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Two of the nation's largest airlines – Southwest Airlines and American Airlines – said Tuesday they plan to follow looming federal guidelines and require that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19, despite an order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that attempts to block such mandates.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines last week ordered all of its estimated 55,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID 19 by Dec. 8. That followed a directive from President Joe Biden, who in September said all private companies with more than 100 workers must require employees to be vaccinated or conduct weekly tests for the coronavirus.

Southwest said in a statement Tuesday that the president's executive order “supersedes any state mandate or law,” adding that the company is required to adhere to it despite Abbott’s action “to remain compliant as a federal contractor.”

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The edict by Abbott was meant to fire-up the Trumpublican base.

There was already another discussion here at RR about courts upholding vaccine mandates, and the Constitution gives the federal government the upper hand over the states - so this bluster by Abbott and other soon-to-follow GOP Governor sheep is pretty silly, really.


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I wonder if it's going to come to some of these Trumptard politicians getting indicted on federal charges for telling people and companies to violate US laws? Trump did a lot of that, because he had the Justice Department claiming he couldn't be prosecuted, but that only applies to the sitting President.

Maybe Bannon ignoring his summons and subpoena will get that started. When he's charged with criminal Contempt of Congress, then Trump becomes a criminal coconspirator of that crime.


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Again all this talk of arrests and subpoenas! Arrests that never happen and subpoenas that are ignored.

Does anyone really think that this supreme court will uphold vaccine mandates...?


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I'm pretty sure they won't uphold a governor telling businesses they can't have a mandate for their own employees or customers on their premises. Letting businesses do what they like is a VERY Republican position. The airlines are essentially telling the governor of Texas he can go pound sand. If he tries to fine them or enforce his order in any way, they can just boycott Texas. And yes, that's going to happen, because it's already happening.


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I wonder if DeSantis got everything all ironed out with the cruise industry?
Florida is way ahead of the curve on this. He put a stop to vaccine passports early on.


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There may be no passports issued by Florida, but if you look at every cruise line website, they are requiring proof of vaccination for everybody 12 and older. So no passports is moot.

Cruise ships have always been pretty scary, in terms of infectious disease outbreaks. Not just Covid, either.


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When someone requires proof of vaccination your vax card becomes that passport.

Plague ships are just a part of our species' incessant need to travel. Both governors are ideological blowhards taking a populist but untenable stance. Both believe it is the path to re-election.

Businesses will do what businesses want to do and force the government into submission when the need arises.

Business and government win...the people lose.


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Cruise ships never made any sense to me: Paying to travel to nowhere! Traveling to a resort and staying there for a while seems like a much better use of your time.

It seems like taking your kids is particularly dangerous. The usual policy is no lifeguards at the pools, and if your kid dies they just pay for the funeral, and that's it. If you want to file a lawsuit, you have to do it in Panama. They do have a lot of activities so the kids can stay occupied while Mom & Dad drink and lock them out of the stateroom for fun time. So the kids are pretty unsupervised. Perfect predator hunting grounds, with no police, a bunch of Filipino staff who don't care if your son or daughter is in some guy's cabin, and an intricate system for reporting crimes that involves Panamanian police and the US State Department.


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