RINO: A Republican in Name Only is “a pejorative term used by conservative members of the Republican Party of the United States to describe Republicans whose political views or actions they consider insufficiently conservative.” RINOs in Congress affect the way functions, especially when Republicans are the majority in both the House and Senate. Some include Will Hurd (R-TX), John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), and the list is endless.
One that stands out is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). How do conservatives seek out RINOs? Their voting record. Members of Congress like Senator Graham betray conservative values and principles, such as immigration, fiscal intelligence, abolishing the Department of Education, and more issues that will be explained in this article.
In March, Senator Graham voted to pass a fiscally insane $1.3T Omnibus spending bill. The 2,232 page bill outlines an outrageous amount of ridiculous, unnecessary spending that had no Obamacare fixes, no border security included, and will increase defense spending by $160B and domestic spending by $128B over the next two years. Heritage Foundation budget expert Justin Bogie said the bill “is unshackling the Washington swamp to spend without constraints.” He also voted in agreement with a 1300 page $300B Highway Bailout.
He also voted for an unconstitutional reauthorization for the National Security Agency to collect Americans texts and emails to be stored in their database and can be asked by law enforcement without a search warrant or possibly as far as probable cause, violating the 4th Amendment.
Graham supported a procedural vote that “federalizes zoning laws and encourages the forced economic diversification of neighborhoods”. It allowed progressive lobbyists to execute extensive experiments on legitimate neighborhoods.
He favored the nomination of Loretta Lynch, the chief law enforcement officer who agreed with President Obama’s decision to forestall the separation of powers and to not enforce immigration law by stating that everyone has the “right and obligation” to an employment status in the United States regardless of being a legal or illegal immigrant.
Not only did Senator Graham vote for Executive Amnesty also known as DACA, but he also voted against the fact that it was unconstitutional. This was nothing less than a contradiction for him and the rest of the 73 nays.
A 56% increase of the previous farm bill, the South Carolinian endorsed a $1T farm bill which “mandates central control of a variety of commodities like sugar and milk resulting in increased food prices.” He voted yay for ‘The Fiscal Cliff tax increase’ which raised taxes on individuals with an income of over $400k and rose payroll taxes on 77% of Americans. This extended the corporate welfare tax breaks for special interests. “Raising taxes will hurt economic growth and fuel out-of-control government spending”, said Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
Lastly, Graham voted for an Internet Sales Tax, which is essentially taxation without representation. Even if the seller was not in the state of the sale, the state is still allowed to tax a percentage of the sale. The Supreme Court recently passed that 5-4, a major blow to major corporations such as Amazon.
Senator Lindsey Graham is running for reelection in November.