Coronavirus

Biden's Mask Mandate Retreat Is a Hopeful Sign

The president acknowledges that there are limits to executive power, even during a public health emergency.

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"If I'm your president," Joe Biden promised at the Democratic National Convention last summer, "on Day One we'll have a national mask mandate." Now that Biden is being sworn in as president, his policy has changed from a general requirement to an executive order that applies only on federal property and interstate transportation.

While supporters of a nationwide face mask mandate to combat COVID-19 may be disappointed, constitutionalists should be pleased. The switch is a hopeful sign that Biden acknowledges limits to presidential power, even during a public health emergency.

Until he backtracked in September, Biden had been promising that he would "do everything possible" from "an executive standpoint" to "make it required that people had to wear masks in public." Outgoing President Donald Trump criticized that plan, saying Biden "wants the president of the United States, with the mere stroke of a pen, to order over 300 million American citizens to wear a mask."

Trump noted that Biden "does not identify what authority the president has to issue such a mandate." He warned that it would violate federalism by "stepping on governors throughout our country."

As Biden now admits, Trump was right. Yet Trump's defense of constitutional limits sat uneasily with his administration's nationwide moratorium on evictions, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) purported to impose in September under the authority granted by the Public Health Service Act.

A regulation issued under that statute says the CDC's director may "take such measures" he "deems reasonably necessary" to stop the interstate spread of communicable diseases, "including inspection, fumigation, disinfection, sanitation, pest extermination, and destruction of animals or articles believed to be sources of infection." The CDC argued that evicting tenants who fail to pay their rent would promote the spread of COVID-19 by forcing many of them to "become homeless" or "move into close quarters in shared housing."

As South Texas College of Law professor Josh Blackman noted, such a broad reading of the CDC's authority was highly implausible in light of the specific examples cited in the regulation on which the agency was relying. George Mason law professor Ilya Somin likewise warned that the eviction moratorium undermined property rights, federalism, and the separation of powers.

If the CDC can, in the name of disease control, force landlords to house people who do not pay their rent, it can impose pretty much any requirement under that heading—including the mask mandate that Biden now agrees cannot be imposed by the executive branch. Last month Congress extended the eviction moratorium until the end of January, which at least avoids the separation of powers problem, and Biden wants Congress to renew the moratorium through September.

Many critics of the Trump administration's COVID-19 policies think the federal government should take a more assertive role. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, complains that "the states are very often given a considerable amount of leeway in doing things the way they want," while The New York Times blames the COVID-19 death toll on the lack of "a unified national strategy," which it says led to a "fractur[ed]" response.

At bottom, that critique is an objection to the American system of government. Under the Constitution, the federal government is limited to specifically enumerated powers, which do not include a general authority to protect the public from communicable diseases.

That responsibility lies primarily with the states, which retain a broad "police power" that goes far beyond the authority vested in the president or Congress. Federalism leaves most decisions in this area to officials who are more accountable and more familiar with local conditions, allows instructive policy experimentation, and avoids concentrating power in a national government whose response to COVID-19 has been characterized by striking incompetence, bureaucratic intransigence, bewildering inconsistency, and lethal foot dragging.

I'm not sure that Biden's retreat from a nationwide face mask mandate means he appreciates the wisdom of that design. But I hope so.

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        1. Biden’s Mask Mandate Retreat Is a Hopeful Sign
          The president acknowledges that there are limits to executive power, even during a public health emergency.

          Trump never issued a mask mandate. Did Jacob "Sullen Dick" praise him for it? I think not. So Sullen Dick and suck a dick and go die somewhere, preferably.

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  2. Half a million people will be dead from this soon.

    Your problem you claim to have about too much theoretical government is just not anybody else’s problem. All the death is.

    Your failed philosophy wouldn’t be anyone else’s problem either if it weren’t propped up by billionaires who want to pay less tax.

    All I learned from this is how much death billionaires will tolerate in exchange for a tax cut.

    1. There is no causal relationship between government power and pandemic mortality. But thanks for playing!

      1. I don’t know what you’re talking about and neither do you. Government power? Is there some higher level of power than a monopoly on power?

