When asked about his impressive consumption of alcohol, Winston Churchill once said slyly: “I took more alcohol than alcohol took.”
In 2021, Churchill’s bragging ring true for many Americans who have used alcohol as a key to opening up the world outside of their homes. Communities across the country have started offering spirits – brewed or distilled – to get people to receive their COVID-19 vaccines.
A few weeks ago, New Jersey announced its new “Shot and a Beer” program, which allowed any state resident to bring their vaccination card to a participating bar and get a free glass of foam. . Connecticut offered a similar program. Breweries in New York and Ohio offered big discounts on beer for those with a fresh bite. A bar in Wisconsin named The Pickle turned into a day-long vaccination clinic.
Alcohol is the tip of the iceberg COVID-19
And so, alcohol – once used to fight the virus in the form of hand sanitizer – is getting people back to their old-fashioned normal lives.
But using alcohol to bribe people is just the tip of the COVID-19 iceberg. West Virginia has offered residents savings bonds to get vaccinated. Krispy Kreme offered free donuts. Some dispensaries offered free marijuana. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to give advice on Dr.Anthony Fauci’s favorite bang style.)
Most notably, Ohio has offered to enter the newly vaccinated into a million dollar lottery, proving that being vaccinated does not increase math skills.
Commentators across the country have praised these efforts to effectively pay people for immunizations. Who cares how we get shot in these arms, as long as people comply, right? Isn’t that how we get back to normal?
Obviously, more immunized people in America is a good thing. And if private companies want to get involved in helping the cause of the return to normalcy of the country, more power for them.
But at some point the government simply rewards irresponsible behavior. It reinforces the message to people across the country that if you want to make bad choices, the government will eventually step in to bail you out.
Keep in mind that the Ohio Lottery idea is paid for with federal taxpayer money, which was sent to states to boost vaccinations. A ding-dong hesitant to vaccinate is going to get a million dollars of my money because he thinks President Joe Biden is trying to implant a microchip in his arm that will turn him into a transgender.
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Tens of millions of other Americans, by contrast, flocked to each other for vaccinations because they cared about their own health and that of others. Where’s their check? Where is their free dime bag of Deborah Birx Premium Select Weed?
(If states want to get really creative, they can lure people in with perks with a less demonstrable tax tag, like a coupon for free speeding or blowing up garbage collectors a week of garbage collection for their most hated neighbor. .)
Don’t reward healthcare neglect
The lesson, of course, is that the American people will always be there to bail you out of the consequences of your own decisions. Don’t want to pay off student loans you voluntarily took out to improve your life? Here come the progressives, promising to “cancel” your debt. Don’t want to go back to work after the pandemic? The tap for generous unemployment benefits from federal and individual state governments remains, in many cases, wide open.
Don’t care enough about your own life or the health of others to get a free injection? Here is your reward!
Additionally, as the Journal of the American Medical Association noted, offering bribes to get the vaccine might actually deter people from doing it, as they will assume something is wrong if citizens have to. get paid to have it injected into their body. Think about it – if you were walking down the street and someone handed you a drink and said, “I’m going to give you $ 1,000 to drink this,” you would immediately suspect that it was surreptitiously seasoned with the sweat of a tramp’s mustache.
COVID-19’s new normal calls for a new slogan:“No shirt, no shoes – no vaccination – no service”
The famous philosopher Homer Simpson once said that alcohol is “the cause and the solution to all the problems in life”. Bribing people with alcohol might, in fact, be the solution to the biggest problem of our time – the pandemic – but it will not be a balm for the selfishness and misinformation that led to the reluctance. and resistance to vaccination in the first place.