As the new president begins his term, I have already become confused. His promises made seem different from his actions. As I saw them, President Joe Biden’s first four days were more like the beginning of a tragedy than a revival.

We have been energy independent for a few years now. But unemployment is higher than historic norms and millions are collecting unemployment benefits. Yet the president killed thousands of jobs by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permits. How was this good for America? Already, prices at the pump are up 12.5%. Demand for gasoline is likely to increase as summer approaches. Will we once again become dependent on foreign oil? Does anyone really believe our appetite for oil and oil products is declining?

Also, we’re in the middle of a pandemic; hospitals are at or near capacity and health care workers are stressed to the limit. But the president wants to welcome migrants who will require health screenings and care at our southern border. If we’re struggling to meet the medical and economic needs of our citizens, shouldn’t our priority be Americans?

These are just two examples that do not look like signs that President Biden has the interests of Americans foremost in his thoughts.

Please explain to me how these early decisions will make America better — as he promised!

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John M. Glendenning, Jr.


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