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Fear of a Vaccine or Fear of a Mandate? by The Elephant's Child
October 1, 2021, 6:22 pm
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The Biden government is trying to get everyone vaccinated, and making a bit of a mess of it. Joe Biden wants credit for the coronavirus vaccine. He had nothing to do with it, but he loathes Donald Trump and is unwilling to give his predecessor credit for anything. When the Covid virus first appeared in America, it was in a nursing home in the Seattle suburb just north of my house. President Trump quickly put a halt to flights from China or visitors from China, and started what became “Operation Warp Speed” to produce a cure or a vaccine for what appeared to be a dangerous disease.

What the Biden administration has done is to mandate vaccination in as many ways as they can think of. Americans don’t take kindly to “mandates”. They put “free people” pretty high on their list of what it means to be an American. What the Biden administration should have done, in my opinion, was a direct and concentrated effort to explain just what the Coronavirus epidemic is all about, why it is so dangerous, all that. It’s pretty clear from all the folks that are refusing to get vaccinated that they simply do not understand what it is all about.

A lot of people worldwide are dying from the contagion, and it’s not just the elderly though they are most vulnerable. Masks help, but are meant to protect others from you, not you from others. I was searching for somewhere to get vaccinated for months before I could find a source. For example, our local hospital was first vaccinating all of its donors, which is frustrating but probably just. They got together with another major hospital and had a big event with a cast of thousands at the Microsoft campus, where we got our vaccinations. Had family that drove many miles for an event elsewhere where they could get their shots. It was very complicated, and probably similar to other states and regions. And for those of us who struggled to find a place to get the vaccine, it is amazing to see all the people apparently frightened of getting a shot. That suggests to me that we need way better communication and explanation rather than ‘mandates’.

Boosters are available and recommended, but we don’t really know yet whether this will boil down to something like your annual flu shot, or whether the vaccination is either long-lasting or permanent. A more thorough understanding of what we know now about the disease, and what we don’t know yet, would help. Lots of publicity about the masked and the unmasked at special events, but what seems to be needed is more information. More explaining, less mandating.

Government Shutdown? Obviously the Republican’s Fault! by The Elephant's Child
October 1, 2021, 3:50 pm
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I quote John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog here because he nailed it!

  • It is a basic rule of politics that if there is a government shutdown, it is the Republicans’ fault. If a Republican president or governor vetoes Democratic spending bills and portions of the government are briefly shuttered, it is the Republicans’ fault. Conversely, if a Republican Congress or legislature passes spending bills that a Democratic president or governor vetoes because they are not large enough, it is also the Republicans’ fault.

Shortest, quickest reminder from me: “The federal government has no money of it own. Every cent they spend comes from the taxes they collect from you.”

So yes, you get to object, they work for you, not vice-versa. And get to feeling important because members of the press seek them out. One of the tricks they have settled upon is called “infrastructure”. That, theoretically, is going to repair American roads and bridges and fix other things that need fixing. This is usually nonsense, and does what they believe will help to get them returned to Congress next election. Be very suspicious of “infrastructure.”

They are arguing about the debt limit, and having to raise it so we do not default on our debts. Underlying that is all the money the administration is spending on opening up the borders and importing illegal immigrants to be ‘nice’, to be located in swing districts, because once made citizens and eligible to vote, they statistically are likely to vote Democrat. Well, we all do like to think of the United States as a compassionate, ‘nice’ country, so why not open the gates to whoever wants to come here, support them with taxpayer money, if it will lead to a permanent Democrat majority? We just admitted most of those Haitians that were camped under the ridge in Del Rio, Texas. Having some problems with the Afghan “refugees” who are free under Islamic Law to rape and sell little girls to old men and rape and beat women, who are otherwise of no use.

We have laws about how you come to this country to stay. You go to your nearest consulate or embassy, apply, and wait your turn to be admitted. Joe Biden wants more Democrat voters as soon as possible. He may well read his sinking approval ratings like the rest of us do.

Biden’s Department of Homeland Security has issued new “sanctuary country” orders protecting criminal illegal aliens from deportation, unless they pose a “current threat to public safety“. The orders give ICE agents lots of reasons why a criminal illegal alien should not be arrested and deported, like: advanced or tender age, lengthy presence in the U.S. , a mental condition that may have contributed to a criminal act, or a mental condition requiring care, or status as a victim of a crime, removal of a caregiver or provider, noncitizen eligible for “humanitarian protection”, public service of deportee or their family members, evidence of rehabilitation or long time since offense. In other words it’s hard to get kicked out, even for bad guys.

The agency’s previous orders had successfully freed into the U.S. criminal illegals accused and convicted of child sex crimes, armed robbery, drunk driving, burglary, cocaine trafficking, grand theft auto, heroin trafficking, credit card fraud, money laundering, and other crimes. The folks lobbying for just letting everybody in so we can feel good about ourselves for being “compassionate” have a lot to answer for.

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