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Biden’s Vaccine Orders Greeted By Violent Rhetoric From Republicans

Reprinted with permission from American Independent

Republicans are up in arms about President Joe Biden's new plan, announcedon Thursday, for what the White House calls a "Path out of the Pandemic."

The plan includes requirements that all federal employees, workers at hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding, and workers at companies with 100 or more employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing.

Some GOP elected officials and candidates have called for citizens to "revolt" against the requirements, which are intended to get the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic under control, while others have called Biden's move "authoritarian," even though the U.S. government has been implementing vaccination mandates for more than 170 years, notably for children entering school.

Currently, more than 1,500 people in the United States are reported to be dying of COVID-19 per day, on average, with data showing nearly all of those deaths are among the unvaccinated.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who himself was subject to multiple vaccination requirements during his years of service in the Navy, railed against Biden's new policy.

"Are you people trying to start a full on revolt?" Crenshaw tweeted. "Honestly what the hell is wrong with Democrats? Leave people the hell alone. This is insanity."

Ohio GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel used violent rhetoric in a Thursday night tweet: "Do NOT comply with the tyranny. When the gestapo show up at your front door, you know what to do."

A number of Republicans are calling Biden's mandate authoritarian and "unconstitutional." Supporters of Biden's orders call that a false accusation, noting that the Supreme Court has ruled that vaccine requirements are constitutional. In its decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts in 1905, the court determined that "it is within the police power of a State to enact a compulsory vaccination law."

Attorney Marc Elias tweeted on Thursday from the ruling in Jacobson, "Real liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own, whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others."

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), who served as the White House physician to Barack Obama and Donald Trump before running for Congress, tweeted, "Biden's authoritarian announcement to impose illegal vaccine mandates on businesses is chilling. The decision to get vaccinated should be between you and your doctor, not illegally mandated by President Biden. This is OUTRAGEOUS!"

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) made similar comments, tweeting, "This un-American & tyrannical decision isn't about science; it's about political science in the form of tanking poll numbers. Biden went from saying no mandates by the federal government to this unconstitutional order that would coerce inoculation. [Stop] the authoritarian mandates."

Among those expressing support for Biden's executive orders was the American Medical Association.

"With the rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, alarming increases in COVID-19 related deaths and hospitalizations, and our health system and physicians stretched thin, the AMA is pleased by the Administration's significant efforts to help get this pandemic under control," the AMA said in a statement after Biden's announcement. "Aggressive measures will be needed to prevent further widespread transmission of COVID-19."

And vaccination mandates are popular — despite the vocal opposition from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

A Gallup survey from August found that "majorities of Americans" support vaccine requirements.

The poll found that 61 percent of Americans support proof of vaccination for air travel, 58 percent support it for attendance at events with large crowds, 56 percent support it for dining in restaurants, and 56 percent support it for entering offices and other work sites.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Nine Hidden Trump Administration Scandals Now Emerging Despite Obstruction

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

In at least nine instances, Donald Trump and his top White House officials aggressively combatted key oversight investigations that government watchdogs were attempting to conduct within the Trump administration, according to reporting by the Washington Post.

Just a couple months into a new administration, some results from those nine impeded probes are starting to come to light. Among the most high profile was the recent conclusion by the Department of Transportation inspector general that former agency head Elaine Chao abused her office for personal reasons, including to boost the prospects of a family business. Another revelation was the finding that former White House physician, retired Navy rear admiral Ronny Jackson, abused substances on the job and created a toxic work environment for his staff.

The main problem with these long-awaited findings is that, for the most part, the damage has already been done and without consequence for the perpetrators of the abuses. Chao resigned her Cabinet post following Trump's insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Jackson made a successful bid for Congress last year and now represents Texas' 13th district.

While no leader or agency head is particularly excited about having an internal watchdog looking over their shoulder, investigators working within the Trump administration told the Post the obstacles they faced were particularly onerous. Administration attorneys insisted internal communications were confidential and off limits. They also demanded to be present at witness interviews. Information was either withheld entirely from investigators or released at a snail's pace. The result was an inability to assess and correct internal problems in real time, which is exactly the purpose an internal watchdog is intended to serve.

"IGs under Trump faced an angry, account-settling president who had no compunction about removing those who threatened to reveal bad things about him," said Gordon Heddell, a former inspector general at the Defense and Labor departments who served under Republican and Democratic presidents.

More delayed reports are expected to be released in the coming months, including one on whether the White House blocked delivery of post-Hurricane Maria financial aid to Puerto Rico and another on the Commerce Department's controversial addition of a citizenship question to the U.S. Census. The Pentagon is also conducting an inquiry into a $400 million border-wall contract that Trump repeatedly pushed to award to a North Dakota construction company even after he was told its bid was subpar. And the General Services Administration inspector general is conducting a sweeping review of how different federal agencies responded to the coronavirus.

While we await results from those inquiries, what is entirely clear already is that internal oversight met with unprecedented obstruction within the Trump administration—a hostile posture pushed by the White House—and that led to bad outcomes for U.S. government operations and taxpayers alike.