        1. I think when he says “government power” he’s talking about the enumerated powers in the constitution.

          It’s on Wikipedia.

          1. Government doesn’t have the power to save lives being lost by the hundreds of thousands?

            I don’t understand why I’m supposed to prefer your philosophy to a government not so absurdly constrained.

            Besides, the only real reason you want it constrained is because that’s what the media mouthpieces of kleptocrats tell you. Small government is great for swindlers.

            1. That’s fine. I don’t understand why I need to prefer your philosophy since you told me it’s a fiction you created for your own selfish self-interest.

            2. Feel free to work to change the Constitution, but in the meantime, let’s agree to follow what is written – or would you prefer a freeforall?

              1. Useful idiots like Tony prefer the freeforall, because “rules are for other people,” not the self-righteous like him who knows how everyone else must live their lives.

                He holds no shame for the monstrous historic wake of death created on the behalf of “not so absurdly constrained” governments, whether communist, fascist, democratic, or even republican. No tears lost for the hundreds of thousands of Syrians dead, partly because of the actions of Hillary and Obama; not one attempt to apologize for the slaughter.

                He also believes his newly-elected Big Government Hero–an old, white, racist, creepy, dishonest, cheating, possibly-sexual-predator-and-lifetime-politician–would have done any better with the death count than the previously-elected idiot with many of the same adjectives. Go read the politico take on Biden’s failures during H1N1 if you believe otherwise.

        2. The President is not God. There are some things no President can fix, no matter how slavishly you worship him.

      2. Pandemic? What Pandemic? I knew this was a plandemic from the start. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/wall-street-declares-beginning-end-covid-crisis

    2. Dead with this *

      3 million other people will have died in the same period without this.

      1. And the infections happened with no correlation to mask policy.

        But keep up the anti science in order to push authoritarianism.

        1. Or any NPI including lock downs. Several folks have plotted lock down severity against per capita mortality for countries, no correlation at all. Papers are also coming out against the lock downs. Here is one such:

          https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eci.13484?fbclid=IwAR3vFlkAiRe71ZV9UFbMFUgYK0g1VniyTXeQzZtXtqjDc7JYAXu_cTqJfMo

        2. You will never accept any science that doesn’t tell you what you want to hear.

          I’ve met people who live in their mothers’ basement and eat Cheetos all day. I know what you want out of life. Free shit and no responsibility. It’s not something I’m unaware of.

          1. You will never accept any science that doesn’t tell you what you want to hear.

            Pot, meet kettle…

          2. I don’t know anyone who lives in their mother’s basement and eats Cheetos all day.

            What do you people do for fun? Other than Cheetos?

          3. People who want free shit and no responsibility are the Democratic party’s base. You are such an idiot. Moronic clichés are all you have to offer.

            1. The Democrats’ base, by which you mean black people, were the only political force to do any good for this country in four years.

              Cop reform and Trump just another old retiree in Florida. What have you done today?

              1. Your troll game is ok, maybe 6/10. It would be better if it weren’t so self-contradictory and avoided completely obvious rhetorical fleshlights.

      2. People die, oh well. Guess I don’t have to give a fuck about your stupid complaints.

        What are your pronouns anyway?

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    3. “Your problem you claim to have about too much theoretical government is just not anybody else’s problem. All the death is.”

      No. Even if there was a theoretical all-powerful, all-wise benevolent government people will still have died from Covid, and likely in not dissimilar numbers. The government does not have the ability to prevent deaths in this type of situation. But we do not have all-wise government, we have crapulent on power leaders like Governors Cuomo and Newsome.

      1. Just because Trump can’t do it doesn’t mean someone else can’t also. He’s stupid. Very stupid. And gone.

        1. New York has the second highest death rate in the country, next to New Jersey.

          If asshole governors with no respect for individual liberty in arguably the most modern metropolitan area in the country ruled by likeminded people, then we’ve tried your experiment, and it failed.

          That’s science. To experiment in science, you need diverse people trying multiple options to see what’s best. NY tried progressivism. It didn’t work on the pandemic. Sure, you can blame city density, but that’s marking my point for me: dense urban areas are the stated ideal of the progressive future, and if that’s all it takes to make a pandemic kill millions, then, congratulations: you killed millions.

