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After Joe Biden signed the executive order stopping construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, it didn’t take long before he went to work on shutting down the energy industry. Pennsylvania Joe has had a bullseye on the Keystone State’s blue collar economy since early in the Obama administration.

Now he’s imposing stricter penalties against the energy industry:

Hours after taking office, President Joe Biden made good on a campaign promise to cancel the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Later that day his Interior Department mandated that only top agency leaders could approve new drilling permits over the next two months. Next week, according to people familiar with the plans, Biden will go even further: suspending the sale of oil and gas leases on federal land, where the U.S. gets 10% of its supplies.

The actions sent oil producers’ stocks tumbling and raised blood pressure across the industry. “In the first couple of days of the new administration, they are taking actions that will harm the economy and cost Americans their jobs,” said Frank Macchiarola, a senior vice president of policy for the American Petroleum Institute. “We’re concerned, and everyone in the country should be concerned.”

This won’t help the US economy:

Let’s stipulate that we’d be all but officially out of the COVID recession if Nancy Pelosi hadn’t a) sabotaged the latest COVID relief package and b)negotiated in bad faith on that COVID relief package. Let’s not forget that GDP grew at 33.1% in Q3/2020. We were positioned to follow that up with double-digit growth in Q4 and 4%-6% growth in 2021. Those projections have disappeared thanks to Joe Biden’s payoffs to Democrats’ special interest allies, especially the environmental activists that rule the DNC.

Going from energy independence to reliant on Middle Eastern oil and Chinese solar panels isn’t just stupid. It’s dangerous in the longterm and hurtful in the short-term. When gas prices and heating bills spike, I’ll point back to 1//20/21 as the day that Joe Biden set this disaster in motion.

President Trump’s America First policies cared about middle class families. Joe Biden’s and Nancy Pelosi’s policies and tactics put the Democrats’ machine politics agenda first. Remember that the next time you vote.

When Joe Biden signed the executive order ending construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, Biden’s message couldn’t have been clearer. The Democrats’ message to the construction unions was ‘Drop dead.’ This is a difficult decision for the Biden administration to defend. When Sen. Ted Cruz questioned Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg about the pipeline decision, Buttigieg tried spinning the decision by saying “The answer is we are very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good-paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”

It’s painfully obvious that construction unions have gotten hurt by the Biden Administration. Over 1,000 of the people building the Keystone XL Pipeline were laid off Friday, their jobs immediately vaporized by the Biden executive order. Nothing says forgotten like a pink slip with your paycheck on Friday. While Democrats said that they hope those workers find a job, it isn’t likely that’ll happen, at least at the same wage.

Biden campaigned as the union-loving everyman. It took less than a week in office to obliterate that image. Couple that with the outrage of National Guard troops getting exiled to sleeping in a DC parking garage:

Shame on the Biden administration for putting these patriots on a cold floor in a parking garage. Further, there were 25,000+ National Guard troops in DC. That’s far more than were needed by Democrats.

When then-Candidate Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the RNC in 2016, he focused on the people that the Obama-Biden administration ignored:

Joe Biden is a phony. He didn’t fight for Pennsylvania coal miners during the Obama administration. He isn’t fighting for the unions building the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s pretty apparent that he’s fighting for AOC’s Green New Deal, meaning that he’s forgetting, again, about the men who built this country. Biden often says that “the middle class built this nation” and that “the unions built the middle class.”

That’s a snappy-sounding soundbite. I just wish he meant it.

When Joe Biden ran as a moderate, informed people knew that was a façade. One of Biden’s first EOs was to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline. Montana Sen. Steve Daines has put together other western senators in an effort to stop that executive order from killing jobs, increase reliance on Middle East oil and raising gas prices.

Biden’s executive order reads, in part, “The Keystone XL pipeline disserves the U.S. national interest. The United States and the world face a climate crisis. That crisis must be met with action on a scale and at a speed commensurate with the need to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory. Our domestic efforts must go hand in hand with U.S. diplomatic engagement… The United States must be in a position to exercise vigorous climate leadership in order to achieve a significant increase in global climate action and put the world on a sustainable climate pathway. Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.”

