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2/23/2014

Video of Ted Cruz Making Insane Statement: We Should Actually Do What We Tell Voters We Will Do

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:10 am

This crazy guy actually thinks elected representatives should do what they told their constituents they were going to do:

I think last week actually is a perfect illustration of everything that’s wrong with Washington. What Republican leadership said is: “We want this to pass.” But if every Republican senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes, then we can all cast a vote “no” and we can go home to our constituents and say: “We opposed it.” And, listen, that sort of show vote, that sort of trickery to the constituents is why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating. In my view, we need to be honest with our constituents, and last week, what it was all about was truth and transparency. I think all 45 Republicans should have stood together and said: “Of course not!”

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What I said at the outset was: I am not going to affirmatively consent to giving Harry Reid the authority to do this, because it’s irresponsible. It is selling our nation’s future down the road. And, you know, you go back to those Senate lunches. I won’t identify anything, but I’ll tell you, several people raised a question just like you did there. “Why are you trying to throw five Republicans under the bus and make them vote for raising the debt ceiling?” And I’ll tell you my response. My response is: “I don’t want to throw any Republicans under the bus.” I would like to see all 45 Republicans stand together and actually do what we tell our constituents. I mean, the funny thing is, what I told the voters of Texas, I guarantee you all 45 of those Republican senators tell the voters of their states the same thing, which is: they’re going to lead the fight to stop the spending, to stop the debt. And if 45 Republicans had stood together, nobody gets thrown under the bus. We actually just stand together and say: “What we say at home when we campaign, we actually mean.” The result would have been Harry Reid would have been stopped from raising the debt ceiling and we would have used it as leverage, as we’ve done over and over and over again, to force meaningful spending reform.

Excuse me for a few moments while I give this a standing ovation.

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Beautiful. Brutal honesty. It’s not an attack on Republicans; it’s an attack on dishonesty and trickery. If Republicans happen to come within the line of fire, well, they have the ability to step out of it. Put simply: if Republicans don’t want to be derided as charlatans, perhaps they should stop acting like charlatans.

People keep asking me (and are asking Cruz, more importantly): what’s the plan? Well, guess what? There is no plan that will save us from financial disaster. The writing is on the wall. This crash is going to happen. It’s going to happen regardless of any “plan” that Republicans come up with. We’re past the point of no return. The economy is going to come crashing down and in my judgment there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to stop it. And even if there were, any such solution would be politically impossible.

The only possible optimism these days lies not in plans to avoid the crash, but in planning for the aftermath. I have started to read Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse. This book was written by super-duper libertarian Tom Woods, who argues that the crash we are facing is a good thing. This is probably worth a separate post, so I will just give you the thumbnail in this paragraph. Woods agrees that the economy is certain to crash, and that nobody who takes a sober look at the numbers can deny it. His argument is that when the federal government crashes and burns, it can be replaced with a smaller government more in line with what the Founders intended. There will be pain in the interim, but the outcome will be good in the long run. I am skeptical, but I am going to read the book because I would like to be optimistic. I’ll let you know more after I’m done.

But a plan to avoid all this? No such plan exists.

So, if the crash is inevitable, let’s try telling the truth, in the most straightforward fashion possible. Let’s take a stand, regardless of the risks. Will it work out politically? Almost certainly not! The American public has been told they can have low taxes, endless government handouts, and ever-increasing debt — and if you try to tell them anything different, they will run you out of town on a rail. So what are we supposed to do, then? Meekly accept the political realities? Tinker gently with the newly created apparatus of federal oppression? Fashion positions that are two degrees to the right of anything Obama and Harry Reid tell the country is an acceptable way of thinking?

I say no. Tell the truth. That’s what Ted Cruz is doing. It’s remarkable that Washington D.C. actually has a Republican willing to tell these truths, and able to do it so well. As long as Cruz keeps doing this, he has my unwavering support.

78 Comments

  1. The GOP needs to get started on this bit of truth telling.

    But the deeper problem with the Democrats’ campaign promise is it’s built on yet another lie: They can’t fix ObamaCare. Nobody can. Its flaws are fundamental, not incidental. Any “fixes” just create new problems.

    ObamaCare’s sky-high premiums, for example, are an inevitable result of the regulations at the core of the law.

    The ill effects of the employer mandate can’t be avoided, unless the mandate itself is killed. But the mandate is there to keep companies from dumping workers into the exchanges and bloating ObamaCare’s already massive price tag.

