From the Cabin

1-23-2021 Vol 1 Issue 4

Politics: During the first three days of his presidency Biden has singed 30 executive orders, many of them undoing previous executive orders signed by President Donald Trump. Included is the ceasing of funds for the border wall, limiting the power of ICE, helping 11 million illegal aliens become US citizens and more. In the following list the “yes” and “no” is referring to if the order overturns one of Trump’s previous executive orders.  Here is the full list:

January 22          Economy             Yes         Restores collective bargaining power and worker protections for federal workers, and lays the foundation for $15 minimum wage

January 22          Economy             No          Calls for assistance to those who are struggling to buy food, missed out on stimulus checks or are unemployed.

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Accelerates manufacturing and delivery of supplies for vaccination, testing and Personal Protective Equipment

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Directs FEMA to expand reimbursement to states to fully cover the cost for National Guard personnel and emergency supplies

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Establishes the Pandemic Testing Board to expand US coronavirus testing capacity

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Establishes a preclinical program to boost development of therapeutics in response to pandemic threats

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Enhances the nation’s collection, production, sharing and analysis of coronavirus data

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Directs FEMA to create federally-supported community vaccination centers

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Directs the Department of Education and HHS to provide guidance for safely reopening and operating schools, childcare providers and institutions of higher education

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to release clear guidance on Covid-19, decide whether to establish emergency temporary standards, and directs OSHA to enforce worker health and safety requirements

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Requires mask wearing in airports and on certain modes of transportation, including many trains, airplanes, maritime vessels and intercity buses. International travelers must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to coming to the US

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Creates the Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force to help ensure an equitable pandemic response and recovery

January 21          Coronavirus        No          A presidential directive to restore America’s leadership, support the international pandemic response effort, promote resilience for future threats and advance global health security and the Global Health Security Agenda

January 20          Coronavirus        No          Launches a “100 Days Masking Challenge” asking Americans to wear masks for 100 days. Requires masks and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands and by government contractors, and urges states and local governments to do the same.

January 20          Coronavirus        Yes         Stops the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization, with Dr. Anthony Fauci becoming the head of the delegation to the WHO

January 20          Coronavirus        No          Creates the position of Covid-19 Response Coordinator, reporting directly to Biden and managing efforts to produce and distribute vaccines and medical equipment

January 20          Economy             No          Extends the existing nationwide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until at least March 31

January 20          Economy             No          Extends the existing pause on student loan payments and interest for Americans with federal student loans until at least September 30

January 20          Environment       Yes         Rejoins the Paris climate accord, a process that will take 30 days

January 20          Environment       Yes         Cancels the Keystone XL pipeline and directs agencies to review and reverse more than 100 Trump actions on the environment

January 20          Equity    Yes         Rescinds the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, directs agencies to review their actions to ensure racial equity

January 20          Equity    No          Prevents workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

January 20          Census  Yes         Requires non-citizens to be included in the Census and apportionment of congressional representatives

January 20          Immigration        No          Fortifies DACA after Trump’s efforts to undo protections for undocumented people brought into the country as children

January 20          Immigration        Yes         Reverses the Trump administration’s restrictions on US entry for passport holders from seven Muslim-majority countries

January 20          Immigration        Yes         Undoes Trump’s expansion of immigration enforcement within the United States

January 20          Immigration        Yes         Halts construction of the border wall by terminating the national emergency declaration used to fund it

January 20          Immigration        No          Extends deferrals of deportation and work authorizations for Liberians with a safe haven in the United States until June 30, 2022

January 20          Ethics    No          Requires executive branch appointees to sign an ethics pledge barring them from acting in personal interest and requiring them to uphold the independence of the Department of Justice

January 20          Regulation          Yes         Directs OMB director to develop recommendations to modernize regulatory review and undoes Trump’s regulatory approval process

Economics: President Biden’s latest stimulus bill of 1.9 trillion dollars includes a new check going out to citizens in the amount of $1400, filling the gap of the original $2000 President Trump wanted to send out to the public before the election. This adds more to the national debt on top of the 2.3 trillion Congress just passed to fund the government and a 900 billion dollar covid-19 relief package.

Meanwhile, thousands of small businesses have closed their doors and more closings are on the way. There isn’t a total number of closings since these numbers are not tracked by any organization.

Gold:   $1855.50 troy ounce

Silver:    $25.56 troy ounce

Platinum:  $1,109,10 troy ounce

Copper:   $3.62 per pound

Bitcoin:  $32,031.60

US National Debt: $27,825,336,000,000

Debt per citizen: $84,061

Food: President Biden has sent a proposal to congress for a 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus bill that includes the increase funding of food stamps. While money would help during normal situations it does little good if there isn’t food on the shelves to buy.

Self-defense: an ammo shortage has increased across the country as gun owners try to hunt down the latest batches of ammo that hits the market. Websites that are able to obtain a supply of ammo watch it disappear in minutes.

Hunting Ammo production is higher than it has been in the last 100 years. If you think you can reload and save some money while staying out to the ammo market, think again. All primers are dedicated to the production of ammo in factories and won’t be seen available for sale anytime soon. Even with the disappearance of ammo from store shelves firearms are still disappearing at record levels even after the election and inauguration is over.

Editorial: Rules for thee and not for me should be the motto for this new incoming administration. In the first three days of Trump’s administration he signed a total of 1 executive order. The days that followed shows more being signed and he was criticized for it. The use of executive orders was seen as the sign of a fascist state and he was called a dictator from the start. However, Biden is being praised for picking up a pen and signing these orders. In three days, 30 executive orders have been signed with little opposition coming from any direction. The printing press is being warmed up and all indication point to a spending spree with little help going to the little guy. If the Dems think that food stamps and a check once in a while is going to buy loyalty, think again. What these people fail to realize is that we know they think low of us. The recent mistreatment of troops in DC shows how expendable they think we are. After the inauguration 5000 national guard troops were taken to a parking ramp to camp overnight until they would be taken back to their base. This parking garage only had one bathroom with two stalls and a single outlet for electricity. No other arrangements had been made previously for these troops that had been demanded for the swearing in ceremony.

Coming down the pipeline are bills further limiting the second amendment, more surveillance on law abiding citizens, higher taxes, and the death of small business across the country. But hey we might save the planet and there will be fewer people clogging the streets at rush hour. Twitter and Facebook have started their purge of the useful idiots in Antifa and BLM as riots continue in Seattle and Portland. These groups who helped push Biden into office are no longer under the protection of the party that used them for their own ill-gotten gains. Congratulations, you got what you deserved. If you thought Trump was bad for the last four years let me point something out, the economy did better than it ever did before, there were no new wars, carbon emissions went down even after leaving the Paris climate accord, there was no pee pee tape, the collusion with Russia was a myth, and we are still here with nobody in concentration camps or being killed in the streets for who they sleep with. Life was so good people had to start bitching about pronouns to feel good about themselves again. You’re welcome.

-Matthew Gilman