Earlier this month, the White House rolled out a 490-page regulation designed to coerce and bully people who have not received the so-called COVID vaccine into choosing between bodily autonomy and being employed.
Less than a week after a stump-broken OSHA announced that rule, it was the subject of a nationwide injunction by the Fifth Circuit (see BREAKING: Court Decision in on Biden’s OSHA Mandate). The Fifth Circuit followed up their temporary injunction (BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Denies Biden Admin Request to Lift Stay on Vaccine Mandate) with a permanent one that didn’t treat the mandate as anything but a political stunt (5th Circuit Takes Biden to the Woodshed With the Scolding He Deserves).
This is great as far as it goes. It is always nice to see federal judges protect civil liberties and reign in a ravenous federal bureaucracy, especially when the employees are given a choice between forfeiting their livelihoods or accepting “medical” treatment that many perceive as having an unacceptable level of risk.
The sad fact is that the Biden bunch are telling businesses to ignore court orders that interfere with the mandate.
Shortly after the Fifth Circuit issued its nationwide injunction, you have this from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“We think people should not wait. We say do not wait to take actions that will keep your workplace safe. It is important and critical to do and waiting to get more people vaccinated will lead to more outbreaks and sickness,” Jean-Pierre said at the daily White House press briefing.
“This is about keeping people in the workplace safe. And so what we’re seeing is more businesses and school closures and more lost jobs that keep us keep us stuck in a pandemic that we’re trying to end.”
She added: “We’re trying to get past this pandemic and we know a way to do that is to get people vaccinated. So people should not wait. They should continue to go move forward and make sure that they’re getting their workplace vaccinated.”
That is exactly what is happening.
As Phil Kerpen so deftly put it:
"My order is probably illegal, but you better follow it."https://t.co/K1oPpRUve8
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 8, 2021
Here is Dan Bongino’s take:
Large businesses know they can’t afford to disregard Biden’s directive no matter what the courts say about the mandate. They know that regulators will be sniffing around if they show they aren’t part of the team. They know that they will be quietly cut off from federal contracts.
In short, Biden is doing something that Trump was always accused of planning by never quite got around to doing. Biden is using the federal government’s power to force businesses to comply with a clearly illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate, one that a federal circuit has struck down, or else.
Look for this pattern of behavior to continue as Biden’s ability to enact policy disappears when the off-year elections crank up next year. He’s going to have to show something to his base or face a total blowout (unlike the one he allegedly had in the Vatican, this will be figurative rather than literal) in 2022 and devote his last two years will be spent fending off Congressional investigations. He might not be able to avoid this fate, but his only chance is to play the tough guy from Scranton who is doing the right thing despite those dastardly Republicans.
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