Did you see the 20,000-plus military troops at Biden’s inauguration? Take this crowd, multiply it times three, and you’ll get the approximate number of American jobs our new president ended on his first day in office.
Despite a pandemic that has already devastated jobs and the American economy, newly-sworn in President Biden used some of his first day executive actions to end two of the nation’s major projects—the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
Ending the Keystone XL pipeline ended more than 11,000 construction jobs. A State Department report adds that 42,100 additional jobs are impacted by the decision.
The border wall includes 10,000 American jobs. The total financial impact is estimated at $1.6 billion.
But according to Biden’s executive order, the wall is a waste of money: “But building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution. It is a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security.” This may be true in the eyes of Biden and his donors, but his words overlook the everyday Americans who live off the wages from these “waste of money” jobs.
What’s the alternative? Will Biden pay these border wall workers from his $1.9 TRILLION stimulus bill? Nope. That’s just for relief. Unless these workers are willing to live off unemployment, we’ll need a few trillion more dollars to help compensate the one project that has the best shot at protecting our nation’s border.
And those Keystone pipeline jobs? According to the order Biden signed, “The Keystone XL pipeline disserves the U.S. national interest. The United States and the world face a climate crisis.” Apparently American jobs disserve the U.S. national interest, since they would cause a climate crisis, whatever that is.
Especially interesting is the little overlooked detail that the Keystone XL pipeline is designed to be carbon neutral. Shouldn’t climate change advocates be excited and embrace this project?
Biden has been in government for nearly half a century. That’s 47 years of political payback he has to compensate for in four years. American interests are not his interests. His day one actions speak loud and clear in this area.
But if this is just the first day, what else should we expect? If Trump’s economy brought us record stock market highs, low unemployment, and stable gas prices, perhaps we should expect the exact opposite from Team Biden.
A downward economy, high unemployment, and unstable gas prices don’t sound fun, but what else can we expect from a politician who waves his magic wand and ends tens of thousands of jobs with a pen?
We’re in for a bumpy ride, and there’s no easy way off this crazy train. It’s time to prepare for the unexpected and work hard to survive Biden’s Hunger Games until conservatives have another chance to vote for our nation’s future.