Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy said he was likely to vote yes on the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill until he saw what was in it, claiming the legislation is full of “stupid stuff.”
“I realized pretty quickly that if you look up ‘stupid stuff’ in the dictionary, there’s a picture of this bill,” Kennedy told Laura Ingraham of Fox News. “They told us it was a real infrastructure bill. It’s not; only 23 percent of the bill is real infrastructure, the rest is Green New Deal and welfare. They told us the bill was paid for; it isn’t, we’re gonna have to borrow maybe up to $400 billion to pay for it. They told us there were no tax increases. There are; my state’s gonna have to pay $1.3 billion in new taxes on our petrochemical industry.
“They told us … the Democrats were really wary of this bill and that if we passed this bill, it would make it harder for them to pass their $5 trillion tax and spending binge, reconciliation bill,” Kennedy added. “Well, if that’s true, how come every Democrat voted for this infrastructure bill? And finally, they told us that it’s not going to add to inflation, but it will.”
Kennedy even went on to tell Ingraham, “I don’t know why it passed with 60-plus votes,” Kennedy told host Laura Ingraham, before adding: “I don’t know, day drinking, maybe?”
Despite Kennedy’s entertaining commentary, the sad reality is that the bipartisan infrastructure bill is neither bipartisan nor infrastructure. Worse, enough Republican Senators voted for it so that the bill actually passed. The bill heads to the House now where Democrats outnumber Republicans, making the bill a shoe in.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz argued on Monday concerning the bill that, “It’s a trap.” He listed some of what it includes to illustrate:
-$24 million in taxpayer dollars to preserve the water in San Francisco Bay.
-Long Island Sound would receive $106 million in taxpayer dollars.
-A new tax on 42 chemicals that will raise prices for everyday consumers.
Cruz also point out the bill has about $100 billion for roads and bridges, and that if this was the only infrastructure voted on, 90 Senators would agree on that.
Think about it: Of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, only $100 billion will go toward actual infrastructure. That’s less than 10 percent of a more than one trillion dollar debt cast upon the American people.
If the left wants to spend $900 billion on pet project, they should fund them on their own. Don’t make Americans pay millions for the San Francisco Bay’s water and then tax resources we use every day. If the left is so good at finding funding, they should seek some of these non-infrastructure items from other income sources.
But instead, Biden and friends continue to oppress those they lead with wasteful spending that will harm our nation for the next generation. We are no longer voting on bills that impact our society; we are deciding matters that will determine the legacy of our nation.