(RightWing.org) – As a presidential candidate in 2020 and as president, Joe Biden said he was reluctant to initiate a vaccine mandate. However, this president has a record of saying one thing and doing another. He claimed he was a Moderate who defeated the Socialists and Progressives of his party, only to become a tool of the Left. In August, he backtracked on his vaccination mandate and ordered the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to prepare a mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees.
OSHA could execute the regulation at any time. It comes as scores of port workers, truck drivers, and other key employees in supply chain professions either retired, changed careers, or remain out of work. Business groups and individuals are pleading with the White House to delay or rescind the vaccination mandate. They say the problems exacerbated by the pandemic could become much worse if the administration follows through with the order.
Some Workers Prefer to Leave Jobs Over Vaccinating
According to a September Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 30% of unvaccinated workers would leave their jobs instead of complying with a vaccine or COVID testing mandate. The order would impact everything from public safety to retail and everything in between. On Monday, October 25, fire, police, EMTs, and sanitation workers took to the streets to protest a New York City mandate. Over 160,000 city employees have until Friday to inoculate or lose their jobs.
Imagine that number multiplied by the millions across the United States. Business groups aren’t wondering what will happen. They already know the likely result. Business leaders are pleading with the White House to delay the mandate until after the holidays, but it seems doubtful the Biden administration is listening.
Officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently held meetings with labor unions, industry officials, lobbyists, and private individuals. They say the mandate will cripple the supply chain further and severely hurt businesses at a time when they can’t afford to sustain more losses.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) is warning the administration that large numbers of drivers say they will quit instead of taking vaccines. The industry lost 80,000 drivers during the pandemic. In addition, the association says 37% of drivers would either retire, resign, or move to smaller companies not affected by the mandate. ATA President Chris Spears warned the Biden administration’s order would create a workforce crisis.
Will Biden Administration Relent?
In addition to the ATA, the US Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation, The Business Roundtable, and other retail leader groups asked the White House to delay the mandate for 90 days to give companies time to comply with the order. Doing so would get them through the holiday season and delay what they see as an inevitable outcome.
Unfortunately, Joe Biden’s impatience with the unvaccinated may cause him to double down. The president may believe the cost of worker shortages is worth the crisis. If it’s as bad a potential situation as some expect, there could be another self-inflicted crisis that hurts Biden and Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections.
On October 12, the US Labor Department revised its August numbers. The agency said 4.3 million workers left their jobs. It was the highest number in 20 years.
Things could get a lot worse before they get better for American consumers experiencing already high inflation and empty store shelves.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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