          1. That is… not science. That’s you taking a handful of facts and constructing a narrative that suits your beliefs, not supported by those facts.

            The problem is ignoring the basics, like how viruses work and where population density is highest in this country.

            1. I’m sorry but facts are facts. If you want to be specific on how I’m wrong, go ahead. But your generalized unspecified bitching is tedious.

        2. Yes, gone, goodbye and good riddance to Trump. Biden, however, is even stupider than Trump, and only partisan folk would dispute that.

          Biden? A career politician (and a largely racist one), and clueless when it came to handling H1N1–so sorry to see your hopes likely dashed. The *optics* will of course be better under Biden, because, well, 95% left-biased media. And he has a benefit of vaccines already having been developed, something I can guarantee Biden’s administration wouldn’t have gotten done as fast.

          (Still… maybe Biden can fix the warp speed distribution that the Trump administration fucked up. At least Perna had the balls to take the blame on this, something partisan apologists never do.)

    4. *…have their death attributed to this.

    5. Half a million people will be dead from this soon.

      When the CDC reads off the numbers they say “with,” and the media changes it to “from.” That one little word completely changes the meaning of the sentence.

      1. Today is the happiest day for you the last 4 years.

        1. Doubt that, as sarcasmic is not a partisan hack. You, on the other hand, are losing your Great Pumpkin.

          1. Biden cultists walk hand in hand. See his comment below for evidence he is a hack sweetie. Youre a partisan hack too. Even have the notarized proof.

          2. You, on the other hand, think that H2O and HO2 are the same thing.

          3. Dude, he’s admitted to being nothing but an ass who trolls people he has a personal issue with. So treat his comments with the respect they deserve: ignore him.

      2. Don’t feed me conspiracy horseshit. You haven’t discovered something that slipped past all the scientists. Not here or on any other subject.

        1. If it’s a conspiracy nobody’s putting forth any effort to hide it.

          There’s a huge difference between someone dying “with” the virus and someone dying “from” it. You really going to argue against that sentence?

          1. I’m going to argue with your implication that you discovered some fact about how things are going that all the epidemiologists in the world missed. I mean it’s possible, just not likely.

            You want to count only those people who died from covid with no comorbidities, in America for God’s sake, and you want to do this because you have an emotional need to deny the seriousness of the problem. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Maybe you can work on your second PhD.

            1. you want to do this because you have an emotional need to deny the seriousness of the problem

              No Tony, quite the opposite. I’m trying to be rational here and not allow myself to get whipped up into an emotional state by politicians and media who see this as an opportunity to take greater and greater control and influence over our lives.

              Though I’m still curious as to why, right after the CDC reads off the latest numbers of people who died “with” the virus, the media changes that one little word to “from.” I suppose since sensationalism sells, if they don’t say “from” but instead say “with” then they won’t get ratings and advertising.

              1. I’m pretty sure they changed the words because they’re dishonest and they have an agenda.

                Biden wouldn’t have won the election without them. Their election victories depend on a dishonest media.

                1. Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence.

                  I’m leaning towards lazy journalism, and a lack of desire to rock the boat.

                  1. I think it’s a lie. I think they sat there an said, “Hmmm. ‘Died with COVID.’ I don’t like the sounds of that. It’s too weak. They ‘died of COVID’, damnit, because we’re in the middle of the worst pandemic the world has ever seen, and we’re going to talk like we know that.”

                    I don’t think it was a typo.

                    1. What you’re saying explains the focus from deaths to cases and back, depending on convenience.

                      I’m not so quick to accuse someone of lying, when they could be repeating bullshit they think is true.

                      They know who they are.

              2. I don’t know that that’s a fact. I know you’re saying if, that’s all.

                But I could surmise that this has something to do with the fact that there isn’t actually a bright line between life and death. Death isn’t caused by a virus, it’s caused by oxygen deprivation in the brain. So in a way, nobody was hurt by any virus.

                Or you could just take the established authorities’ stats at face value. They’re the same ones when their boss was an orange Republican as when he’s a normal colored Democrat. Though the former does have a documented history of suppressing and fudging data to make himself look good.

