It’s time for the Republicans and Democrats to realize that they are in the same boat here. While the GOP has tried their best to remain on the side of businesses, they are not nearly as bad as the Democrats. There are some Republicans who are starting not to believe that businesses are able to make their own decisions.
The Democrats of the world have always had the utmost contempt for the idea of businesses making their own decisions. We knew that the Democrats’ contempt was there but we had no idea that it was this bad. If we had to guess, we would presume that they believe that they would be able to gain from a political standpoint even if the mandates are blocked.
To be fair, this fits right in with how presidents have been trying to grab power for the past decade or so. You file your executive orders and then you hope that the court system sides in your favor. Obama did this when it came time to pass DACA, Trump did it to get his wall built and Biden has already attempted it with the eviction moratorium.
Now, Biden is looking to force a vaccine mandate onto 80 million Americans. The employers that might have sided with these employees before are now being forced to consider massive fines if they are not willing to go along with this. This emergency rule is sure to inspire a lot of outrage.
President Biden: "The Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are full vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week." pic.twitter.com/ockKwZAndq
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 9, 2021
“The Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are full vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week,” Biden said. This is a huge shift from what Biden was saying before.
FLASHBACK: Biden admin on vaccine mandates
Biden: "I don't think it should be mandatory"
Psaki: "That's not the role of the federal government." pic.twitter.com/xlvA6VONA8
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 9, 2021
He was in opposition with these mandates, as he believed that they were not within his powers to enforce. Someone must have gotten in his ear and told him that this was not the case. Obama went through the same process when he did not believe that he had the ability to help the Dreamers. Once he realized he had it, the tune changed.
In fact, we would not be surprised if Obama was the one that got to him and let him know that he had the power to do this. If someone in the current White House knew this, Biden would have already done it. There is also a chance that he was legitimately trying to be patient with the vaccine-hesitant. As soon as the Pfizer jabs were presented with FDA approval, we should have seen this coming.
Biden on Covid vaccine resisters: “A distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner. These pandemic politics, as I refer to it, are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die.” pic.twitter.com/mQU8IKxqha
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 9, 2021
He’s taking a page out of the NFL book by not making a direct order and choosing to punish employers instead. It’s a federal vaccine mandate, though, no matter how you slice it. Biden said we would return to normal and he was not kidding. Instead of getting controversial tweets, we now have a new president who will emulate the past ones when it comes time to pass new laws.
Biden: "Local school officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while their governor picks a fight w/ them & even threatens their salaries or their jobs. Talk about bullying in schools. If these governors won't help, I'll use my powers [to] get them out of the way" pic.twitter.com/yHcmcdKepB
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 9, 2021
We are now at the part where people are wondering if this is legal. The OSHA Act of 1970 offers some insight:
“(1) The Secretary shall provide, without regard to the requirements of chapter 5, title 5, Unites States Code, for an emergency temporary standard to take immediate effect upon publication in the Federal Register if he determines —
(A) that employees are exposed to grave danger from exposure to substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from new hazards, and
(B) that such emergency standard is necessary to protect employees from such danger.”
REPORTER: "Is this constitutional, Mr. President?"
BIDEN: *walks away* pic.twitter.com/FrzZUmyA6x
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 9, 2021
Whether Biden wins or not, the gauntlet has been laid down. He is showing people where he stands and banking on a sizable number of people going along with it. He even took a jab at Governor DeSantis. Both men have rolled the dice in their own way and we anxiously await what happens next.