President Joe Biden has signed 42 executive orders since his inauguration—a record among US Presidents. Here are his worst ones so far, in no particular order.
This executive order effectively rescinds the "Mexico City Policy," which was the ban on US government funding for nonprofit organizations around the world that perform or promote abortions. Not only does the US government have no business in utilizing taxpayer dollars to fund abortions—something with which the majority of the US public vehemently disagrees—but Biden does this in the name of women having "access to the healthcare they need." Global abortion, funded by US taxpayers, is not healthcare women need.
2. Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis
This order essentially canceled the Keystone XL pipeline in the name of protecting the environment. Halting the Keystone XL pipeline demonstrates a grievous misunderstanding of the importance of the oil and gas industry to America's goals of remaining energy-independent. It also cost thousands of American workers their jobs, as well as tens of thousands of Canadian jobs.
3. Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
This order sounds important and focused: What could be more important than racial equity after the year we've had? Unfortunately, it's an obvious attempt to virtue signal and continue to teach our nation's children false information based on radical, political agendas. This order rescinds the Trump administration's 1776 Commission, which was an effort to teach kids an accurate portrayal of our nation's incredible heritage. With this order, Biden ensures that critical race theory will continue to be taught as fact in public schools.
4. Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation
This is one of Biden's most damaging orders because it reads into a Supreme Court decision far beyond what the Justices allowed, and thus reaches far outside discrimination laws. On the basis of trying to "prevent workplace discrimination," Biden effectively pens the floodgates for transgender males to co-opt privacy, safety, and fair play of biological females. Because of this order, federally funded schools must let biological males who identify as transgender compete against biological females in sports—until such time as a federal court intervenes.
This executive order reverses the Trump administration's ban on transgender Americans joining the military. While it hasn't made much of a stir, it's a terrible order based again on social justice issues rather than something far more vital: national security. Trump's ban was not steeped in bigotry nor did he break any discrimination laws. The ban was based on the idea that the only goal of the US military is to keep Americans safe. A myriad of medical conditions, including something as minor as pancreatitis, can disqualify a person from joining the military. Transgender people struggle with their gender identity. Trump's order said that until that is resolved, they should be unable to join on the basis of mental health. It is not the military's role to be a social experiment, but to prioritize safety—everything outside that is politics.
This order extends worker protections for federal workers and lays the foundation for a $15 minimum wage. No sound economic policy would raise the minimum wage to such a high amount. Whenever this is tried, it fails. Raising the minimum wage raises product costs and actually reduces the future earnings of those wage workers. It's a bad idea all around and few sound economists would recommend this. In the second part of this order, Biden requires that Americans wear masks for 100 days on federal land and in federal buildings. Americans have been wearing masks, most times and in most places, for almost a year. There's increasing proof they don't work like we wish they would and it's certainly not increasing nor slowing the spread of COVID-19.
This order stopped the US from withdrawing from the World Health Organization and delegated Dr. Anthony Fauci to become the head of the delegation to the WHO. Neither Fauci nor WHO proved to be helpful or groundbreaking in dealing with COVID-19. Fauci has changed recommendations and enough to make a person's head spin—plus WHO is a joke.
This order reversed the restrictions the Trump administration had made on passport holders from seven Muslim-majority countries to enter the US. Contrary to the mainstream media, the Trump administration placed these guidelines in effect for safety reasons, not in the name of discrimination. It would be one thing to reverse these restrictions because there is solid evidence of no existing national security threats, it's another to rapidly remove them immediately as a political statement in the name of ending discrimination.
This order also reverses the changes the Trump administration made to halting the expansion of immigration enforcement. Trump's order was particularly focused on immigrant-based crime and keeping citizens of the US safe. Again, Biden does his administration a disservice by wholesale reversing changes made in the name of national security.
10. Proclamation on the Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Southern Border of the United States and Redirection of Funds Diverted to Border Wall Construction
This order halts construction of the border wall by stopping its funding. Although Trump's wall was controversial, it is clearly a safety mechanism and now, it will be a half-built wall—a clear waste of time, money, and resources.
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