                You know how evidence works. It’s not that hard. Your conspiracy theory could be correct, but with just an assertion, all I have is the word of a partisan science denier against the scientists. I don’t know what you expect me to do.

      3. I wonder how many people who died “with” the virus didn’t have it at all, given what we know about misleading PCR tests and false positives.

    6. Tony must be expecting that, once inaugurated, Biden will take charge and outlaw death. That’s right, under the Party of Hope, Empathy, and Equity, we will live forever. We just might not like it.

      1. I just hope he outlaws people who express interest in overthrowing the government from owning guns.

        How sensible that sounds on paper, huh?

        1. Well, the first thing he’d need to do would be abolish the USA and join Great Britain again.

          Something tells me that Biden isn’t as opposed to armed revolution as a concept as he lets on.

          1. The American Revolution was probably a mistake, but what’s a mistake when you’re talking about history? It is what it is.

            Oh, except fascism. That’s always a mistake. As cultural entities go, that’s ones the most like a deadly virus. At least until the pro-virus people came along.

            1. You told me your ethics are a self-serving fiction you made up.

              So I assume fascism is a mistake like you don’t like carrot cake.

              I don’t like racism because I think people should cooperate peacefully. I assume you don’t like it unless they took a vote first.

              1. I didn’t make the rules. I just can’t help but notice the people who insist on all the strict moral laws are the ones who start wars over literally nothing, force everyone into rigid patriarchal structures, and rape children institutionally.

                So your fallacy is assuming people are more morally laudable just because they say so.

                1. And your fallacy is a huge performative contradiction, where you argue that moral arguments are pointless (if you’re right, you’re wrong), and then go moralizing and judging every single person you talk to, as if you don’t even understand your own fallacious arguments in the first place.

            2. The Revolutionary War wasn’t a mistake, it gave us our Independence and the Birth of America. We may need another Revolutionary War again since our Elections are rigged by Dominion/Smartmatic Machines and Software, Unilateral Changes to the established Election Laws from the battleground states etc. overthrowing our Government via through violence with the 2nd Amendment is our only way to save our Republic.

      2. Everyone will live for ever, but some lives will be longer than others.

  3. It’s a tragedy, but it’s hard to blame it on the President when 50 state governors were free to take more draconian actions if they thought it would help. The results in New York and New Jersey and California and elsewhere speak for themselves — everyone was guessing, or trying to be seen as “doing something”, and their actions didn’t prove to be much of an alternative, succeeding mainly in destroying small businesses and jobs.

  4. Liberal hypocrites wear their masks conspicuously in public and driving their car alone, but take them off at home to have prolonged contact with their ‘loved ones’ (especially the ones who supported Trump). That’s the problem with mask mandates – it’s hygiene theater. Better to teach people basic precautions and trust them to be responsible. Oppressive restrictions make people resentful, careless and even self destructive.

    I predict that studies will show that most fatal cases were caused by symptomatic exposure – meaning mask mandates only provide a false sense of security. Or even worse, cynical defense alibi: “Don’t blame me, I was wearing a mask!”

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  6. Just the fact Biden didn’t know or originally ignored that there are limits to executive power does not bode well for America.
    I find no hope in that. Or the disturbing rhetoric from the Democrats. Can Reason show one thing the Democrats have done to reach out to conservatives and libertarians to show they want to unite?
    And just pleading for unity is not reaching out.

    1. “ Can Reason show one thing the Democrats have done…”

      That’s an odd take. Why would it be Reason’s burden to promote the Democrats.

    2. He pleaded for unity with people who tried to steal his job and murder the country.

      Personal responsibility. Did you always mean that it applies only to other people? Because that would at least mean one thing makes sense.

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  8. Write 30 more articles about it of you truly believe this.

    1. And you will take the time from your precious life’s hours to read every single one and bitch about it with your online CACLL circle jerk buddies.

  9. As South Texas College of Law professor Josh Blackman noted, such a broad reading of the CDC’s authority was highly implausible in light of the specific examples cited in the regulation on which the agency was relying. George Mason law professor Ilya Somin likewise warned that the eviction moratorium undermined property rights, federalism, and the separation of powers.

