The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce has come out with a formal statement claiming that the “Business Community Requests a Face Mask Requirement to Combat COVID-19”
Is it true that the business community really wants this? Does this group really represent Utah businesses? Let’s examine what’s really going on here.
We absolutely want to support businesses in the state of Utah to strengthen the economy. So many hard working businesses have been hit hard by the government’s illegal handling of the year 2020 and good businesses deserve our support.
However, it’s important to understand that there’s a select group of businesses who are not looking out for our community or the honest free market economy. It is suspect that the loyalty of these businesses is to their influence with their government connections through the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. Many of them may see their government favors and sweetheart deals as their survival, and not their service to their customers or the people.
In a real free market economy, the survival instincts of a business naturally lead them to show concern for what the customer wants or else the business will soon fail. All the resources for long term survival come from happy customers who willingly spend money time and again. This natural law of the market keeps both customers and businesses happy and is at the foundation of a thriving economy.
Conversely, in an economy where the government has strings controlling businesses, businesses will only first seek the customer’s needs as long as the business doesn’t have demands from a more powerful survival source: government money or even a government promise to make them essential. This very thing is what takes America’s current unconstitutional behavior and earns us the label of fascism, as explained very clearly in the classic documentary Overview of America.
The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce has publicly signed 146 power player organizations (mostly businesses) in Utah to call for a state wide violation of the constitution of the state of Utah and the United States. Their excuse is that it’s better to violate one right of the people than to allow the state to violate business’ right to commerce in another shut down of the economy.
Here’s the highlight of what they all signed on to say: (Full statement here)
“As business and community leaders, we express our heightened concern over increasing COVID-19 infection rates”
“We believe in particular circumstances that private sector efforts must be coupled with reasonable government regulation”
“To move forward safely, our businesses would rather comply with the requirement to wear face masks appropriately than to have to close our doors.”
Here are some fundamental problems with their request to the state of Utah.
The biggest lie overall: Business might get shut down.
The truth is that no business ever has to shut down or even modify their operations, as there is no constitutional legal mechanism for shutting down an economy. Many of these businesses had “essential status” anyway and were protected from the previous illegal shut down, and they do not really have a concern that they will get shut down. All businesses at all times may legally ignore the health department’s threats of fines and shutdowns, because nothing the health department says is a law. (If you are a business and have questions on how to apply this to yourself, we recommend contacting the Utah Central Committee for assistance)
It is not natural for a business to willingly ask to be regulated, unless they know they’ve got a way through or around the regulations. In fact, they may be very aware that their competition will not survive the regulation while they do. This is how government regulation creates dishonest monopolies.
In conclusion, “we the people” must support honest businesses, but businesses must also support “we the people”.
Here is the list of businesses reported to have signed the chamber document. If you frequent these businesses, feel free to let them know how you feel about their actions.
Arrow Moving & Storage
Ascension St Matthews Church
Big Shot Photo Group
Brigham City Museums
Cash Man Services, LC
Christy Sports, LLC. & Leisure Living, DBA
City Creek Center – Taubman
Clever Octopus Inc
Cooper Williams LLC
Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events
Daw Construction Group
Deseret Management Corporation
Draper Area Chamber of Commerce
Durham Jones & Pinegar, PC
Exodus Healthcare Network, PLLC
Ford Audio-Video Systems, Inc.
General Distributing Company
Gold Cross Ambulance
GTS Development, LLC
Hale Centre Theatre
Hale Center Foundation for the Arts & Education | Hale Center Theater Orem
Hand Candy Tattoo
Hearth and Hill
Imagine Ballet Theatre
JAN-PRO of Utah
Jazz at the Station
Kanab Chamber of Commerce
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Landmark Testing & Engineering
Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
LD Bowerman Investments LLC
Local First Utah
Lowe Property Group
LUX Catering and Events
Mark Miller Toyota
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
Modern Display Service, Inc.
Music Theatre West
Natural History Museum of Utah
Paper Wasp Llc
Parsons Behle & Latimer
Plan-B Theatre Company
Premier Event Services & Pierpont Place
Regence BlueCross BlueShield
Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper
Rocky Mountain Power
Salt Lake Acting Company
Salt Lake Chamber
Salt Lake City Corp.
Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake County
Salt Lake Film Society
Salt Lake Magazine
Seal Coat Supply, Inc.
Smith’s Food & Drug
South Valley Chamber
Squire & Company, PC
St. George Area Chamber of Commerce
St. George Children’s Museum
Staker Parson Materials and Construction a CRH Company
Swire Coca-Cola USA
Thanksgiving Point Institute, Inc.
The Children’s Center
The Old House at Center and Main
The Work Activity Center
Titan Specialized Services, Inc
Torrey House Press
United Way of Salt Lake
University of Utah
University of Utah Health Plans
University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
Utah Association of CPAs
Utah Beverage Association
Utah Business Summit
Utah Chinese Association
Utah Clean Energy
Utah Cultural Alliance
Utah Food Industry Association
Utah Hospital Association
Utah Independent Agents (UIA)
Utah League of Cities and Towns
Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
Utah Medical Association
Utah Nonprofits Association
Utah Rail Passengers Association
Utah Retail Merchants Association
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Utah System of Higher Education
Utah Tourism Industry Association
Utah Transit Authority
Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce
Vidal Consulting Group LLC.
Visit Salt Lake
Waterstone Financial Services
Western Nut Company
Willis Works Studio
Women’s Leadership Institute
World Trade Center Utah