Dictators Love to Dictate

2021 May 18
by bc3b

Hitler and Stalin could take lessons from Michigan Gov. Gretchen “Gretch the Wretch” Whitmer. Now Whitmer would like to make many of the COVID-19 rules permanent.

This comes from MILIVE.com, the online press service for newspapers of Michigan’s major cities outside of Detroit, not a conservative website.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has laid a clear path for Michigan to eliminate its COVID-19 health order and associated restrictions: Get 70% of the population 16 or older to have at least one vaccine shot.

But simultaneously, the state is working through a process to make permanent its workplace COVID-19 rules, enforced through the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The current temporary MIOSHA workplace rules expire Oct. 14 and cannot be extended again, per state law.

Republicans and business leaders are unhappy with the prospect of permanent rules.

“Voice your opposition to Whitmer’s plan to make heavy-handed COVID rules permanent,” the Michigan Republican Party wrote on Twitter. “Say NO to out-of-control, big-government intrusion into the lives and livelihoods of Michiganders. We must end this madness.”

The Small Business Association of Michigan added a form to its website allowing people to send a message to MIOSHA saying they oppose permanent rules. Within a few hours of adding it to the website, there were hundreds of responses, SBAM President Brian Calley said.

“The notion of having permanent COVID-19 rules – there was a very visceral, negative reaction to that from members,” Calley said.


In light of last week’s pivot on masks from the Centers for Disease Control and Michigan, Calley thinks MIOSHA will abandon its pursuit of permanent rules.
A draft of the permanent rules is available online and closely mirrors the current emergency rules – including requiring masks for workers when they can’t maintain 6 feet of distancing, requiring barriers, mandating daily temperature checks and health screenings of employees and recommending people work remotely when feasible.
There’s a hearing scheduled for May 26 to discuss the proposed rules.



The permanent rule-making process takes about 12 months to complete, Egan said.

At the end of the process, the Legislature’s joint committee on administrative rules with the will decide whether to approve the rules.
But business leaders say those rules will be obsolete by October. Some unsuccessfully advocated for the MIOSHA rules to sunset once the state’s COVID-19 health order is removed. The permanent rules draft would allow MIOSHA to reconsider the rules after the health order is gone, but doesn’t require it.
Making sure these rules don’t become permanent is the top priority right now for the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, said executive director Scott Ellis.
Likewise, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is also speaking out against the idea. Vice President Wendy Block said employers know how to keep their workers safe by now and that the CDC guidelines are enough.
Egan disagrees.
“MIOSHA needs tools to hold employers accountable if they choose not to (follow safety protocols),” Egan said. “By simply ‘following the CDC guidelines,’ it really restricts MIOSHA’s ability to ensure that workers have a safe workplace.”
MIOSHA has cited more than 280 workplaces for COVID-19 violations. It’s received more than 15,000 complaints since March 2020, which is more than fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 combined.
State law requires MIOSHA to go through a months-long process to extend its rules further, even though COVID-19 trends change so quickly it could render them outdated.

The agency is forced to predict how widespread COVID-19 will be in mid-October. State leaders are taking the conservative route. Businesses are betting the virus won’t be a problem by then – or say there are other rule-making options, if needed.

“We don’t think it’s reasonable to establish permanent rules, ‘just in case,’” Calley said.



Hat tip: mlive.com

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a May 12, 2021, COVID-19 briefing.


16 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 May 18 10:27 am
    bc3b permalink

    Sorry for the lousy formatting.

  2. 2021 May 18 10:56 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    The more I interact with the ethereum network….the more I’m starting to think the flippening is legit and will probably happen this year.


  3. 2021 May 18 10:57 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    From drudge:

    Obama says UFO sightings appear real…

    ‘Don’t know exactly what they are’…


  4. 2021 May 18 11:06 am
    Eph permalink

    Bitcoin going to 10k.

    Get off the ship!

  5. 2021 May 18 12:11 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

  6. 2021 May 18 1:57 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    “‘Don’t know exactly what they are’…” — Obama

    That why they are called UFOs. What a jackass.

    Out of these three POTUS how would you rank?


  7. 2021 May 18 2:02 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    This a great State or what? — https://www.zerohedge.com/political/texas-lawmakers-propose-annual-tax-tesla-owners — Since Tesla owners are generally the rich, and even the rich think they don’t give their fair share, eat it suckers.

    (On the grander scale, I think its stupid. I hate any taxes. But I regress some when its clearly a lib tax.)

