Sleep deprived, over caffeinated and intellectually bankrupt , Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) put away all pretense to Southern hospitality and went on the attack.
The Senator’s target? President Obama, his stimulus package and creative fight to right the wrongs of the failing American economy.
“Scaring people is not leadership,” Graham said, referencing the President’s attempts to communicate with the American people. “ Writing an editorial that if you don’t pass this bad bill we’re going to have disaster — we’ve had enough presidents trying to scare people to make bad decisions.”
Graham’s comments over-viewed his contempt for the Obama’s administrative approach to open communication and reliance upon the feedback and input from the American people.
Although exhausted from working more than any white man from South Carolina should have to, Graham yesterday found the energy to flail himself into a petulant rage on the Senate floor, protesting the President’s efforts to save the American economy.
Coming to the conclusion that the stimulus bill is an “orgy of spending,” for the poor, Graham openly yearned for the good old days when government supported stimulus served only the rich.
“The process that’s led to this bill stinks,” he said. “There is no negotiating going on here. Nobody is negotiating. We’re making this up as we go. This is not the way you spend a trillion dollars.”
The Right Way to Spend a Trillion
To be fair, it is important to acknowledge that as a long-time supporter of failed Republican economic decision making, Graham knows a great deal about the correct way to spend a trillion dollars. His comments signal his intention to hold-out for some old-time thinking to solve these new-age problems.
“Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill set (sic) down,” he said, “and found a way to go forward with Social Security.”
Of course, Graham seems to have forgotten that the Social Security administration is weaker today than ever before. His comments signal an ignorance of the fact that the American infrastructure is crumbling. Federal financial systems are inept and bankrupt.
But perhaps the Senator is not exhausted afterall. Puffed, privileged and petulant, perhaps the rages we hear from the Senator are the last gasps of an old era, yielding the the fresh winds of change.