BY STACEY LENNOX| P J Media
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Most of the time, a new president gets at least a short
honeymoon period. President Joe Biden is not so lucky. His approval is already underwater at -2 in Rasmussen’s Daily
Presidential Tracking Poll. Usually, the country settles down after the
election and gives the nation’s new leader the benefit of the doubt. Even President Trump entered the Oval Office with a +2
approval rating, which increased through the end of January 2017. President Obama went in at +8 in 2008.
It was a whirlwind of activity for President Biden in his
first 72 hours. He signed an executive order to allow biological men and
boys to enter women’s spaces and compete with them directly in employment,
education, and sports. With the stroke of the pen, he killed the Keystone XL pipeline and even reversed
President Trump’s prohibition on the Chinese Communist Party’s
involvement in the U.S. power grid.
The world is also getting more dangerous with alarming
speed. China has breached Taiwan’s Air Defense Zone with multiple
bombers and fighter jets. We have seen continuing riots in Portland and now one in Bellingham, Washington. Biden ended the so-called “Muslim
Ban,” which actually restricted travel from several countries that provide
material support for terror or don’t have the ability to vet their citizens.
And ISIS just claimed responsibility for an attack inside Baghdad.
The last three days have been like drinking from a
firehose as the Biden administration works to erase everything since 2016 as
quickly as possible. While there is no way to find out how Americans feel about
the full range of issues, Rasmussen has polled a few.
Sixty percent of Americans are expecting fuel prices to rise under
President Biden. A rise in crude oil prices is already increasing costs at the pump in Texas, and they will likely
trend up nationwide. While this increase will hit personal finances, rising
energy prices will also make American manufacturing less competitive globally.
The trend will worsen when Biden increases the amount of environmental
regulation. The same poll shows that 51% of likely voters oppose Biden’s
decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. This number includes 58% of
non-affiliated voters and more than three out of four GOP voters.
There is also news that a migrant caravan from Honduras is heading to the U.S. border because
of Biden’s stated goal of providing amnesty and a 100-day pause in
deportations. By a 2-1 margin, likely voters want the caravan stopped at the
U.S. border. This is unlikely to happen since President Biden has already reversed the “Remain in Mexico” policy negotiated by
the Trump administration. That policy kept our border facilities from being
overwhelmed while migrants awaited their court hearings. The Biden
administration will probably return to the disastrous “catch and release”
policy of the Obama administration in short order.
Two days before the inauguration, 72% of likely voters told Rasmussen they felt the
country is on the wrong track. That was a five-point bump from the previous
week. It’s hard to imagine how the Biden administration will turn these trends
around. So far, they have made a hard left turn on almost every policy move
with radical positions that most Americans do not support. This team has many
members from the Obama administration who never had a problem making a policy
or passing a law that didn’t have majority support.
Are you tired of all the unity yet?