It would be better if they would just be honest about it. Members of the Wisconsin Senate voted this week to overturn Governor Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate. Today, the Assembly could do the same. Their argument is one of principle, they say. They argue Evers does not have the authority to issue the latest extension of the mandate, because the law only allows for one executive order. Further orders must be approved by the Legislature. Their argument may be believable if the Republican-controlled Legislature actually had plans to issue its own order. They don’t. They haven’t passed a pandemic-related bill since April. They have had plenty of time to come up with their plan if, as they argue, the Governor’s plan doesn’t hold water. They should just come out and say it. They are anti-mask. This isn’t about a matter of political principle, it’s about political power. They don’t think people should have to wear masks,unless they are the ones who get to tell us to, even as we are hearing warnings of mutated strains of the virus that could lead to another spike in cases. By ending existing public protections like mask mandates, according to The New York Times, Wisconsin could double its Covid death toll with more than 5000 additional deaths in just five months. Now is the not the time to play politics with the virus, as the consequences will almost certainly be deadly.