Earlier today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it would suspend all “activities related to the implementation and enforcement” of the vaccine mandate imposed by Joe Biden’s fiat. It comes after the Fifth Circuit imposed a nationwide moratorium on the implementation and enforcement of the mandate in a blistering decision that stopped about two verbs short of calling the hastily cobbled together rule both stupid and duplicitous (see BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Denies Biden Admin Request to Lift Stay on Vaccine Mandate).
There is no reason for anyone to take a victory lap over this decision for the reasons I laid out in The Fifth Circuit Slapping Down Biden’s Illegal Vaccine Mandate Is Meaningless in the Face of a Lawless Presidency.
All OSHA is doing is giving lip service to the court ruling that the Biden bunch is actively campaigning to undercut. Think of it as the bureaucratic equivalent of taqiyya. Yesterday, 34 different lawsuits in 12 judicial circuits were consolidated in one case to be heard before the US Sixth Circuit; see Bochie’s coverage of that story at Joe Biden Gets Terrible News After a Court Is Chosen to Adjudicate His Vaccine Mandate. OSHA is attempting to show it is acting in good faith. Still, even as I write this, you can be sure that OSHA and related agencies are communicating with major companies telling them to continue to enforce a vaccine mandate, but to treat it as though it was imposed by corporate management.
There was never a point at which Biden’s vaccine mandate gave even the vaguest appearance of the legitimate exercise of authority. Its purpose was to bully federal contractors into doing what Biden had ordered and give Biden’s political allies in the corporate world the necessary tool to enforce a vaccine mandate and not take the heat for it. Whether my theory is true will be readily apparent within the next week. A federal mandate that adds to costs, deprives companies of workers, and does nothing to increase safety or avoid liability should be renounced by any sane corporate management team. Those renunciations, I predict, will not be forthcoming, and that will show we’ve moved one step further down the road to tyranny.