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Democrat Governor of Kansas Bucks Biden on Vaccine Mandate

Erik Sofranko

Posted on November 17, 2021 02:20

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Kansas now joins a growing list of states suing the Biden administration over the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large employers.

Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly joins the opposition to Biden’s proposed vaccine mandate, which has been temporarily paused by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal mandate was set to take effect on January 4th.

Governor Kelly has recently tried to distance herself from President Biden, even though she says she shares his goal of keeping people safe while boosting the economy at the same time. However, she has said she doesn’t believe federal vaccine mandates are an effective solution to keep the public safe. Kelly has been encouraging all Kansans to get vaccinated since the FDA first approved the vaccines for all adults, but her position is now clear that she believes coercion is not at an effective tactic.

A distinction should be made between private employers mandating vaccines for employers and the federal government stepping in to mandate employers to impose mandates. Private employers have a constitutional right to impose vaccine mandates. The government does not. The government also cannot prohibit private businesses from imposing both mask and vaccine mandates for employees.

In Governor Kelly’s Kansas, private employers have been effective at getting the vast majority of employees vaccinated through mandates. For example, Tyson Foods, which has six facilities in Kansas, now reports a 96 percent vaccination rate among employees after imposing its own mandates.

As time goes on, more Americans are getting vaccinated due to a combination of employers mandates and reassurance that the vaccines are safe and effective. Governor Kelly has said that the federal government’s proposed vaccine mandates are not helping end the pandemic.

As the Biden administration plans to fight the decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that temporarily halts the federal mandate, the president continues to fall in overall approval nationwide, especially with independents.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has Biden at only 38 percent overall approval. Many analysts believed that he would get a boost from signing the new bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. So far, his approval numbers have continued to fall.

The same brand new poll from ABC News/Washington Post shows that the Democrats are in big trouble ahead of the 2022 midterms. The new generic congressional ballot that tracks the overall political environment of the country and who voters plan to support in the midterm elections is bad news for Democrats. The Democratic Party is at its lowest point in overall support 40 years, according to the poll of registered voters.

Issues such as the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the disrupted supply chain, and inflation have continued to contribute to Biden’s low approval ratings. This is also dragging down Democrats nationwide at all levels of government.

Democrat Laura Kelly was first elected Governor of Kansas in 2018 and is seeking re-election in 2022. If she can keep her COVID-19 response in line with what the majority of Kansans want and maintain their trust, she may have a decent shot at winning a second term as governor.

Erik Sofranko

Posted on November 17, 2021 02:20

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