Democrat Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer discussed President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate this week, saying that the mandate is “a problem for all of us.”
“We’re an employer too, the state of Michigan is,” Whitmer said. “I know if that mandate happens, we’re going to lose state employees. That’s why I haven’t proposed a mandate at the state level. Some states have. We have not, we’re waiting to see what happens in court.”
“But we have a lot of the same concerns that you just voiced, and it’s going to be a problem for all of us,” she added.
According to the Detroit Free Press, “The governor made the remarks in response to a comment from the head of a home health care provider during a meeting with business leaders in Howard City, about 35 miles north of Grand Rapids.”
Whitmer’s comments come shortly after a federal judge in Georgia blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate nationwide for federal contractors and subcontractors.
U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker of the Southern District of Georgia said that the seven states that had challenged the mandate – led by Georgia – would likely succeed in their lawsuits, and that the mandate “goes far beyond addressing administrative and management issues in order to promote efficiency and economy in procurement and contracting.”
COVID-19 vaccine mandates have led to mass firings across the country. At New York’s Northwell Health, the state’s largest provider of health care, thousands of employees were fired after refusing the vaccine. Additionally, UMass Memorial Health fired 200 employees this week after they missed their COVID-19 vaccination deadlines.
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IRS employees stole from COVID relief programs, went on vacations and shopping sprees
President Joe Biden recently increased the manpower of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to better go after Americans and squeeze every taxable penny out of them. It’s long been known that the IRS has suspect activity such as going after known conservatives and conservative groups. They are also in a position to know how to best steal from the government, which some employees did.
Just The News reports:
IRS employees — one former and four current — allegedly submitted fraudulent loan applications through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs in schemes seeking to obtain a combined $1.1 million in loans, the government spending watchdog OpenTheBooks.com reported.
The five alleged fraudsters were approved by the SBA for a combined $418,125 in loans, individually receiving between $27,550 and $171,400.
The individuals charged were: Brian Saulsberry, 46, of Memphis; Courtney Quinshe Westmoreland, 38 of Cordova, Tenn.; Fatina Hewitt, 35, of Olive Branch, Miss.; Roderick DeMarco White II, 27, of Memphis; and Tina Humes, 56, of Memphis.
According to the DOJ:
- Saulsberry obtained $171,400 in loan funds and purchased a Mercedes-Benz.
- Hewitt scored $28,900 in loans and purchased Gucci clothing and a trip to Las Vegas.
- With more than $66,000 in illicit loan proceeds, White purchased personal items, including a Gucci bag.
- With $123,612 in ill-gotten funds, Humes splurged on jewelry and trips to Last Vegas.
- Westmoreland treated herself to manicures, massages and luxury clothing with more than $11,000 in fraudulent pandemic loans finagled through multiple PPP and EIDL program applications for a purported apparel business. She also allegedly submitted fraudulent unemployment insurance benefit applications to the Tennessee Department of Labor while she was a full-time IRS employee, snagging another $16,050 in UI benefits.
The inspector generals for both the IRS and SBA investigated the fraudulent loans and released statements:
“We will continue to aggressively pursue IRS employees who breach the public trust, safeguarding the integrity of the IRS,” said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George, whose office’s mission includes investigating allegations of crime committed by IRS employees.
“It is especially egregious when individuals that hold positions of public trust engage in criminal activity,” said Small Business Administration Inspector General Hannibal “Mike” Ware. “OIG is a ready partner in safeguarding the integrity of SBA’s programs and in bringing wrongdoers to justice.”
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