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President Joe Biden and his legion of deep-state bureaucrats have threatened for months to impose a nationwide vaccine mandate.

Just last week, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky told Bret Baier that the administration will be “looking into” a mandate as soon as the vaccines receive full approval from the FDA.

Walensky tried to walk back her comments later that day, but the cat has been out of the bag for months. Everyone knows the little tyrants in Washington’s public health bureaucracy want to force all Americans to get the jab, and our president has neither the willingness nor the fortitude to stop them.

But even if this administration decides that a mandate is too politically risky, there are lots of ways that the federal government can impose a shadow mandate without issuing an official executive order — and some of those options have been used before.

First, Biden could threaten to withhold federal funds from public schools.

The federal government gives public schools $1,131 per student for K-12 education and $2,032 per student for postsecondary education, according to

That’s an appreciably nice chunk of change for your local school district, and many schools wouldn’t be able to function without it.

What would happen if the Biden administration issued an order that pulled funding from all schools that didn’t require the vaccine for their teachers and students?

Those schools would issue a mandate within 24 hours.

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It doesn’t matter that such a move would probably be struck down in court, as some argued when Trump threatened similar action over school reopenings.

Biden would simply have to make the threat, and the schools would fall in line.

We saw this in 2016 when Obama threatened to withhold federal funds for schools that refused to acquiesce to the left’s transgender ideology.

The Obama administration simply issued a “directive,” not an order, and we saw schools adopt the policy simply to avoid blame.

“I think thousands of superintendents are breathing a sigh of relief today,” one institute president told Politico at the time.

“Many of them probably don’t want to take a position. … Thousands of school superintendents can now say they don’t want to put their federal funding at risk.”

If Biden issues a similar “directive” to schools about their vaccine mandates, we can expect the same result.

Click here to read the two additional ways Biden could impose a nationwide mask mandate.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.