    ObamaCare must get the young and healthy to enroll, but actively discourages them from doing so. Why buy an overpriced ObamaCare plan now, when you can wait and buy a subsidized plan, guaranteed, after you get sick?

    On and on it goes.

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    The people who created Obamacare to fix health care are now promising to fix the health care problems created by health care. With more 2,000 page bills that create further problems, such as leading to 10s of thousands of pages of intended and unintended negative consequences.

    It’s insane.

    Comment by Steve57 (a7ff60) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:22 am

  2. I’m numbah ONE!

    Comment by Steve57 (a7ff60) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:22 am

  3. *now promising to fix the health care problems created by health care Obamacare.

    Comment by Steve57 (a7ff60) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:25 am

  4. Cruz was in Sarasota FL last week at the NRCC winter meeting:

    The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) just held its winter meeting here, and the wealthy beachfront communities that dot the coast are typically considered one of the beating hearts of the Establishment GOP’s donor community.

    Tonight, though, it’s Cruz country.

    An event originally scheduled as a small rally for potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) mushroomed into a major political event after nearly 2,000 people RSVP’d online.

    “We are shocked at the level of interest that we’ve received for doing this rally,” Sarasota GOP chairman Joe Gruters told Breitbart News.

    “It’s obvious that the state is aware that he is listening, and they’re excited about what Ted Cruz is saying and it certainly cuts across the bow of the establishment in D.C., which is maybe not trying to ‘stifle’ what Sen. Cruz is saying but certainly that Cruz is getting so much attention at the local level in a county like Sarasota shows you that he’s a major player and that people should watch out for and everything that the guy is doing,” he added.

    ***

    Originally, organizers had planned on having a rally with several hundred people where Cruz would receive the Sarasota GOP “Statesman of the Year” award. Past winners have included Sean Hannity, Donald Trump and Haley Barbour. But when the party announced the event online, an unexpected swarm of GOP activists from the grassroots sought to ensure they had the opportunity to get in to see Cruz in action. “If you have a single candidate rally and you get 500 people in the room, it’s a great day,” Gruters said. “To have almost 2,000 in the room for a single candidate—it’s amazing.”

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:29 am

  5. Either Cruz has exceptionally well-organized supporters like Ron Paul or he’s touched a nerve with the GOP base. I tend to think it’s the latter.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:30 am

  6. What’s the plan? The GOP’s plan should be telling the truth but it should also be to get Americans working again. That may not save America or Americans from the financial problems we face, but it might. And it could certainly help lessen the impact of whatever happens.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:34 am

  7. honesty in government?

    that’s just crazy talk…

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:46 am

  8. The base has been looking for a leader since R.R.
    Continuing to follow the Sowellista’s will only get you party favors uptown.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:52 am

  9. Patterico, I agree with you on all of this 100%. Well said…

    Too bad NONE of us can really be prepared for what is to come.

    Comment by Bob (5ee6b1) — 2/23/2014 @ 12:16 pm

  10. Patterico joins yet another of the prophets of despair that seem to be a dime a dozen nowadays. Though I wonder why they aren’t planning on leading an insurrection or a civil war.

    Comment by OmegaPaladin (f4a293) — 2/23/2014 @ 12:19 pm

  11. Great post Patterico! The RINO’s who think that their little games are protecting them from responsibility for their part in creating this mess are delusional. It will take a long term effort to restore their crediblity with the voters. Let’s hope it starts tomorrow. Cruz’s actions have been fairly simple and directed at achievable goals. It’s time to achieve something.

    Comment by bobathome (c0c2b5) — 2/23/2014 @ 12:37 pm

  12. Well, it isn’t in anyone’s interest — and especially the Republicans — to do anything but tell the truth. It’s the only way that you can make a reasoned decision, which is what I expect from my representatives.

    The problem with Cruz is ultimately the same as with Rush Limbaugh: the man is fabulous when it comes to eviscerating the Left’s socialist policies. The contradiction invariably comes up when he tries to propose mixed economy solutions — i.e., “milder” socialism — to economic & political issues plagued by socialism. He professes to understand classical free-market economics but, for some reason, he doesn’t think that it would work in “the real world.”

    It’s the same thing with the Republicans in general. Cruz is correct in his strategy of honesty and that the party needs to hang together in order to avoid hanging separately — but that only applies to trying to stop the socialists from advancing. The problem comes when Cruz and the R’s propose solutions to counter the socialists; you can’t counter overt socialism with “milder” socialism. You just kill the economy and the culture slower — but they’re both still going to die due to socialism.

