Forced vax backlash just beginning. Plus, 'zero cost' is a joke. And, latest Trump tell-all is here.

By Gary Abernathy

The backlash to forced vaccination just beginning

On the subject of the backlash to vaccine mandates, the Washington Post today reports the following:

Tens of thousands of health-care workers in New York are likely to have refused a coronavirus vaccine before a state requirement went into effect on Monday, serving as a preview of resistance that the Biden administration’s vaccine requirements will face on a bigger scale in coming weeks. Resistance to the coronavirus vaccines means large numbers of health-care workers could face dismissals or unpaid leaves of absence in the state, exacerbating an already existing labor shortage in the critical world of medical care during the pandemic.

I’m fully vaccinated, and I encourage everyone to very strongly consider getting vaccinated. But at the end of the day, it’s a personal decision that each individual makes after considering a number of different factors. When the government starts mandating that people get a brand new vaccine rushed to the market in record time without the usual years of testing, it’s completely understandable that there are people who say no thanks. Forcing them to do it anyway is a recipe for disaster in a free country.

At least the coming federal mandate from the Biden administration will reportedly include an option to be tested instead of vaccinated, as is the case in several states. Without that option — like the New York health care worker rule — there will be a mass exodus from the workforce. Forcing this vaccine on people with the choice of “take it or get fired” is simply wrong.

Biden’s ‘zero cost’ claim on spending is pure lunacy

How can so many in the media swallow the Biden administration claim that his $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” agenda will cost “zero?”

“We pay for everything we spend,” President Biden said last week. “It’s going to be zero. Zero.”

Earth to everyone nodding their heads at this: Even if his entire package was truly paid for through offsetting tax hikes or spending cuts in other areas, it still costs whatever it costs. It’s not zero. It’s whatever amount it costs, be it $3.5 trillion or something less. Do people really have to spell this out? Can everyone who insists that we deal in facts and truth quit pretending that Biden and others in his administration who are pushing this nonsense might have a point?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is going a step further and just saying, hey, don’t worry about the cost. On ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, she said, “Let's not talk about numbers and dollars. Let's talk about values.” Sure.

But insisting that there’s zero cost is like saying, “Hey, I bought a pair of socks and the cost was zero because I paid for it.” In fact, if I didn’t buy the socks, I would still have the money in my pocket that I didn’t spend on the socks. So, buying a pair of socks cost me money, even if I paid for it. Understand? Or has the world gone insane?

What Biden and others are actually doing is trying to find a way for the new spending to be entirely offset by tax hikes or reductions in a way that does not add to the deficit. Even if they achieved that frankly impossible goal, the package still costs what it costs. It’s not zero. It’s whatever it costs. Even if I sold something at a yard sale that paid for the cost of something else I decided to buy, I still spent whatever it cost to buy something else. It’s truly unbelievable that there are so many people, including media pundits, agreeing with Biden’s spin as if it’s based anywhere near the concept of reality.

Grisham latest staffer to serve up dirt on Trumps

Stephanie Grisham, who served both Donald and Melania Trump in a variety of roles, including press secretary for both, has joined the ranks of tell-all book authors, dishing dirt on the Trumps after serving by their side for most of Trump’s four years in office.

There’s nothing explosive in the excerpts I saw, just more of the typical gossipy anecdotes. Trump was rude. Trump was dishonest. Trump was angry. Yada yada yada. And Grisham was happy to serve by his side all the way, literally until two weeks from the end of his term, perhaps when publishers started calling.

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