    Pfft. I don’t know who this Blackman and Somin are but they’re obviously idiots if they’ve never even heard of Wickard v Filburn. If you can plausibly argue that a farmer growing wheat to feed his own chickens is engaged in interstate commerce, you can plausibly argue anything. There is literally nothing that cannot be argued to be Constitutional.

    1. you really just need to convince a fallible human to agree so you’re right anything can be done.

  10. “If I’m your president,” Joe Biden promised at the Democratic National Convention last summer, “on Day One we’ll have a national mask mandate.”

    There’s a whole long list of things Joe Biden has promised to do on Day One. I get the funny feeling that we’re supposed to know to take him seriously but not literally on that score, except for when we’re supposed to take him literally but not seriously, both literally and seriously, and neither literally nor seriously. And I guarantee you he’ll get pissed, call you names, and challenge you to a pie-eating contest if you dare question him about what he’s promised to do that he hasn’t done yet. Not that any reporter would stop tongue-bathing his ass long enough to ask him such a question.

    1. You mean Biden might say mean things, and we are supposed to overlook those and look at his actual actions. Where have we heard that before?

      1. He means that Biden has no intelligible message, this enables him to evade any difficult questions about what exactly he intends to do, and the media aids him in this by not asking any difficult questions in the first place. You think everyone else on this board is a mindless partisan, but nothing you write has any intellectual content, and you’re clearly a partisan for the left regardless of whether you choose to recognize or admit it.

    2. The Revolutionary War wasn’t a mistake, it gave us our Independence and the Birth of America. We may need another Revolutionary War again since our Elections are rigged by Dominion/Smartmatic Machines and Software, Unilateral Changes to the established Election Laws from the battleground states etc. overthrowing our Government via through violence with the 2nd Amendment is our only way to save our Republic.

  11. “If I’m your president,” Joe Biden promised at the Democratic National Convention last summer, “on Day One we’ll have a national mask mandate.”

    Does this mean he is not our president?

    1. Even a child can follow that Science!

  12. Maybe the people actually calling for dictatorship and the end of federalism were not Trump and his supporters?

    1. I am shocked the media would lie to us. SHOCKED.

    2. Right, because it couldn’t possibly be both major parties eroding our freedoms.

      1. And yet you only care about one doing this.

  13. Boy. Sullum can’t resist rolling an article supposedly about Biden into yet another attack on Trump.

  14. I mean, we really shouldn’t have mask mandates. But would it be too much to ask for people to stop being fucking assholes and just wear one anyway?

    Yeah I’m talking to all you “all lives matter” hypocritical assholes, assholes in general, etc. 500k will be dead soon and there are still people who can’t be inconvenienced to put one on for 20 fucking minutes in a store.

    Stop being a prick and just act like you give half a flying fuck about anyone but yourselves you inconsiderate fuckfaces.

    1. Can you stop being an asshole and read up on the dozens of articles showing no correlation between mask usage and infection rates? Pay attention to 4p years if actual research instead of 9 months of modeling (built on assumptions)?

      In the mean time, latest estimates are 900k will die over the next 15 years due to negative effects of the lockdown.

      1. But then how will raspberry indulge his ideological superiority?

    2. Talk about a prick – can you just stay away from us? Seriously. It’s funny how you talk about everyone else being inconsiderate but because you don’t like their opinions your inconsiderate is called considerate. Well done. You sound like a diaper baby.

    3. Would it be too much to ask you to stop being a fucking asshole?

      Never mind, we all know the answer.

    4. Just wear the gold star, it’s the best thing for everyone.

  15. It’s a sad day when Democrats have more respect for the Constitution than Republicans.

    1. God damn youre broken. The areas without these mandates are red states you fucking sad broken biden cultist. Trump kept to federalism when the left demanded he be authoritarian. California and NY have the strictest restrictions even on vaccine roll outs. Biden is going to compel business to manufacture vaccines and PPE.

      You are so fucking broken at this point.

    2. Trump and Republicans were pointing out the presidency does not have the constitutional authority to implement the policy Biden ran on. If anything, Biden and the Democrats are (publicly) coming to this realization late.

