• Here’s an Idea: Building on Trump’s Accomplishments Rather Than Tearing Them Down

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    Surge Summary: If President Biden were genuinely interested in what is best for America versus partisan backlash, he’d build on the former President’s accomplishments instead of spitefully dismantling them. Before the pandemic hit, these Trump efforts were producing exuberant results for the nation. They can do so again if Joe Biden will allow them to do so.

    by William Pauwels

    Do you ever wonder why President Biden and his administration are not building on the accomplishments of the previous administration?

    Biden rushed from the speaker’s platform on Inauguration Day to sign presidential orders that he considered urgent – two of which were the termination of construction on the Texas/Mexican wall and termination of the Keystone XL Oil-Pipeline. Within a week Biden signed 40 presidential orders — unprecedented! Many of these orders simply canceled the accomplishments of the Trump Administration and/or reinstated those of the Obama Administration.

    Why such urgency?  We have millions of miles of pipeline all over the country. Clearly pipelines are safe and cost-effective. Why all of a sudden is the Keystone Pipeline not beneficial?  Without this pipeline, our nation must revert back to trucks and railcars to transport oil to refineries. Not only is this significantly more costly — but these means of transportation will heighten atmospheric pollution and increase the danger on the ground. In addition, gasoline prices and industrial energy costs will skyrocket — already the case.

    Take the wall at the Texas/Mexican border. It’s successful and ongoing construction was immediately terminated on Biden’s first day as president. Why has Biden turned this successful barrier into a dilemma — something bad — something most Americans don’t want?  In fact, most Americans wanted the wall.  The Democrats claimed walls don’t work — yet Biden has already built a fence around the Capital buildings to keep Americans out. The facts are walls work. Fences work. Everybody knows that.

    What’s the point of stopping programs that are clearly working? These Biden terminations are a political fiasco — totally ridiculous! Frankly, Biden’s reaction to so many good things — because Trump initiated them – is irresponsible — immaturity of leadership. The Biden Administration should be focusing on what it can do to go forward — not on what it can do to discredit the Trump Administration and its successes.

    Unlike the economic doldrums that he inherited and helped rectify during the Obama/Biden Administration – things are now quite different.

    Yet the President seems to be applying the same corrective action-plan to the present economy, which was booming prior to the Chinese coronavirus invasion.

    For the Biden Administration to succeed, the President needs to simply turn the pre-coronavirus economy back on . . . and build on it rather than destroy it.

    Put people back to work. Open restaurants, the hospitality industries, and places of entertainment. Cut taxes as Trump planned to do. Forget about minimum wage mandates, closing pipelines, stopping the Mexican wall construction, etc. Rebuild our bridges and highways.

    Is it possible our new president could be a Biden-doer and Biden-builder rather than a Biden-un-doer?

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Image: Joe Biden; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/; adapted from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/48548497852

    Image: Donald Trump; public domain; adapted from: https://picryl.com/media/donald-trump-79e5dc

    William Pauwels

    William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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