Rep. Burgess: 'People Are Mad...Don't They Deserve a Country That Works and a Government That Works?'

By Susan Jones | October 12, 2021 | 11:25am EDT
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(Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images)

( - The Biden administration's "war on energy" is going to make an angry population even angrier, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) predicted on Tuesday:

"It didn't have to be this way. It's so wrong," Burgess told "Mornings with Maria" on Tuesday:

You know, the first thing president Biden did was an executive order to stop the Keystone pipeline -- that was his opening salvo in his war on energy. The green new deal crowd that has his ear right now wants us to get our energy from starlight and windmills, but they don't always work. They don't provide the base loading power that you need.

And here's a prediction. We're going to have a cold winter, not just in this country but in Europe and other parts of the world. Energy prices are going to get significantly higher, and look, people are already mad. I spent a lot of time in the airport last night, trying to get back to Washington. People are mad.

They've had about enough of what this administration has to offer. They just want things to work again. Don't people deserve a country that works and a government that works? Right now the Biden administration says no.

Southwest Airlines has canceled around 2,000 flights in recent days, following the announcement of a company-wide vaccine mandate and the filing of a lawsuit by Southwest pilots seeking to temporarily block the mandate. That has angered stranded passengers.

The southwest border is wide open; materials for the wall Trump intended to build are being pilfered "by the very cartels that we're trying to keep out," Burgess said. "Secretary Mayorkas has shown absolute incompetence, indifference, callousness in dealing with this from the standpoint of the people of Texas, and President Biden has certainly been non-vis(ible) himself," he added.

With a growing number of container ships waiting off the California coast to be unloaded, the supply chain is strained, leaving retailers with near-empty shelves in some cases. As CNSNews reported, politicians and pundits are wondering what the Biden administration plans to do about it. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has mentioned a "task force," but he's been low-key on the supply chain crisis.

And then there's Congress -- bogged down in partisan fights over the debt limit, tax increases, and multi-trillion dollar spending on new entitlement programs and the green new deal. Democrats are trying to push through their entire agenda in one bill, but even two Senate Democrats are balking (so far).

Burgess said Congress's failure to pass spending bills is "one of the big problems we have."

"We don't do appropriations normally anymore, so I cannot get the head of any federal agency to answer a phone call because they don't have to look to Congress for their appropriation dollars. They just get them through a continuing resolution or omnibus. It's wrong.

"We need to hold the heads of agencies accountable, and we do that with the purse strings. That's how the Founders intended for it to work," Burgess said.

For the record, President Trump summed up some of the Biden administration's failures this way, at his rally in Iowa on Saturday:

"After just nine months under Biden, violent criminals and bloodthirsty gangs are taking over our streets. Illegal aliens and deadly drug cartels are taking over our borders. Inflation is taking over our economy. China is taking over our jobs. The Taliban has taken over Afghanistan. Lunatic leftists are taking over our schools, and radical socialists are taking over our country. And we're not going to let that happen," Trump insisted.

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