WTF Did Lindsey Graham Mean By This???

@anniepa (27238)
United States
December 22, 2009 11:02pm CST
Senator Sindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, said some pretty strange things from the Senate floor. He criticized the extra Medicaid funding for Nebraska and noted that his own state is also facing problems. What are South Carolina's problems? According to the Senator they're a high unemployment rate and a “31 percent African American population.” Listen and watch here: http://fromtheleft.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/miss-lindsey-graham-says-s-c-s-growing-black-population-is-a-%E2%80%9Cproblem%E2%80%9D/ I haven't found the video yet but he said nearly the exact same thing later on the Today Show. I'm not making any allegations here, but what are your thoughts? Annie
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
23 Dec 09
Lindsay Graham has never been one who ever realy demonstrated any kind of racisism, this HAS to be a collosal gaffe, a major mis speak.... *facepalm Comeon Graham...pull you head out of your asss and think please Idiot.
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
23 Dec 09
As much as it pains me to even apear like I am defending Graham's collosal stupidity and inability to speak english in a coherant manner...sigh... I am going to assume that what he was trying to convey (since this was what you asked in the inital post, lol) is that he was rying to refer to the difficulties the black population in his state, which is 31%, is experiencing, with a disproportionat unemployment level, poor access to healthcare, etc, that that populatin is experincing etreme difficulty in his state right now I know everyone lese is gonns jump all over the racial angle, and if this was all that one knew of Graham, it would be easy to do...but Im not ready to throw a sheet on him.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Dec 09
You know what, X, I'm not "ready to throw a sheet over him" either. I've never thought of him as a racist, in fact as a Republican I've always thought he was, shall we say, not as awful as most...lol! Also, IF he'd said it just once, late at night on the Senate floor, I'd probably agree that it was just as gaffe but he said pretty much the same exact thing on Today the next morning. It's probably a case of REALLY putting it in the wrong way but let's face it, it DID sound pretty bad. Annie
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
23 Dec 09
By Stephanie Toone |Mr. Graham and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.requested that South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster review special funding arrangements negotiated with Democratic Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, according to a release from Mr. McMaster’s office. Both senators believe the funding appears to give Nebraska a permanent exemption from paying Medicaid expenses that other states must pay. Mr. Graham said some of the measures used to gain passage of the bill were “sleazy.” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., voiced concern about the tax increases he said the legislation would require. He said on the Senate floor that the package would increase federal taxes by almost $26 billion. However, he added, 23 million Americans would still be left uninsured. I think what Lindsey Graham is saying is, how can a state like South Carolina that has an unemployment rate of 12% and a large medicaid population pay for Nebraska's medicaid?
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
24 Dec 09
IF that's what he was saying, isn't that what he'd have said? Was he implying that all African Americans are on Medicaid? Annie
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
24 Dec 09
"IF that's what he was saying, isn't that what he'd have said" yes, if he was capable of speaking coherant English, that might be what he would have said. but, he is a congressman, he isn't capable of much (think neandertal grunts and simple sylables) so this is about as good as it gets.
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@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
24 Dec 09
"IF that's what he was saying, isn't that what he'd have said?" I think he did say that and not only for South Carolina but for all states except Nebraska. "Was he implying that all African Americans are on Medicaid?" When you consider that 90% of black children, according to a study done by Washington University in St. Louis, will be clients of the Food Stamp program by the time they're 20, it's understandable if Graham is concerned about the 31% black population in his state. And it's especially a concern since South Carolina is going to have to match, not only its medicaid cost but also Nebraska's. Ben Nelson and the democrats have but a burden on 49 states just to pass a bill 55% of the nation doesn't want.
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@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
23 Dec 09
Well, I couldn't find any links to the Today Show, but I sure found a bunch related to his senate floor comments! If he hadn't repeated himself later, it could have been attributed to the lateness of the night and his thoughts all running together, but I can't imagine it having any innocent meaning other than what is implied with his willingness to repeat himself at a later time. The true colors are beginning to fly in DC. Let's hope it helps in getting rid of the closeted bigots in Washington.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
23 Dec 09
"DC. Let's hope it helps in getting rid of the closeted bigots in Washington." see what I mean annie?
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I'm with you about the "true color" beginning to fly! Unfortunately, they're being flown by someone I really didn't expect it from. I think it's worth noting that Graham has been getting some grief from the far-right wing of his party. I'm not going to accuse him of being a racist - we know what kind of reaction that gets around here - but it sure does seem like he's trying to prove something to them perhaps. Annie
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
24 Dec 09
Well, X, you said it yourself, his words are quite damning and I'm sure there are quite a few people who would jump to the conclusion that he's possibly a "closet bigot". Annie
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Looks to me like he "stuck his foot in his mouth" and just lost all of the African American voters in his state. Typical rightie comment.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Good point, and losing 31% of the population has to hurt...lol! Annie
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Senator Nelson sold his vote on Health Care. What he got was the Federal Government picking up the states portion of medicaid in perpetuity. Which means that the other 49 states will pick up the tab. This is a Constitutional issue. The 14th amendment states that any law shall apply equally to all people and states. Why not look at the comment that Senator Reid made about the Senators that sold their vote early and got very little for it as Senators that are not doing their job. I didn't know that the job of the Senator was to steal as much money for their state and to build monuments to them selves. Try to drive more than 5 miles in WV with out seeing something named after Robert Byrd.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Thanks for responding, Bob, and I know this is an issue that's really bothering you since you've started discussions about it yourself. However, it really doesn't have anything to do with Graham's remarks just as Graham's remarks have nothing to do with health care. Annie
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Since your refrence does not exisit and the only comment I heard from Senator Graham was about Senator Reid saying that if the Democratic Senator did not get something for his vote then he was not doing hsi job. Sounds like a Banana Republic get in and loot all you can before the next revolution.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
24 Dec 09
The video is all over the internet, he said it on C-Span. Annie
@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
27 Dec 09
I think Senator Graham was saying there is 31% unemployment among African Americans in South Carolina. I doubt any racial negativism was intended.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
28 Dec 09
No, he was saying the African American population in South Carolina is 31%. Before that, he said the unemployment rate is, I believe it was 12%. He gave no explanation as to what the African American population had to do with health care. Annie
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
23 Dec 09
From the Left? I haven't heard of that blog before, but I'll add it to your list of sources. Seriously Annie, the title of that garbage is "Miss Lindsey Graham Says S.C.’s Growing Black Population is a “Problem”". That's both childish and dishonest. He never said anything even remotely similar to "Growing Black Population is a Problem". That's just crap your blogs love to make up. I don't know why he felt the need to mention SC's 31% African American population. I would assume he's trying to get sympathy since the left claims to care so much about the African American population. Either way, focusing on something so petty is completely missing the point of what he was saying.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Dec 09
It's not my source, it contained a video which was from the Senate floor. I didn't choose their title and I agree, it was pretty silly. As I've said countless times before, if you don't approve of my sources and you think my post is "so petty" you could easily find another discussion to respond to where everyone shares your views and you can have a fun time bashing the liberals together. I welcome dissenting views but simply telling me how wrong my topic is does not make for a discussion. For what it's worth, my point was that I sure don't know what HIS point was! His state has a 31% African American population - that has WHAT to do with health care? Annie
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@Fortunata (1136)
• United States
29 Dec 09
Um, he was pointing out that the senator from Nebraska accepted a bribe from his own party. That's what he was talking about.