    There’s not a one of them — not even Cruz — that has the moral certainty and the political courage to repeal government programs because they’re morallywrong. Spending doesn’t need to be merely “balanced”, it needs to be rolled back severely. But it’ll never happen until socialism is morally refuted.

    Comment by J.P. (bd0246) — 2/23/2014 @ 12:54 pm

  13. To quote Joseph Welch:

    Have you no shame, Sir?

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 2/23/2014 @ 12:55 pm

  14. Comment by Steve57 (a7ff60) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:22 am

    Quoting The Gunny:

    Don’t let it go to your head, Maggot!

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 2/23/2014 @ 12:56 pm

  15. Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/23/2014 @ 11:30 am

    He’s been “my” Senator since he won the Primary!

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 2/23/2014 @ 12:58 pm

  16. Me, too, askeptic.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/23/2014 @ 1:07 pm

  17. Yes, but you actually got to vote for him, you lucky devil.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 2/23/2014 @ 1:09 pm

  18. 6: DRJ, “What’s the plan?” The plan is to get the country back on track doing what it’s always been able to do … create jobs and opportunity for everyone. This is actually rather simple. A few of my favorite are:

    1. Get the Fed out of the business of underwriting government deficits which it does currently by buying almost all the newly issued debt at magical interest rates. This would allow the market to set interest rates, which would allow rational capital expenditure planning, and coincidentally put the brakes on the destruction of middle class savings. The Fed could slowly sell their current portfolio of Federal debt instruments, and thus begin to eliminate the threat of hyperinflation.

    2. Refuse to pass any more continuing resolutions or gigantic omnibus spending bills. Pass discrete spending bills that allow Congress to hold the agencies and departments responsible for their actions. In other words, go back to the way the government worked before it was taken over by the thugs from Chicago.

    Clearly, it will take some strategic thinking to get action on these issues, but Congressional supoenas to the Federal Reserve are just one small arrow in Congress’s quiver. Stand tough and explain these items patiently, over and over, as needed. Don’t go off message. Eventually the voters will understand what is being offerred, and they will begin to understand how badly HetWon has undermined the fundamental balance of power that allowed our country to prosper prior to “Hope and Change”. Whatever they do, they must resist the temptation to come up with some “Plan” that rests on central planning. The real issue is HteWon’s incompetence, and the entire effort must work towards exposing his failures and disception.

    I think this would be approved by Sowell. I have a hunch that he thinks Cruz is a(n) utopian. In my view, Cruz is willing to oppose the disintegration of our country by political means, and this involves spirited political conflict. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it sure beats what’s going on in Kiev. We can’t be deterred by null set paladins who regard dissent directed at progressive follies as a precursor to civil war. Nor do we need “leaders” who think 47% of the country is happy with the table scraps the Democrats offer.

    Comment by bobathome (c0c2b5) — 2/23/2014 @ 1:14 pm

  19. Make that “deception” … I could also add corruption and tyrany. Gangsterism overlaid on socialism … fascism by another name.

    Comment by bobathome (c0c2b5) — 2/23/2014 @ 1:20 pm

  20. Cruz can pat himself on the back and feel good about himself all he wants, but the tactic of trying to put the full faith and credit of the U.S. government at risk is still a tactic that is both doomed to fail and doomed to backfire against the GOP. His actions pretty well show that Cruz wants a smaller tent for the GOP, a tent that will be ideologically purer and destined for long-term minority status.
    He did nothing to persuade to his fellow party members to his side. Rather, he used a parliamentary tactic against those Republicans who have an honest disagreement in the manner of cutting spending. There is nothing wrong with desiring a smaller government while not taking steps to disrupt our credit rating. That Cruz is so disrespectful of that position with fellow party members is appalling.
    Cruz can have the most awesome agenda ever envisioned, but he’ll have no ability to advance it because he will not get nominated to higher office and one of both houses will be Democrat, IMO. He is a divider, not a uniter, even within his own party, and I can never support that. He is the anti-Reagan. When you have a person who has such a hard time telling the truth, then you should skeptical about what he’s selling, not kowtowing to the guy.

