The corporate media had his back on this. Their salaries are paid by Big Pharma, after all.
Personally, I’m not worried in the slightest. I’m actually happy the president has overstepped his bounds, again.
Just like the CDC’s eviction moratorium, this new OSHA rule will be challenged in the courts. I suspect it’ll ultimately prove to be unconstitutional, just as the eviction ban was.
But laws don’t matter to Biden. Just like with the eviction ban, Biden will use one of his executive agencies to sidestep the law...for a time. Eventually the courts will step in once again to shoot him down. But who’s going to enforce that? Biden sure isn’t, the media won’t, and Dems won’t, either. The GOP are powerless. And the people don’t seem ready to do anything other than sit at home and watch their screens.
But I’m not worried.
Because I know that lots of employers don’t want to do this, especially places with just 100 employees. It might sound like a lot of workers, but for many establishments, it’s not.
Consider a gas station. Here in Missoula, we have lots, and they have perhaps 10 rotating employees that cover the weekly shifts. That’s the average number of employees at small businesses in America by the way, 10.
But consider the corporation that owns many of our gas stations, Hi Noon Petroleum or Town Pump. You might only have 10 people in each store, but the company will employ hundreds across the state.
Here in Montana, we have over 120,000 small businesses and they employ 245,000 people, or 65% of our workforce.
How many of those have more than 100 employees? I don’t know. Also, how many that have 105 are going to do the necessary layoffs to get below 100, thus sparing themselves mountains of paperwork, and the possibility of a $14,000 weekly fine for each supposed ‘infraction,’...whatever those might be.
I think a lot of businesses around the country will begin layoffs when the eventual mandate deadline is put in place, whenever that is, and if the courts don’t shoot it down first.
In America, we have about 32 million small businesses, but over 25 million don’t employ a single person. They’re owner-operated. Just about 6 million of our small businesses have workers. And of those 6 million businesses, about 6 million employ 20 to 499 people.
We’re already dealing with a massive staffing shortage, and Biden is going to make it worse. Think of a city like Seattle, where they’re short 250 police officers already, will be short 300 soon, and when this new Biden mandate goes into effect, they’ll probably lose 100 more, at least.
I really do think this new Biden mandate is months if not years away, if it even comes at all. It’ll be so wrapped-up in the courts, and then the deadline for enactment will be pushed back again and again. And of course, certain states won’t enforce it, and will make it a point not to.
We haven’t even gotten into the hospital angle, with Medicare and Medicaid funds, and if it’s legal to threaten to shut those off.
Oh, and what about the 650,000 U.S. Postal Workers that don’t have to get the shot? Why is that? What makes them so special, and how will a court view that?
On that last point especially, you know this is a political stunt, one aimed at Biden’s base going into the ‘22 midterms.
Biden promised he’d get this pandemic under control, but it’s getting out of control on him. On top of it, he mishandled Afghanistan something fierce.
No, his only option at this point to salvage his party’s chances next year is to do what much of his base wants - blame the other guy.
So Biden has set up a situation where we’ve identified the problem group in society, those that are unvaccinated. Now Biden has given the go-ahead to discriminate against them.
This is the typical path that all totalitarian societies take. First, identify the problem group, then discriminate against them, then separate them, then exterminate them.
Uncle Joe has checked-off the first two; just two more to go for his final solution to end this pandemic.
The rest of this post might seem out of date because of all that happened yesterday afternoon.
I wrote these few short bits yesterday morning, in anticipation of some new mandate rolled out by Biden. We covered that above, but some of this info is still relevant.
And as usual, you’ll get lots of facts and stats to throw around in your own conversations.
People hate it when you do that.
Lots Say They’ll Quit
72% of unvaccinated people will quit their job if they have to get the shot.
That comes from an ABC poll of 1,066 people taken a couple weeks ago. It found that just 16% of those currently unvaccinated would get the shot if their employer made them.
Another 42% said they’d up and quit if that happened, while an additional 35% would seek a religious exemption.
But if those 35% can’t get the exemption, just 18% of them would get the shot while 72% would quit.
Hm...is that 72% just 72% of the 35%...or is it 72% of the 42%...or is it the 72% of those combined, which would be 77%?
Confused yet? Me too. Let’s just stick with the lower number for argument’s sake, the 35%.
Seems of the 1,066 that were polled, anywhere from 373 to 767 people.
Depending on where you work, that could be a lot or not that many. Currently, the only employers that are typically mandating the shot are large corporations operating in multiple states, sometimes countries.
The chances of smaller, mom-and-pop businesses doing the same is incredibly low...for the time being. The main thing is, such a mandate would be suicide, and if mandated by the government, it would be murder.
Imagine if a small business lost 35% of its workforce, or God-forbid, 72%?!? Most of these places try to stay below 50 total employees so they don’t have to provide healthcare for their workers.
So if a business like that lost 35% of its workers? That would come out to 17 people.
