I don’t think I know anyone at this point who is a fan of masking. Even my doctor told me he was sick of it and would welcome the day when wearing one was no longer required, even in hospitals.
There is one person, though, who seems extremely fond of them, though. Enter White House COVID czar, Dr. Ashish Jha.
While the rest of the country has had it up to their eyebrows with masking, Jha suggests that the one real industry that still requires it remains to do for quite a while longer.
That’s right—the travel industry.
If you didn’t know, the current mask mandate on public transportation is set to expire next week. However, Jha and others suggest that it should be yet again extended.
Well, there’s another variant on the loose, of course, and that means COVID case numbers are rising…
On an appearance on NBC’s Today Show on Monday, Jha told the audience that because of this new subvariant, the mask mandate isn’t going anywhere. Of course, he then had to explain that it really wasn’t his decision, although as White House coronavirus response coordinator, he certainly has some sway.
Instead, that job goes to the Centers for Disease Control, also known as the CDC, director Rochelle Walensky. But Jha is convinced that the CDC will make the right decision for America, which means keeping the mandate in place for as long as it takes.
He said, “Throughout the entire pandemic, we’ve wanted to make decisions based on evidence and science. And that is what I expect we’ll do again this week, once we have that.”
Of course, we all know how their “science” works. It’s all about fear and how much power they could lose should they abandon their “emergency” COVID powers.
Plus, there is the fact that Jha, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, has made an incredible career jump since COVID and its pandemic hit our shores.
As the Daily Caller notes, “In the first 14 months of the pandemic, despite not being a virologist, immunologist, or vaccinologist, Jha either appeared or was cited on television news more than 60,000 times, according to TVEyes.” In addition, they report that at his peak, he was making some 10-12 TV appearances a day. At one point, he even claims to have received over 100 media requests a day.
And during all of those, he was making such suggestions as the one he just made about travel masking mandates.
Remember back in March of 2020, when the government decided to implement a two-week lockdown to “slow the spread?” It was Jha who was behind it all. And since then, he’s been the one to push lockdowns time and time again, as well as mask mandates in schools and vaccine mandates just about everywhere. Even as late as January of this year, he tried to argue that we should still have indoor capacity limits in place.
Thankfully, real science and common sense have made it, so he hasn’t won most of those arguments. However, in the case of the public travel mask mandate, that might not be the case. As you well know, that means that masks will still be required on planes, buses, trains, and in major travel hubs like airports, according to CNN.
It is important to note, however, that this time around, there is much in the way of opposition to the mandate, starting with a March 15 vote in the Senate to kill the order once and for all. Thanks to Mitt Romney, the only GOP member to vote against it, the vote failed.
But it wasn’t but a week later when the CEOs of no less than ten major airlines petitioned the White House to end the mandate, as well. And again, on March 29, the White House received calls to nix it, this time by no less than 21 states who filed suit against the federal government for keeping and extending the mandate yet again.
This is probably why the question as to extend it or not has not been immediately answered with a yes. However, as you and I both know, with a liberal and delusional president at hand, we aren’t likely to see any significant changes on this matter until after November, when a GOP majority is expected to be in charge and have the power to change the game.
Until then, be ready to keep wearing those masks on any form of public transportation. Oh, and blame Jha.