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White House Blames Bad Polling on Unvaccinated Americans

Now that’s a stretch.

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Things are not looking good for President Joe Biden, who only 8 months ago was riding atop a blue wave of enthusiasm as the man who ousted Donald Trump, sealing a win for the Democrats’ alleged “resistance”.

But then it came time to govern, and the Biden administration utterly sputtered.  Months of compounding crises, from the Mexican border to the streets of Kabul, completely destroyed his approval ratings, and ignited a long-dormant civil war within the progressive party.

Now, as the undeniably poor popularity of the president remains a focal point in the media, the White House is suggesting the polling numbers aren’t Joe Biden’s fault, while laying the blame at the feet of the unvaccinated.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was grilled Friday about President Biden’s poor polling numbers.

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Psaki placed at least some of the blame on Americans “who’ve decided not to get vaccinated.”

“I would say that this is a really tough time in our country,” Psaki responded. “We’re still battling COVID, and a lot of people thought we’d be through it, including us.”

Then, boldly expounding on this divisive accusation:

“And because of the rise of the Delta variant, because of the fact that, even though it was a vaccine that was approved under a Republican administration, even though we now have full FDA approval, and even though it’s widely available across the country, we still have … 20% of the country who’ve decided not to get vaccinated,” she added.

“No question that’s having an impact,” Psaki said, before concluding, “And of course, as the president has said, the buck stops with him.”

The diminished and deflated enthusiasm that the Democrats hold for Joe Biden could come back to bite them in 2022, as the Republicans focus their efforts on taking back the majority in the House of Representatives.

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Southwest Caves to Pressure from Anti-Vaccine Employees

But there’s one heck of a catch.

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Last weekend was an unfortunate one for Southwest Airlines, who suffered from the cancelation of nearly a third of their flight schedule…and just days after they announced that a vaccine mandate would soon go into effect for their thousands of employees.

The airlines denied that the vaccine mandate had anything to do with the cancelations, blaming weather and air traffic control issues.  But, when researchers compared the number of total flights cancelled to the number of Southwest flights cancelled, it was fairly obvious that this was a localized issue.

Only a few days after that, a massive protest of their vaccine mandate hit home near headquarters.

By Tuesday of this week, the airline had been forced to back down.

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Southwest Airlines dropped a plan to put unvaccinated workers with pending exemptions on unpaid leave after a December 8 deadline following protests by their employees.

“The employee will continue to work, while following all COVID mask and distancing guidelines applicable to their position, until the accommodation has been processed,” according to an internal note obtained by CNBC written by Southwest’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality Steve Goldberg and Vice President and Chief People Officer Julie Weber.

And then, even after a new deadline was set, the company doesn’t appear to be baring its teeth in regard to enforcement.

The company is giving employees until November 24 to finish their vaccinations or apply for a medical or religious exemptions. While these exemptions are pending, employees will continue being paid, and those who are rejected will continue working “as we coordinate with them on meeting the requirements (vaccine or valid accommodation),” CNBC reported.

It was unclear exactly where the buck would ultimately stop with the new timeline, but there is little doubt that we’ll soon find out.

Last weekend was an unfortunate one for Southwest Airlines, who suffered from the cancelation of nearly a third of their flight schedule…and just days after they announced that a vaccine mandate would soon go into effect for their thousands of employees. The airlines denied that the vaccine mandate had anything to do with the cancelations, blaming weather and air traffic control issues.  But, when researchers compared the number of total flights cancelled to the number of Southwest flights cancelled, it was fairly obvious that this was a localized issue. Only a few days after that, a massive protest of their vaccine mandate hit home near headquarters. By Tuesday of this week, the airline had been forced to back down. Southwest Airlines dropped a plan to put unvaccinated workers with pending exemptions on unpaid leave after a December 8 deadline following protests by their employees. “The employee will continue to work, while following all COVID mask and distancing guidelines applicable to their position, until the accommodation has been processed,” according to an internal note obtained by CNBC written by Southwest’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality Steve Goldberg and Vice President and Chief People Officer Julie Weber. And then, even after a new deadline was set, the company doesn’t appear to be baring its teeth in regard to enforcement. The company is giving employees until November 24 to finish their vaccinations or apply for a medical or religious exemptions. While these exemptions are pending, employees will continue being paid, and those who are rejected will continue working “as we coordinate with them on meeting the requirements (vaccine or valid accommodation),” CNBC reported. It was unclear exactly where the buck would ultimately stop with the new timeline, but there is little doubt that we’ll soon find out.

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