Who’s going to pick up that slack, carry those shifts, do all that extra work? And how much pay will go up for those workers that now see their workload doubled, even tripled?
We have around 125 million workers in this country. If 35% of them quit their jobs over the vaccine, that would come to nearly 44 million workers lost to the employment rolls.
If the number was 72%, we’d lose 90 million.
I don’t think we can afford to lose a fraction of that, not at this moment in time with supply chain disruptions, worker shortages, and nowhere to live. Can you imagine if millions of people were suddenly out of work, with no savings, and no prospect to keep paying the rent or other payments?
There’d be revolution in the streets.
But it seems that’s exactly what the Biden Administration is working toward, slowly but surely.
Goodbye Monoclonal Cocktails
Currently Texas and Florida are using a lot of the so-called monoclonal antibody cocktails to cure covid in a manner of days.
The Texas governor recently did this, and Trump did the same last fall.
Now I’m hearing the feds are going to start cutting-off the supply, rationing this medicine. They also want to limit the amounts that are going to states with low vaccination rates.
This is obscene, and borders on murder.
It’s all part of the attempt to get rid of anything that might help to cure covid. In their place will be put the vaccine, and nothing else.
Something evil is going on here.
We have cheap, plentiful drugs that are known to cure covid, but the media and Big Pharma and our government are coving those drugs up, making them hard to get, and pushing this gene therapy concoction that absolutely no one living today knows what the long-term effects are.
Something evil is going on here.
Inflationary Price Hikes
Over the past 9 months, the price of beef has gone up 14%, pork is up 12%, and chicken is up nearly 7%.
What is Biden going to do about this?
Simple - bury the head in the sand. This is what the White House Economic Council Director had to say about it:
"half of the overall increase is in grocery prices can be attributed to a significant increase in prices in three products: beef, pork, and poultry.
"It raises a concern about pandemic profiteering, about companies that are driving price increases in a way that hurts consumers who are going to the grocery store,"
"the market is controlled by the top four producers in those industries."
So it’s not Biden that’s the problem, or even the monumental disruptions we made to our economy over a year ago. No, it’s the meatpackers.
Oh, and if we take out the items that are going up in price the most...we wouldn't even have a problem!
Personally, I’m not buying it. After all, we saw the highest gas prices in seven years this summer. Guess we can blame that on OPEC? I think a better idea is Biden, and his action on Day 1 to cut domestic oil production off at the knees.
By that point, inflation was at 5.4% in this country, the highest rate since 2008. The worst areas are the following:
- Used Cars: up 45% in price
- Energy: up 24%
- Transportation: up 6%
- Clothes: up 4%
Food we eat at home is up by nearly 3% while food we eat out is up nearly 5%. If food inflation was not occurring, the Biden Administration wouldn’t have raised food stamp benefits by 25% last month.
Yes, food prices are only up about 5%, but it seems Biden expects them to go up a lot more, possibly as much as 5 times the current prices.
I think it's already well-over 5%, and has been for months.
Covid Hospitalizations Trend Down
Last week we went over the covid numbers provided by the DPHHS, which they in turn get from the various hospitals around the state.
Let’s begin with the overall state picture. Last week, we learned that the entire state saw a 4% drop in total patients hospitalized, something that in turn created an additional 4% in overall bed capacity. Still, we did see a 5% increase in covid patients overall, it’s just that most didn’t need to be hospitalized.
That’s good news. We’re heading in the right direction.
Today we’ll compare those numbers with the report of September 6 from this week.
So how have things changed in a week?
We had 1,605 non-covid patients in our hospitals, 274 covid patients, and 892 available beds. We currently have 5.8 times more non-covid patients in our hospitals than covid patients.
From the previous week, we saw the state’s non-covid patients go down by 9 people; the covid patients went up by 23 people; and the number of available beds decreased by 10.
How do the two hospitals in Missoula look?
At Community Medical this week we had 71 non-covid patients, 7 covid patients, and 61 beds available. The number of covid patients at this hospital hasn’t changed in a week, though the number of regular patients has gone up by 6 people. Also, 6 more beds are available than were last week.
At St. Pat’s, we had 132 non-covid patients, 23 with covid, and 71 beds available. That comes to 3 more regular patients than they had last week; 3 fewer covid patients; and 6 fewer beds available.
Missoula hospitals are losing covid patients.
To wrap-up, the state saw an additional 23 people get hospitalized for covid this week.
Over the past three weeks we’ve gone from 239 to 251 to 274 for how many are hospitalized with covid. It seems to go up by about 20 people a week.
Non-covid patients continue to go down each week, from 1,701 to 1,616 to 1,605 this week.
Bed availability over the previous three weeks has gone from 870 to 902 to 892.
For lots of people in Montana, these numbers are a very big deal. For the majority of people living here, though...they don’t mean much.
Most of us returned to normal some time ago, and continue to live there.