By the thinnest of margins, the Indiana GOP has butted out of telling businesses how to approach employee vaccination efforts. They planned to meet in a rush on September 29th, ostensibly to end the official state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring Indiana would still receive promised Federal help. Instead, they went haring off after a plan to severely curtail the ability of private businesses to determine how to run their own vaccination requirements, and the whole plan went down to ignominious defeat.
It takes a very special effort to get legislation though in one day. It's just about unheard of, though there are provisions for it. Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray issued a face-saving statement that barely nods to the spirited opposition to the measure from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, among others. House Speaker Todd Huston has remained silent; the House appears to be a hotbed of interference over vaccines. 2022's session will begin with HB1001, essentially the same bill that ground-looped a few days ago.
Remember when Republicans were opposed to government meddling in business? I do. It was something I liked about them.
In the meantime, the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been found in a handful of U. S. states. My best guess is that it's already in all of them; the massive population of the U. S. has frustrated efforts to gather detailed data about exactly which version of the virus is where. Such data as can be found is mostly gathered from people who were sick enough to be hospitalized, and it doesn't give all that accurate or timely a picture of the fine details.
Over 780,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus pandemic so far, nearly twice as many as died in WW II or about as many as the total of our war dead in the Civil War, WW I, the Spanish-American War and the Philippine War, essentially every war we fought from 1861 through 1918. It's not a scam or a trick, and neither are the vaccines. It's a war, and too many of us are burning our draft cards and refusing our rifles. Do they really want the virus to win?
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