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Mandating? How Dare He Mandate! by The Elephant's Child
September 13, 2021, 9:57 pm
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Yesterday’s big flap was over President Biden’s mandating Covid vaccinations. I see the death toll from the epidemic, and cannot imagine why every unvaccinated person is not rushing to the nearest vaccine station. We had to hunt for a long time to find a place to get the vaccine. Apparently many people do not want to receive a vaccine, and most especially do not want it mandated. There are odd fears, but the CDC is our best source of straight health information. They work hard at it. Plenty of questions remain about boosters and repeat shots. We are learning as we go along. The CDC is pretty good about telling us how .

In the United States to date there have been 41,506,068 confirmed cases and 670,652 deaths, Globally there have been 224,322,544 confirmed cases and 4,625,974 deaths. Wouldn’t that send you running for a vaccine?

Here in the state of Washington we have 599.971 confirmed cases and 6,977 deaths, but how dare the president “mandate” vaccinations? I am not a big Joe Biden fan, but he is clearly trying to save American lives. The vaccines are effective, the questions that remain are about boosters. How soon after the original shot? and is more than one booster needed? Is this just the familiar little kids: “You can’t make me” or us there some deep seated fear here?

Worldwide pandemics are no joke. The more people that are infected, the more likely other variants are to pop up. It’s distressing to learn that Anthony Fauci had invested American money in the work at Wuhan Laboratories. More information is likely to emerge over time. We still do not know why the Chinese were really experimenting with these diseases.

The flu epidemic at the end of the first World War killed 25 million people, and was simply devastating. Today, most of us just get an annual flu shot, which reminds me that I haven’t had one yet.this year. I have had, at my doctor’s instructions, a shingles shot, and I must admit I don’t even know what shingles is.


The Regulatory State Wraps You in a Network of Red Tape. by The Elephant's Child

The bigger and more intrusive government becomes, the less that it can do effectively.

Fredrich Hayek, the Austrian-American economist and Nobel Laureate, devoted much of his brilliant career to describing how rationalism could never work.  How can anything good happen.  Hayek asked, if individuals cannot think and act for themselves?  Rules preclude initiative.  Regimentation precludes evolution.  Letting accidents happen, mistakes be made, results in new ideas.  Trial and error is the key to all progress.  The Soviet system of rules and central planning is doomed to failure,  Hayek stated fifty years ago, because it kills the human faculty that makes things work.

ADDENDUM: Alexandria, Virginia residents soon will have to pay for larger home recycling bins featuring  monitoring devices. Also a mandatory $9 charge added to the waste collection fee.  The new recycling carts will be equipped with microchips which will allow the city to keep track of its bins and track residents’ participation in the city’s recycling program.

“If you know who’s participating in the programs, you can focus your education and outreach to those who are not participating.” New bin sizes range from 25 to 65 gallons, replacing the old 18 gallon bins.  Apparently the larger the bin, the more people recycle.  But you will notice that nobody mentions whether the recycled goods are sold, or go straight to the landfill.  Aluminum cans are always recyclable, but other things depend on the market, and there is often no market. Alexandria hopes to raise its current recycling rate from 29 percent to 35 percent.

I recycle.  The yard waste makes good compost which I get to buy back at an exorbitant price after paying to have it taken away.  I hate Nanny Government, and I just learned that the recycling truck drivers (unionized) here, make $125,000, and were striking for higher wages.

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