OSHA Considers a Permanent COVID Vax Rule…

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As you well know, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, at the request of Democratic President Joe Biden, has recently implemented a nationwide regulation requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees of companies with 100 or more workers.

Currently, the rule would allow exceptions to be made for the vaccination so long as an employee agrees to weekly COVID testing. And while the rule isn’t fully in place yet, meaning Biden’s deadline to be completely vaccinated has not been reached yet, it is only days away at this point.

However, as far-reaching and unconstitutional as the rule is, it apparently isn’t enough for either the Biden admin or OSHA leaders.

Why?

Well, the rule is classified as what is called an emergency temporary standard, which, as its name suggests, is an emergency rule put in place during crises or particularly hazardous times within a company’s history. As such, the rules are temporary, as the name again suggests.

In fact, according to OSHA standards, these temporary standards can only last 6 for six months. After this time, they need to be replaced by a permanent regulation or else simply be done away with, according to Bloomberg.

Of course, Biden wants to make sure this ETS stays around forever, keeping the American people firmly under his control.

And so, the process has begun to legitimize the permanency of the rule.

First up to bat is asking questions about the rule, how it works, and whether other things should be added before it becomes permanent. It might sound harmless enough to simply request comments on the rule and its practicality in the workplace.

However, the subjects and questions that were asked about in the 490-page document suggest that it become even more far-reaching and not less.

The first section asked about the possibility of forcing the vaccines on companies with under 100 employees as well as over that amount, wondering about “how much time it would take, what types of costs would you incur, and how much would it cost for you to implement (vaccination and/or testing requirements)?”

The second wondered if masked should also be forced in the workplace, and even on those who are fully vaccinated. It asked, “Should portions of the rule, such as face coverings, apply to fully vaccinated persons?”

Thirdly, it posed the question of absolving any kind of exceptions to be made. According to OSHA, it might be more feasible to simply do away with any allowed exceptions for both vaccinations and masking rather than let some individuals not vaccinate while others did.

Item number four discussed the idea of removing testing as an alternative, naturally, concerning the above question about doing away with exceptions completely. One question asked, “Should OSHA impose a strict vaccination mandate (i.e., all employers required to implement mandatory vaccination policies as defined in this ETS) with no alternative compliance option?”

Number five on the list wondered if testing was kept as an alternative, should it be done “more often than on a weekly basis.”

The sixth area suggested that maybe not just any mask should be acceptable in the workplace. Should some masks be banned, favoring one type over another?

And lastly, the document considered other “controls against” the virus that might be forced into companies. You know, things like physical barriers in some areas, social distancing, certain types of ventilation systems, etc.

As you can tell, it’s basically an open-ended list of even farther-reaching mandates that nearly everyone in American could soon be forced to comply with and certainly nothing that we need.

Hopefully, the questions will result in answers that make it clear the mandate, and all these ideas, would only hurt American workers. But I’m not holding my breath, considering it will likely only be liberal and mandate-friendly voices that are heard.

And that’s exactly why those such as conservative heavy-hitter and commentator Ben Shapiro have asked that the whole process be put before Congress for a Congressional Review Act vote. At least then, we know it would get some form of pushback.

We can only hope that Congress takes this suggestion and that it rules against these preposterous ideas. Don’t you?