    Comment by Bird Dog (130699) — 2/23/2014 @ 1:48 pm

  21. he needs to stay in the senate

    he dilutes the Team R pussy factor just a wee lil tiny bit

    and that’s a good thing

    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 2/23/2014 @ 1:59 pm

  22. Bravo Sen Cruz, I have left the Republican party as there are very few like you in it. I’ll cross the line with Sen Cruz any day.

    Comment by Wyguy (659742) — 2/23/2014 @ 2:44 pm

  23. Did I read correctly yesterday that the vote taken and passed was NOT to Raise the debt ceiling but actually to Suspend the debt ceiling?!?

    “The measure approved by the House does not raise the debt limit by a set amount but does suspend it through March 15, 2015. That buys the Treasury Department the leeway it needs to borrow money to pay for Social Security checks, payments on government debt and paychecks for federal workers.”

    “The Senate voted 55 to 43 to pass a suspension of the limit on federal borrowing Wednesday, ensuring that the Treasury does not default on its more than $17 trillion debt for another year.”

    That way it is guaranteed that there cannot be a future quarrel about exceeding the debt limit because for all practical purposes Republicans agreed to NO DEBT CEILING!!

    Comment by in_awe (7c859a) — 2/23/2014 @ 2:47 pm

  24. “What’s the plan? The GOP’s plan should be telling the truth but it should also be to get Americans working again.”

    Meh. How? The people want bread and circuses. They’ve spent so much on bread and circuses that there is no long-term, sustainable path to be found.

    “That may not save America or Americans from the financial problems we face, but it might.”

    No. It won’t. Don’t be absurd. Look at the numbers.

    “And it could certainly help lessen the impact of whatever happens.”

    No. You’re not going to lessen the impact of a total financial meltdown. What you might be able to do is look sane and prescient after, when the USA or whatever parts are left decide how to organize themselves and look at fiscal reality and political ideology going forward.

    But actually that fails too in the country writ large. It may work in certain regions depending on demographics.

    Comment by Former Conservative (6e026c) — 2/23/2014 @ 3:54 pm

  25. Is birddog EPWJ?

    Comment by Yoda (557254) — 2/23/2014 @ 4:13 pm

  26. Or the one that posted as moderate conservative? Whatever the hell that means!

    Comment by Yoda (557254) — 2/23/2014 @ 4:15 pm

  27. well, no, the politifact link suggests another nazgul, JD will confirm it for me,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/23/2014 @ 4:24 pm

  28. I love how ‘just tell the truth about what you are doing’ is twisted by some into ‘ideological purity’.

    Some Republicans believe in no debt ceiling and massive spending, and voted for that. They just want to lie to the voters about it. This is difficult to distinguish from how the democrats operate.

    The USA is so far in debt at this point that there is no honest way to look at reality and say that our congress hasn’t badly harmed this country’s financial future. We are no different from an individual that is maxing our credit cards while applying for more credit cards and maxing those out too. Cornyn and Mcconnell’s solution is simply to lie on the credit card applications about how responsible their spending will be, and then max the cards out promptly.

    When people talk about the full faith and credit of the USA I wonder if they realize that the only way to preserve it is to drastically reduce spending and begin lowering the nation’s debt. It’s the only way. But that would contract the money supply, lead to deflation, cause interest rates to skyrocket, eliminate government largesse not only for welfare types but also for many corporations. I’m quite OK with that because I can see that the consequences for that are far lesser than the consequences of letting this financial bubble burst. But as Patterico notes above, there is no politically feasible solution right now. How do we make responsibility politically feasible? There is only one way: accountability. That’s where Cruz is coming in.

    Comment by Dustin (303dca) — 2/23/2014 @ 4:48 pm

  29. What? Do what you actually promised? BURN THE HERETIC!

    Comment by Wyfaggro (d95bc6) — 2/23/2014 @ 4:54 pm

  30. I’m just one reader here, and perhaps I’m out of line,
    but I request we just outright ignore those worth ignoring. There is just too much serious going on to bother with nonsense if we can help it.
    Whatever one may think of Ted Cruz, he certainly is not responsible for us being in the overall mess we are in.
    So, any comments on the inadvisability of his course of action should be preceded, accompanied, and followed by suggestions of what to do that would be better.

    I for one went from being a political nihilist to an anti-Democrat when I realized how much of a pathological liar Al Gore was in 2000.
    The Repubs being liars will only result in me going back to political nihilism.