    3. Extra-good trolling, sir!

    4. Maybe it’s important for you to feel like the Democrats are better than the Republicans on the Constitution, but they’re not.

      The Democratic party’s leadership isn’t better than the Republicans on the Constitution; Democrat voters aren’t better than the Republicans on the Constitution . . .

      The reason so many Democrats want to pack the Supreme Court is because they see the Constitution as a threat to their agenda.

      And in addition to being the enemies of our constitutional rights, the Democrats are also the enemies of capitalism.

      1. Dude, the whooshing sound was my point flying over your head.

        It is unusual for Democrats to care more about the Constitution than Republicans, which is why it’s notable when they do.

        In this case there’s a Democrat entering the White House that pledged to use legislation where the outgoing Republican was happy to use executive orders.

        This is good and bad. It’s good in that the new president has more respect for the limitations of the office than the outgoing one, but it’s really bad in that legislation is much more difficult to undo which will make his agenda more permanent.

        1. In this case there’s a Democrat entering the White House that pledged to use legislation

          Really? I thought Joe Biden was going to be sworn in…

          Who is this mythical person you are referring to?

        2. “In this case there’s a Democrat entering the White House that pledged to use legislation where the outgoing Republican was happy to use executive orders.”

          To whatever extent Biden’s White House is willing to eschew executive orders, that is probably because the Democrats control both chambers in Congress and get pretty much anything like that passed.

          Now that the Democrats control both houses of congress, a Democrat president is willing to go the legislative route because they’re so principled–is that what we’re supposed to think?!

          Well that’s not what I think. I suspect the reason Biden isn’t stealing home is because he’s being batted in. He isn’t stealing home because stealing home is no longer necessary.

      2. What does the constitution have to say about capitalism?

        You don’t have thoughts, you have narratives that were spoonfed to you by people you culturally identify with.

        There is no “correct” constitutional interpretation, and if there is one it has nothing to say on fucking fetuses, so what are you even talking about? Just the usual Republican PR at the depth of their nadir? Someone’s gotta do it, huh?

        1. “What does the constitution have to say about capitalism?”

          For those of you who may be following along, the legitimate purpose of government in a capitalist society is to protect our rights, and the Constitution does that in all sorts of ways.

          I suspect Tony thinks property rights are fundamentally different from other rights, but Tony is an idiot about a lot of things. Rights are the obligation to respect other people’s choices on religion, speech, etc., too, but society also has an obligation to respect our property rights. Rape is violating our obligation to respect other people’s choices, and so are theft, breach of contract, etc.

          That Tony doesn’t know anything about the most basic purpose of government in a capitalist society–not even after reading a libertarian website every day for ten years–is telling. Markets are people making choices, and the legitimate purpose of government in a capitalist society is protect our right to make choices for ourselves. The Constitution does that in lots of different ways.

          1. The only thing Tony understands in “might makes right.” If he’s got might on his side then his rights overrule yours. If he feels like he’s got a right to your stuff, and government’s happy to give it to him, then you have no property rights. If he wants to rape your donkey to death, and government says it’s ok, then he’s going to rape your donkey to death. That’s why he mocks libertarians and natural rights.

            1. I always have right on my side. It’s a luxury that comes with believing in facts over feelings.

              You ever going to address my only actual argument, that it’s probably a good idea not to find yourself on any team that has to reject basic scientific facts to keep its excuses for having power intact?

              Now I have might on my side, for four years at least. I’m sure we’re all happy it’s no longer in the hands of a seriously mentally ill fat man who handed the keys to the country to neo-Nazis simply because they gave him more devotion than anyone else.

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  16. “If I’m your president,” Joe Biden promised at the Democratic National Convention last summer, “on Day One we’ll have a national mask mandate.” Now that Biden is being sworn in as president, his policy has changed from a general requirement to an executive order that applies only on federal property and interstate transportation.”

    So, now that Biden is president, instead of attacking anything and everything Trump does, you’re apologizing for the Biden administration?

    Get ready for articles about how the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, coming after our gun rights, and packing the Supreme Court aren’t really that bad (from a libertarian perspective).

    Yuck!

