Lance Morrow’s recent piece in the Wall Street Journal “Living in the Age of Stupidity” echos precisely how most citizens feel about the lack of leadership in politics.
We certainly are seeing a lack of leadership in the Sunshine State.
Florida has 67 counties and more than 400 cities. As of now, I have not heard of anyone from the elected political class demand that their employees get vaccinated.
The Mayo Clinic has been out front telling its employees to get vaccinated by October or they will be put on unpaid leave. Delta Airlines has said all employees who are not vaccinated by October will be charged an extra $200 a month in health insurance.
Why haven’t elected officials pursued similar actions to stop the spread of the delta variant? Are they concerned that maybe some employees will leave?
Fireman, police and other first responders are especially vulnerable because of their engagement with the public. Are union contracts preventing vaccinations? What about non-union public employees?
Duval County has close to 8,000 employees. how many of them are vaccinated?
Recently, a Jacksonville civic group had an editor from the Florida Times-Union stress the importance of vaccinations. How many of those business leaders have demanded their employees to be vaccinated?
How many business leaders have set an example similar to the Mayo Clinic or Delta Airlines?
Leaders need to lead by example, especially as many of us recognize that too many elected officials and business leaders want us to do as they say, not as they do.
Matt Schellenberg was first elected to the Jacksonville City Council back in 2011 and won a second term in 2015. He was term-limited in 2019.