    Do you want to “win” based on out manipulating the manipulators, for what piddly short term grin that will give you?
    Or do you want to stand on some principle and honesty?
    No reason to do every fight as if it is the last, but at least be honest about the fight you forgo for a more strategic encounter.

    If the people persist in wanting to hear lies, not much one can do to win, and not much one could do even if you did.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 2/23/2014 @ 5:35 pm

  31. And I do not propose we make pro-life the main political issue, but if being pro-abortion is the most important issue for the majority of the voters, it’s just a matter of time,
    unless there is another “Great Awakening”.

    Infant sacrifice was never a characteristic of a long-lived culture. 30 million+ over the last 40 years?

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 2/23/2014 @ 5:40 pm

  32. 25. Good guess, but the writing has a different appearance.

    Believing Dem talking points yet supporting the GOP insiders. Schizoid.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 5:42 pm

  33. Actually perhaps not schizoid, gary; supporting GOP insiders has gotten the Dems a lot of energy in their quest.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 2/23/2014 @ 5:44 pm

  34. 18. Not bad, not bad at all from beginning to end.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 5:46 pm

  35. 30. Excellent point. For example, I have resolved to concern myself with Sammy’s soul, if rarely, but the insanity(or whatever) not at all.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 5:50 pm

  36. i like others, am not sure if Sam the Sham is a blithering idiot or just a buggy program.

    what i am sure of is that, if he does get things even close to correct, it’s an accident, right up there with the proverbial broken clock being accurate.

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 2/23/2014 @ 5:57 pm

  37. 31. I just watched an interview by Raymond Arroyo(a Ingraham regular) of Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, producers of the imminent “Son of God”.

    I’ve not seen any of the segments but the very existence of the work to be translated into 100-odd languages seems another portent of the end.

    Palin, now Cruz, Walker proposing a $1 Billion reduction to WI budget,..

    Societal/Economic collapse well begun.

    A milestone is achieved. All change.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 6:00 pm

  38. He’s being a little naive;

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/02/23/Politico-Clueless-About-Why-Ted-Cruz-Fights-GOP-Establishment

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/23/2014 @ 6:16 pm

  39. Cruz can pat himself on the back and feel good about himself all he wants, but the tactic of trying to put the full faith and credit of the U.S. government at risk

    Outright BS

    Comment by JD (0c14a5) — 2/23/2014 @ 6:18 pm

  40. If the operative assumption is a tectonic shift in the foundation of our country (and I agree this is coming), the sane approach is to blow it all up now, stop digging, and start acting while we still have some options.

    Full faith and credit? Hahahahahaha. That ship has sailed and it ain’t comin’ back.

    Comment by Ed from SFV (3400a5) — 2/23/2014 @ 6:59 pm

  41. Comment by Dustin (303dca) — 2/23/2014 @ 4:48 pm

    The USA is so far in debt at this point that there is no honest way to look at reality and say that our congress hasn’t badly harmed this country’s financial future. We are no different from an individual that is maxing our credit cards while applying for more credit cards and maxing those out too. Cornyn and Mcconnell’s solution is simply to lie on the credit card applications about how responsible their spending will be, and then max the cards out promptly.

    There is no need to make any kind of credit application.

    When people talk about the full faith and credit of the USA I wonder if they realize that the only way to preserve it is to drastically reduce spending and begin lowering the nation’s debt. It’s the only way. But that would contract the money supply, lead to deflation, cause interest rates to skyrocket, eliminate government largesse not only for welfare types but also for many corporations. I’m quite OK with that

    You would think bankruptcy would be a better idea.

    No, what has to happen is that interest artes have to be kept down, economic growth has to go up, and more people maybe should become slef-supporting, so that people can be all right wthout needing transfer payments. And tghe effect of the debt diminish. And inflation is a lot better than deflation.

    because I can see that the consequences for that are far lesser than the consequences of letting this financial bubble burst.

    It won’t burst. It can’t burst. Oherwise there is no money.

    But as Patterico notes above, there is no politically feasible solution right now. How do we make responsibility politically feasible? There is only one way: accountability. That’s where Cruz is coming in.

    Cruz is just posturing because he is certainly not advocating contracting the money supply, inducing deflation, having interest rates skyrocket, and the depression that would accompany that – while at the same time drastically reduce spending and paying down the national debt.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (2b1acb) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:12 pm

  42. But, JD, it is much more important to fund the current operating budget of the gov’t than it is to pay the debt that we ran up funding previous operating budgets, dontchaknow?