  8. 2021 May 18 2:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    And Dallas county has gone off the deep end — https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/watch-uniformed-troops-enter-bars-7-eleven-dallas-randomly-vaccinate-younger-crowd

    Clay Jenkins is as bad as Whitmer.

  9. 2021 May 18 3:15 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    American, when we WERE the auto market — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYV5igR00bQ

  10. 2021 May 18 4:20 pm
    justrand permalink

    saw a great quote today regarding CWII:

    “The Left views political violence as a dial, that can be adjusted as needed to meet their needs, and there is always some level of violence being threatened or conducted. The Right views political violence as an On/Off switch. We’re either peacefully voting and minding our own business, or we’re shooting everything that threatens us and/or our country. The Left has no idea what will happen if the switch gets thrown”

  11. 2021 May 18 4:59 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    11, love it.

    re: Whitmer, hopefully she’s in some trouble. Here’s another article.
    She claims the plane flight to FL was “donated” by some rich guys but the plane doesn’t have the correct characteristics for it.
    “The new problems arose when Whitmer’s chief of staff, Joanne Huls, attempted to explain away the flight Friday by saying a related 501(c)(4) so-called dark money group paid for the flight.
    It was determined the cost of the roundtrip was $27,521, and Whitmer personally reimbursed the fund just $855 for her seat. It was not clear how they arrived at either figure.”

    “Elizabeth Isham Cory, a spokeswoman for the FAA, told the Free Press “companies that operate charter flights must have a Part 135 certificate” from the agency.

    Air Eagle, LLC, a company owned by three Detroit-area businessmen, “does not have a Part 135 certificate,” according to Cory.

    Whitmer’s original story was that her trip was strictly “personal” to visit her ailing father, who owns a property in West Palm Beach.

    “I’ve said everything I am going to say about my trip to go check on my father,” Whitmer told a 9&10 News journalist when questions persisted. “It was a quick trip. It was an important family reason for doing it. And I have nothing to add.”

    “I showed up when I was needed. I did a lot of cooking, a lot of cleaning,” Whitmer said last week.

    “When you’re the governor of Michigan, you’re always on the clock, but it does not mean that you’re not also a daughter who shows up when a family member needs her,” she said.

    But late Friday, Whitmer’s office claimed her 501(c)(4) organization paid for the flight, which would require an organization-related activity to do so.”

  12. 2021 May 18 6:49 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Well, OK then.

    The Babylon Bee
    To Save Time, The Babylon Bee Will Now Just Republish Everything Biden Says Verbatim

  13. 2021 May 18 7:24 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Pentagon to monitor social media\internet of military personal.


  14. 2021 May 18 7:36 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    drdog – in the last thread you mention big money leaving stocks.

    Interview with Joh Rubino, he stated the following.

    It seems Sam Zell knows what to do. Who is Sam Zell? Rubino says, “Well, Sam Zell is one of the biggest real estate investors in the world. The guy has a history of being right at the big turning points. He will build a massive commercial real estate empire with billions and billions of dollars of offices and shopping malls and stuff like that. Then towards the end of the cycle, he will start selling. He will basically get out at the peak of the market. Then the market tanks, and he buys back in. So, he’s a really good indicator of where the economy is going because he has such a history of being right. So, now, the guy is buying gold. I think this is the first time I have ever heard of him doing that. He usually just sells his real estate and goes to cash. Now, he’s selling out of some of his real estate, and instead of putting it into a bank, he’s buying gold with it. This is a good sign from a smart guy. . . . This guy is right so frequently, the fact that he is buying gold is a really good gold buying signal.”

  15. 2021 May 18 8:20 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Real estate, esp commercial RE is tough and unpredictable right now.
    You can’t evict non-paying tenants due to Covid.
    People need less commercial RE since work-from-home means that less office space is needed. Also, the location of offices might change. Why pay big bucks for NY City if having office space in FL allows you to get the job done?
    Plus plenty of politicians are eager to elevate social justice. If you are a rich RE tycoon, they will favor rent-control over your property rights. Did I mention cities and states have been spending money like water even though taxes are way down from businesses be shut down? Expect higher, perhaps much higher taxes going forward.

    With the Biden* Admin I think we have a group that can’t shoot straight. All they know is “do the opposite of Trump”. It is noticeable that they are clueless and will become more so.

    Bumpy ride ahead. But we knew that.

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