    1. It’s a kinder and gentler authoritarian regime.

      1. Yep, been saying it for years. Reason’s idea of libertarianism is noting more than permission for their preferred outcomes via kinder gentler statism.

    2. You could just stop culturally identifying with social conservatives.

      There is no God. Not even a little bit.

      There, don’t you feel better?

      1. You’re an idiot.

        1. Does anyone else see a better explanation?

          There’s a possibility that we should support a socialist and authoritarian agenda on our rights and the economy by way of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal–because we’re not cultural conservatives.

          But it seems more likely to me that this argument is further evidence that Tony is an idiot.

          1. He does seem to have gone raving mad lately. Weird, since democrats are “winning.” I guess this is what winning the culture war looks like: rage spraying spittle all over the comments section over people just refuse to see your wisdom.

            1. All I’m doing is trying to save you from yourselves.

              The lesson you should have taken away from my ranting is that cultures die all the time. And they have a similar look when they do.

              1. you seem to be the only one who’s upset here.

                1. We have to have a president to tell us that facts are real. Actually, he has to tell the “personal responsibility” folks that, and they won’t listen, and I’m gonna have to pay for their old age healthcare anyway. As they screech to keep my government hands off it, and government is evil, and let us have control over government so we can be the evil. All for the sake of fictions we tell ourself about what the correct kind of culture is (spoiler: it just so happens to be the one I was born into). It’s rather exhausting.

                  1. You came here to discuss it. If you’d like you can go to the democrat underground or something else with a ridiculously wrong name (as if democrats are in hiding everywhere… drama queens)

              2. You could care less about “saving” anyone. What a ridiculous comment.

                1. You’re right, I care most about not being bothered and not being poor. So if I’m going to spend time arguing with people about politics, it might as well be in service of that.

                  I don’t see what’s so difficult about seeing that people who want to lynch everyone who doesn’t do what they do on weekends aren’t interested in your freedom. Unless you share their culture, of course, and good luck with a culture with no science in it.

                  1. Who is trying to lynch you for your weekend activities?

                    What are you doing on those weekends? Does it involve children and a panel van?

                    1. No but you should pay attention when it seems people are protesting too much.

                      You can barely hear a rightwinger talk for more than five minutes before they mention children as sex objects or vote for Roy Moore to be in the senate.

                    2. Your thanksgivings in Oklahoma must be horrible.

          2. He’s a troll. Even Tony can’t honestly believe some of the shit he says.

  17. his policy has changed from a general requirement to an executive order that applies only on federal property and interstate transportation.

    The guy hasn’t even been sworn in yet, and he’s already breaking his campaign promises.

    1. In case you have joined the national memory-hole cast, Joe Biden has been breaking campaign promises for damn near half a century.

      1. Breaking promises is how he stays so young and virile.

      2. It’s impossible to keep all your promises when you’ve been on both side of every issue.

  18. “As Biden now admits, Trump was right.”

    Get used to hearing that a lot over the next four years.

    1. How long will the depression roll on before SleepyJoe starts talking about tax cuts.

      1. Been talking about tax cuts for only the very rich since day one.
        (repeal SALT limits)

  19. Will the Woke Leftist Mob allow Biden assert that there are limits or will Biden capitulate to the Woke Leftist Mob?

    Will Liberals (Classical usage) be reprogrammed along with conservatives, libertarians and anyone that does not bend a knee to the Woke Leftist Mob?

    Are their any Liberals (Classical usage) left in the Democrat or Republican parties?

  20. About the only good thing Biden can do with an EO related to COVID would be to get the FDA and CDC to change their recommended PCR cycle threshold from 40 to about 33. Since that’s what most other nations are using (Portugal doesn’t consider any result from a test with Ct over 25 to be a true positive) and what the inventor of the test recommends and what Fauci recommends as a reliable threshold for replication confidence.

    Drop that threshold and you get fewer cases… With fewer cases, you get fewer people “dying from COVID” and more people dying from what was going to kill them anyway (e.g. – Old age, renal failure, heart disease, cancer, influenza, etc.)… And all of a sudden, BOOM! Joe Biden looks like a hero while doing something actually useful to the USA.