Climate change isn’t a crisis. It’s a challenge at best. It’s a crisis only to idiots like Joe Biden, Al Gore, John Kerry and Tom Steyer. Of course, it wasn’t a crisis for Steyer when Steyer made his fortune as a hedge fund manager financing coal projects. John Kerry and Al Gore fly private jets to climate change events where they rant about the climate change crisis. Spare me!

Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accord with another executive order. John Kerry negotiated that document, which explains why China is classified as a “developing nation” but the US is classified as an industrialized nation. Thanks to negotiations like that, China will have the biggest economy in the world within 4 years.

Climate change is just the Democrats’ shiny object to distract from their socialist agenda and the Democrats’ LGBTQ agenda. Democrats have created the achievement gap thanks to their social engineering activism over the years.

The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters condemned the move, saying “In revoking this permit, the Biden Administration has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1. Let me be very clear: When built with union labor by the men and women of the United Association, pipelines like Keystone XL remain the safest and most efficient modes of energy transportation in the world.”

Democrats have decided that they’re choosing environmental activists over private sector unions. That’s why President Trump won in 2016. That’s why the next GOP presidential nominee needs to be a Trump Republican. If traditional Republicans or country club Republicans ignore private sector unions, the GOP will wander in the political wilderness a long time.

President Trump’s Farewell Address to the Nation highlights why President Trump’s accomplishments will be difficult to match. Economically, it’s virtually impossible to imagine Joe Biden, or any other Democrat Socialist president, accumulating President Trump’s accomplishments. The first accomplishments were the most important.

Using the Congressional Review Act, the GOP Congress and President Trump jump-started America’s energy industry. As a result, the US is “the world’s number-one producer of oil and natural gas by far.” People are paying less for a gallon of gas. Their heating bills are less, too. That’s about to change because a) Joe Biden wants electric cars, b) John Kerry wants us back in the Paris Climate Accord and Biden is cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline in the name of climate change, not because it’s good for the environment. The economy in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan will needlessly crater.

The World Stage

  1. NATO nations are paying more for defending their nations, thanks to President Trump’s negotiating.
  2. A new trade deal is in place with China. NAFTA was ripped up, then renegotiated. The USMCA was put into place in NAFTA’s place.
  3. While he didn’t finish it, President Trump started bringing US medical supply chains back to the US. When COVID hit, we learned that China produced most of our antibiotics and PPE. That won’t happen because Joe Biden wants to raise these companies’ taxes.

Abraham Accords

Normalizing relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain was the first step. The next step was normalizing relations between Israel and Sudan. Now Morocco is joining the Abraham Accords.

In addition to the Abraham Accords, President Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. That happened early in his administration. Later in his administration, he recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golon Heights. Golon is key to Israel’s defenses.

The Crown Jewel

The pre-COVID economy was the best economy in US history. Blue collar wages were rising twice as fast as white collar wages. Consumer confidence was sky high. Small business confidence was, too. Durable goods orders and shipments were growing after years of stagnation. Wages rose because President Trump shut the US-Mexico border, drying up the low-skill labor pool. The unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans hit record lows. The unemployment rate for women was the lowest in three-fourths of a century.

The low minority unemployment rates are partially due to Sen. Tim Scott’s Opportunity zones legislation. The other reason for those low unemployment rates is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

COVID Vaccines

Operation Warp Speed was a sight to behold. People criticized President Trump when he said that they’d approve a COVID vaccine within a year. The ‘experts’ said it couldn’t be done. Pfizer and Moderna got their vaccines approved in less than a year. That was miraculous. Now that we’re reliant on politicians and bureaucrats, vaccinations have predictably slowed to sub-warp speed.

Joe Biden won’t fill President Trump’s shoes. In fact, it won’t be close. Biden has already announced that he’ll try killing the energy industry again:

The announcements will also include a sweeping order to review all of ex-President Donald Trump’s actions weakening climate change protections, the revocation of a vital permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project from Canada, and a moratorium on oil and gas leasing activities in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge that Trump’s administration had recently opened to development, Biden aides said.

