For the past few years, the “principled conservative” crowd has scoffed at President Donald J. Trump and his supporters, spreading the word that Trump is not nearly as conservative as GOP establishment hacks like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Don’t believe me? Here are some examples:
“This is the most I have ever liked Paul Ryan,” Tweeted “principled conservative”-in-chief Ben Shapiro during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Tweet shows a transcript of Ryan bashing Trump and his supporters with Jay Weber, a Milwaukee talk show host.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 5, 2016
GOPe failure Bill Kristol, whose publication Weekly Standard will soon be defunct, Twitter a similar sentiment in May of 2016, claiming that Trump does not “share conservative values.” He, too, has often praised Ryan.
Paul Ryan: "Conservatives want to know if Trump shares our values."
Actually, no. We know he doesn't.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 5, 2016
I don’t want it to seem like I enjoy gloating when impotent losers are wrong, but here are some facts (which certainly don’t care about Ben Shapiro’s feelings) that show just how conservative Ryan really was during his tenure as Speaker.
When he took over the role in 2015, the budget deficit at the end of the fiscal year was a cool $439 billion. At the end of fiscal year 2018 in September, it was $782 billion, an increase of $343 billion in three years. The man with the most power over the budget – supposedly a principled fiscal conservative – presided over a House that nearly doubled the federal deficit. Stellar work!
In 2012, Ryan bemoaned national debt as a guest on Sean Hannity’s radio show. Of a proposed budget, he said:
It means a debt crisis. He is also saying let’s add another $11 trillion on top of what he’s already done. If you take a look at that chart, the red tidal wave of debt. Sean, this is the most predictable economic crisis we have ever had in this country, it’s a debt crisis.
Our debt literally gets out of control and it ends the American dream as we know it. The Senate isn’t even doing a budget. So the president at least gave us a budget and that shows you a mountain of red ink, a debt crisis, more debt and the end of the American dream.
At the time, he was the Chairman of the House Budget Committee. But apparently he never really cared. Had he cared (or had a backbone), perhaps the debt would not have exploded under his watch.
If Ryan has proved anything it is that Americans ought to be wary of empty suits like Ryan, who parrot conservative talking points and promise to play nice with Democrats, and with a little bit of charisma, hypnotize the weak Republican crowd into holding them up as false idols.
Paul Ryan was a failure. America will be better off when he is gone from government.
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WATCH: Tucker SLAMS Lindsey Graham For EB5 Visa Giveaway Scheme Amidst Coronavirus Epidemic
Graham wants to use the crisis to boost immigration visas.
Tucker Carlson took South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to task in a segment on his show Thursday night, blasting the opportunistic Senator for seeking to insert an immigration visa giveaway into upcoming Coronavirus stimulus legislation.
Graham is attempting to enact a raise in the annual level of EB-5 visas. The controversial program allows wealthy foreigners to enter the United States on the basis of supposed investment they make into the economy.
Graham is lobbying President Trump to agree to a massive boost to the program-raising annual EB-5 visa levels from a current total of 10,000 to 75,000. Graham also seeks to lower the threshold of investment for an EB-5 from $900,000 to $450,000.
In a display of tone-deaf politics taken to a new level, the EB-5 program Graham seeks to expand is currently commonly used by wealthy Chinese citizens to purchase American residency and citizenship. Allowing a free path to residency for China’s richest multi-millionaires and billionaires almost certainly would provide the Chinese government a means of entryism into major American institutions and society, in an age where the American public is more distrustful and skeptical of Chinese influence than ever before.
Watch the segment here:
Graham has also gone on record advocating for a bailout of big businesses and private companies, while opposing direct basic income transfers to everyday working American families.
American citizenship is not a mere bauble to be offered for sale in a time of crisis, especially considering the EB-5’s dubious benefits on the American economy. The verification mechanisms for the visa recipients’ investments in American jobs are notoriously weak, to the extent that both major parties agreed to scale back the program last year.
America is a country, not merely an economy. It’s well past time Senator Graham gives up his constant attempt to retcon old globalist policies into President Donald Trump’s administration, especially in times of national emergency.
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