In light of Randy Engel’s series, Covid-19 and the Art of Brainwashing, Part I of which was published on Wednesday, the following information is eminently timely and will be of great interest to readers concerned about the federal government’s plans to enforce vaccine mandates. [NOTE: The operative word here is enforce.]
First, some background.
As many business owners are all-too-well aware, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 conferred broad regulatory authority upon the unelected officials who operate the U.S. government agency known as OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
According to the Act:
(a) Each employer –
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;
(2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
(b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct. (Occupational Safety and Health Act, SEC. 5. Duties)
As for how occupational safety and health standards are promulgated, the Act continues:
The Secretary, in promulgating standards dealing with toxic materials or harmful physical agents under this subsection, shall set the standard which most adequately assures, to the extent feasible, on the basis of the best available evidence, that no employee will suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity even if such employee has regular exposure to the hazard dealt with by such standard for the period of his working life. Development of standards under this subsection shall be based upon research, demonstrations, experiments, and such other information as may be appropriate. In addition to the attainment of the highest degree of health and safety protection for the employee, other considerations shall be the latest available scientific data in the field, the feasibility of the standards, and experience gained under this and other health and safety laws. Whenever practicable, the standard promulgated shall be expressed in terms of objective criteria and of the performance desired. (ibid., SEC. 6. (b) (5), Occupational Safety and Health Standards)
With this, the Evil One and his minions both willful and ignorant established the legal framework, over half-a-century ago, for the dictatorial Scientocracy that only recently inserted itself into the daily lives of practically every American man, woman and child.
Who could possibly read this portion of the Act and fail to imagine how it will be used as a cudgel to beat COVID “vaccine resisters” into submission?
In case you missed it:
The Secretary of OSHA has the authority to promulgate standards for addressing “harmful physical agents,” like the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its innumerable variants. It is up to him to weigh “the latest available scientific data in the field” (fake or otherwise) in order to devise standards to protect the health of the nation’s employees.
In April of this year, Joe Biden appointed as Secretary of OSHA, Doug Parker, who previously served as the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Division for the People’s Republic of California.
Upon his appointment, Forbes Magazine interviewed industry experts for insight into what American businesses can expect under Secretary Parker:
Travis Vance is co-chair of Fisher Phillips’ Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management practice. He observed that the Biden administration has pledged to make significant changes to the American workplace, including an expansion of workers’ rights. Parker will be responsible for implementing many of those changes.
“Given the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing, and the Biden administration’s push for a federal emergency temporary standard to address the pandemic, Parker’s first focus will likely be addressing these issues,” he predicted.
Erin Brooks, an attorney whose firm specializes in government regulatory and enforcement issues, made a similar observation. “We expect the initial initiatives will continue to focus on Covid-19 in view of the Inspector General’s February 2021 report offering sharp criticism of OSHA’s management of Covid-19,” she told Forbes.
Of course, a regulatory standard without teeth is no regulation at all, and the Congressional Forefathers of the Scientocracy knew that damned well. The Act continues:
Any employer who willfully or repeatedly violates the requirements of section 5 of this Act, any standard, rule, or order promulgated pursuant to section 6 of this Act, or regulations prescribed pursuant to this Act, may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $70,000 for each violation, but not less than $5,000 for each willful violation. (ibid., SEC. 17. (a) Penalties)
Imagine a business – whether a factory, a marketing firm, or a hospital – that has five, ten, or perhaps hundreds of employees who refuse to abide by a COVID vaccine mandate issued in the form of an OSHA regulation. Those $70,000 penalties can add up quickly, more than swiftly enough to force any enterprise into bankruptcy virtually overnight.
Can there be any doubt about what’s coming?
In the event that there still is, get this…
The Democrat majority in the U.S. Congress recently published the text of their $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation package, a 2,465 page behemoth of a text wherein, buried on page 168, one finds the following:
SEC. 21004. ADJUSTMENT OF CIVIL PENALTIES.
(a) OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT OF 1970.—Section 17 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 666) is amended—
(1) in subsection (a)—
(A) by striking ‘‘$70,000’’ and inserting
(B) by striking ‘‘$5,000’’ and inserting
Get that? If a bank, a bakery or a butcher shop has even one unvaccinated employee on its staff it can be subject to a $700,000 fine!
This is no joke, people. The level of evil running rampant in our day is exceeded only by the determination of its proponents to crush any and all who may dare to stand against them. Obviously, the Devil is certain that his time is running short.
On a brighter note, this means that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart is drawing near.
Behold your mother… (John 19:27)