But if there's one place Graham really hates more than Detroit, it's Iran:Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday introduced an amendment to prevent the federal government from bailing out Detroit or any other municipalities facing bankruptcy, according to a release.
The amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act prohibits using federal funds to purchase or guarantee any asset from a municipal, local or county government facing default. It also forbids the federal government from issuing lines of credit or giving any financial aid to prevent bankruptcy.
“Should the federal government bail out Detroit?” Graham said. “No way. No how. There is no doubt Detroit has huge problems, but they are facing problems of their own making. Detroit and other municipalities facing these issues need to get their own financial houses in order.” - Politico, 7/24/13
More below the fold.Sen. Lindsey Graham told a "cheering" audience Tuesday that if the relationship between the U.S. and Iran doesn't improve by the end of summer, he will ask Congress to authorize going to war. The idea is silly because obviously it'll never happen, and it's probably a ploy for re-election.
"If nothing changes in Iran, come September, October, I will present a resolution that will authorize the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb," the South Carolina Republican said, according to a post on CQ Roll Call, which was picked up by Think Progress, at a conference for members of Christians United for Israel today. "The only way to convince Iran to halt their nuclear program is to make it clear that we will take it out," Graham added. - The Atlantic, 7/23/13
Yeah he's a prick. And just like his buddy Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY), his base isn't happy with him either:
And extreme right-wingers hate Graham so much that they're pining for another Jim DeMint (R. SC) to take over his seat:
Carolina Conservatives United, a nonprofit organization, said Mr. Graham has made a habit of saying one thing but doing another, selling out their limited government principles and showing “contempt” for small-government advocates.
“We never know which Lindsey Graham will show up in Washington each day,” said Bruce Carroll, the group’s chairman. “He’s more likely to side with liberal Senate Democrats on important votes than with [fellow GOP South Carolina] Sen. Tim Scott or the South Carolina Republican Congressional delegation.”
The group rolled out a new online video that knocks Mr. Graham for supporting the detention of American citizens without due process, the National Security Agency’s collection of cellphone records and the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for most illegal immigrants. - Washington Times, 7/24/13
State Senator Lee Bright (R. SC) is looking into challenging Graham whereas businessman Richard Cash (R. SC) has already jumped into the race. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out. Businessman Jay Stamper (D. SC) has thrown his hat into the race. If you want to check out his campaign, you can do so here:He has been the poster boy, along with John McCain, for unprincipled leadership and represents everything wrong with the modern Republican Party. In the past few months alone, he’s irritated people across the political spectrum with numerous actions from helping pen the recent amnesty bill to advocating boycotting the Olympics if NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wasn’t turned over by Russian authorities. When all is said and done, Graham needs to be unseated and replaced with someone like Senator Jim DeMint.
The one consistent aspect of Graham’s voting record is his opposition to conservative issues. He can vote for whatever sounds good at the time and change the next time if public outcry is strong enough, but he doesn’t come to the table with ideas on how to make things better.DeMint clearly did and that helped him enjoy the kind of success he did as a Senator and now as head of the Heritage Foundation. He could stand for something and vote on his principles rather than side with what is popular that day. - Right Side News, 7/24/13