President Obama made a surprise pre-Christmas trip overseas to Afghanistan to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. However, due to bad weather, the two leaders met over the phone instead of face-to-face.
Although much of the talk in Washington now is about what Congress is going to do with the “Bush-era” tax cuts, Senator Lindsey Graham told FOX News that president’s trip does not distract from that issue:
We’ve got a lot of problems back here at home, but we’re at war and our young men and women who are going to spend Christmas overseas–I’m glad the Commander in Chief chose to go. And, let’s don’t forget about the outcome in Afghanistan. The surge is beginning to work. I’m glad the president has stopped talking about leaving in 2011, and started talking about transitioning in 2014, where all NATO forces will work with the Afghans to transition the Afghan control by 2014.
Graham says the U.S. needs to keep focused on Afghanistan because troops are still dying in this war. In domestic policy, Graham is still concerned with the Bush-era tax cuts. The senator explains where he thinks they stand:
It’s just a matter of time. It’s unsustainable for the Democrats to be able to not allow all tax cuts to be extended. The unemployment numbers today were devastating. If you raise taxes on one person, no matter how much money they make, that’s ill-advised when it comes to job creation.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an extension Thursday of the Bush-era tax cuts for the lower and middle classes, while letting the tax cuts for the wealthy expire. Graham, like other GOP members, says that allowing any tax rates to rise threatens the economy.