The Trump administration unfortunately never actually went Andrew Jackson on the courts, ultimately complying with even the most outrageous and illegal political rulings by Obama and Clinton judges. The Biden administration, on the other hand, has repeatedly defied or undermined court rulings it doesn’t like, the CDC eviction ban, and is now trying to do the same thing with its equally illegal OSHA mandate.
And it’s telling companies not to worry their pretty little heads over what the courts say.
The White House on Monday said businesses should move forward with President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing requirements for private businesses, despite a federal appeals court ordering a temporary halt to the rules.
“People should not wait,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a briefing. “They should continue to move forward and make sure they’re getting their workplace vaccinated.”
The one thing you can say about Karine Jean-Pierre, who would be barely qualified to work as Sharpton’s spokeswoman, is that she makes Psaki look good.
Had the Trump administration told companies to go ahead and comply with its order, after enforcement had been halted by federal judges, the media and its associated experts on civics would have lost its minds, and we’d be talking about impeachment hearings within the week.
Under Biden, there’s a blase shrug.
In its response Monday evening, the Biden administration asked the court to lift the pause, dismissing the states’ and companies’ claims of harm as “premature” given that the deadlines for vaccination and testing are not until January. The administration claimed that pausing the requirements “would likely cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day” as the virus spreads.
The two arguments are obviously contradictory. If the deadlines aren’t until January and nothing meaningful will happen until then, then how will a pause cost hundreds of lives? Either there’s an imminent situation or there isn’t.
And, considering that Biden decided to appoint Rick Levine, who ordered Pennsylvania nursing homes to accept COVID infected patients, its assistant health secretary (and then four-star admiral), you’ll have to pardon my skepticism about the Biden regime’s concern for human life.
OSHA emergency workplace safety standards have a mixed track record in court. Prior to the vaccine requirements, the agency had issued 10 such standards in its 50-year history. Courts halted or overturned four of those standards, and a fifth was partially vacated.
And Biden will just ignore that if it happens to him.