Texas GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw blasted President Joe Biden’s initial executive actions as job killers while mocking the Democratic Party’s claim to be protective of the “working class.”
On his first day in office, Biden signed a slew of executive orders that included killing the Keystone XL pipeline project banning new fracking leases on federal land, which he vowed not to do repeatedly during his campaign.
In addition, Biden signed an executive order clearing the way for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 hourly minimum wage.
In opening his show, Kilmeade highlighted the anticipated effects of orders on employment, estimating they would cost the U.S. millions of jobs — many of them with Democrat-supporting unions — despite his and his administration’s pledges to implement policies that grow employment, which still has not completely recovered from losses sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The host then asked Crenshaw if he thought that the Biden administration was interested in working with Republicans on job-creating policies.
“They’re gonna keep talking about unity, but they don’t want to unify behind anything that the working class might actually want,” said Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL officer who nearly lost both eyes in an IED explosion in Afghanistan following multiple combat tours.
“Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, that’s tens of thousands of union jobs — union jobs that pay a lot better than, say, solar and wind, on average $20,000 better pay for oil and gas jobs than for solar and wind,” Crenshaw added, nothing that most so-called ‘green industry’ jobs are currently “in China.”
“That’s what [Transportation secretary nominee] Pete Buttigieg is talking about when he says ‘other jobs.’ He’s not talking about good-paying American jobs. And they need to confront this fact,” the Lone Star State Republican noted further.
He went on to cite Congressional Budget Office analyses that say raising the federal minimum wage for the private sector as well, which Democrats have said they want to do, will lead to the loss of 3.7 million jobs.
“I’ve got small businesses in my district” whose owners are “begging me to do something about this,” Crenshaw said. “‘You can’t let them do this,’ they say. ‘We will immediately lose our business, we’re already hanging on by a thread.’”
Economic experts and federal agencies including the Small Business Administration have long said that small businesses are the biggest drivers of job growth in the U.S.
“Here’s what it comes down to: If you’re gonna claim that you’re the party of the working class, you actually have to support working,” Crenshaw told Kilmeade. “Alright? That’s a requirement to be a working-class party.”
Kilmeade said that Canadians are “outraged” by Biden’s decision, even if the Canadian government is “happy” that former President Donald Trump has been replaced by a Democratic leader.
“They wanted this XL pipeline. They know it’s clean, they know it’s passed five separate environmental tests put out by the Obama administration,” Kilmeade noted before playing a clip of Alberta’s premier, Jason Kenny, who called Biden’s cancellation “very frustrating” that one of his “first acts…was to disrespect America’s closest friend and ally, Canada.”
Crenshaw went on to suggest that the U.S. and Canada produce cleaner-burning oil than other top producers like Venezuela and Russia, countries which will step up and fill the energy void and in turn lead to more harmful environmental emissions that Democrats claim to oppose.
He also said Beijing would benefit from decreased U.S. energy dependence as well as Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords, which place emissions restrictions on the U.S. but few on the world’s biggest polluters, China and India.
In sum, Biden’s executive actions “bad for the environment, it’s bad for the economy…but it’s good for the radical left culture wars, which is really what they’re after,” said Crenshaw.