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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is being pilloried on Twitter for celebrating the “bipartisan” $1.2 trillion infrastructure behemoth that’s being considered in Congress and is on track to eventually be signed into law by President Joe Biden.
In tweets posted Saturday afternoon, he celebrated the Senate voting 67-27 to invoke cloture on the bill, meaning that a final vote can now be held on it as soon as Monday.
“Big day for bipartisan infrastructure bill. America is in desperate need of real infrastructure improvements and the Senate needs to prove to the country that it can still get big things done,” he wrote.
“I appreciate all the hard work of my colleagues who negotiated a good bill and am cheering on the effort as the day unfolds. Stay strong!”
Big day for bipartisan infrastructure bill.
America is in desperate need of real infrastructure improvements and the Senate needs to prove to the country that it can still get big things done.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 7, 2021
I appreciate all the hard work of my colleagues who negotiated a good bill and am cheering on the effort as the day unfolds.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 7, 2021
Both tweets were ratioed so deeply that Graham may very well need a shovel to dig himself out. The complaints directed at the senator were numerous.
Chief among the complaints was that the senator’s a self-serving, oblivious “assclown” who ought to switch parties.
Change party’s, you worthless, grandstanding, assclown
— Deplorable Petr (@PragueArtist) August 7, 2021
Infrastructure my @$$ @LindseyGrahamSC you should NEVER have supported this.
— Ed Fleshman (@EdFleshman) August 7, 2021
You’ve racked up nearly $29 trillion in debt and the bill barely deals with infrastructure. Take a seat.
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) August 7, 2021
Some critics pointed out that America is already in nearly $30 trillion of debt, over $6 trillion of which was added in the past two years alone.
What do you get out of it?
I can see what I’m giving up. Its is my Children’s independence from debt which is allready unsustainable for the father.
— InAMinutePatriot (@Dr912) August 8, 2021
You are putting our grandchildren in debt approving this bill. We are on to you now. You are as useless as the crap that comes out of your mouth.
— mytwocents ❤️ (@MytwocentsGigi) August 8, 2021
@LindseyGrahamSC what in the hell are you doing!! Voting for a multi trillion dollar bill!!! We’re 30 trillion in debt!! My God man, you sell out! I hope you get a primary challenge. Also, my body my choice.
— BMF Dr. Astronaut Emperor James Anderson (@JamesAn65726913) August 8, 2021
Critics further noted that this adding to the debt is likely to only exacerbate the ongoing inflation crisis. FYI, this is no fringe theory.
Reason magazine noted back in May that all the spending that Democrat have proposed is “risking inflation,” a fact made worse by there being no legitimate reason to spend so much money.
“[F]lirting with inflation is only arguably worth the risk if massive government spending and expansion of the money supply actually is necessary to restart the economy. But industrial production has revived to the point that it is only 2.7 percent below its pre-pandemic level,” the libertarian magazine noted.
“And the 6.1 percent unemployment rate has not only dropped dramatically from its 14.8 percent high last April, but would probably be even lower if the government would stop paying people to not work. More massive federal spending isn’t stimulating the economy—it’s distorting it.”
Sad day for the tax payer and the future of the younger generation. More debt, higher prices, and inflation is on way. This is just the beginning of big government spending on projects that always go over cost with very little to show.
— Jane Lawson (@JaneLaw36798975) August 8, 2021
Also at issue is what the money from the bill will be used to fund. Critics say it’ll fund “special interests,” “pet projects” and “woke” nonsense.
For instance, the bill “grants $1 billion for the Appalachian Regional Commission and $150 million for the Delta Regional Authority,” according to the Washington Examiner.
And it just so happens that West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin’s wife is co-chairwoman of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Money is also being set aside for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to test out the idea of charging drivers a fee per every mile driven.
An additional $20 million is being granted to the Department of Transportation to increase “awareness of career opportunities in the transportation sector” and “diversity, including race, gender, ethnicity, veteran status, and socioeconomic status, of professionals in the transportation sector.”
There’s even a provision about so-called “gender identity.”
There are multiple hidden green new deal authoritarian regulations in this bill. Only a small percentage actually goes to infrastructure. It continues Biden’s war on fossil fuels. It raises more debt. Why are GOP voting for this junk bill?
— Lindy (@Canyon4) August 8, 2021
There is nothing good about crippling people with debt for pet projects. Get bent.
— Tom Bizzle, Fisherman (@TBizzleIV) August 8, 2021
The biggest threat to this country is our debt. The so called infrastructure bill is nothing but a payoff to special interest. It does nothing for THE PEOPLE.
— MyButtsBeenWiped (@LeftyCosta) August 8, 2021
So why do so many Republicans, including Graham, support the bill? According to Reason magazine, it’s because, despite claims otherwise, they love big government spending as much as Democrats.
“Everyone is amazed that Republicans, who refused to support President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill, would be willing to compromise at $1.2 trillion. It must be a serious proposal if all these guys agree, right? No, it’s not,” the magazine notes.
“It’s just not as terrible as the bigger plan, though that’s pretty much where the praise should end. You see, a dirty little secret in Washington is that Republicans love big government spending as much as Democrats do.”
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