what happened

President Biden announced on Thursday that federal government employees and contractors will now be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will create a rule for private businesses with 100 or more employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

A senior administration official estimated that this new OSHA requirement will cover about 80 million workers and businesses that do not comply with the agency’s rule can face substantial fees — up to $14,000. OSHA will require these employers to offer paid time off for vaccination.

“My message to unvaccinated Americans is this, what more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see?” Biden said. “We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. The vaccine is FDA-approved. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.”

our take

Nothing to fear but fear itself seems to be the adequate quote here. Covid-19, statistically speaking, is less of an actual threat than what seems like punitive measures enacted by governments across the world. America seems to be in a testosterone driven d**k waving battle between federal leadership and state leadership. Secession is now a conversation on both sides of the isle.

During the pandemic liberal ideals of civil liberties and individual rights have been put aside, which is unfortunate. However, moving fast is not the strong suit of government. Covid-19 has taken a lot of lives, 4.6 million globally, and the response has put 150 million more people into poverty. That said, this number is less than 0.06% of Earth’s total population and deaths comprise of just 2% of the total cases with even fewer critically ill now that we have vaccines.

In other words, the human race is resilient to this new virus. Covid may stay with us for 100 years like the flu has, yet the response was swift and adequate despite the severity policy caused in various areas. Do we need vaccine mandates? No. Are federal policies hard to reverse once implemented? Yes. Close to 700,000 Americans have died of Covid – that’s not good. It likely will not be that high year over year and could move into the same statistical rates as seasonal flu in the coming years.

We don’t believe that more government is necessary… but it is what it is and now you have to play the cards that have been dealt.