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Biden’s inauspicious beginning
The day our new president was inaugurated behind razor wire and protected by the National Guard that wasn’t allowed in DC during the summer riots, he sat down at the desk in the Oval Office and proceeded to sign executive orders pre-prepared for his signature.
President Joe Biden has signed more than two dozen executive orders and another dozen actions like proclamations, memorandums, and agency directives, in his first two weeks in the White House, a new record for any prior U.S. president within the same timeframe.
Which is surprising since he has been quoted as saying a president’s reliance on executive action is like that of a dictator who can’t get anything done any other way.
One of the first orders of business was to immediately scrap the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project, part of the Biden administration’s effort to address climate change. If built as planned, the 1,200-mile pipeline would have delivered more than 830,000 barrels of oil each day from Alberta, Canada, to Southeastern Nebraska. Analysts say the move affects about 10,000 full time and seasonal jobs. As it stands, the oil will now be transported by truck and rail, arguably more of a threat to the environment than a well built pipeline. But no worries, these out-of-work construction workers can get “other jobs” according to climate envoy John Kerry. No word about where those “other jobs” are going to come from.
Also on the agenda was a moratorium on new leases on oil and gas drilling on federal land and waters which jeopardizes America’s energy independence and threatens jobs. According to one study, the decision on federal lands will leave the U.S. down nearly one million American jobs by next year alone. Among the states affected is New Mexico who relies on its drilling industry to provide funding for education. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has directed all state agencies to sue the federal government over the new policy which would result in the loss of 120,000 jobs and $65 million in revenues by next year.
On day one, Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change that will result in adverse economic consequences for the U.S. with little actual environmental benefit, according to economic experts and does nothing to address China’s continued unchecked contribution to the earth’s pollution levels.
A 100 day moratorium on deportation of noncitizens was also put into place. A federal judge has since suspended this order and extended the temporary restraining order until Feb. 23 until it can be reviewed. Biden’s deportation pause would suspend 85 percent of all criminal alien deportations.
The Biden administration committed to codify Roe v. Wade, which would allow for legal abortions even in the unlikely event that the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 ruling.
He halted construction of the southern border wall that eliminated as many as 5,000 high-paying jobs. The wall was reported to have reduced illegal border crossings and stemmed the flood of illicit drugs into the country, according to a report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Border Patrol officials cited a 68 percent drop in illegal border crossings in the first five months of 2020 alone.
He signed an order requiring a study on how to implement a federal $15 an hour minimum wage designed to lift some Americans out of poverty but will put others out of work entirely. Seattle’s move to $15 an hour a few years ago, resulted in workers given fewer hours and experiencing a net loss in pay. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report this month that shows an increased budget deficit of $54 billion if the minimum wage is increased to $15 nationally, which it says will result in higher unemployment and higher prices for goods and services.
He reversed an order barring transgender people from serving in the military.
He mandated that the Census Bureau include illegal immigrants in its apportionment.
He froze a drug rule that was slated to reduce the cost of insulin and epinephrine.
He has also signed a number of orders and directives promoting social welfare, racial justice and equity regardless of color, gender identity or sexual orientation. Look for males identifying as females to enter women’s sports along with their locker rooms and rest rooms.
If the past month is any indication, it’s going to be a long, hard four years for Americans.
Mattison Marr – Bryson City, N.C.
First Amendment dates back 230 years
The Bill of Rights was declared in force in 1791.
Amendment I – Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Let us go to church, folks!
P.S. Our city state and national officials work for us.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Clydia Huscusson – Franklin, N.C.
Pray God doesn’t turn His back on America
God warned the children of Israel that if they turn away from him and worship idols and other Gods, he would turn his back on them and scatter them among the nations and that is what he did. The Bible tells us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Jewish people met a wolf in sheep’s clothing who was filled with the evil of Satan. His name was Adolf which means “noble wolf “ and he was anything but noble. He had a place called wolf’s lair, another place called wolf’s gorge and his close friends called him wolf. Yes, he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing who is responsible for killing about 6 million Jewish people and as bad as he was, the Bible warns us that there will be someone even more evil than Adolf Hitler. If you ever get the chance to visit the Holocaust Museum in Israel, you will walk out of there with tears in your eyes. Doesn’t it seem odd that in Israel, they built a museum to remember the past and to honor the dead and in America we tear down statues to forget the past. I like Israel’s way better.