    Why, if we didn’t send money to AARP, or some other “non profit”, we would doom millions.
    Being forced to use current revenues to pay bonds as they come due, and SocSec payments would cause the RIF of thousands of loyal, dedicated civil-servants (who only work show up about 75% of the time as it is).

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:15 pm

  43. Why buy an overpriced ObamaCare plan now, when you can wait and buy a subsidized plan, guaranteed, after you get sick

    The argument is you can only do that during an enrollment period, which is supposed to last only a few weeks or months. I think the premooiums are so high, few people will sign up.

    Now it is true you can go on Medicaid after you get sick, and Medicaid will pay bills 90 days retroactively. They are signig up people for Medicaid because, well, it gives the hospitals and other medical institutions more money.

    Supposedly better access will make people more healthy because of “prevention” It is mostly not true.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (2b1acb) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:17 pm

  44. 18.Comment by bobathome (c0c2b5) — 2/23/2014 @ 1:14 pm

    I think this would be approved by Sowell. I have a hunch that he thinks Cruz is a(n) utopian.

    No, he thinks Cruz is a fraud, like Obama was. That’s what he wrote.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (2b1acb) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:28 pm

  45. 39: JD, and just WHO is putting the “full faith anc credit” of the U. S. government at risk? Figure it out before you embarass yourself with your silly debating points.

    Most of us are not willing to concede your assumptions about responsibility. Cruz did not double the national debt and he did not increase the share of federal spending to 23% of GDP. Figure it out. Or spend the remaining days of your miserable life shooting the messanger. Your choice.

    Comment by bobathome (1b4e17) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:29 pm

  46. Make that “messenger” … but “messanger” has a poetical dimension that I didn’t appreciate until reading my post.

    Comment by bobathome (1b4e17) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:34 pm

  47. The American public has been told they can have low taxes, endless government handouts, and ever-increasing debt

    Not the latter.

    Low taxes, budget cuts that nobody will notice, and no increase and maybe a reduction of the debt.

    The Democrats say no, you will notice the budget cuts, and we need more spending than is currently scheduled, and if there is a bit of a problem with that, maybe raise taxes, not on you, but on the richest people or on corporations that make profits outside the country, which the Republicans don’t want to do.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (2b1acb) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:35 pm

  48. “There is no plan that will save us from financial disaster.”

    I agree with your assessment of the matter. Its just human nature to play the hand out and hope for the best, expecting the worst.

    And that is the DC ‘plan’ and they’re sticking with it. Some will end on meat hooks but not many. Some will escape to Palau and live out their days in comfort.

    I hope you all will agree, I do not want to see represented at the eventual 2nd Constitutional Congress abogados at a number much exceeding that representative of the then population.

    We need people from all walks of life and a quota must be established for partisans in particular.

    I’m certain we can all contribute to the laundry list of necessary corrections, e.g., deletion of the 17th amendment.

    Perhaps a selection committee would be a good place to start. Their first order of business might be creation of a rules committee for the convention. How soon can we be ready for nominations?

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:36 pm

  49. 45. JD did not use a means to credit BirdDog but it was a quotation.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:47 pm

  50. The parallels of Cruz and Churchill are striking.

    Each were ridiculously intelligent and owned a surpassing understanding of human nature and history. Each were shunned by a fat and happy polity eager to ignore the looming catastrophe.

    Let’s just see to whom we turn when it really hits the fan.

    Comment by Ed from SFV (3400a5) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:47 pm

  51. 50. Good point, WWIII could well make the prequels seem a walk in the park.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:51 pm

  52. +1

    Comment by Former Conservative (6e026c) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:52 pm

  53. +1 to Ed from SFV

    Comment by Former Conservative (6e026c) — 2/23/2014 @ 7:52 pm

  54. I really heart Ted Cruz

    long as he don’t touch my food stamps

    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:02 pm

  55. 49 referencing 39: My apologies to JD. I do look at the author before I read the post, and the implied linkage to a previous post escaped me since I didn’t read it. Thanks for the catch. It will hopefully save some further miscommunication.

    BTW? Does Samuel still consume bandwidth on this site?

    Comment by bobathome (1b4e17) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:15 pm

  56. Somewhere recently, I read a William F. Buckley quote from the 1950s in which he described the “well fed Republicans” as both corrupt and stupid. More recently, Newt Gingrich based a run for the White House around this very theme, pointing his finger squarely at the “elite” of the Republican Party. Over the years, I came to the same conclusion about the GOP on my own, more-or-less, though there was always a part of me that denied the corruption was as deep and broad as it sometimes appeared. I’m denying no more and, it appears, I’ve got company.

