As soon as President Joe Biden announced his plan for a widespread vaccine mandate to fight COVID-19, protests erupted. And rightly so. But the real reason Biden chose now to announce it is so he could claim credit for what is already happening with COVID.
In what is almost certainly a vast overreach of his executive authority, Biden declared that he’d develop “an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their work forces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.”
Of course, this mandate will raise constitutional challenges. Which is no doubt what Biden wants.
After all, if such a move is constitutional – and there are no shortage of “experts” who say that it is – then God help us all. Because that would open the door to federal intervention into our daily lives on an unprecedented scale. All that would be needed is to declare something, anything an “emergency.”
It’s no accident, for example, that the left now calls it a “climate emergency” instead of “global warming.” Why not use that to mandate that Americans working at large companies ditch their gas-powered cars? Biden could declare racism an “emergency” and force any business with 100 or more employees to conduct critical race theory courses.
But there’s another reason Biden is pushing this mandate now.
From the case data, it would appear as though the current outbreak has already peaked. Look at the chart below. The curve has “flattened,” and the seven-day moving average is now on the downtrend.
That would, of course, follow the pattern of previous COVID surges, and every outbreak of contagious diseases. Outbreaks always follow a curve, even if the government does nothing.
What’s more, in this case, the claim that we face an emergency is fatuous.
While the number of new COVID cases has been high, the number of deaths per case is lower than it’s ever been. The case fatality rate since June is 0.1%, which is half of what it was during the previous year’s outbreak.
Claiming credit for something he had nothing to do with has quickly become Biden’s defining characteristic (especially when it’s combined with his penchant for pointing fingers when his own decisions lead to disaster).
Soon after taking over the White House, he claimed that there was no vaccine distribution plan – so he could claim credit for every vaccination that took place. He claimed that Trump hadn’t ordered enough vaccines, so he could claim credit for that, too.
Regarding the economy, Biden said earlier this month that “The measures we’ve taken so far have brought America out of an economic freefall, steadied us, and enabled us to grow our economy even as we combat — continue to combat COVID.”
As we’ve pointed out many times in this space, that is an outright lie. The economy was booming when Biden came into office. The GDP had, in fact, recovered almost all the ground lost during what was the shortest recession in history – and one that ended almost a full year before Biden took office – by the time Biden signed his “American Recovery Plan” into law.
Biden gets away with saying such things because the media won’t call out his lies the way they instantly fact-checked whatever came out of President Donald Trump’s mouth.
So, when the decline in new COVID cases is undeniable, Biden will no doubt rush out to the podium to declare that his get-tough-on-vaccines stance is why the country turned the corner. And, as a bonus, he might even get vast new presidential mandate powers to boot.
Biden’s mental capacity may be seriously failing, but he still has an unquenchable thirst for big government, and an unmatched ability at self-aggrandizement.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board