Medical Ethics Expert Slams ‘Rosy’ Report On Trump’s Health

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

An expert on medical ethics slammed Donald Trump’s doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, for claiming the president is expected to remain “in very good health” for “the duration of his Presidency, and beyond,” the Washington Post reports.

Dr. Conley made the claim about Trump’s health in a memorandum released Friday by the White House, after the president saw a “panel of 11 board certified specialists” over the course of four hours.

But according to medical ethics expert Arthur R. Caplan, who works at New York University, Conley’s “speculation is both unnecessary and smacks of politically rosy glasses skewing age and weight and diet.”

“We need to know is Trump capable of the office now — not in his second term,” Caplan told the Post.

The expert noted while there’s “no ethical prohibition” preventing Conley from making such a claim, “rash speculation shaped by political matters is not exemplary professionalism.”

Conley is the third doctor who’s released a statement touting Trump’s physical health since he announced his run for office in 2015. In December of that year, Dr. Harold Bornstein issued a stunning statement claiming Trump would “be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Bornstein later claimed Trump had “dictated the letter” he signed and released to the public.

In January 2018, Dr. Ronny Jackson concluded Trump has “great genes,” while claiming that with a better diet, the president could “live to be 200 years old.”

 

Trump Has Endorsements From Two Doctors — But Both May Be Fake

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com.

America is completely in the dark about Trump’s physical and mental health, thanks to new revelations that call into question previous claims that Trump is okay by not one doctor but two.

Trump’s personal doctor, Harold Bornstein, now says that the December 2015 letter he signed proclaiming Trump’s “extraordinary” strength and physical stamina was in fact dictated by Trump himself.

Bornstein told CNN, “He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter.” He added, “I just made it up as I went along.”

That news comes after Trump’s supposedly official health assessment in January. The letter that claimed Trump was “in excellent health” was signed by “Dr. Ronnie Jackson,” but the then White House physician was Dr. Ronny Jackson.

Jackson was later forced to withdraw his nomination to be Secretary for the Veterans Administration after numerous reports surfaced about his questionable behavior, including how the White House doctor dispensed drugs.

So, the only two documents giving a positive assessment of Trump’s physical health have been seriously called into question. There is no reliable assessment of Trump’s physical condition, as there has been for previous presidents.

Trump’s physical and mental status are not simply trivial issues. In his position, Trump oversees the most important economy in the world while commanding the strongest military on the planet and the most potent nuclear arsenal.

His health is a fundamental element of how he goes about the day-to-day execution of his job.

During the campaign, while promoting conspiracies and hoaxes about Hillary Clinton’s health, Trump raised the topic. He accused Clinton of not having “the strength or the stamina to make America great again.”

What we have been told about Trump’s health now has the appearance of another one of his orchestrated media events.

In the past, he pushed stories designed to make him look good and to attack those he opposed (like his then-wife Ivana Trump) by pretending to be “John Barron” with reporters.

The stories now circulating surrounding the origin of Trump’s two public medical assessments distinctly resemble the “fake news” he pushed out about himself. Neither document was independently created, and their veracity is now in serious doubt.

He proclaimed himself a “very stable genius” after medical professionals began raising concerns about his mental state. But there isn’t a credible medical analysis to back up his panicked denials.

Trump has access to dangerous weapons that could alter the health and safety of the entire planet. Yet nobody knows — independently — if he is physically or mentally fit to hold his job. His history of lies and meddling created this situation.

Everyone’s safety requires that these key issues be addressed, but Trump will not act.

At Rally, Trump Threatens Senator Who Criticized Withdrawn VA Nominee

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com.

Last Saturday night, Trump lashed out at Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) over the failure of Trump’s nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary by threatening to spill unspecified secrets about Tester.

At a rally in Washington, Michigan, Trump went on a tirade about the nomination of his personal physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, to head the Veterans Administration. The nomination was derailed by multiple allegations of misconduct, including drinking on the job and handing out drugs to White House staffers.

Trump praised his nominee as a “truly high-quality human being,” and said that Tester derailed Jackson’s nomination by “throwing out things that he’s heard.”

“I know things about Tester that I could say, too,” Trump said. “And if I said ’em, he’d never be elected again.”

Earlier on Saturday, Trump attacked Tester on Twitter over Jackson’s failed nomination, calling for the Montana Democrat to resign. Republican Sen. Jonny Isakson (R-GA) signed off on the release of the allegations against Jackson, which Trump did not mention.

And the allegations against the VA nominee came from current and retired members of the military, not Tester’s imagination.

But more importantly, Trump is threatening to smear Jon Tester over a failure that squarely belongs to Trump. Even before these allegations surfaced, Trump’s own White House could not explain why Jackson was qualified to run the VA.

There is another sick irony to Trump’s petulant rant. Trump’s threat to divulge alleged secrets about Tester also comes just days after Trump admitted his involvement in a deal to pay $130,000 in hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination was in trouble from the minute Trump announced it on a whim via Twitter, but as usual, Trump is refusing to accept the blame for his own failure. Unfortunately, it appears there will be plenty more failures where this came from.

IMAGE: Dr. Ronny Jackson, who withdrew his nomination for Veterans Administration secretary.