    So why is the most recent chapter of this long running drama so jarring? Cruz isn’t pointing out some new phenomenon; he’s just shown a bright light on something that has been broken and hidden from view for a long time. What’s new here is that Cruz is giving us a play-by-play account of the corruption as it is taking place, explaining specifically who is involved and how the schemes operate. We get to see the mechanisms of corruption and watch the bad actors squirm when they are confronted. That’s what makes it so riveting; it’s like one of those ride-along cop shows on TV.

    I think I’m more sanguine about this than many of you. Exposing this fraud is a huge first step. That the conservative base understands the enormity of this deception and is standing behind Senator Cruz is promising. And Cruz is not alone. At a very minimum, it appears Senators Lee and Sessions are on board. I live in California where the wheels have been off the wagon for some time and we still haven’t slid into the Pacific (not yet, at least). The national picture, if anything, provides a pleasant contrast to what I’m seeing here on the ground. On the national scene, there are still enough conservative voters to actually effect change and, given the current mood of the party, I expect change.

    The root problem the country is currently facing is that both the press and the opposition party are colluding with the ruling party in a way not anticipated by the Founding Fathers. Fortunately, the problem with the press is being ameliorated by the growth of internet media; the problem with the party, with the help of Cruz and a mobilized conservative base, will now be fixed (or, at least, significantly improved) through political action.

    And remember, in Mexico, General Santa Anna is viewed as one of the nation’s greatest failures.

    Comment by ThOR (130453) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:17 pm

  57. No matter what your political bent happens to be, the consequences threatened herein (http://americansforprosperity.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Peters_letter.pdf) should abhor anyone with even a modicum of respect for the principle of free speech.

    I, of course, am assuming that the letter is authentic.

    Comment by Lorem Ipsum (cee048) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:19 pm

  58. Excellent point, Ed from SFV #50. It reminds me of this Churchill quote:

    We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

    It’s hard to imagine Churchill telling Cruz to stop because he might rock the political boat.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:25 pm

  59. Earnhardt Jr. wins a war of attrition.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:28 pm

  60. Bizarre:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-23/us-israel-providing-military-supports-and-parts-iran-which-turn-arming-syria

    Seems like everyone is plumping Armageddon.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:41 pm

  61. The problem with Cruz is that no matter what he does, the power will suggest he is corrupt. He may or may not be, but the power certainly is corrupt.

    So what do you do? Trust the corrupt power or just settle for the assumption of corruption?

    Ha, just kidding. No one in Washington is corrupt. The only corrupt people are those who challenge the status quo.

    Comment by Ag80 (eb6ffa) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:49 pm

  62. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ebftIo_qu4

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:54 pm

  63. Earnhardt Jr. wins a war of attrition.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/23/2014 @ 8:28 pm

    He won? Cool. He hasn’t won in some time.

    Comment by Dustin (621e43) — 2/23/2014 @ 9:12 pm

  64. Patrick, since you brought up Cruz’s “brutal honesty”….
    Was Cruz truthful when he said that the “trade-off behind Obamacare is to extend to that 15 or 20 million people, they are jeopardizing the health insurance of some 200 million Americans who get health insurance in the private health insurance market”? No.
    Was Cruz truthful when he said that “there’s bipartisan agreement that Obamacare isn’t working”? No.
    Was Cruz being truthful when he said, “The sort of cocktail chatter wisdom in Washington that, ‘Oh, the [1995-96] shutdown was a political disaster for Republicans,’ is not borne out by the data.” No, it was delusional and ahistorical for him to say that.
    Was Cruz being truthful when he said that, “The Obama Justice Department has decreased the prosecution of violent gun crimes by 30 percent.” Uh, no.
    Was Cruz truthful when he said that “virtually every person across this country has seen exactly the opposite happen, has seen premiums going up and up and up”? No.
    Was Cruz being truthful when he said that the Senate immigration bill “has immediate legalization … and the border security is sometime in the future, and just like in 1986, it’s designed never to come into being”? No.
    Was Cruz being truthful when he said that “President Obama just granted all of Congress an exception” from Obamacare”? You guessed it.
    Was Cruz being truthful when he said that “expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas”? Another falsehood.
    Was truthful when he said that “Hagel’s nomination has been publicly celebrated by the Iranian government”? Pants on fire.
    I could go on all day.
    And Cruz’s poorly conceived tactics aren’t limited to the partial government shutdown and debt-ceiling stand-off. Mona Charen:

    In March, the president had proposed gun-control legislation. This put red-state Democrats in an awkward position. Cruz attempted to ride to the Democrats’ rescue by threatening to filibuster any gun-control measure. Wiser Republican heads prevailed, and the measure did come to the floor for a vote, where Democrats handed Obama and Reid a defeat.
    Cruz claimed later that he had been vilified for “fighting on this.” No, he was criticized for trying to turn a winning hand into a losing one. A filibuster would have permitted Obama to thunder indignation about Republican obstructionism, while allowing Democrats to escape an uncomfortable vote.

    So, to recap, you have in Cruz a factually-challenged politician and a lousy tactician. It truly baffles me that so many conservatives are being taken in by this guy. He has a golden tongue and makes noises that are pleasing to conservatives, but I’m telling you, he’s bad for the GOP, which means that he’s doing more to help the Democratic Party than hurt it. In case anyone wants to know my politics, I’m a moderate conservative and independent.

    Comment by Bird Dog (130699) — 2/23/2014 @ 10:02 pm

  65. ‘What do you think you got there’ you know pravdafacts, and Kessler’s money is no good here.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/24/2014 @ 3:38 am

  66. That was funny.

    Comment by JD (0c14a5) — 2/24/2014 @ 5:01 am

  67. Obviously only one battle, but a significant victory. How it was done.

    https://medium.com/war-is-boring/a292fc7a40c2

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/24/2014 @ 7:49 am

  68. Public Relations, get some.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/02/21/austin-police-arrest-jogger-because-she-couldnt-hear-them/

    When Austin oppresses their own darkeness is falling.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/24/2014 @ 7:54 am

  69. There is a downside to not giving a damn:

    http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Man-Charged-With-Killing-Burleson-County-Deputy-No-Billed-by-Grand-Jury-243993261.html

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/24/2014 @ 8:07 am

  70. the Austin PD chief is a former CalTrans w*rker with a gun…

    which would go a long way towards explaining both their stupidity and the tone deaf news conference.

    after all, a fish rots from its head, and everyone knows CHP stands for “Can’t Handle Police-w*rk”

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 2/24/2014 @ 8:15 am

  71. 70. Oh.my.god:

    http://kut.org/post/apd-chief-apologizes-sexual-assault-comment-after-jaywalking-jogger-arrest-update

    No lie, Dunkin’ Donuts be ashamed, very ashamed.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/24/2014 @ 8:28 am

  72. 71. “Just give me the ticket, I did nothing wrong.”

    I think we’ll be hearing that complaint a lot soon.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 2/24/2014 @ 8:41 am

  73. Gotta love them links to the Lyin Leftist WAPO as proof of anything. Might wanna try a trustworthy site/cite next time. Just sayin.

    Comment by John Hitchcock (99e795) — 2/24/2014 @ 2:16 pm

  74. that was the point of my 65), I know it matters for some, but not at this establishment,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/24/2014 @ 2:21 pm

  75. Democrats see great value in promoting legislation that probably won’t pass.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/26/2014 @ 1:38 pm

  76. Not only does Cruz have a hard time telling the truth, he has hard keeping his pledges. I’m telling you, you’re making a mistake in revering this guy.

    Comment by Bird Dog (130699) — 2/27/2014 @ 2:27 pm

  77. Good try, Bird Dog, but no cigar. Unlike that CNN hit piece on Cruz, even liberal Politico.com admitted the Cruz letter was from 10 months ago, before any GOP incumbents had primary opponents:

    POLITICO chief White House correspondent Mike Allen asked Cruz to respond to a POLITICO report Wednesday that he had signed a letter for an outside funding group challenging Republican incumbents, something he reportedly had pledged not to do.

    “I thought that story, to be honest, was pretty silly,” Cruz said at POLITICO’s Playbook Breakfast on Thursday. “That particular letter was a letter I signed last April, nearly a year old. I didn’t even know the group had sent the letter out again.”

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/27/2014 @ 3:11 pm

  78. OK, DRJ, I stand corrected on this one.

    Comment by Bird Dog (130699) — 2/27/2014 @ 7:44 pm

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