There is nothing more frustrating to an administration than folks telling them in what orifice to stuff it. For Joe Biden, whose lofty campaign promise of ending the pandemic and millions of dollars likely at stake for big pharma being thwarted by middle-class Americans, the level of embarrassment becomes downright suffocating.
Thousands of U.S. military men and women are holding out, and it appears the genius Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Nov. 2 vaccination deadline for the Air Force — the first for military branches — has no chance to be met. Meanwhile, hospital employees are balking at corporate mandates, and their jobs are threatened. And rumors of employee walk-offs and sick-outs abound. So, what will Biden and company do next as bribery, economic threat, coercion, and guilt-tripping have run the gamut?
And at what cost to American citizens?
According to one major daily in the nation’s capital, active-duty service members are leading vaccination quotas: “90% of the Navy are fully vaccinated, 81% of the Army, about 81% of the Air Force, and 76.5% of the Marine Corps.” But the critical problem is in mandating the jab. And the unintended consequence it could have on those soldiers in the National Guard and Reserves and for recruitment of military overall. Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) had a thing or two to say to Austin:
“Question for the [Secretary of Defense]: are you willing to allow a huge exodus of experienced service members just because they won’t take the vaccine? Honestly, Americans deserve to know how you plan on dealing with this blow to force readiness — it’s already causing serious problems.”
Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) challenged the vaccination deadlines for large amounts of wiggle-room extending into July 2022 and beyond, chastising the Defense Department for allowing such loosey-goosey scheduling. Gallego, who is on the House Armed Services Committee, called the Army’s drawn-out mandate reckless: “I think the Army needs to take this seriously and their effort to explain away the problem. You’re allowing a lot of room for people not to be deployable.”
Or perhaps what is brewing is the perfect storm created entirely by the federal government.
No Jab, No Job
The pandemic has impacted nearly everyone in the United States. From persistent unemployment to economic collapse, education woes, and socialization disruption, COVID-19 has left a wide swath of misery. It also made people notice the hard work and dedication of first responders and health care providers who toiled through the worst without claiming unemployment. To pay back their brave efforts, some hospital executives have threatened to fire anyone unwilling to take the vaccination. Mass Gen Brigham’s most extensive health system in Massachusetts is ready to fire around 4,000 people if they don’t make the Oct. 15 deadline.
UMass Memorial Health Care spokesman Tony Berry said, “If we have to let go of unvaccinated workers, that, unfortunately, will impact our ability to provide the care and services to the people of our region.”
And Northwell Health in New York admitted 1,400 of its employees walked away from employment to avoid forced vaccinations.
Of course, hospital spokespersons are optimistic that employees will eventually comply. And when executives publicly state the chances of ever getting a job in the health care field again are being cut off, well, that’s a threatening incentivization for sure.
Be Careful What You Wish For
Creating a health care worker shortage during the pandemic – according to self-proclaiming health executives – is reckless. Likewise, allowing hundreds of thousands of unvaccinated illegal immigrants to crash through our borders is another recipe for disaster.
And it appears this administration is woefully ill-equipped to handle even one crisis at a time.
~ Read more from Sarah Cowgill.