America Contracts Staff Defection at Mandate Injection Site
America Contracts Staff Defection at Mandate Injection Site
October 14, 2021
On Tuesday, the Biden administration launched the long-anticipated process to force employees to take the vaccine. The Operational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) took twice as long to draft the "Emergency Temporary Standard" as they initially predicted, but it finally sent the text to the Office of Management and Budget for review. Still, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to give a timeline for a final rule, saying only "it should be an indication that it's there and now it is being reviewed."
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) suspected the administration's foot-dragging is a game, holding the rule so long that the advertised compliance deadlines "are occurring within the next month." This keeps businesses guessing and pressures them to pre-emptively vaccinate their employees out of fear that if they wait until the federal mandate is issued, "it'll be too late" for them to make the required changes.
Johnson predicted this shell game will be "devastating for our health care system," as health care workers who refuse to get the vaccine are forced out of already understaffed health care facilities. These were "the heroes of the pandemic," said Johnson. "They were exposed, some died, most survived." But federal regulators are ignoring mounting evidence that natural immunity provides better protection than the vaccines, which have an increased risk of an adverse reaction. Most hospitals receive Medicare and Medicaid federal dollars and are therefore requiring their staff to be vaccinated under Biden's federal employee mandate. Already, 4,700 health care workers have been fired for refusing to get the vaccine.
And it will be "devastating to our economy," added Johnson. Workers forced out of their jobs over a vaccine won't be confined to the health care sector. Employees at Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are suing their employers to block those corporations' vaccine mandates. Johnson said "large trucking companies believe they'll lose all of their truckers to the smaller companies" distributing goods less efficiently and disrupting the supply chain even further.
America has already stumbled into unprecedented economic hazards, said Dan Celia, president and CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries. "There is no history that is going to give us any indication" of how to respond. With a backlog of thousands of cargo ships waiting to enter western ports, the economy is still sustaining aftershocks from the giant supply chain quakes of the last 18 months -- caused by factory shutdowns in Asia, international travel bans, and a ship stuck in the Suez Canal.
America is also suffering from a "self-inflicted energy crisis" that has raised gasoline prices 42.1 percent in the past year. Skyrocketing energy prices are one factor contributing to a 5.4 percent increase in consumer prices over one year ago, the highest rate in 30 years. Unions are responding by demanding higher wages, with up to 100,000 workers threatening to strike, even while a record 4.3 million workers left their jobs in August and many businesses struggle to find workers to fill jobs. On top of everything else is $28 trillion (and counting) in national debt, perched precariously enough to bury the entire system. "We have lost our ability to grow our way out of this," Celia lamented.
To restore America to a sound financial footing, Celia prescribed economic growth and slimming down the government. Instead, the Biden administration is trying to shepherd another $3.5 trillion in spending through Congress, which will be paid for with more debt, more taxes, and more tax collectors. The Biden administration also continues to proceed with a vaccine mandate that could force more workers to leave their jobs. "Get a jab or lose your job" is not what the doctor ordered.
In Biden's "Families" Plan, Government Becomes Everyone's Caretaker
October 14, 2021
The most troubling aspect of the Biden administration's so-called "Build Back Better" plan is its unflinching attack on the foundation of society -- the family. Our nation is already grappling with the effects of low marriage and fertility rates and ever-increasing inflation that hits the working class the hardest. However, instead of fostering healthy families, the Biden administration's plan seems to favor the wealthy (often childless) coastal elites and seeks to superimpose the government into the role of caretaker and nurturer. Instead of "Build Back Better," the $3.5 trillion plan really ought to be called the "Anti-Family Budget Buster."
First, the plan undermines the fundamental institution that lays the fertile ground for a family -- marriage. In any society that desires stability (and to reproduce), government policy should encourage strong marriages and incentivize married couples to stay married. But the Biden administration's plan doesn't do this. Instead, it makes existing marriage penalties worse. Specifically, the Earned Income Tax Credit, a program that helps low-income working parents meet basic financial needs, would have its marriage penalty nearly doubled under the proposed plan. Additionally, it would allow domestic partners to receive the same paid family leave benefits as married couples, further eroding the value our society places on the marriage covenant, which provides the most beneficial environment for children.
Next, the plan seeks to usurp parents' role in raising their children by placing all newborn infants into an institutionalized childcare program, thereby giving control of children's most impressionable years to the government. The plan includes a childcare entitlement program as a means of incentivizing parents to send their children to state-run childcare and educational centers. Even though studies show childcare provided in the home by parents or other family members has many benefits to both children and their communities, families providing their own childcare would not receive any of the federal subsidies they would be paying for with their tax dollars. Thus, what this plan essentially proposes is a one-size-fits-all program in which both parents work nine-to-five while the state raises their children.
Once these children reach the age of three, they would enter a new state-run preschool program, thus beginning the public education pipeline even earlier. And instead of allowing faith-based early education centers to participate in the program, only preschool programs that follow the state educational mandates (which could include assenting to teaching gender ideology to children as young as three) would be able to participate. If the Biden administration has its way, these children will remain in public education through high school and -- with a proposal to allow up to three years of free community college -- perhaps beyond. Although a college degree may be the right educational path for some, forcing all young adults into even more years of education does not allow our youngest and brightest minds to find a vocation that best suits their skills as well as their values.
Despite offering each person a free community college degree, the Biden administration's plan does not promote the value and dignity of work. Each family should have the flexibility to choose a working situation that best suits their family's needs, but it has also always been understood that each family should have at least one adult working to provide not only for their family but for their larger community as well (barring any prohibitive disabilities or illnesses, that is). Biden's plan would remove basic requirements that at least one parent work to be eligible for the child tax credit, paid family leave, and even the new childcare entitlement. Government programs should only be used as a supplement to meet the extraneous needs of a family. They should not become the sole source of income. In the end, this would devalue the same community college degree the plan would pay for.
Disguised as a plan to tax wealthy corporations to help working-class families, the Biden administration's Anti-Family Budget Buster would instead incentivize all families to have two working parents outside the home and place all newborn children in institutionalized daycare, undermine the dignity of work, and weaken the institution of marriage. Instead of providing real solutions to help working-class families that are barely getting by, the Biden administration's "families plan" would instead prop up the childless upper-class socialites that helped elect him as president. It is well past time that our politicians truly place families, the bedrock of our society, first.
FRC Expert to Speak Out on Gender Dysphoria -- Be Sure to Tune-in
October 14, 2021
You won't want to miss tomorrow's appearance by our own Jennifer Bauwens, Ph.D., director of Family Research Council's Center for Family Studies, when she joins Family Policy Alliance's "Help Not Harm" Summit to discuss ethical standards for treating children struggling with gender confusion.
Drawing on her background of clinical and research experience with individuals and families who've suffered trauma, Jennifer will describe how standards that have been created for ethical research are also relevant to clinical practice and are arguably violated when physiologically damaging approaches are used to treat children diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
Her talk will occur during a panel titled "What They're Not Telling You About the Transgender Movement." Participants will learn about:
- The three guiding ethical principles for working with human subjects in research
- The diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria
- A case example of gender dysphoria
- A description of how the three ethical principles are violated in the physiological "treatment" of gender dysphoria
To sign up for the event and hear Jennifer speak, go here.
**For more information on upholding ethical standards for children struggling with gender confusion, read Jennifer's paper here.