Americans who really thought the country would be better off under President Joe Biden are learning quickly their expectations were ill-placed, as were their votes.
No sooner than Biden took office, he began signing a series of job-killing executive orders that put the kibosh on the still shaky, still slow post-COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery.
And the numbers are already bad and getting worse.
Breitbart News has more:
New weekly jobless claims unexpectedly rose by 13,000 to 861,000 in the week that ended February 13, the Department of Labor said Thursday.
Economists had expected claims to fall to 768,00 from the 793,000 initially reported for the prior week. The previous week’s figure was revised up by 55,000 to 848,000.
Jobless claims can be volatile week to week so economists like to look at the four-week average. This fell to 833,250, 3,500 below the prior week’s average.
Now for the really bad news: Things have gotten worse since the last week of December; the jobless claim figure then was 787,000, which had fallen 19,000 from the previous week. Now they’ve headed back up again — way up.
Biden, upon taking office, killed thousands of good-paying, mostly union jobs when he canceled the Keystone XL pipeline as well as new oil and gas exploration and fracking on federal (read taxpayer) land — actions which earned him the threat of a lawsuit from 14 states, many of which were depending on the revenue the operations would have generated.
“You must fully consider and account for the alarming effects your actions have on states, local communities, families, and workers,” said a letter from the state’s attorneys general to the White House said. “Please be aware that the states are reviewing available legal options to protect our residents and sovereign interests.”
TransCanada, the pipeline’s developer, has already spent more than 10 years trying to get the project through the U.S. legal system, being sued at every move by radical left-wing environmental groups. The pipeline’s construction into the U.S. was also banned by Biden’s former boss, President Barack Obama.
Republicans blasted Biden and his administration over the executive actions, which they predicted would lead to major job losses.
“It looks like he cares more about workers in Saudi Arabia than the workers in America,” Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) told Fox News last month.
“This is going to have a direct effect [on] the pocketbooks of the American people here in the middle of a pandemic,” he added. “This is a major infrastructure project that President Biden killed six hours into his presidency. It’s outrageous and it’s going to get worse.
“It’s already beginning to be implemented,” he continued. “We’re seeing it before our very eyes — it’s going to kill jobs. It’s going to raise energy prices.”
Labor unions, some of whose members likely voted for Biden because he’s got a “D” behind his name, were also upset.
“The Biden Administration’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit on day one of his presidency is both insulting and disappointing to the thousands of hard-working LIUNA members who will lose good-paying, middle class family-supporting jobs,” LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said in a statement.
LiUNA endorsed Biden in September, calling him a “steadfast working-class warrior.”
“The Teamsters strongly oppose yesterday’s decision, and we would urge the administration to reconsider it,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa added.