If you were to ask multi-billionaire and one of the world’s richest men, Jeff Bezos, if he believes people fired for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19 should not receive unemployment pay, he’d probably refer you to his publicist.
Jeff’s flacks would likely gin up some waffle-worded statement about balancing public safety against the rights of workers, while Jeff would get back to his daquiri on his $42,000-per-week yacht vacation in Saint Barts.
His publicist might hope you overlook the fact that Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post. He shelled out $250 million in 2013 and did a good job in doubling its circulation through web traffic and making it more profitable.
So, if you pressed Jeff Bezos for his comment on the Washington Post headline, “Handing out unemployment aid to people who refuse to get vaccinated is silly,” he’d have to say yes. That’s because Washington Post editorials—like any other newspaper anywhere—always say what the owners believe and support.
It’s hard to reconcile how someone as wealthy as Jeff Bezos could advocate withholding unemployment pay from workers who object to putting a substance in their bodies that could have unknown side effects—and in many cases doesn’t work. Many of those workers are low-income and minority folks.
It’s also difficult to understand how many liberals also support withholding medical treatment from unvaccinated people. That view is totally inconsistent with how that same group advocated covering preexisting medical conditions in Obamacare.