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Senate Proceeding on Dec 20th, 2009 :: 1:06:50 to 1:14:30
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Lindsey Graham

1:06:46 to 1:07:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the senator from south carolina, i know, has some thoughts that. gra cost of the government is unsustainable. medicare and medicaid as the senator fro are becoming huge programs that are unsustainable. medicare is $36 billion underfunded.

Lindsey Graham

1:06:50 to 1:14:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

1:07:07 to 1:07:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: what does that mean? over the next 75 years, the benefits promised, there' there's $36 trillion short of money to pay those benefits, and that's got to be dealt with. what we're going to medicare to not better, it's worse. medicare is a matching program. listen to this if you're out there on a sunday with nothing

Lindsey Graham

1:07:28 to 1:07:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: else to do but listen to me. if you don't live in nebraska, here's what's coming your way. your state is going to be required to cover more people under medicaid because the eligibility, i think, goes up to 133% above poverty, which is an increase over the current system. so throughout nation, there are going to be thousands of more people enrolled into medicaid.

Lindsey Graham

1:07:50 to 1:08:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: and every state, except one, is going to have to come up with matching money. i have 12% unemployment in south carolina. my state's on its knees. i have 31% african-american population in south carolina. how did they get the 60th vote? it was christmas and they were one vote short.

Lindsey Graham

1:08:33 to 1:08:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: amendment to a 2,000-page bill. they file it yesterday. we make them read it -- hear yesterday. the majority leader fills up the tree so that there is no ability by any republican or democrat to amend their work product. and this is a transparent, new way of doing business?

Lindsey Graham

1:08:55 to 1:09:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: you cook up a deal in a backroom that essentially -- that's essentially sleazy, in my view, to allow one state to be held harmless for medicare enrollees to get that vote and make the rest of us go home and say, why can't you in south carolina and georgia get that deal? what kind of senator are you?

Lindsey Graham

1:09:17 to 1:09:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: well, i'll tell you, this is the kind of senator we are. we're not going to do that. we're not going to put the whole nation at risk and take a broken system and make it worse just to get above. no way. abortion, you're either for it or against it, you're indifferent to it.

Lindsey Graham

1:10:00 to 1:10:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: taxpayer dollars to be used for abortion. well, in this health care reform, guess what? that's exactly what's going to happen. there's a brave democrat in the congress, bart stupak, from a blue state, who stood up to his will not vote for a bill that allows f

Lindsey Graham

1:10:22 to 1:10:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: in the form used to fund abortion because i find it morally offensive and i think most americans agree with me. he brought the house to its knees. saying you will not pass bill to use federal dollars to fund abortion. what did he get out of it? nothing.

Lindsey Graham

1:10:43 to 1:11:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: not one thing for wisconsin. he got out of that deal the pride of knowing that he stood up for the unbor the bill comes to the senate. senator nelson from nebraska tries to introduce the stupak language that would be an absolute bar from using your taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. he lost that amend

Lindsey Graham

1:11:25 to 1:11:45( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: that the compromise he has achieved on abortion is a miserable failure. congressman stupak says it's unacceptable. the national right to life committee says it's unacceptable. the nebraska right to life committee says it's unacceptable. the council of catholic bishops

Lindsey Graham

1:11:46 to 1:12:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: says it's unacceptable. there is not one pro-life group in this country who believes that senator nelson protected the rights of the unborn. now, how in good conscience do you vote for a bill when that was a big issue? at the end of the day, one last

Lindsey Graham

1:12:30 to 1:12:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: under the 1997 balanced budget agreement, will have 247 - -- $247 billion taken out of their practice unless congress acts. since 1997, congress every year has stepped up to the plate and forgiven that cut, which is double digits. everybody knows we're going to do that. but -- and when it came to

Lindsey Graham

1:12:52 to 1:13:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: health care reform, they left the doctor fix out because if you include it, it no longer revenue neutral. it doesn't prevent the -- it no longer does what they say. they say it cuts the deficit b by $132 billion, but if you include the $247 billion, it runs up the deficit in the first

Lindsey Graham

1:13:13 to 1:13:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: 10 years and in the second 10 years it adds $2 trillion to the deficit. long story short, this is what enron did. people went to jail for doing this in the private sector. they took the liabilities of the company and they hid them making the balance sheet look better than it actually is. so when they tell you this reduces the deficit b by $132 billion, they took out a

Lindsey Graham

1:13:35 to 1:13:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: liability that they know we're going to fund, just it cook the books. if this is going to be okay for the country, then we have no hope as a nation of ever solving any hard problems. and i just would like to say to my colleagues, i know you want to be home. i know everybody on the other

Lindsey Graham

1:13:57 to 1:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: side wants to be home. i know you want to find ways to solve hard problems. people in afganistan want to be home too. at least they're away from home for a noble purpose. we're up here trying to stop a legislative process that if it becomes legitimate, if this becomes the business, giving one senator a deal you won't give anybody else

Lindsey Graham

1:14:18 to 1:14:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: and put the whole country at risk just to get that vote, then rise up and righteous -- in righteou indignation an throw us all -- and throw us all out.

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