Signs of Life for Freedom: Texas Bans Gov’t Mandates
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Wednesday barring any state or local mandates requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID, before calling on Texas legislators to vote it into law during the ongoing special legislative session.
This isn’t that helpful. The main mandate problem is employers, colleges, and travel.
Robin, I was careful not to say imply that freedom had been restored. That is why I entitled is “Signs of Life for Freedom.”
Private industry is a huge offender in all of this and boycotts would be a step in the right direction.
I think they are using employers and colleges to do their work. Cares Act $$, federal contracts, federal funding, Medicare/ Medicaid reimbursement, approval of federal projects, etc. are all leverage to pressure employers, universities, etc. to mandate. It is a back door way of requiring mandates and making it look like everyone is on board.
In some cases that is true. Certainly, that is true in States like New Jersey which mandate that all State employees get the vaccine and relies on private industry to terrorize the rest of the workforce.
But it is not true in Texas which is banning the mandates for all public workers – even workers in small towns, school board workers, teachers, etc. The only reason that they don’t push the bans more widely is that it is a conservative state that tries to minimize State interference in private businesses. Private business (except for national or multi-national corporations) are less of a problem in Texas due to the general recognitions by Texans that these mandates violate human rights.