As the battle for vaccine mandates within private business heats up, so is the ideological. Joe Biden has the authority to order vaccinations from private corporations at the federal level. As a counter-move, do states have the power to prohibit private vaccine mandates being issued for companies? Does the former justify the latter even if you typically believe businesses should be able to “do what they want”?
These are questions that are being hotly debated on the right, especially in light of Texas’ recent move to defy the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate. But in the business world, the debate is largely settled – they are going to do what Joe Biden says.
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Texas Governor and the White House are locked in a battle over mandated vaccines. Greg Abbott(R) puts businesses in the middle. But many are picking the White House’s preferred policy.
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, which are both based in the Lone Star State, say they will defy Abbott’s order that no business in the state can impose a vaccine mandate on employees or customers and comply with Biden, President’s mandate that all companies with at least 100 employees require vaccines or weekly testing for employees.
Other companies based in Texas have already imposed vaccine mandates and have given no indication they will change their positions in the wake of Abbott’s executive order.
Here’s the thing about choosing sides: when you do so, you should have to actually suffer the consequences of that decision. These corporations can choose to support Joe Biden and actively undermine the federal mandate’s legal challenges. They should be paid a price.
Republicans allow big business to push them around, spit in each other’s faces and demand corporate tax breaks as well as government bail-outs. The GOP-corporate alliance is nothing if not an abusive relationship whereby Republicans suffer all the political consequences of being the party of “big business” while at the same time getting none of the benefits. When push comes to shove, these corporations (and Wall Street) don’t reward the party that has stood by and protected them. Instead they turn to the Democrat Party as their next meal at the federal teet.
There’s also a very perverted crony-capitalist oligarchy forming in the United States in which large corporations actually thrive off of government regulation because it harms their smaller, less powerful competition. Become “too big to fail” and the taxpayer funds flow like wine at a middle-aged women’s book club while the little guys get crushed with needless administrative costs. That’s a big factor in why so much of corporate America is folding to Biden, including on the vaccine mandate. It is seen as a quick way to increase market share through future positive policies.
If the political winds blow straight into 2022, then eventually things will turn around. Republicans should remember the corporate America members who joined Joe Biden to crush individual liberty when they retake Congress. Republican legislatures and governors need to have a good memory. When those companies come calling for more subsidies, favorable regulations, and bail-outs, the answer should be simple – NO.