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It’s a new year with new officeholders in Washington, and the effects will be felt in Pinal County soon enough. President Joe Biden has signed executive orders reversing some actions of his predecessor on immigration. Biden’s leniency already is attracting caravans of people hoping to find a home in the United States, and that certainly will mean costs for Pinal County and Arizona.

The reason listed is humanitarianism, but when that involves Latin Americans paying brutal cartels money to bring them in, the humanitarianism is missing. They still could be applying for asylum at American consulates in their own countries.

Meanwhile, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is one of two Democrats who resisted blowing up the Senate filibuster. Good for her. Meanwhile, Biden and congressional leaders are insisting on a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that is way beyond affordable and Americans of the future would regret it. Whether there is a compromise with Republicans who want less, to avoid bailouts for select states, remains to be seen. And Biden’s order to kill the Keystone XL pipeline likely means the loss of 11,000 good jobs.

Times still are tough, but per capita income actually rose 5.5% last year, largely because of government transfer payments.

At the same time, House Republicans have their own dilemma with some talk about consequences for Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney for her vote of conscience in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. She has been threatened with a primary challenge in 2022. Meanwhile, a kooky Georgia Republican representative, Marjorie Taylor Greene, could get better treatment while spouting conspiracy theories. Whatever happens with committee assignments and such, Cheney should be seen on a much higher plain than Greene.

The Republicans are now close to returning to the House majority, and that could easily happen in two years if voters are not happy with Democratic rule, providing the Republicans don’t mishandle their own situation.

Voters in Arizona and across the nation need to inform themselves and avoid falling for misinformation.

— Donovan Kramer Jr.

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