President Joe Biden’s busy first day in office included overturning much of the work former President Donald Trump did to liberate America from ridiculous policies that threaten the nation’s economy, autonomy, and safety.
The executive orders Biden issued, for instance, forced America back into the Paris climate-change accords, which will hobble America at the expense of its main economic competitor, China, and the World Health Organization; reopened the borders to travel from countries designated as terrorism hotspots and halted the wall on the southern border, as Mexico is writhing from the coronavirus; and gutted the Keystone XL pipeline as well as Trump’s efforts to cut regulations.
None of that was surprising. Biden said repeatedly he would do this.
But in that effort, Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News on Wednesday that he was worried about Biden’s assault on economic progress, as well as a retreat from his promise to heal the country.
On the economic front, the Kentucky Republican said, the rollback of the Keystone pipeline and the Paris agreement cost jobs, as would Biden’s pledges to wage further war on the energy industry in the name of global warming and to raise the minimum wage to $15. per hour.
“I didn’t see much there that was going to help the country,” Paul told Fox’s’ Brian Kilmeade.
“I think most importantly, what we have to hear is that he’s not going to radically transform the country into some sort of socialist dystopia,” he said. “And that may sound like, you know, hyperbole, but many of the things they want to do would radically transform America to a different country, to a country different than what has provided great wealth and great humanitarian ease to millions and millions of Americans.”
“So, you know, there will be a couple of key players in this,” Paul added. “I think Senator Manchin from West Virginia will be key. And also, what will be key is whether or not they blow-up the filibuster. If they blow-up the filibuster and do everything by simple majority, they could very quickly and radically change America, and I think, destroy a lot of the fabric of what our great wealth and great freedoms are based on.”
But Paul, in analyzing Biden’s inaugural address as well as his orders, also said he was dubious about Biden’s commitment to unifying the nation.
“If he thinks he’s going to bring the country together by impeaching a former president, I don’t know what he’s smoking, because really he’s just going to divide the country further,” Paul said. He said “a real statesman” would encourage new Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to drop the idea.
Additionally, Paul noted that Biden’s words also will also have an effect.
“If you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly-veiled innuendo calling us white supremacists, calling us racists, calling us every name in the book, calling us people who don’t tell the truth,” said Paul, adding that Biden, by using the phrase “manufactured truth, called his opponents liars “in a nicer way.”
“I think what’s most important, if the country is going to heal, is the Democrats have to give up on this rancor, and this partisanship, on this really politically-motivated impeachment. If they don’t 75 million people are going to be very, very unhappy,” Paul said.
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