Expect gas prices to spike. Expect heating bills to rise within a year. It’s apparent that Biden doesn’t care about middle class families’ budgets. While wages stagnate thanks to Biden’s open border policies bringing in tons of cheap labor, expenses will rise thanks to higher gas prices and higher heating bills. Al Gore predicted what will happen to the Biden economy in this speech:

He said that “everything that’s supposed to be up is down. Everything that’s supposed to be down is up.” Under Biden, wage growth will stagnate. Under Biden, families’ expenses will go up.

It won’t take long before billboards start popping up with Trump’s face on them and the question ‘Miss me yet?’

I didn’t need the transcript of last night’s presidential debate to know that Joe Biden flip-flopped on the issue of fracking. That was totally obvious immediately. When President Trump and Joe Biden first spoke about fracking, Biden said emphatically “I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need, we need other industries to transition, to get to ultimately a complete zero emissions by 2025. What I will do with fracking over time is make sure that we can capture the emissions from the fracking, capture the emissions from gas. We can do that and we can do that by investing money in doing it, but it’s a transition to that.”

Shortly thereafter, Biden revisited the issue thanks to a little pushing from President Trump:

Donald Trump: Would you close dow the oil industry?
Joe Biden: By the way, I have a transition from the old industry, yes.

That situation started when President Trump accused Joe Biden of wanting to ban fracking. Biden was upset, saying “I never said that”, finally saying “put it on your website.” Unfortunately for former Vice President Biden, President Trump tweeted out his proof:


Biden deserved this. He’s shot his mouth off about this for months. If he was in a battleground state, he’d shift into his Blue Collar Joe from Scranton, PA persona. If he spoke to activists, he’d be fracking’s worst nightmare. Thursday night, President Trump exposed Career Politician Joe, famous for talking out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously.

Thanks to that brief flurry, Joe Biden can start writing his concession speech. That’s the night that the lights went out on the Biden campaign. He can kiss Battleground Pennsylvania good bye.

This article explains what’s happening in Minnesota. It’s long been known that Minnesota’s political landscape was changing. The last 4 years, though, have shown that the pace of change accelerated.

The article opens by saying “Ask Larry Cuffe why, after decades of voting for Democrats, he voted for Donald Trump four years ago, and he’ll talk about his distrust of Hillary Clinton and the need to get northern Minnesota’s mines back to work. Ask the former police officer why he’s sticking with Trump in 2020 and the list is very much longer.” The simplest way of putting things is by saying that President Trump has kept most of his promises to Blue Collar America. He hasn’t been perfect but he’s worked tirelessly to do what he promised. The political establishment hasn’t worked hard to support the lunchpail crowd.

Andrea Zupancich, a real estate agent and part-time mayor of the small city of Babbitt who also voted for Obama and signed the letter in support of Trump, twice testified to Congress that China dumping cheap steel on the US was killing her community. She said the imports drove down demand for iron ore from the mines around Babbitt which cost jobs, battered the local economy and drove people to leave the city. “We were pleading with Obama to do something about this. He started doing a little bit and then it just kind of fizzled,” she said.

Zupancich credits Trump for standing up to China by imposing tariffs on its steel that she says has injected new life into the industry in the US and the Iron Range. “The tariffs, that is causing an equal playing field for the selling of our steel, so we’ve noticed an increase in the mines’ production. We see that they’re hiring people, they’re putting money back into the mines. They’re planning on mining for a while,” she said.

The next time Joe Biden insists that President Trump took over a booming economy, then ruined it, throw this back in his face. The Obama-Biden administration hurt the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota and steel mill towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

President Trump got rid of the Obama regulations that revitalized the energy industry. Now we’re energy independent and energy dominant. President Trump imposed tariffs on China when they tried cheap steel into the US. It didn’t take long for China to stop dumping steel into the US. When the China steel dumping stopped, the Iron Range’s economy was revitalized. The Obama-Biden administration was mostly about career politicians flapping their gums. The Trump administration specializes in fixing economic problems.

“We are sitting on a half a trillion dollars’ worth of copper and nickel,” said Zupancich. “We import all our nickel whereas we could provide 90% of the world’s nickel and the state would really benefit. The mining taxes pay for our schools for the entire state.”

The plan ran into opposition from Minnesota Democrats over environmental concerns. To Zupancich it didn’t make sense if a ban on mining in northern Minnesota means the minerals then come from countries such as China or Russia with lower environmental and other standards.

