We've seen a lot of protests against Joe Biden's vaccine mandates since he announced them on Sept. 9. He ordered a vaccine mandate for all federal employees, all federal contractors, and on private businesses with over 100 employees. The private business mandate had a masking/regular testing option.
But now, Biden is even getting some push back from some officials in his own party
Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has come out against Biden's private business mandate, saying that not only wasn't it the right way to do things, it also wasn't the “most effective” thing to do either.
“Yesterday, I reviewed the new vaccine mandate from the Biden Administration. While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a goal I share, I don't believe this directive is the correct, or the most effective, solution for Kansas,” she said in a statement released Friday.
“States have been leading the fight against COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic. It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies that are tailored for our specific needs,” she continued.
Kelly has a great point there. Biden's mandates aren't even supposed to take effect until Jan. 4, and he announced them in September. How urgent then are they, and how necessary, after all this time? Indeed, his administration had previously said that wasn't the role of the federal government to impose them.
However, Kelly's Republican opponent noted that Kelly didn't come around to this refusal to go along with Biden until after the red wave hit in the elections this past week, that she should have held it before based on principle.
Still, it means now even Democrats are running from Biden on this, that the worm is now turning.
That rebuke stands on top of another one that we reported yesterday — from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. They granted a stay from the imposition of Biden's OSHA rule, while they consider the case on the merits. They also gave a good indication that Biden is likely in trouble on the merits, when they said there were “grave statutory and constitutional issues.”
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the action stops Biden “from moving forward with his unlawful overreach.”
“The president will not impose medical procedures on the American people without the checks and balances afforded by the constitution,” a statement from Landry, a Republican, said.
The writing should be on the wall with these mandates. But, while Biden did back off a bit on the timing of the mandates until after the holiday, he's still pushing them, and OSHA was even exploring the possibility of extending them to private businesses below 100 employees, thus imposing the mandate on virtually every worker.