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As outlined in a recent El American editorial, the Biden-Harris adminstration is one run by the elites, for the elites. This means that while feigning an interest in the plight of the ordinary American, the main objective is to restore a return to political “normalcy,” a code term for traditional establishment thinking that believes politicians and their appointed experts always know best.
Having been in office for just over three weeks, Biden has already managed to stunt the economic progress by the previous administration. Meanwhile, there is no sign of any significant improvement in the country’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a theme that was central to his presidential campaign.
Many Americans are already hurting from Biden’s decisions, and that pain will likely continue as his administration rolls out its dangerous left-wing agenda. This article takes a look at some of the damage inflicted thus far.
Keystone XL pipeline
With the mere stroke of a pen, Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, costing thousands of jobs to thousands of middle-income earners on a project that had already passed multiple phases of completion. According to official data, the decision immediately destroyed some 11,000 direct jobs and an estimated 60,000 indirect jobs in secondary and related industries.
As noted by Breitbart’s Joel Pollak, the loss of more than 70,000 jobs may well be a record for a president’s first day in office and has already led to criticism from Democrats including Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who has asked the president to reconsider the decision.
The economic costs of continued lockdowns and social distancing are so great that they are currently unable to calculate. What we do know is that the Biden administration’s support for “following the science,” (a code term for keeping the country as locked down as possible), is costing millions of people their businesses and livelihoods, while also having a drastic impact on the nation’s physical and mental health.
Although lockdown policy is ultimately determined by state authorities rather than the federal government, the Biden position appears to be centered around keeping restrictions for as long as possible in the unproven belief that it will defeat the Chinese coronavirus. Unfortunately for all the pain people are currently experiencing, the worst is arguably yet to come.
With every day of the continued shutdown, the long term economic and social damage is compounding, while no major cost-benefit analyses are being carried out. In line with most major economies, America can expect to go through major economic hardship over the next few years that will likely involve an aggressive rise in poverty and unemployment and high levels of inflation. Like most Democratic politicians, Biden clearly believes this is a price worth paying.
Rise in gasoline prices
Since Biden’s election, gasoline prices have risen by a staggering 18 percent, with some experts forecasting that the price of fuel could reach as high as $4 a gallon.
“Biden has substantial political risk heading into the 2022 midterm elections. He would do well to articulate a more balanced energy package because we are likely to see gas prices above $4 a gallon,” Steven Kopits, the Managing Director of Princeton Energy Advisors, recently told the Washington Examiner.
Meanwhile, other industry experts have warned that the price of gasoline will continue to grow as the vaccination process takes hold and the country begins to open up, leading to a greater demand on supply. This is all culminates in less money in the pocket of the average American worker.
Damaging women’s sports
America’s young female athletes will no longer be able to compete on an even playing field following a Biden executive order entitled “Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.”
With the re-introduction of transgender women (who remain biologically male) into women’s sports, young girls torn between a life of education or pursuing their sporting dream will have reason to think twice.
Despite the nonsense spouted by progressive activists that gender is fluid, the harsh reality is that there is not a single major sport where men are not superior to women. This has led to the complete undermining of female sport, given that biological men can now compete in everything from wrestling to weightlifting.
With the growing number of transgender women becoming “female” athletes, biological women will eventually find themselves completely unable to excel as they will be inevitably be outperformed by individuals of the opposite sex. What is the point of pursuing a young woman pursuing a career in sport in the knowledge that they will ever be able to become the best at their respective discipline?
In order to guarantee the support of certain critical voters in the 2020 election, Biden made it clear that he had no intention of banning fracking.
In fact, Biden repeatedly attacked Donald Trump for claiming that he would ban fracking, telling reporters in Pittsburgh back in November: “No matter how many times Trump tries to lie about it, I will not ban fracking. Never said I would.”
This, like many of his promises, turned out to be at best highly deceptive. Just a day after taking office, he signed two executive orders, one pausing oil and natural gas operations in northeastern Alaska and the other indefinitely suspending leases for drilling on all federal land.
According to a recent report by the American Petroleum Institute, a permanent ban on fracking could trigger a U.S. recession, leading to a $1.2 trillion reduction in GDP and a staggering 7.5 million jobs lost by 2022. This would particularly impact workers in the state of Pennsylvania, which Biden won by the narrowest of margins in last November’s election.
Ben Kew is English Editor of El American. He studied politics and modern languages at the University of Bristol where he developed a passion for the Americas and anti-communist movements. He previously worked as a national security correspondent for Breitbart News. He has also written for The Spectator, Spiked, PanAm Post, and The Independent
Ben Kew es editor en inglés de El American. Estudió política y lenguas modernas en la Universidad de Bristol, donde desarrolló una pasión por las Américas y los movimientos anticomunistas. Anteriormente trabajó como corresponsal de seguridad nacional para Breitbart News. También ha escrito para The Spectator, Spiked, PanAm Post y The Independent.