It’s no secret that plenty of people are unhappy with President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates. What may be a surprise, however, is people expressing such opinions in the heart of liberal New York City.
A billboard went up in New York’s famous Times Square, taking umbrage at Biden’s policy mandating all businesses with over 100 employees to impose a Covid-19 vaccine requirement for continued employment. “Hey Joe, time to let the mandate go! Stop making small businesses your vaccine police” says the banner, which was paid for by a conservative advocacy group, the Job Creators Network (JCN).
The organization confirmed that the banner is a direct response to Biden’s job vaccine mandate a month ago. JCN President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz spoke about the mandate in a press release from the group:
“Small businesses are facing the most challenging period in decades. Now, Biden’s vaccine mandate threatens to dump fuel on the raging economic dumpster fire with his de facto nationwide vaccine mandate, which will only exacerbate already crippling labor shortages for small businesses.”
“Main Street will also be enlisted as foot soldiers to carry out and pay for the overreach of executive power. It’s one thing for a private company to require staff to be vaccinated, but it’s a whole other ballgame when the government mandates it and then forces employers to police and pay for it. JCN is ready to take legal action against the Biden administration on behalf of small businesses if the White House doesn’t change course,” Ortiz continued in the press release.
While the group paying for the ad is a conservative advocacy organization, there have been other signs that the ordinary people even in heavily left-wing New York are discontented. Hundreds of protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, shouting “F*** Joe Biden,” a refrain that has also become popular at sporting venues across the nation.
The unpopular mandate has caused an outcry throughout the nation. Many Americans are resistant to the coercive nature of the mandates, and the labor shortages have affected all aspects of life. Even critical public sector jobs such as the police are facing desperate shortages over such policies, such as in Seattle. In Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times reported that approximately 500 firefighters have declared their intention to file a lawsuit against the city if they are fired for not being vaccinated by the deadline, which is set for October 19th.
Entire states are in a state of near-rebellion over the issue, particularly conservative states such as Texas and Florida, which are among the forefront of efforts to resist the federal government’s attempts to impose the mandates. A legal war of states versus federal appears to be brewing, as governors such as Texas’ Greg Abbott issue “counter” bans on localities within the state from enforcing the mandate. Arizona has become the first state to actually begin a lawsuit against Biden over the matter.
As legal battle lines continue to be drawn, the debate over the mandates, both in the streets and in the courtrooms, seems to be only beginning.
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