CNBC host Jim Cramer demanded that President Joe Biden impose a nationwide vaccine mandate on every American in an impassioned rant at the end of his show.
But he wrapped up the show with an impassioned rant in which he asked viewers “With the new Omicron variant sweeping the globe, how do we finally put an end to this pandemic? How do we save lives and get business back to normal so everybody can put dinner on the table?”
Cramer’s proposal: “The federal government needs to require vaccines, including booster shots, for everyone in America by, say, January 1st.”
He went on to say that “it’s time to admit that our government has lost the ability, or the will, to make our people do the right thing. Nobody wants to be the bad guy, so we’ve allowed a pastiche of uncoordinated health organizations to dictate an on-again-off-again series of measures that mostly just leave us baffled and confused.”
Cramer continued by slamming the Biden administration and anti-vaxxers:
We haven’t centralized the issue to the point where the White House actually seems to take responsibility. We’d see. First was the CDC, then the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, mostly coordinating policy through talk shows. Then we left vaccination policy to individual companies. Now it’s toothless OSHA going back and forth on what’s allowed in factories, but nobody with any power saying the frontline workers need to be vaccinated. It’s just plain wrong, and most of us are sick of it.
Even as a vocal, anti-vax minority is always grabbing the mic, this charade must end. The government must require vaccinations. Not of this group or that group, not company by company, in a cruise ship by cruise ship, or airline by airline or governor by governor. The buck stops at the White House.
Cramer compared this situation with the rollout of the polio vaccine, railed against anti-mandate governors, and wrapped up by saying that “it’s time to admit that we have to go to war against COVID. Require vaccination universally. Have the military run it.”
President Dwight Eisenhower was able to roll out the polio vaccine with the cooperation of state and local authorities, which, as Cramer noted, is not the case for Biden. And even the OSHA mandate that Cramer called “toothless” has been halted by a federal court. A more sweeping mandate would face even tougher challenges.