Would God ever turn his back on America? Let’s see. A Methodist pastor who happens to be a congressman opened the prayer in Congress by praying to all gods and ending the prayer with amen and a-women. I guess he doesn’t know amen means “may it be so.” Since the Supreme Court ruled that schools cannot recite the Lord’s Prayer and cannot read from the Bible, violent crime has increased six-fold, divorce rate have tripled, births out of wedlock have increased, teen suicide has tripled and SAT scores have dropped 80 points.
We have states that redefined marriage. We have states that approve the killing of unborn children. We have church attendance declining and some churches moving toward more worldly views instead of Biblical views. We have corrupt government officials and we have many people worshipping idols today like their jobs, success, material things and even money.
Yes, we need to pray that God will never turn his back on America.
Mike Townsend – Franklin, N.C.
Cowardice, blind loyalty a dangerous combination
I am deeply concerned that Republican Senators who were outraged and concerned for the survival of our democracy on Jan. 7 have, only one month later, decided that the storming of the Capital with violent intent was no big deal.
Former President Trump was inciting insurrection from the day he was declared the loser of the fair election. His speech on the sixth of January was the culmination of a three month long campaign to challenge the legitimacy of the election results. His challenges through the court system failed, so he urged his supporters to make Vice President Pence give him the election when certifying the electoral college results in the Senate, something Pence as vice president could not do. He urged insurrection, not once, but over and over. He never apologized, took responsibility, or disavowed the violent behavior of his followers, summoned to D.C. by him. He just said “Go home, I love you.” As in, “job well done.”
What is wrong with our Senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, that they back off from saving the integrity of our Democracy? They do not speak out about the importance of respecting our institutions and against the use of violence to influence opinion. They vote to challenge the legitimacy of impeachment. They model cowardice and blind loyalty, a dangerous combination. I believe Donald Trump must have a consequence for his incitement of violence, and should not be able to hold elected office again. His belief that he could shoot someone on New York City’s Fifth Avenue and have no consequence is being tested. He must be held accountable.
Carole Light – Franklin, N.C.
No grand and happy society ahead of us
I have come to realize that the war between the Dems and Republicans had nothing to do with Donald Trump becoming president.
It was all about the Dems trying to convert America to a Socialist form of rule. Trump was in their way and they had to get rid of him or anyone else not in line with their perverted political views.
Fact is, had Jesus the Christ run for president and won, the Dems would have done the same thing to Jesus as they did to Trump.
They would have called Jesus ignorant, racist, stupid, a liar, and working as a secret spy for the Russians.
Trump faced almost as much spiteful stuff as Lincoln, loaded with vile, disgusting and venomous comments. But let’s be honest, people like Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, AOC and Hillary are disgusting human beings and no one outside of politics would want to be connected to them.
That’s part of the problem, however, The Left is quite happy to belong to their offensive political views. They are the same people who would be happy to have friends in the Mafia and other gangster organizations.
One sees this picture if one studies jerks like Hitler, Mao, Castro and other idiots who had one great thing in their favor: People are prone to believe any dirt leaders hand them.
For example look at what has been going on with the Black Lives Matter organization. The three leaders are Black millionaires and they know they can play Black Americans like a fiddle.
In their attempts to destroy statues of Abraham Lincoln they don’t realize it was the Republicans who freed Blacks from slavery while the Dems are still trying to keep Blacks down. Even many school teachers continue to make Black kids feel inferior and thus never try as hard as white kids.
Fact is, if Lincoln and Martin Luther King were still alive they would have their arms around each other and laughing together.
Unfortunately, I don’t see a grand and happy society ahead of us if President Biden has his way. I see a repeat of the 22% inflation rate we had during Carter’s term with possibly an annual inflation rate as high as 42% under Biden.
Does anyone remember McDonald’s hamburger, fries and a Coke and getting change back for $1.00 during the Reagan years?”
Anyway, the Dems, and I use that term loosely to include all the Leftists, Communists and Socialists. Yes, I know some pretty good folks who are Democrats but they are from a different world.
Actually, what few realize is that nature controls us and in fact unless we are willing to struggle in life, we will return to not much more than a backwards human race. It is a scientific fact that people must struggle but I suppose science has about the same credibility as allowing men to dress as women and beat women in sports.
After all, the Dems say men and women are biologically the same. Right?
So, the Left promises a struggle free life and the government tucking you in bed at night. All you need to do is follow their instructions and rules, after all, they are a lot smarter than you. Right?
Yeah, sure, the Leftist grand scheme will last a good 25 years before the whole mess collapses around us. What’s left of our country gets absorbed by China.
Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.