President Joe Biden on Thursday announced an unprecedented and legally dubious federal mandate that will disproportionately harm low-income families, including many in the BIPOC community.
Although the president said last year that forcing Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine was "not the role of the federal government," the Biden administration now plans to require businesses with more than 100 employees to have their workers vaccinated or tested weekly.
The hardworking American households whose lives are most likely to be disrupted by the federal mandate are, according to science, those that earn less than $25,000 per year. Recently published Census Bureau data show that nearly one in four Americans who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine are in the lowest income bracket.
Science also indicates that BIPOC communities will be most affected by Biden's mandate. Whereas 52 percent of the white population is currently vaccinated, just 43 percent of the black population, and 48 percent of the Hispanic population have received the vaccine.
While most Democrats, who would like to believe that the only people who haven't been vaccinated are Trump-supporting rednecks, praised Biden's mandate as "terrific public policy," left-wing pundits who actually care about the lives of poor people were more critical.
"The unvaccinated in America are overwhelmingly low-income people, which means any punitive measures against those refusing vaccinations—loss of jobs, bar on entrance to public spaces or travel—will disproportionately fall on those who are most economically vulnerable," wrote left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Others questioned why Biden did not propose a federal policy that would encourage people to get vaccinated with some kind of financial incentive, rather than punish them for remaining unvaccinated.
As the Washington Free Beacon has demonstrated, Biden's tenacious drive to inflict pain on his political enemies is what his supporters love most about him. They find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.