Business Is In an Impossible Position
Posted November 05, 2021
As expected, the Biden administration learned nothing from the electoral devastation of its party on November 2, 2021. On November 4, the same people doubled down on the very policies that have brought it such suffering at the polls. It has issued a 490-page edict from the Department of Labor that demands that every company with more than 100 employees force vaccines on its employees, or else pay fines of $13,600 per violation.
More precisely, the mandate is a masking and testing one, with an exemption permitted for the vaccinated. That little trick is designed to survive the flurries of inevitable court challenges. Yes, it overtly creates a segregated caste system based on one’s willingness to submit to an injection via a government mandate.
The rules come into effect on January 4, 2022, which means that businesses all over the country will spend the next two months trying to figure out what to do. Same with workers, many millions of whom do not believe that they need, and thus do not want this vaccine that neither stops infection, nor transmission and is also associated with unusually high adverse effects for which the vaccine makers bear no liability.
Buried in the gigantic text is a request for public comment on expanding this to all businesses of any size. So there is no real escape.
It’s truly hard to imagine how this could happen in the U.S. But the same could be said about nearly everything that has happened in the last 20 months. Citizens are desperately struggling to get out from under the yoke of this despotism, and using every opportunity available to do so. Politicians who back these policies are being swept out of office. And yet they carry on.
The sadistic state is quickly becoming a masochistic one.
To the Courts We Go
Red state governors have already filed lawsuits around the country. But these take time. And judges are incredibly unreliable. Some will reject the mandate and some will embrace it. Then there are appeals and those too take time. Then there will be the matter of toggling between various decisions. It sets up a war between the states, a war between judges, a war between bureaucracies at all levels.
And for what? The public health rationale makes zero sense. Charles Blow, a very naive New York Times columnist who accidentally says things he should not, tweeted out an obvious question. “I am mystified by how these southern states have such low rates of Covid when many of their governors haven’t followed cdc guidance. Someone please explain this to me.”
He received an earful in the replies. But of course he cannot change his mind: he works for the New York Times, and we all know where they stand. They are part of the media mob cheering for the Democrats regardless. In fact, it is worse than what he says. The states where vaccination is highest are some of the places where infections are worse!
Of course the inevitable answer here is: get a booster. And give more injections to people who are younger and younger, even if they are at near zero risk of severe outcomes. And even if we know for certain (106 serious studies by now) that natural immunity — perhaps half or more Americans already have it — is 27 times as robust as vaccine immunity. The science is absolutely clear on this.
But of course this is not really about science. It is about political hegemony. Once the Biden administration decided this past summer that state-by-state they could predict vaccination rates by party affiliation, the deed was done. They decided to use the shot to target their political enemies, vex them, and show them who's boss. In particular, Washington today despises Florida and Texas, which has siphoned off millions of residents from the lockdown states. The resentment of this and the realignment this will create in the future is palpable.
What Is to Be Done?
Businesses cannot wait for the courts to sort out this mess. They have to act now. And so HR departments are already putting together plans for imposing the mandates. This much is true: everyone who wanted a shot long ago, got one. That leaves only people of various degrees of resentment and anger. Many people will go along. Others will not, and so they will be fired. They will seek other employment in a company with fewer than 100 workers.
And all of this is occurring in times of an unprecedented labor shortage when perhaps 4.3 million people have gone missing. Businesses cannot find workers. Owners of businesses are having to work 18 hours a day, even as they face rising costs of nearly everything in this inflationary environment. Now they are being told that they must become the enforcers of vaccines, which will only intensify their resentment.
Of course none of this is truly enforcement. The Department of Labor has nowhere near the resources, especially since they too are firing people for their failure to comply with this preposterous mandate.
Such a combination of bad policies in bad policies we’ve not seen in our lifetimes. A stupider conduct of government is hard to imagine.
The Coming Bloodbath
If you wanted to live in exciting times, you chose a great time to be alive. The conditions are ripe not only for continuing electoral bloodbaths but more street protests, explosive town halls, hate-filled school board meetings, and much worse. A more divisive and destructive policy is hard to imagine.
Sadly, these policies are dividing friends and family. Some people with vaccinations don’t see the big deal here. Just get the jab, they say, then you can be free. Others find this idea to be outrageous, an immoral acquiescence to power that can only lead to even worse outcomes. Businesses, meanwhile, just want to get on with doing business. But doing so will require that they become enforcement agents for the CDC and vaccine companies.
I just watched several hours of testimony from big shots at the NIH and the CDC. It might as well have been a paid advertisement from Moderna and Pfizer. Nearly every word out of the bureaucrat’s mouth was structured to push the vaccines that most everyone knows by now have failed to live up to their promise. Indeed, if they were as good and safe as they say, they would not need to mandate them. The mandates, ironically, undermine public confidence.
It’s hard to imagine that public confidence in everything could fall further, but it will.