|3. Pa. Lawmaker: It’s not government’s responsibility to ‘try to keep us safe’A Republican lawmaker called for Americans to exhibit “personal responsibility” to fight the COVID-19 pandemic while arguing it is the job of private businesses and individuals, not lawmakers and public servants, to implement health policy.
The remarks, by Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks, came at the end of a three-hour-long hearing on the state’s beleaguered unemployment compensation system.
Cox, chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, then spoke for almost ten minutes, arguing that Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration could not be solely focused on public safety as the “driving force behind the decisions we in government are making.”
Government reminders of the best ways to prevent the flu, such as sneezing into your elbows, were “all good and fine,” Cox said.
But, “it’s not the government’s responsibility to pass mandates, to pass orders, to try to keep us safe.”