Monday night on Sean Hannity’s program, former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer gave President Trump the best advice I’ve heard yet for tonight’s debate. Fleischer said “most important thing to me, Sean, is ‘smoke him out. That’s Donald Trump’s job. Force Joe Biden to state his positions on these great controversies where Joe Biden doesn’t want to take a stand — packing the Supreme Court, abolishing the Electoral College, how far left is he?”

My advice to President Trump is to simply tell people how he’s improved their lives. The fastest path to that is by asking whether minorities are better off now that President Trump signed the First Step Act. Ask people if the Trump/GOP tax cuts left them with more money for vacations, saving for retirement or their kids’ educations, or whether it helped them expand their small businesses. Then remind them that House and Senate Democrats voted unanimously against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Then remind people that Joe Biden said he wants to totally repeal the Trump tax cuts:

That’s Biden’s own words. Force him to own those words. Next, force Biden to own this statement:

At that point, President Trump should ask Biden if he’ll ‘stand with AOC or if he’ll stand with blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. If Biden says that this is a distraction from Trump’s handling of COVID, President Trump should say that it isn’t a distraction to hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. To them, it’s a matter of life-and-death.

Biden’s Democrat Party is actually 2 parties. One part of the party identifies with blue collar workers. The other part of the party is socialists. They fit together like oil and water.

Apparently, there’s nothing that will penetrate President Trump’s ‘Blue Collar Firewall.’ That isn’t surprising. While Democrats pay lip service to unions, President Trump has gotten things done that’ve made blue collar unions’ lives better.

The Obama-Biden administration swore loyalty to the unions’ right to organize. They also led the fight to kill blue collar industries like mining, energy and infrastructure trades. That led to the deterioration of their communities. At his 2016 Convention, President Trump spoke to the forgotten men and women:

After getting elected, President Trump went right to work in rebuilding communities, industries and the economy. He immediately signed off on building the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Teaming with Congress, President Trump used the Congressional Review Act to “kill five Obama regulations” implemented in the last days of the Obama administration. President Trump didn’t just talk the talk. He kept that promise in a big way. Within no time, the energy industry roared back to life. That, in turn, gave people in the forgotten communities in the Midwest hope. They weren’t forgotten anymore.

Thanks to the deregulation but also because of President Trump’s start on renegotiating trade deals, these communities started rebuilding. That’s why this is happening:

“We haven’t moved the needle here,” said Mike Knisley, executive secretary-treasurer with the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, who estimated that about half of his members voted for Trump in 2016 and will do so again. “Even if given all the information that’s been put out there, all the facts — just pick an issue that the president has had his hands in — it doesn’t make a difference.”

“He has a very, very, very solid foundation of our members,” said James Williams, a vice president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, whose surveys of members painted a similar picture. “They connect with his messaging and a lot of the fear-mongering going all the way back to when he was first elected with, ‘Be afraid of the immigrant. The immigrant’s here to take your job.’ That resonated with our membership. They feel like their way of life and their way of living is under attack and without really understanding the dynamics at play. I mean, the immigrant worker is being abused by employers.”

It resonated because cheap immigrant labor hurt union workers. It’s the simple economic principle of supply-and-demand in action. Cheap immigrant labor produced an overabundance of a commodity — labor. Companies took advantage of that situation, which hurt blue collar union workers.

Those voters, historically a bedrock of Democratic support, shifted away from the party in 2016, according to exit polls. Hillary Clinton won union voters by less than half as much as former President Barack Obama had four years earlier — and that swing alone may have been enough to account for her losses in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, one analysis found.

This really summarizes things perfectly:

The question this year is whether Biden can win those union members back, and by how much.

This video explains why Biden is having difficulty with blue collar union workers:

This article highlights today’s campaign from the battleground states. Kamala Harris, the Democrats’ nominee for Joe Biden’s ticket, spent the day in Wisconsin. Biden spent the day in Pennsylvania pretending to be the unions’ friends.

