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Sen. Lindsey Graham isn’t impressed by President Biden’s first 100 days in office, saying Biden presented himself as a moderate during the campaign but turned into a radical when he entered office.
“Well, during the campaign, he made us all believe that Joe Biden would be the moderate choice, that he really — that court-packing was a bonehead idea. All of a sudden, we got a commission to change the structure of the Supreme Court, making D.C. a state. I think that’s a very radical idea that will change the makeup of the United States Senate,” the South Carolina Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“AOC said his first 100 days exceeded her expectations. That’s all you need to know,” Graham added, referring to progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
He continued by giving Biden poor marks on foreign policy, including the president’s handling of the crisis at the southern border caused by thousands of illegal immigrants arriving in the US.
“The border is in chaos. The Iranians are off the mat. He’s opening up negotiations with the Iranian regime that they haven’t done a damn to change. Afghanistan is going to fall apart. Russia and China are pushing us – already pushing him around,” Graham said.
“So I’m very worried. I think he’s been a very destabilizing president. And economically, he’s throwing a wet blanket over the recovery, wanting to raise taxes in a large amount and regulate America basically out of business,” he said.
Graham predicted that there could be bipartisan agreement on a scaled down infrastructure bill, but said he’s adamant about not raising the corporate tax rate to pay for it.
“If you want some good news on the 25th anniversary of your show, there’s probably an $800 billion and $900 billion infrastructure bill that we could all agree on,” Graham said.
Republicans have offered a $586 billion infrastructure plan to counter Biden’s $2 trillion package.
And while the president wants to increase the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 21 percent to pay for it, the Republican plan doesn’t touch that rate, preferring to tap into user fees.
“I’m not going to raise corporate taxes to 28 percent. At the end of the day, I’m willing to not pay for some of the infrastructure spending because I think it over time pays for itself. We’re not going to do a couple trillion dollars, 85 percent of it has got nothing to do with infrastructure,” Graham said, adding that if you hike taxes, “you’re going to destroy jobs.”
Biden is expected to speak more about his infrastructure plan when he addresses Congress on Wednesday.
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