According to reports from the New York Post, President Joe Biden is, as of this writing, “checking” to see if he has the political power to put out a national mask mandate for children attending school.
Apparently, our president, who was once a senator for “150 years,” — hopefully you all get that reference — has not, in all that time, given that little founding document of ours, the Constitution, the one that outlines what powers the federal government actually has, says about all this madness.
I’d recommend he start with the Tenth Amendment, which just so happens to outline what powers the federal government has, and then explicitly states that what’s not listed is reserved for the states.
That should answer his question real fast.
Biden, fresh off of decision to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reinstate an eviction moratorium, despite Supreme Court guidance indicating that the legislature, not the CDC, should be responsible for such a measure, may be looking to take similar initiative with mask mandates.
A measure requiring universal masking in educational institutions would specifically target states like Texas and Florida, whose Republican governors — Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis, respectively — have outlawed universal masking mandates, giving parents the power to make decisions on masking, rather than local governments and school districts.
“President Biden said Tuesday that his administration is examining whether he can order universal masking in public schools, overriding Republican governors in states like Florida and Texas,” the Post went on to say in their report on Wednesday.
“I don’t believe that I do, thus far,” Biden said during his chat with reporters, making a reference to whether he has the “power” to overrule decisions made by state governors. “We’re checking that.”
The White House relied on legal advice from far-left Constitutional lawyer and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe when addressing the CDC eviction moratorium. Although the Supreme Court was explicit in noting that Congress, and not a government agency, should set housing policy, the Biden administration was ultimately convinced that a CDC moratorium could sustain a legal challenge.
A federal judge noted on Monday “that the Biden administration was engaging in legal ‘gamesmanship’ in order to resurrect a pandemic-related eviction ban despite an indication from the Supreme Court that the measure was unlawful.”
Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have been engaging in a back-and-forth over this topic of kids and masks for some time now, and the battle is getting intense.
“When I suggest that people, in zones where there is a high risk, wear the masks like you all are doing, I’m told that government should get out of the way and not do that, they don’t have the authority to do that,” the president said. “And I find it interesting that some of the very people who are saying that, who hold government positions, are people who are threatening that if a school teacher asks a student if they’ve been vaccinated, or if a principal says that ‘everyone in my school should wear a mask,’ or the school board votes for it, that governor will nullify that.”
DeSantis fired back by stating that if Biden is “coming after the rights in Florida, I am standing in your way.”
“Why don’t you do your job? Why don’t you get this border secure? And until you do this, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you,” DeSantis responded.