    1. He also could reverse the exemption of congress-critters from ACA requirements.
      About 30 seconds after they (and their staffs) have to follow the rules, socialized medicine will fall through the looking glass.

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    2. WHO came out and “suggested” this today.

  21. Biden is a compulsive liar, so yeah. Get ready for the Wuhan flu to take a backseat with the media.

  22. Sullum wrote:
    “I’m not sure that Biden’s retreat from a nationwide face mask mandate means he appreciates the wisdom of that design.”

    But if Sullum truly believed/s Biden doesn’t appreciate the US Constitution, he wouldn’t have written hundreds of propaganda screeds demonizing Trump and campaigning for Biden.

    1. If Biden’s handlers finally convinced him to understand what everyone else was taught in high school civics (i.e. the President has no legal authority to impose a nationwide mask wearing mandate), it makes no sense for them to urge or allow Biden to nominate Richard/Rachel Levine for Assistant Secretary of DHHS, especially if Levine’s responsibilities are to include covid.

      Regardless of what mammals or objects Levine prefers to have sex with, he/she/it was the worst PA Secretary of Health in my lifetime.

      1. Long before Levine began lying about covid (to defend Gov. Wolf’s lockdown), Levine had committed public health malpractice by falsely claiming that vaping nicotine was more harmful for teens and public health than cigarette smoking.

      2. “Regardless of what mammals or objects Levine prefers to have sex with…”

        One of the more crazy things about the mental illness of gender dysphoria is that, even after full transitition the majority of trans people do not want to engage in sexual activity with their (newly) opposite sex.

        Yep, they are even crazier than you thought.

  23. So, let me get this straight.

    Biden says he’s going to do a mask mandate when he becomes president. Then, after he becomes president, he admits that’s not possible.

    Is the media going to call him out for his alternative facts? I think, at this point in the Trump administration, the biggest news story was Trump bragging too much about his inauguration crowd, and that wasn’t as important as COVID in any way.

    Oh, well. Priorities.

    1. He just declared war on the cynical, petty lies you’re telling.

      1. Which part isn’t true?

        1. He’s always been in favor of personal responsibility. Keep interpreting that to mean “I don’t have to practice any personal responsibility” and just see what the feds can’t do in a national emergency.

          1. I think you’re replying to the wrong person. Or else you aren’t reading my comments. My original post mentioned nothing about personal responsibility.

      2. What lie is that Tony? That he didn’t say what he previously said? Or his newly found excuse for not doing what he said he would do?

        We get that the authors here are going to ignore any time Biden does anything they jumped on Trump over.

        But you just stepped right in it.

        1. It didn’t take half an hour before you people started caring about lies again. Even ones that aren’t lies.

          1. That sword cuts both ways: apparently lies about inauguration crowds are more important to the media than lies about health policies for what they’re selling as the biggest health crisis in a century.

            Why should vote according to a media with priorities that screwed up?

          2. “…It didn’t take half an hour before you people started caring about lies again…”

            “…We often think Tony, Shrike, and ChemJeff are being dishonest–especially when they don’t seem to learn anything from having their arguments shredded and smeared in their faces everyday for years. But the fact that they don’t seem to learn anything–knowledge wise or in terms of critical thinking–may be consistent with the hypothesis that they’re just not that bright…”
            Simply lacking the mental ability to understand that their fantasies are qualitatively different from fact.
            Hey, shitstain, I never stopped caring about ‘you can keep your doctor’ from that lying POS.

          3. Oh, and let’s add lies from the lefty media:
            “Trump has told people he has no plans to concede even if his path to victory is blocked”
            […]
            “Facing a disappearing pathway to victory, President Donald Trump offered little indication on Friday he was prepared to concede defeat, leading those around him to wonder who might be able to reckon with a leader who has given virtually no thought to leaving the White House…”
            https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/06/politics/donald-trump-election-2020/index.html

            Notice the headline claims “people”, while the lede includes nothing of the sort.
            You want lies? Look no further than CNN.

  24. Fauci: “the states are very often given a considerable amount of leeway in doing things the way they want.” That how Federalism works. And thank God it still works to keep authoritarian bureaucratic hacks like Fauci in check.

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