On day one of his administration, Joe Biden appointed the law partner of his son Hunter’s defense attorney as the head of the Justice Department’s criminal division. In a normal world, this news would have been reported by a dedicated media; however, it was only further excluded from newsworthiness through Biden’s issuance of 52 executive orders in his first 20 days in office. At this point, it remains difficult to know just what some of these orders actually mean or whether the uniter-in-chief had any understanding of what he was actually signing; but many have already had disastrous consequences.
Biden ordered a halt in construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, costing the jobs of 11,000 Americans and the most efficient transport of Canadian crude oil to U.S. refineries; all in the name of the environment and while supporting a similar Taliban project in Afghanistan. Biden’s genius will also lead the U.S. to be less energy independent and force Canada to sell its product to China. Additionally, up to 58,000 more jobs could be further lost as a result of Biden’s suspension of new leases for oil and gas development on federal land.
Similarly, construction ceased on the border wall with Mexico, eliminating 5,000 U.S. jobs and re-igniting the debate over illegal immigration. This act further upset the policy protocols established between the U.S., Mexico and Central America stabilizing mass human movements, immediately contributed to the formation of caravans, and spread alarm over the potential spread of the coronavirus by untested aliens coming unchecked over the border. Meanwhile, Biden is considering the imposition of domestic travel restrictions to Florida by American citizens.
In other developments, the term “Chinese virus” will no longer be used in conducting official federal government business; proving that the truth about the origin of the coronavirus is safe in the White House. Ditto for the U.S. rejoining the World Health Organization, and recommencing financial support after Donald Trump withdrew from the WHO over its efforts to conceal China’s virus-related deception which lead to a pandemic.
Biden also announced that the U.S. would again sign on to the Paris climate accord; pledging to abide by greenhouse gas levels that will devastate our economy while other nations (including China) simply ignore them. Adding insult to injury, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (wow, what an impressive title!) John Kerry, recently admitted that the United States only contributes 10% of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions.
Then there’s Biden’s opening salvo to raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $15 an hour and his call to set this rate as a national minimum. At a time when restaurants and small businesses continue to suffer from the heavy-handed actions of politically-motivated governors and other officials, a poorly-conceived wage hike would be their death-knell. Work opportunities for college students and minorities would also be drastically reduced. The only beneficiaries would be powerful union bosses, big-box retailers and cynical Democrat office-holders ready to jump on-board for the “little guy.”
These are the policies of a “true moderate,” Joe Biden, which are in reality far more radical than anything we ever witnessed at the hands of Barack Obama. And while Uncle Joe pretends to run America, his handlers undoubtedly have much more of the same in store.
Donald Trump once famously said, “When I’m president, we’re going to do so much winning, you’re going to say, ‘It’s too much!” And indeed it came to pass. Unfortunately, in the case of Joe Biden, he’s off to a start which portends anything but, and soon there won’t be anywhere for the chickens to roost.
Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a firstname.lastname@example.org.