Sen. Kennedy: Americans Not 'Morons,' Can See Through Infrastructure Plan Senator John Kennedy, R-La., speaks as FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Monday, 12 April 2021 11:46 AM
The American people are "not morons" and they are seeing through the Biden administration's claims on the president's $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said Monday.
"President [Joe] Biden has invited some of my colleagues today to visit the White House the talk about it, and I think that's a great thing," Kennedy said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
However, Kennedy said he hoped his colleagues tell Biden that there are many questions on the plan because it has "more red flags than the Chinese embassy."
"Show us a list of the projects," Kennedy said his GOP colleagues should say. "We can keep debating about what kind of bill this is, but show us a list of the projects you have in mind. You’re asking us to get in the van, [so] show us the candy first."
He also called on Biden to "stop the Niagara of lies" he and his staff are telling about the proposal.
"It’s embarrassing," Kennedy said. "We can read the Moody’s Analytics Report. Tell the truth about this thing."
He added Republicans understand that the Green New Deal is a big part of the Biden plan.
"So we have a fundamental question," Kennedy said. "I think the whole plan costs $2.3 trillion with a $1.7 trillion tax increase, and by the way, a trillion is a thousand billion, before we do all that, tell us how much your Green New Deal is going to lower world temperature and over what period of time.
"I mean, that's why we're doing this, right? The climate activists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, part of the U.N., says that we can only allow world temperatures to rise another one degree before we have an environmental apocalypse. That's the theory behind all of this. OK. Tell us how much your plan is going to lower world temperatures."
He also said Biden must explain how many jobs his corporate tax increase will cost Americans.
"Our companies compete with every other country in the world for business given the fact we live in a global economy and capital is mobile," he said. "Any person who has even a casual relationship with the discipline of economics knows that corporations don't pay taxes; people do. Workers pay them in lower wages, investors pay them in lower returns, we pay them in higher prices. Tell us how this is going to impact the American consumer, and let's be honest with each other."
Kennedy also discussed Biden's call for a commission to study a potential expansion of the Supreme Court, noting that if he can’t tell if he "really believes this silliness' or if he just wants to appease the far-left.
"Their vision for the United States Supreme Court is a lot different from the vision of the American people," Kennedy said. "They want activist judges. They want judges who will rewrite the United States Constitution which I'm very fond of to advance some social agenda that they can never get by the voters. They want activist federal judges who are basically politicians in robes. And they're upset at the fact that the United States Congress just confirmed three real, call it like you see it, judges to the Supreme Court, so they want to pack it. I hope President Biden doesn't give in to them. If he does, we're going to have a hell of a fight. I can put it that way."