The harm to our economy caused by Joe Biden's socialist wish list is growing worse every day. Self-inflicted crises have dominated the first 15 months of the Biden administration. From inflation skyrocketing to a 40-year high, to violent crime running rampant through major cities, to soaring gas prices, to a wide-open lawless border letting millions of illegal immigrants and deadly fentanyl onto our streets, to endless federal mandates threatening our individual liberties, the Biden administration is a disaster.
When President Trump was in office, he made America energy independent. He unleashed America's can-do attitude to build the Keystone XL pipeline. He also opened our vast abundance of natural gas and oil and allowed responsible drilling on federal lands. At the end of President Trump's term, gas was a little over $2.00 a gallon.
Biden's policies just don't make sense. One of his first acts as president was to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and to stop drilling on federal lands. He then removed all of President Trump's sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream II pipeline. I have repeatedly pushed President Biden to ban Russian energy imports and support American energy production. Yet, according to reports, after banning Russian oil imports, President Biden is now looking at buying oil from anti-American regimes in Venezuela and Iran. It seems like Joe Biden would rather beg Venezuela and Iran for oil than simply buy American.
Under Biden, the national average for gas has soared to over $4.00 a gallon, with estimates for it to be even higher by Memorial Day. Think about it - if you usually spent a hundred dollars a month of your family's budget on gas, now you are spending over $200. That's a big hit for folks.
Every Alabamian is feeling the pain when they go to the gas station. High energy prices caused by Biden's reckless policies are a tax on every hard-working family in Alabama. The more we must spend on gas, the less we can spend on other necessities.
The radical left that really runs the Biden administration is determined to push its socialist agenda on every American family, and America is currently suffering because of it.
We will not let that happen. As President Trump famously said, "America will never be a Socialist country."
Mike Rogers has served as the U.S. representative for Alabama's 3rd congressional district since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party of Alabama. Since 2021, he has served as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee. From 2019 to 2021, he served as the Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of 1819 News. To comment, please send an email with your name and contact information to Commentary@1819News.com.