Getting back to ‘normal’

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President Biden on Sept. 27 said that over 77% of American adults have received at least one shot of a COVID vaccine.

That means life should soon return to normal. Remember, back in February, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that about 70 to 85% of the country should be fully vaccinated before we get back to normal.

But the president now has other ideas. When asked Sept. 27 what the magic threshold is, he said, “Look, I think we get the vast majority — like is going on in so many – some industries and some schools — 96, 97, 98%.”

Certainly, the president knows it’s impossible to get 96% of the American people to agree that the sky is blue, much less to voluntarily submit to a shot that has become so political.

And it’s not just Trump supporters who are to blame for the skepticism. Last year, then-candidate Biden said, “If and when the vaccine comes, it’s not likely to go through all the tests that need to be done, and the trials that are needed to be done.”

Further making the vaccine political, Kamala Harris said last October, “But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

Also, it’s not just Trump supporters who are hesitant. As I shared last month, when looking at the population by level of education, vaccine hesitancy is highest among those who have earned a Ph.D.

And not all healthcare workers are believers. Just this week the North Carolina-based Novant Health announced it had fired more than 170 of its workers for failing to comply with the company’s vaccine requirement.

Last month, according to WBTV in Charlotte, hundreds of healthcare workers protested Atrium Health’s vaccine mandate.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about choice,” nurse Cheryl Morneau told the station. “It’s a right. People died for our rights. It’s not right to take that freedom away from us, we are people too.”

Yes, private businesses have the right to mandate vaccines, as their employees voluntarily choose to work for those companies.

But the level of compliance President Biden is calling for – 96 to 98% – will never be achieved without a level of government coercion that would forever change the nature of our republic.

To the extent that those in power use COVID as an excuse to further erode individual liberty, they will make our new “normal” bleaker than our past.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, were the September Porkers of the Month.

Citizens Against Government Waste selected the duo for “endangering America’s financial stability with their massive spending plan.”

According to the watchdog group, the two lawmakers “are leading the charge to pass a $3.5 trillion spending bill that would devastate the economy and dramatically increase the size, scope, and power of the federal government. Sen. Sanders … says he has ‘already made a major, major compromise’ with his original $6 trillion plan. Speaker Pelosi is ‘pretty excited’ and ‘very exhilarated’ over the taxes and spending contained in the $3.5 trillion budget.”

Said CAGW President Tom Schatz, “The government has already spent more than $5.7 trillion on pandemic ‘relief,’ yet they want to spend even more. No one should be ‘excited’ or ‘exhilarated’ if they succeed.”

Contact Bart Adams at badams@mydailyrecord.com.

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