I held back my views during the election season and the post-election squabbles, but now that the new President is acting like the dictator that he claimed President Trump was something needs to be said.
The plethora of Executive Orders are designed to do two things:
- Eliminate anything and everything that might be have been Trump related, and
- Present the image that there is a lot being done.
Let me just provide a couple of examples. One of the first Executive Orders stopped work on the Keystone Pipeline. Of course, this was advertised as helping the environment because now oil would be more expensive and the cost of gas would go up and thus people would drive less—the standard Obama justification for such actions. However, the actual effect was to put 11,000 workers out of work just at the time the economy was still trying to recover from the effects of COVID-19. The effect also was to ensure future revenue for hauling the oil by rail for Berkshire Hathaway’s railroad—Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). Warren Buffet who founded Berkshire Hathaway has been a large donor to Democratic party causes. Hmmmm…..
Related to the pipeline order is our relationship to Saudi Arabia. The status of the Houthi rebels in Yemen was changed—they are no longer a terrorist group. And $500 million in arms sales to the Saudis is being reconsidered. Cut their arms and increase their oil revenue once the US is no longer energy independent. Is this really going to be our policy? All in the name of the environment.
The Saudi linkage goes on as the attempt to re-establish relations with Iran and the Palestinians flies directly in the face of the Trump Abraham initiative that has several Arab states recognizing and normalizing relations with Israel.
This one example shows the lack of analysis of internal linkages and relationship to other orders and the resulting causes and effects. Additionally, some of the rhetoric about what the now out of work pipeline workers can do was not very politically adept: “they can make solar panels.”
The second example is the removal of the Trump administration ban on the use of foreign aid monies to pay for abortions. Being pro abortion as a policy position is an open choice, but why at the beginning of one’s term as president does he have to anger the Catholic church and over half of the national population who are against abortion. And then the optics of sending money abroad for abortions while the Democrats can’t get a COVID relief bill through Congress are not what a good Democrat would want. But of course, it is a Trump policy to reverse and thus it had to be done immediately.
As these Executive Orders continue and the Congress wastes its time on an unconstitutional impeachment the Biden Administration is digging itself into a position that many pundits suggest will cost them both the Senate and the House in 2022. What will they do then? Will a Republican House impeach Obama, or Biden or Harris or all three? What about Jimmy Carter? Of course, I jest but the precedence is not one they should set—but of course who would think of linkages and consequences?
More to follow in coming weeks.