Later, at an AFL-CIO virtual town hall with union President Richard Trumka, Biden called Trump’s alleged remarks about fallen soldiers being “losers” and “suckers” un-American and said Trump would never understand why Americans serve. Trump has denied the remarks. “He’ll never understand you, he’ll never understand us, he’ll never understand our cops, our firefighters, because he’s not made of the same stuff,” Biden said.

That’s the least of Biden’s worries, though. This is a much bigger worry:


What’s happening to Joe Biden? We’ve gotten reports that he’s gone bikeriding in his neighborhood so it isn’t that he’s out of shape. I’m not a doctor so I won’t speculate about what’s happening. Still, honest people have admitted that Vice President Biden isn’t capable of remembering important things.

Even if Biden remembered things, he’d still be at a loss because he isn’t capable of putting the US on the right economic path. Larry Kudlow eviscerates Biden in this interview:

What’s impressive is that President Trump didn’t just preside over a great economy once. The pre-COVID economy was excellent. Then COVID hit, which shut the US economy down for 2 months. When it re-opened, it started creating jobs virtually immediately. When the economy created 2,700,000 jobs in May, the unemployment rate dropped from 14.7% to 13.3%. When the economy created 4,800,000 jobs in June, the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1%. When the economy created 1,800,000 jobs in July, the unemployment rate dropped to 10.2%. When the economy created 1,400,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%. Since re-opening from COVID, the economy has created 10,600,000 jobs in 4 months.

That’s more jobs created in 4 months than Obama-Biden created in 8 years. Then there’s Kamala Harris fracking flip-flop:

BASH: President Trump, Vice President Pence, they have been campaigning more and more on the issue of fracking, which is a process of oil and gas drilling. They think that this is going to help them win votes in key states like Pennsylvania. Joe Biden has said — quote — “I am not banning fracking.” During your primary campaign, you said that you supported a ban. Are you comfortable with Joe Biden’s position?

HARRIS: Yes, because Joe is saying, listen, one, those are good- paying jobs in places like Pennsylvania, and, two, that we need to also invest and put a significant investment in the good-paying union jobs that we can create around clean energy, around renewable energy. And that is the kind of approach we need to have, but always understanding that it’s a false choice to suggest that we either take care of jobs or we take care of our environment. We can do both, and we should do both.

Here’s the video of Sen. Harris being as dishonest as San Fran Nan about getting hoodwinked by a salon owner:

Other than Joe needing a teleprompter to read his answer to an AFL-CIO question and Sen. Harris’s fracking flip-flop, there was nothing new from the Democrat campaign trail.

Joe Biden’s flip-flop factory worked overtime yesterday. During his speech in Pittsburgh, Biden emphatically stated “I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”

Joe thinks we’re stupid. People paying attention know that he’s repeatedly stated that he’s willing to ban fracking. This video highlights what he said yesterday in Pittsburgh with things he said during the Democrats’ presidential debates:

C’mon man, Joe. That video doesn’t depict President Trump lying about Joe Biden’s ever-shifting positions on fracking. That’s Mr. Biden repeatedly flip-flopping on the issue of fracking. Blaming President Trump for things Mr. Biden said himself isn’t a portrait in accountability. It’s a portrait in excuse-making. Coming to think of it, Mr. Biden dishonestly accused President Trump for not taking responsibility for President Trump’s decisions.

As disgusting as Mr. Biden’s flip-flops were, they weren’t the worst part of Mr. Biden’s speech. Mollie Hemingway’s article highlights Mr. Biden plagiarizing Vice President Pence’s speech. First, here’s what Biden said yesterday:

Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting.

Next, this is what Vice President Pence said in his acceptance speech last Thursday:

President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest, but rioting and looting is not peaceful protest; tearing down statues is not free speech. And those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Joe Biden’s plagiarism knows no limits, as this videotape proves:

Let’s summarize these videotapes. What they prove is that Joe Biden is disgustingly dishonest, a serial plagiarist and a candidate that’s willing to say anything when he’s in political hot water. Joe Biden didn’t deliver his speech on riots because stopping rioting is a priority for him. Biden delivered that speech because a bunch of Democrat consultants told him he was slipping in the battleground states because he’d ignored the rioting.

Joe Bidewn is a cheap fake, a say-anything career politician. Democrats prefer that type of politician.