana Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Nebraska Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3 Longstanding
Nevada Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
New Hampshire Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
New Jersey Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
New Mexico Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
New York Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
North Carolina Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
North Dakota Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Ohio Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Oklahoma Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Oregon Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 4 Longstanding
Pennsylvania Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Rhode Island Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 4 Longstanding
South Carolina Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3 Longstanding
South Dakota Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Tennessee Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Texas Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Utah Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Vermont Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 4 Longstanding
Virginia Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Washington Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
West Virginia Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3 Longstanding
Wisconsin Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Wyoming Yes Age-appropriate Longstanding Yes 3-4 Longstanding
Reproduced from National Academy for State Health Policy. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Yes, you’re reading that right. Every single state in America mandates — that’s MANDATES –3 TO 4 polio vaccinations.

Now look at this graph of COVID vaccine mandates and mandate bans.

Reproduced from National Academy for State Health Policy. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Do you live in a stupid state or a smart state? (Sadly, I happen to live in a really, really stupid state.)

Yes, only 4 states are smart enough to mandate COVID vaccinations while 17 really, really stupid states, being led by really, really stupid governors and legislatures, not only don’t mandate COVID vaccinations, they actually BAN mandates!

Why?

And in many of those states, schools mandate vaccinations for measles, polio, and chickenpox. Why the difference?

No need to ask why. You know perfectly well, why.

Do these people care about themselves? Probably? Do they care about their children? Surely. Do they care about their friends, neighbors, and other loved ones? Certainly.

Do they care more for Trump and his cronies, toadies, and suckups? Maybe.

Or is it just pure stupidity?

Is it pure stupidity that for zero cost and minimal effort, someone could protect himself and his family from sickness and death, but refuses to do so?

And not just refuses, but angrily refuses. Marching and carrying signs, refuses. Is that pure stupidity?

What if we apply international rules of conflict to our domestic policy wars?
PURE STUPIDITY?

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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps: Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

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